Abridged Conceptual Framework
Stony Brook University, the crown jewel in the SUNY system, is located in Suffolk County on the North Shore of Long Island, about sixty miles east of New York City. The university was established in 1957 as the State University College on Long Island for the preparation of secondary school teachers of mathematics and science. In the early 1960s, Governor Rockefeller and the chancellor and trustees of the State University designated Stony Brook as one of four University Centers and charged it with pursuing national prominence. Stony Brook is the only such research center in the Long Island/New York City metropolitan area and is the largest single-site employer on Long Island.
Since its founding, the university has grown in quality, intellectual breadth and stature, and it is now a world-class research university comparable to the flagship campuses of major state universities across the country. In 1995, the National Research Council ranked Stony Brook as the leading public research university in the northeast, and the Carnegie Foundation has identified Stony Brook as one of the nation's seventy leading research institutions. The Rise of American Research Universities ranked Stony Brook right after the University of California at Berkeley as one of the best public institutions of higher learning in the United States.
Funding for Stony Brook's research programs has grown faster than at almost any other university, making it the major research campus in the SUNY system. In 2001, Stony Brook was invited to join the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization representing North America's 62 major research universities. As a highly regarded comprehensive Research I university, Stony Brook is recognized as one of the leading public universities in the United States with several of its departments, including Mathematics and Physics (which are home to several of our programs) consistently ranked among the most distinguished programs in their disciplines.
The Memorandum of Understanding between Stony Brook and SUNY describes Stony Brook's distinctiveness, its demographics, faculty development and scholarship, inter- campus collaboration, and the development of its infrastructure and technology.
Stony Brook University Mission Statement
Vision and Mission
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