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Stony Brook University, widely regarded as a SUNY flagship, 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 and the top 50 public universities.


  • 25,989 students
  • >200 undergraduate programs
  • >140 graduate programs


  • Among the top 100 universities in the nation. (U.S.News & World Report, 2016-2017)
  • Among the top 50 public universities in the nation. (U.S.News & World Report, 2016-2017)
  • Among the top 1 percent of higher education institutions worldwide. (QS World University Rankings, 2016-2017)
  • Among the top 10 colleges and universities in the nation whose students begin college at the bottom fifth of income distribution and go on to have income in the top three-fifths of income distribution. (Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, 2017)
  • One of the 35 best values in public colleges and universities. (Kiplinger, 2016-2017)
  • One of the top 35 best public colleges for your money.  (Money magazine, 2017)
  • One of the top 45 best value colleges and top 20 best value public colleges (Forbes, 2018)
  • 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.



Stony Brook University, widely regarded as a SUNY flagship,  is going beyond the expectations of what today’s public universities can accomplish.  Since its founding in 1957, this young university has grown to become one of only four University Center campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system with more than 25,700 students and 2,500 faculty members, and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs. Our faculty have earned numerous prestigious awards, including the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics.

The University offers students an elite education with an outstanding return on investment: U.S.News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 50 public universities in the nation. Its membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. As part of the management team of Brookhaven National Laboratory, the University joins a prestigious group of universities that have a role in running federal R&D labs.

Stony Brook University is a driving force in the region’s economy, generating nearly 60,000 jobs and an annual economic impact of $6.4 billion. Our state, country and world demand ambitious ideas, imaginative solutions and exceptional leadership to forge a better future for all. The students, alumni, researchers and faculty of Stony Brook University are prepared to meet this challenge.



Stony Brook University, widely regarded as a SUNY flagship,  is home to an exceptionally diverse student body of more than 25,700 high-achieving students — including more than 17,000 undergraduates — from nearly all 50 states and more than 150 countries. Stony Brook offers more than 200 undergraduate programs, more than 100 master’s programs and more than 40 doctoral programs. Innovative programs include a combined-degree fast-track MBA program and the award-winning Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URECA) program, which involves undergraduates in research in nearly every discipline and has produced Beckman, Goldwater, Marshall and Truman scholars. Students in all disciplines have the opportunity to enrich their education by pursuing their academic interests in an overseas location while still earning credits toward their bachelor’s degree. Stony Brook offers unique semester, academic year, and summer and winter programs in locations such as Argentina, Italy, Jamaica, Korea, Madagascar and Tanzania.

Nobel laureates, Guggenheim fellows and MacArthur grant winners teach on our campus. Our faculty are leaders in significant national and worldwide projects, such as uncovering the causes of lobster mortality in Long Island Sound, searching for the origins of man in Kenya’s Turkana Basin and managing the national parks of Madagascar. We’ve made significant contributions to NASA initiatives, such as examining Martian minerals for evidence of life and other phenomena.

The entrepreneurial energy and economic strength of the University bring a combined benefit of $6.4 billion to the economy of Long Island. Stony Brook has a remarkable record of fruitful collaboration with private enterprise. Through its high-technology incubators, Stony Brook has promoted the launch of 44 companies and will continue to set a pace under the Start-Up NY program. Designed to attract companies from out of state and to help start- up companies thrive in New York, Start-Up NY turns the Stony Brook University footprint, most importantly, the Research and Development Park, into tax free zones, where selected industries can locate and establish research or manufacturing enterprises without any State or local tax liability for 10 years.

Stony Brook University is part of the management team of nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), joining such prestigious schools as Princeton, Stanford and the University of Chicago on the list of major institutions that have a role in running federal research laboratories. In addition, BNL and Stony Brook collaborate with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory — one of the world’s pre-eminent private research institutes.

Our Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT) and in Advanced Energy Research and Technology, and our three state-designated Centers for Advanced Technology — in diagnostic tools and sensor systems, in biotechnology and in integrated electric energy systems — facilitate partnerships between New York State industry and University research.

Stony Brook’s Staller Center for the Arts offers a rich program of theater, dance, classical music and popular entertainment throughout the year. The center hosts master classes and concerts by the world-renowned Emerson String Quartet, our resident artists. Each summer, the Stony Brook Film Festival brings leading and emerging independent filmmakers and fans to campus.

Stony Brook’s Department of Athletics supports 18 Division I varsity intercollegiate athletic programs that compete at the highest level within the NCAA. Our world-class facilities include the 8,300-seat Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium, and a sports complex housing the 4,000-seat Island Federal Credit Union Arena, which opened in fall 2014. All of Stony Brook’s men’s and women’s programs offer athletic scholarships.

Stony Brook Southampton, on Long Island’s East End, is home to the Southampton Arts MFA programs and summer workshops, the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences’ new Marine Sciences Center, and the undergraduate residential Semester by the Sea program in marine sciences.

SUNY Korea, a partnership between Stony Brook University, the State University of New York (SUNY) and the South Korean government, opened its doors in March 2012 as the first American university established on Korean soil. It is also the first university to join the Songdo Global University Campus.

The University is divided into 13 schools and colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Graduate School, the School of Journalism, the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, the School of Professional Development, and the six health sciences schools: Dental Medicine, Health Technology and Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Welfare.

