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About Stony Brook
Stony Brook University was established in 1957 as a college for the preparation of secondary school teachers of mathematics and science. The first campus was located in Oyster Bay, Long Island, on the grounds of a former Gold Coast estate. In 1962, a new campus was built near the historic village of Stony Brook on land donated by local philanthropist Ward Melville. Part of the State University of New York system, the University has grown tremendously and is now recognized as one of the nation’s important centers of learning and scholarship — carrying out the mandate given by the State Board of Regents in 1960 to become a university that would “stand with the finest in the country.” The University campus lies about 60 miles east of Manhattan and 60 miles west of Montauk Point. It is only a short distance to the Atlantic beaches of the south shore and the vineyards of the East End. More »

Stony Brook University is ranked one of the top 100 universities in the nation and one of the top 40 public universities by U.S. News & World Report and is included on their list of notable programs for undergraduate research/creative projects. Stony Brook is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, the invitation-only organization of the 62 best research universities in North America. There are 68 undergraduate majors and 82 minors and more than 100 master’s programs, 40 doctoral programs and 30 graduate certificate programs. Stony Brook is one of 10 universities given a National Science Foundation recognition award for integrating research and education. The internationally recognized research facilities of Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory are nearby. More Fast Facts »

Stony Brook's tuition makes it one of the most affordable top-ranked schools in the world.

Financial Aid
The Office of Student Financial Aid Services provides information about available federal and state programs that provide grants, loans, and work-study to assist eligible students in pursuing their academic goals and also info about student employment opportunities not based on financial need.

 More than 24,500 students are enrolled at Stony Brook during fall terms and more than 28,000 students enroll over the course of an entire calendar year. The Office of Institutional Research, Planning & Effectiveness maintains official statistics for the University, including enrollment history.

 Stony Brook University has an annual budget of more than $2.3 billion. The Budget Office provides up-to-date budget information.

The Stony Brook Alumni Association represents more than 160,000 alumni nationwide and abroad. Established in 1965, the Association works to increase communication, encourage involvement, and expand services for alumni, while we build support for Stony Brook University. For more info, see Alumni & Degrees Granted. Stony Brook graduates rank among the highest in the nation when it comes to earnings potential, according to the PayScale College Salary Report. More »

   Some Stony Brook Alumni success stories:

  • Craig Allen '79, chief meteorologist CBS "This Morning" and WCBS Newsradio 88
  • David Bernard '87, '88, director, Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
  • Al Bello '89, chief sports photographer, Getty Images
  • Suzy Benzinger '80, film and theater costume designer
  • Mark Bridges '83, film costume designer, winner of the 2012 Academy Award for best achievement in costume design for the film The Artist
  • Vito Cannavo '75, attorney, U.S. District Court
  • Patricia S. Cowings '70, pyschophysiological research, NASA's Ames Research Center; 1st American woman astronaut 
  • Barry Cozier '71, attorney and former Associate Justice, Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York
  • Theodore G. Eppenstein '68, lecturer on arbitration, argued landmark McMahon case before the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Robert L. Gallucci '67, dean of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University
  • Steven K. Galson '78, former Acting U.S. Surgeon General
  • Robert Geary '68, senior executive vice president of business affairs at Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group
  • David Hillel Gelernter '82, professor, computer science, Yale University and author of Drawing Life: Surviving the Unabomber
  • Richard Gelfond '76, CEO, IMAX Corporation
  • Christine Goerke '94, performer, Metropolitan Opera Company, and winner of a 1999 and 2003 Grammy Award
  • Dario Gonzalez '79, medical director of New York’s Urban Search and Rescue Team, 9/11 World Trade Center tragedy
  • John Hennessey '77, president, Stanford University
  • Scott Higham '82, investigative journalist for The Washington Post and winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize
  • Russell T. Lewis '69, former CEO and president, The New York Times
  • Hal Lieberman '75, former president of production for Universal Pictures
  • Steven Mackey '80, professor and chair of the Department of Music, Princeton University, and winner of a 2012 Grammy Award
  • Isadore Margulis '73, sculptor
  • Matthew A. Moskowitz '95, editor/producer at CNN
  • Joe Nathan '97, closer for Texas Rangers baseball team
  • Jon Oringer '96, founder and CEO, Shutterstock
  • Sandy Pearlman '66, music produceer, manager, poet, songwriter, best known for his work with the band Blue Oyster Cult
  • Carolyn Porco '74, leader of the imaging team for the Cassini mission to Saturn
  • V. Ramanathan '73, distinguished professor of atmospheric and climate sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Jef Raskin '64, started the Macintosh project for Apple Computer in the late 1970s
  • John Reiner '78, syndicated cartoonist, "Laugh Parade," "Howard Huge," "The Lockhorns"
  • Tamara Schnurr '96, former flight surgeon for the U.S. Navy Blue Angels
  • Marilyn Simons '74, '84, president of The Simons Foundation
  • Concetta M. Tomaino '76, pioneer in music therapy for victims of brain trauma or degenerative neurological diseases

