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Points of Pride

Stony Brook is among the top 65 research institutions in North America that belong to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU).  


Stony Brook has a thriving arts culture:

  • The Staller Center offers world-class live performances and outstanding dance, music and theatrical performances.
  • The Stony Brook Film Festival features 10 days of the best in independent films. 
  • The Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet, quartet-in-residence since 2002, performs several concerts a year on campus.
  • Stony Brook Southampton is home to Southampton Arts, offering graduate programs in creative writing, children’s literature, podcasting and film, as well as an award-winning national literary and arts journal and prestigious summer writers conference.

Landmark Discoveries

  • First 2D image leads to development of MRI technology.
  • Physics professors co-discover supergravity
  • Cause of Lyme disease discovered
  • ReoPro, SUNY’s first therapeutic drug, approved by the FDA
  • Golden Bamboo Lemur (previously thought to be extinct)

Recent Discoveries

  • Researchers have identified a gene that offers hope for treating aggressive breast cancer
  • Discovered a possible link between chronic PTSD in 9/11 responders and dementia
  • Research team discovers a massive monumental cemetery near lake Turkana, Kenya  


  • Stony Brook University is one of only 10 global UN Women HeForShe IMPACT Champions
  • Stony Brook has one of the highest proportions of Pell-eligible students out of all major research institutions.
  • No difference in graduation rates between Pell recipients and rest of student body.
  • 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award — INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine
  • Plan for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity

The economic impact of Stony Brook University is $7.23 billion. As Long Island’s only public research university, Stony Brook produces the innovations and the educated workforce that drive the area’s high-tech economy.

As Long Island’s largest single-site employer, SBU creates and supports jobs that sustain the region’s economy.

  • 8% of total jobs in Suffolk County | 38,968 jobs supported by SBU operating expenditures
  • 3,539 jobs supported by SBU capital expenditures
  • $2.4 billion in earnings
  • 54,600 jobs
  • 3% of total GDP

A sampling of Stony Brook's many state-of-the art facilities:

  • Advanced Energy Center
  • MART and Cancer Center
  • CEWIT — Reality Deck
  • New Computer Science Building
  • Innovation and Discovery Center
  • New Children’s Hospital and Hospital Pavilion

Our world-class faculty are responsible for more than 2,300 inventions and more than 700 patents.They are recipients of prestigious awards and achievements, such as:

  • Nobel Prize
  • Abel Prize
  • Indianapolis Prize
  • MacArthur Foundation Prize
  • National Medal of Science
  • National Medal of Technology and Innovation
  • Pulitzer Prize
  • Fields Medal
  • National Inventors Hall of Fame
  • Wolf Prize in Mathematics
  • Wolf Prize in Physics


  • The Campaign for Stony Brook raised $630.7M, the most successful fundraising campaign in SUNY history.
  • In 2011, Stony Brook University received a $150 million gift from Jim and Marilyn Simons and the Simons Foundation, then the sixth-largest gift in public higher education history.

Through its world-class centers, institutes and initiatives, Stony Brook is making an impact around the world:

  • Centre ValBio, under the direction of world-renowned primatologist Patricia Wright, works to protect Madagascar's unique ecosystems through conservation science and projects that directly benefit the local people.
  • The Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya is a collaboration between the University and the first family of paleoanthropology — Richard, Meave and Louise Leakey —in close proximity to legendary dig sites that are challenging our interpretation of human evolution.

Healthcare is cutting edge, most recently illustrated by the launch of a mobile stroke unit program —a stroke treatment emergency room on wheels — to address stroke patients at the location where they are incapacitated, saving significant time to treatment for these patients.

Stony Brook Medicine’s Impact on the Region:

  • $2.28 billion annual budget
  • 728 beds
  • 38,027 inpatient visits
  • 1,029,289 outpatient visits
  • 120+ outpatient care sites
  • Stony Brook doctor implanted world’s smallest pacemaker

News about the University community, faculty, students and staff.


Top 1% Universities in the World
QS World University Rankings, 2018

Top 50 U.S. University
Top 15 Public U.S. University
QS World University Rankings:  USA 2020

Top 2% of Hospitals  Nationwide for Clinical Outcomes
Healthgrades® America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ 2020 Rankings

Top 40 Public University
U.S.News & World Report

Top 25 U.S. Public University
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education U.S. College Rankings for 2020

Top 10 Most Diverse U.S. University
24/7 Wall St./USA Today


BNL Collaboration
Stony Brook is part of the management team of Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), a U.S. Department of Energy multipurpose research facility. Stony Brook is one of only eight universities with a role in running a national laboratory.

Advanced Energy Center
Located in the Research & Development Park, the Advanced Energy Center is a partnership of academic institutions, research institutions, energy providers and industrial corporations. Its mission: innovative energy research, education and technology deployment with a focus on efficiency, conservation, renewable energy and nanotechnology applications for new and novel sources of energy.

Leading the Way to Social Mobility
Advancing Social Mobility and Economic Excellence

Among the top 10 U.S. Colleges and Universities That Foster Upward Economic Mobility
Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research

Stony Brook is ranked No. 1 for social mobility among highly selective public universities and the AAU, admitting the best and brightest regardless of economic status.


Our high-achieving student scholars are recipients of many major awards and have earned many distinctions:

  • Fulbright Scholars
  • Gilman Scholars
  • Goldwater Scholars
  • National Science Foundation Research Fellows
  • Truman Scholars

Rising Scores:

Fall 2019 Class Profile *

High School GPA
100-point scale

SAT scores math/reading

*Values based on middle 50%

Freshman Graduation Rates (2018-19)
In the 2019 Edition of  U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges, Stony Brook’s six-year graduation rate exceeded the expected graduation rate by five percentage points.