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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 more than 60 years of existence, it’s ranked among the top 100 universities in the nation and the top 40 public universities.


  • 26,254 students
  • >200 undergraduate programs
  • >140 graduate programs


  • One of the top 80 universities in the nation (U.S.News & World Report, 2017-2018).
  • Among the top 35 public universities in the nation (U.S.News & World Report, 2018-2019).
  • Among the top 1 percent of higher education institutions worldwide (QS World University Rankings, 2018).
  • 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 top 30 U.S. public institutions. (Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education College Rankings, 2019).
  • One of the top 35 best public colleges for your money (Money magazine, 2018).
  • One of the 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.

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 far beyond the expectations of today’s public universities. With more than 26,000 students, 2,700 faculty members, nearly 200,000 alumni, an academic medical center and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs, it is one of only four University Center campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The University embraces its mission to provide comprehensive undergraduate, graduate, and professional education of the highest quality, and has been ranked among the top 35 public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Fostering a commitment to academic research and intellectual endeavors, Stony Brook’s membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places it among the top 62 research institutions in North America. The University’s distinguished faculty have earned esteemed awards such as the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. Part of the management team of Brookhaven National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, Stony Brook is one of only eight universities that has a role in running a national laboratory. Providing economic growth for neighboring communities and the wider geographic region, the University totals an impressive $7.23 billion in increased economic output on Long Island. Follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter(@stonybrooku). 



Stony Brook University, widely regarded as a SUNY flagship,  is home to an exceptionally diverse student body of nearly 26,000 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 Australia, Italy, Jamaica, Madagascar, South Korea 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.

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.

The Stony Brook Incubator Program offers startups and young companies more than 100,000 square feet of rental space, or “virtual” participation in nonresident programs, across a technology spectrum from advanced materials and biotechnology (wet labs as small as 250 square feet) to clean tech, software, IT hardware and innovations too new to name. The program includes entrée to a billion dollars’ worth of technology and sector-focused programs, and offers specialized facilities access to the University’s exceptional faculty and student talent and assistance in securing early-stage financing. These resources include the New York State Centers of Excellence in advanced energy and wireless and IT and Centers for Advanced Technology in biotechnology, sensor systems and electric energy; the Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence; and the New York State Small Business Development Center, all on campus or in the Stony Brook Research and Development Park. The Long Island High Technology Incubator — Long Island’s first — is the nation’s leading mixed-technology incubator, according to the International Business Innovation Association. Indeed, 55 percent of the incubator’s graduates are still in business — a more-than-five-time increase over the typical success rate for startup companies.

The Start-Up NY program was initiated in 2014 to offer tax incentives for businesses to relocate to or start up or significantly expand in New York State. Stony Brook is one of 81 public and private universities and colleges with designated tax-free areas on their campuses, where businesses must locate to receive program benefits for 10 years. These benefits include full abatement of local property taxes, New York State corporate income taxes and state sales taxes on company purchases, as well as exemption of all new company employees from the state personal income tax obligation. To participate, companies must be sponsored by the campus where they wish to locate and approved by the Empire State Development Corporation. The campuses must find that the company’s business goals and objectives align with the institution’s mission. Under the Start-Up NY enabling statute, the program is scheduled to sunset on December 31, 2020.

Stony Brook’s designated tax-free areas include all of its incubator sites, as well as vacant acreage on which companies may construct facilities in its 245-acre Research and Development Park and at its 50-acre Stony Brook Business Incubator in Calverton on Long Island’s East End. The Innovation Hot Spot program offers similar but not identical tax benefits (corporate and sales taxes); they are available for only five years and only to companies that are no more than five years old that participate in the Long Island Innovation Hot Spot; recipient companies are not limited to any specific location as long as they are located within the state.

Start-Up NY information, including a list of ineligible business sectors, can be found at Campus inquiries may be directed to

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 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’ 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 12 schools and colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, The Graduate School, School of Journalism, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, School of Professional Development, and the five health sciences schools: Dental Medicine, Health Technology and Management, Nursing, Renaissance School of Medicine 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 seven 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 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 the State University of New York system. 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. It 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 a leader in marine, atmospheric and sustainability research; education; public service; and is SUNY’s designated center for the marine sciences. The School is among the leading oceanography and atmospheric sciences institutions in the world, providing students with access to state-of-the-art research laboratories, shipboard experiences, high-powered radar and computing facilities. SoMAS provides expanded study opportunities in the fields of ocean conservation, climate change and extreme weather, sustainability, waste management, marine fisheries and resources, and many others.