★ Stony Brook University is situated on more than 1,400 acres with over 200 buildings. More than 120 of these buildings are located on the main campus, which has a footprint in excess of 1,000 acres. Details about university locations, acreage, and space are maintained by the Office of Institutional Research, Planning & Effectiveness.

Schools & Colleges
The College of Arts and Science offers degree programs in fine arts and humanities, in biological and physical sciences, in mathematics and in social and behavioral sciences. In addition to departmental majors, special interdisciplinary majors using the resources of two or more departments are offered, as well as programs leading to provisional certification in secondary education.

The College of Business provides comprehensive education and research for the business, public, and nonprofit sectors. Our MBA program is taught by senior Stony Brook faculty with decades of experience. They are complemented by key executives recruited as visiting professors from throughout the tri-state region — industry leaders who have built stellar careers in today’s global business world. Also included is an Executive MBA program.

The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers a wide range of programs that provide students with opportunities to find work in industry or proceed to graduate study in a variety of fields. Seven ABET-accredited programs give the student latitude to plan a course of study within traditional engineering disciplines or in new interdisciplinary fields.

The Graduate School offers advanced degree programs in many fields leading to the master's and doctoral degrees. Stony Brook's advanced graduate programs are internationally recognized and consistently receive exceptionally high ratings from external evaluation agencies and scholarly studies.

★ Stony Brook Medicine, our health science and medical enterprise, includes the schools of MedicineDental MedicineNursingHealth Technology and Management and Social Welfare as well as the Hospital, our major centers and institutes, programs, clinics and community-based healthcare settings, and the Long Island State Veterans Home.

The School of Journalism is the first and only undergraduate school of journalism in New York State’s public university system. Students prepare to succeed in an evolving multimedia future, working out of the school's state-of-the-art newsroom. All students take courses in print, broadcast and online journalism and have the opportunity to participate in internships on Long Island and in New York City.

The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) is SUNY's designated school for marine and atmospheric research, education and public service. SoMAS is one of the leading coastal oceanography institutions in the world. The School is also the focus for the study of atmospheric sciences and meteorology and includes the Institute for Terrestrial and Planetary Atmospheres; Institute for Ocean Conservation Science; Institute for Particle-Related Environmental Processes; Living Marine Resources Institute; Waste Reduction and Management Institute; and Long Island Groundwater Research Institute.

The School of Professional Development provides part-time graduate education for working adults. Its diverse offerings include teacher training, human resource management, and the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. SPD is also the largest provider of professional education certification for school administrators in New York State.

Every first-year student enters Stony Brook as a member of one of six Undergraduate Colleges organized around themes of general interest to students.

★ Office of the Vice President for Research

Stony Brook has been one of only 94 institutions in the country to be designated a "Very High Research University" by the Carnegie Foundation. Our faculty have been responsible for more than 1,900 inventions and 550 U.S. patents. With more than 70 academic departments, Stony Brook is among the top 40 institutions funded by the National Science Foundation, and expenditures on organized research, from external and internal sponsors, are at more than $160 million. Research News »

The University co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, joining an elite group of universities — including Princeton, Stanford, the University of California, and the University of Chicago — that run federal laboratories.

Researchers at our new Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) will develop new technologies to produce clean energy, enhance production from renewable sources and find better ways to distribute and store energy with minimal impact on local ecosystems.

Anchoring our new 246-acre Research and Development Park is the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT), a test bed for emerging wireless technologies.

Renowned paleoanthropologists and faculty members Richard and Meave Leakey established the Turkana Basin Institute in northern Kenya for research.

