Facts to Know and Tell


Stony Brook University is one of America’s most dynamic public universities, a center of academic excellence and an internationally recognized research institution that is changing the world. After less than 60 years of existence, it’s ranked among the top 100 universities in the nation.

According to the Center for World University Rankings, Stony Brook University is among the top 1 percent in the world, ranking #154 among more than 25,000 degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide, the Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education College Ranking places SBU at number 30 among national public institutions, and the US News & World Report Best Global Universities ranking, ranks SBU as number 131 worldwide.

In this past year alone, we were ranked number one for return on investment in the northeast, the Associated Press broke the story of how our Global Health Institute and our Centre ValBio in Madagascar, in partnership with the drone company Vayu, Inc. are collaborating on a new, life-saving way to improve healthcare for vulnerable rural communities; experts from our Political Science Department kept the world informed through national and international news coverage of the 2016 Presidential election; and we are only one of 10 universities around the world, one of only two in the US, who are UN Women HeForShe IMPACT champions.



  • 25,734 students
  • >200 undergraduate programs
  • >140 graduate programs



  • Among the top 1 percent of higher education institutions in the world (Center for World University Rankings).
  • Among the top 100 universities in the nation (U.S.News & World Report).
  • Among the top 50 public universities in the nation (U.S.News & World Report).
  • Member of the invitation-only Association of American Universities, comprising the 62 leading research institutions in North America.
  • Proud home to Nobel laureates, Guggenheim fellows and MacArthur grant winners.
  • One of only 10 universities nationwide recognized by the National Science Foundation for combining research with undergraduate education.

We’ve grown from a collection of geodesic domes at Planting Fields in Oyster Bay, N.Y., to our main 1,040-acre campus in Stony Brook, N.Y. — a powerful incubator of teaching and research innovation as well as a driving engine for the Long Island economy — with satellite locations in Southampton and South Korea.



Excelsior (Updated August 9, 2017)