The School of Professional Development (SPD) offers graduate and noncredit programs for working professionals seeking to advance their careers through part-time study. SPD enrolls approximately 1,700 students in its 24 master’s, certificate and post-master’s programs, eight of which are available completely online.

Stony Brook Medicine integrates and elevates all of Stony Brook University’s health-related initiatives: education, research and patient care. It includes five health sciences schools — Dental Medicine, Health Technology and Management, Nursing, Renaissance School of Medicine and Social Welfare — as well as Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and more than 120 community-based healthcare settings throughout Suffolk County. With 603 beds, Stony Brook University Hospital serves as the region’s only tertiary care center and Level I Trauma Center for adults and children, and is home to Stony Brook University Heart Institute, Stony Brook University Cancer Center and Stony Brook University Neurosciences Institute. Stony Brook Medicine also encompasses a new eight-story Medical and Research Translation building, which houses the new Cancer Center, and a 10-story Hospital Pavilion, home of the new Children’s Hospital.

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, general dentistry, dental anesthesiology, prosthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral and maxillofacial radiology and dental care for patients with the developmental disabilities. 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 15,000 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 Chilé, Madagascar and the Pine Ridge Indian Health Services Hospital in South Dakota.

The School of Health Technology and Management offers baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees in both clinical and nonclinical areas, as well as advanced graduate certificates. Programs include Applied Health Informatics, Athletic Training, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Health Care Management, Health Care Quality and Patient Safety, Health Science, Medical Molecular Biology, Polysomnography, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy and Respiratory Care. It also offers noncredit programs in Anesthesia Technology, EMT-Paramedic, Medical Dosimetry, Phlebotomy, Radiologic Technology and Radiation Therapy. The School is home to the Center for Community Engagement and Leadership Development, the Center for Public Health Education and the Rehabilitation Research and Movement Performance Laboratory.

The School of Nursing offers degree programs leading to the Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and the PhD in Nursing. At the undergraduate level, the Basic Baccalaureate Program and an Accelerated Baccalaureate Program are available to students who hold non-nursing baccalaureate degrees. Both of these programs are offered on site and lead to licensure as a registered nurse. The Registered Nurse to Bachelor’s and Registered Nurse to Bachelor’s/Master’s programs are available to registered nurses with associate degrees or diplomas in nursing. These programs are offered through distance education with on-site requirements.

At the graduate level, a Master of Science degree in Advanced Practice Nursing is offered in the following foci: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Midwifery. Also offered: a Master of Science in Nursing Education and Nursing Leadership. Advanced certificate programs are offered for nurses with an advanced degree (master’s or doctoral) to continue their education by preparing them for the advanced practice roles of nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse leader or nurse educator. All Master of Science and advanced certificate programs are offered through distance education with on-site requirements. The license-qualifying post-baccalaureate DNP Program is designed for registered nurses who hold a baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing. It is offered in the following population foci: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care, Family, Pediatric Primary Care, Psychiatric Mental Health, Women’s Health, Neonatal and Nurse Midwifery. Nurse practitioners and nurse midwives who hold a master’s degree may be eligible to enter the DNP Program with advanced standing (post-master’s entry). A gap analysis is conducted to confirm previous coursework taken and validate the number of clinical hours performed at the master’s level. The DNP Program is offered through distance education with on-site requirements. The PhD in Nursing is designed for master’s-prepared nurses who aspire to research and academic roles within healthcare and educational settings.

The baccalaureate degree in Nursing, Master of Science degree in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Nurse Midwifery is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education.

The Renaissance School of Medicine was built on the fundamental cornerstones of excellence in education, research, patient care and community service. It consists of nine basic science and 17 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 33,500 inpatients and 971,000 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 nine 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
  • Biomedical Informatics

The 17 clinical science departments are:

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

The School of Social Welfare is committed to building a more equitable society based on the values of human dignity, inclusiveness, diversity and equality, and on economic, environmental and social justice. It offers two degree programs: a Bachelor of Science with a major in Social Work (BSW) and a Master of Social Work (MSW). 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; the MSW program is registered with the New York State Education Department as qualifying graduates for licensure credentialing.