Stony Brook faculty are among the top in their fields. Our commitment to both research and excellence has led to many groundbreaking discoveries:

  • Identification and cataloging of 328 distant galaxies    • 3D imaging software for 3D colonoscopy
  • The link between smoking and emphysema    • MRI technology that won the Nobel Prize for Medicine
  • Development of the drug ReoPro® for cardiac angioplasties    • Thermoplastic spray paint made from old plastic bottles
  • An ultrasound method to speed up healing of bone fractures    • A new species of mouse lemur Microcebus mittermeieri
  • Creation of the smallest electronic switch    • The first commercially successful bar code reader
  • The cause of Lyme disease    • Parthenogenesis (virgin birth) in a female hammerhead shark
   The golden bamboo lemur, Hapalemur aureus    • Homo floresiensis, a hobbit-like 17,000-year-old hominid
  • The most primitive fossil bird, linking birds to dinosaurs    • Beelzebufo ampinga, a 10-pound ancient frog in Madagascar

Economic Impact
Stony Brook University generates more than $4.6 billion annually in regional economic impact, accounting for nearly 4 percent of all economic activity in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Our influence is felt in economic development, education, medical care, nursing home care and research. As Long Island’s largest single-site employer, the University has more than 14,000 full-and part-time employees. Indirect employment on Long Island brings the total to nearly 60,000. More »

The Calverton Business Incubator promotes industries such as agriculture/vitaculture, aquaculture, and environmental technologies that are the lifeblood of Long Island’s East End.

The Long Island High Technology Incubator graduate companies report gross revenues of more than $100 million.

 The CEWIT Incubator, located in the Research and Development Park on the campus of Stony Brook University, is space that is home to companies within the CEWIT building. CEWIT provides an integrated suite of services designed to fit the needs of diverse incubator companies.

 The AERTC Incubator, located in the Research and Development Park, is space that is home to a few companies within the AERTC building. The Advanced Energy Center (AERTC) is a true partnership of academic institutions, research institutions, energy providers and industrial corporations.

Stony Brook is the only public university in the state with three Centers for Advanced Technology — one in sensor systems, one in biotechnology and one in integrated electric energy systems.

The Small Business Development Center brings together the resources of the University, the private sector and government at all levels to assist entrepreneurs, business and industry in the solution of their problems, leading to increased productivity and profitability.

Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) has worked with 410 companies, and conducted more than 2,270 projects, creating more than 2,200 internship opportunities for our students. Our industrial partners estimate that this has resulted in approximately 11,808 jobs being created or retained.

Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library, the main library building on the West Campus, houses collections serving the fine arts, humanities, music, social sciences, engineering, biology, and geosciences. Special areas in the Melville Library provide ready access to current periodicals, government documents and legal materials, maps and microforms. Other facilities of note are a Music Library and Audio Center, a variety of individualized study carrels, and a student lounge. The Department of Special Collections houses Senator Jacob K. Javits' collection of public papers and memorabilia — one of the nation’s leading archives of 20th-century congressional papers — the William Butler Yeats Microfilmed Manuscripts Collection, and the University Archives. The branch libraries, including the Chemistry, Marine and Atmospheric Science, Science and Engineering and Mathematics/Physics/Astronomy libraries, are located in departmental buildings. The Health Sciences Library is located on the East Campus.

Centers for Excellence
The Centers for Molecular Medicine and Biology Learning Laboratories is a model for integrating undergraduate education and research as students and faculty pursue new knowledge and discoveries in biomedicine.

The Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics, a university-wide program devoted to investigating and teaching the three thematic components reflected in its name.

The Charles B. Wang Center hosts dynamic Asian and American cultural events and houses Asian eateries Jasmine and J Club.

The Humanities Institute at Stony Brook focuses on new modes of interdisciplinary research within the humanities and social sciences and builds bridges between the human sciences and the medical, technical and natural sciences, reaching out to the local community through public lectures and film series.

The Long Island State Veterans Home is a 350-bed facility on campus providing high-quality health care services for US veterans and their families.

The Marine Sciences Research Center was ranked first in coastal oceanography and eighth overall by the National Research Council for PhD programs in oceanography.

The University manages the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, where painters Jackson Pollock, leader of the Abstract Expressionist movement, and Lee Krasner lived and worked.