The College of Arts and Sciences 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, MS and undergraduate programs are taught by faculty from around the world who have met rigorous standards for research productivity and teaching effectiveness. Students participate in vibrant learning communities where they gain the knowledge, skills and insights necessary to manage complex organizations. Dedicated faculty have both academic and business experience, and teach not only the broad principles of accounting, management, finance and marketing, but also the more intangible aspects of leadership, communications and business strategy. The College of Business offers flexible full- and part-time programs, with day, evening, Saturday and online courses available.

The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, which offers eight ABET-accredited programs, provides students with opportunities to find work in the industry or proceed to graduate study in a variety of areas. Students are given the 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.

The School of Journalism is the only public undergraduate journalism school in New York. 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 established one of the nation’s first courses in news literacy, designed to educate students and news consumers on how to evaluate the credibility of the news they consume; and is home to the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting, giving students the opportunity to practice international reporting through the Journalism Without Walls program.

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 and features classrooms on the water. 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 (SPD) offers graduate and non-credit programs for working professionals seeking to advance their careers through part-time study. SPD enrolls approximately 2,000 students in its 25 master’s, certificate and post-master’s programs, eight of which are available completely online.

The School of Social Welfare is committed to a more just society based on equality, human dignity and social justice. It offers three degree programs: a Bachelor of Science with a major in social work (BSW), a Master of Social Work (MSW) and a PhD. The full-time, upper-division undergraduate BSW program provides preparation for entry-level social work positions. The MSW program prepares graduates for advanced generalist social work practice. A dual-degree program in social work and law with Touro Law Center is available. The MSW and BSW programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education; and the MSW program is registered with the NYS Education Department as qualifying graduates for licensure credentialing. The School’s PhD program operates under the auspices of the Stony Brook University Graduate School.

Stony Brook Medicine, Long Island’s premier academic medical center, encompasses Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, six health sciences schools — Dental Medicine, Health Technology and Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Welfare — and myriad centers, institutes, programs and clinics. With 603 beds, the University Hospital serves as Suffolk County’s only tertiary care center and Regional Trauma Center. With 106 beds, Stony Brook Children’s offers the most advanced pediatric specialty care in the region. We also are home to the Cancer Center, Heart Institute and Neurosciences Institute. 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 2018.

The Long Island State Veterans Home, a 350-bed skilled nursing facility located on our campus, is integrated with Stony Brook Medicine to provide honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, their spouses or widows and Gold Star Parents with a comprehensive array of services. It also serves as a site for the education and training of long-term care and geriatric healthcare professionals.

The School of Dental Medicine (SDM) is renowned for implementing cutting-edge technology in its educational programs and in the delivery of oral healthcare services. The SDM offers the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in addition to postdoctoral education in endodontics, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, periodontics and implant dentistry, advanced education in general dentistry, dental anesthesiology and dental care for the developmentally disabled. Master’s and doctoral degrees are offered through the University’s Graduate School and the School’s Department of Oral Biology and Pathology. The SDM provides dental care to more than 13,000 community residents each year and is the country’s leading dental school in translational research and technology transfer. SDM students participate in community outreach regionally, nationally and abroad in an effort to serve remote or impoverished regions of the world, including Kenya, Madagascar and the Indian Health Center at Pine Ridge in South Dakota.

The School of Health Technology and Management offers baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees in both clinical and non-clinical areas. The entry-level full-time programs include athletic training, clinical laboratory sciences, occupational therapy, physician assistant, physical therapy and respiratory care. Part-time graduate programs are offered for healthcare professionals in healthcare policy and management, and the post-professional physical therapy and physician assistant programs. The School also offers an undergraduate major in health science and a minor in adapted aquatics. Additionally, the School of Health Technology and Management offers non-credit certificate programs in anesthesia technology, EMT-paramedic, medical dosimetry, nuclear medicine, phlebotomy, polysomnographic technology and radiologic technology.

The School of Medicine was built on the fundamental cornerstones of excellence in education, research, patient care and community service. It consists of eight basic science and 18 clinical departments providing preclinical and clinical education of medical students including graduate, postgraduate and continuing education. Faculty, students and residents help Stony Brook Medicine — one of the leading academic medical centers in the United States — to serve more than 31,000 inpatients and 230,000 outpatients each year. As a major research university, Stony Brook works to improve health and save lives by bridging the gap between laboratory discoveries and clinical applications. The School offers research and clinical opportunities and has attracted a faculty of national and international renown.

The School’s eight departments in the basic science disciplines are:

  • Anatomical Sciences
  • Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Neurobiology and Behavior
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacological Sciences
  • Physiology And Biophysics

The 18 clinical science departments are:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Psychiatry And Behavioral Science
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Surgery
  • Urology

The School of Nursing, accredited by the State Education Department, offers full- and part-time educational opportunities in preparation for professional nursing practice. The School offers three degree programs: a Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing, a Master of Science with a major in nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. The baccalaureate and master’s programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Nurses with an associate’s degree may be interested in the Registered Nurse Baccalaureate Program, and those with baccalaureate degrees may continue their education by preparing for advanced practice as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists or nurse midwives. Post Master’s Certificate and Master’s Completion options are available.