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Stony Brook University Among Top 100 National Universities and Top 40 Public Universities in US News & World Report’s 2016 Best College Rankings

STONY BROOK, NY, September 9, 2015 –  Stony Brook University has been named the #89th best national university and the #37th best public university by US News & World Report. The rankings are based on a formula that uses quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality. It compares colleges based on a number of common quality indicators, such as retention, graduation rates, faculty strength and more.  

​"Access to excellence is at the core of Stony Brook University's mission, so being recognized by US News & World Report as one of the best among national universities is a gratifying external validation for the University, faculty staff and students," said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. “This distinction further highlights the work of our award-winning faculty, accomplished students, rigorous and innovative academic programs and reinforces the University's  efforts in continuing to increase the value of a Stony Brook degree." 

This recognition is the latest in outstanding rankings conferred upon Stony Brook University. Most recently, Stony Brook was named the #1 Best Value Online MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) Program in the nation by  Value Colleges; ranked the 4th best college in the U.S. for a degree in applied mathematics by  College Factual / USA Today College ; the #5 most valuable public university by Consumers Digest; and the #32 out of 484 four-year public institutions by The Business Journals. It has also been named as one of the best value universities by The Princeton Review and named the 35th best value in public colleges for in-state students (29th for out-of-state students) by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. The University also received a ranking of 114th in the Times Higher Education 2011-2012 Top 400 World University rankings; received 23 Citations in the U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Graduate Schools” report for 2012.

These rankings also appear in The 2016 Best Colleges rankings and guidebook.


About Stony Brook University

​Part of the State University of New York system, Stony Brook University encompasses 200 buildings on 1,450 acres. Since welcoming its first incoming class in 1957, the University has grown tremendously, now with more than 24,600 students, 2,500 faculty and 20 NCAA Division I athletic programs. Its membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 40 public universities in the nation and Kiplinger named it the 33rd best value in public colleges for in-state students and 26th for out-of-state students. One of four University Center campuses in the SUNY system, Stony Brook University co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, putting it in an elite group of universities that run federal research and development laboratories. As the largest single-site employer on Long Island, Stony Brook is a driving force of the regional economy, with an annual economic impact of $4.65 billion, generating nearly 60,000 jobs, and accounting for nearly 4 percent of all economic activity in Nassau and Suffolk counties and roughly 7.5 percent of total jobs in Suffolk County.



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