The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics was started in 2007 by a gift from the James and Marilyn Simons Foundation. The Center's mission is to develop the interaction of geometry in the broadest sense with theoretical physics. The Stony Brook tradition is exemplified by the joint ITP-Math seminars initiated by Jim Simons and Frank Yang in the 1970s; these stimulated interest worldwide in the mathematics of gauge theories.

Staller Center for the Arts hosts international theatrical and musical performances, and an independent film festival each July.

Stony Brook Athletics supports 20 Division I varsity intercollegiate athletic programs that compete at the highest level within the NCAA, and in world-class facilities such as the 8,300-seat Kenneth P.LaValle Stadium and a sports complex housing our new 4,000-seat Stony Brook Arena, opening in Fall 2014.

 Stony Brook Southampton, on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, is home to the Southampton Arts MFA programs and summer workshops, the waterfront research and teaching facilities of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, including the new Marine Sciences Center, and the undergraduate residential Semester by the Sea programs in marine sciences and the arts.

 Stony Brook Manhattan, at 27th Street and Park Avenue South, is a state-of-the-art facility featuring undergraduate and graduate classes, conference rooms, offices and a reception space for special events.


Stony Brook Medicine — which includes the schools of MedicineDental MedicineNursingHealth Technology and Management and Social Welfare as well as the Hospital, our major centers and institutes, programs, clinics and community-based healthcare settings, and the Long Island State Veterans Home — is Long Island's premier academic medical institution. It provides advanced, specialized healthcare to serve the needs of Long Island residents and has the only on-site School of Medicine on Long Island. A Medical and Research Translation (MART) building, dedicated to imaging, neurosciences, cancer care and research, and a new Hospital Pavilion and Children’s Hospital are set for completion in 2016. 

Stony Brook Medicine serves as Suffolk County’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and provides the county's only Stem Cell Transplantation and Hematologic Malignancy Program, Burn Unit, Kidney Transplantation Program, Level IV Regional Perinatal Center, comprehensive psychiatric emergency program, multidisciplinary autism center, and regional resource center for emergency management.

Stony Brook Medicine's Trauma Center ranks in the top 4 percent nationwide, according to the report “Survival Measurement and Reporting Trial for Trauma” by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Stony Brook Children's Hospital is building on the foundation of Stony Brook Medicine's excellence, offering the most advanced pediatric specialty care in the region, along with research that gives families access to groundbreaking clinical trials and programs that attract some of the best and brightest doctors.

The Cancer Institute provides advanced techniques in diagnosis and treatment of breast, prostate, and other cancers. The Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center was the first in New York State to receive accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

The Heart Institute has the most experienced open-heart surgical program in Suffolk County and offers minimally invasive techniques for bypass surgery and valve replacement.

Stony Brook Medicine was the first on Long Island and in New York City to acquire the da Vinci® S HD Surgical System – the most advanced robot-assisted surgical system of its kind — and just one of 43 medical centers nationwide with a robotics system to assist with complex electrophysiology procedures.

The Cerebrovascular and Stroke Center offers the most advanced technology to treat cerebrovascular disease and world-class expertise in neuro­intervention and neurovascular care.

The Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center was the first of its kind in the nation.

The Christopher Pendergast ALS Center is one of just 34 in the nation to be designated an ALS Center of Excellence by the ALS Association.

 A Medical and Research Translation (MART) building, dedicated to imaging, neurosciences, cancer care and research, is scheduled for completion in 2016.

Academic Departments & Programs
Stony Brook has exceptional strength in the sciences, mathematics, humanities, fine arts, social sciences, engineering and health professions, with the University as a whole and many individual programs ranked among the top fifty nationwide (The Gourman Report, 10th ed.). A complete listing of academic departments and programs is available online.

Faculty Awards & Honors

Nobel Prize in Economics
Nobel Prize in Physics
Nobel Prize in Medicine
 Nobel Peace Prize 
Pulitzer Prize
Crafoord Prize
Fields Medal 
 Abel Prize 
★ Wolf Prize
National Medal of Science
National Medal of Technology and Innovation
 Indianapolis Prize 
Benjamin Franklin Medal
National Book Critics Circle Award
Grammy Award
Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite de la France
Chevalier de l’Ordre National de Madagascar
 Obie Award
★ Howard Hughes Medical Institute Award


★ Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists
★ Principe de Asturias Prize
★ Fellows of the Royal Society
★ MacArthur Foundation Fellows 
★ National Academy of Engineering Members
★ National Academy of Sciences Members
★ National Inventors Hall of Fame 
★ American Academy of Arts and Sciences Members
★ American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows
★ American Philosophical Society
★ Guggenheim Fellows
★ Fulbright Fellows
★ Sloan Foundation Fellows
★ Rockefeller Foundation Fellows
★ Institute of Medicine Members
★ NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Award
★ NASA Distinguished Service Medal 
★ Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics
★ Balzan Prize in Mathematics 



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Presidents and Chief Administrative Officers
July 1, 2009–
: Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, President
Sam Stanley Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD is fifth President of Stony Brook University. He received his MD (1980) from Harvard Medical School. After completing his internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, he did postdoctoral work in immunology at Washington University, St. Louis, and was appointed to the faculty in the Division of Infectious Diseases of Washington University Medical School, one of the nation’s most highly ranked Schools of Medicine. In 2003, he was named Director of the Midwest Regional Center for Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research and Vice Chancellor for Research in 2006. Dr. Stanley is a distinguished medical researcher and has published extensively. More »

1994–2009: Shirley Strum Kenny, President
Shirley Strum KennyShirley Strum Kenny was the first woman and humanist to serve as President of Stony Brook University. After a distinguished career as a literary scholar, teacher, and academic administrator, she came to Stony Brook as its fourth president in 1994. She strengthened the core academic and research operations of the University, fostered close links with business and industry, and established new working relationships with the Long Island community. Kenny launched and chaired the Boyer Commission on Educating Undergraduates in the Research University with funding from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Prior to her tenure at Stony Brook, Kenny was President of Queens College from 1985 to 1994.

1980–1994: John H. Marburger III, President
John MarburgerIn 1980, John H. Marburger III became the third president of Stony Brook University, a position he held until 1994 when he became University Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering. Marburger's presidency coincided with the opening of University Medical Center and the development of the biological sciences as a major strength of the university. During the 1980s, federally sponsored scientific research at Stony Brook grew to exceed that of any other public university in the Northeast. In 1998, he became director of Brookhaven National Laboratory and president of Brookhaven Science Associates. He also served President George W. Bush as science advisor and director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

1979–1980: Richard Schmidt, President, Upstate Medical Center, Acting President

1978–1979: T. Alexander Pond, Executive Vice President, Acting President

Sept. 1, 1965–Aug. 31, 1978: John S. Toll, President
John TollIn 1965, John S. Toll, a Princeton-trained physicist and former professor and chairman of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Maryland, became the second president of Stony Brook University. By the time he left, the school of 1,800 students had been built to one of 17,000 students and, in addition to arts and sciences and engineering, he added schools of public affairs, medicine, dentistry, nursing, allied health professions, basic health sciences and social work. Toll recruited elite researchers and scholars, including Nobel Prize recipient CN Yang, to develop competitive academic departments. For his contributions to the University, Toll was listed among “100 Who Shaped the Century” by Newsday.

Sept. 1, 1962–Aug. 31, 1965: Karl D. Hartzell, Executive Dean in SUNY Central (one-year appointment at Stony Brook as Acting Chief Administrative Officer and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences).

1961–1962: SUNY President Thomas H. Hamilton, Acting Administrative Head, and subsequently SUNY Provost Harry W. Porter, Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Hamilton's representative.

1961: John Lee, President
John Lee John Francis Lee, the former chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Department at North Carolina State, was appointed as the University's first president on January 1, 1961. His mandate from SUNY was to convert the Long Island Center from a science and engineering college to a full-scale university, complete with liberal arts and sciences programs and a graduate school. On June 25, 1961, the University's first commencement ceremony awarded 25 Bachelor of Science degrees at the Coe Estate In Oyster Bay. Lee served as the University's president until November 9, 1961. [Stony Brook: State University of New York, The College History Series]

1957–1961: Dean Leonard K. Olson
Leonard OlsonLeonard K. Olson was named dean of the State University College on Long Island on February 14, 1957. His administrative duties included managing the Oyster Bay campus and overseeing the planning of the Stony Brook campus. Olson traveled throughout the United States recruiting top faculty as he intended "this college to set a high standard of academic excellence." The fourteen professors President Olson appointed had formerly held positions at the University of Oxford, Columbia University, Yale University and the University of Chicago. [Stony Brook: State University of New York, The College History Series]

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