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Stony Brook University — New York’s flagship university and No. 1 public university — 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. It is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. After more than 65 years of existence, Stony Brook is ranked #58 among U.S. universities and #26 among public universities in the nation.


  • Nearly 26,000 students
  • >200 undergraduate programs
  • >140 graduate and professional programs


  • #58 among U.S. universities (U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges, 2024)
  • #26 among public universities in the nation (U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges, 2024)
  • No. 1 public university in New York (U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges, 2024)
  •  Among the top 10 public colleges (Fiske’s Best Buy Colleges, 2023)
  • #12 among national universities in social mobility (U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges, 2024)
  • Ranked 55th for ethnic diversity among national universities (U.S. News & World Report, 2022–2023)
  • National hospital leader in LGBTQ+ healthcare equality (Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2022–2024)
  • One of America’s 50 best hospitals and among the top 1% of hospitals in the country (Healthgrades®, 2023)
  • Ranked ninth among hospitals in New York State (U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals, 2022–2023)
  • Among the top 25 hospitals in the nation for environmental excellence (Practice Greenhealth, 2022)
  • Member of the invitation-only Association of American Universities, comprising the 71 leading research institutions in North America
  • Proud home to Nobel laureates, Guggenheim fellows and MacArthur grant winners
  • A top producer of Fulbright U.S. scholars and students (Fulbright Program, Top-Producing Institutions, 2021–2022)

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 — New York’s flagship university and No. 1 public university — is going far beyond the expectations of today’s public universities. It is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. With nearly 26,000 students, more than 2,900 faculty members, more than 200,000 alumni, a premier academic healthcare system and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs, Stony Brook is a research-intensive distinguished center of innovation dedicated to addressing the world’s biggest challenges. The university embraces its mission to provide comprehensive undergraduate, graduate and professional education of the highest quality, and is ranked as the #58 overall university and #26 among public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges listing. 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 71 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 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. Stony Brook has the responsibility of co-managing Brookhaven National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy — one of only eight universities with a role in running a national laboratory. In 2023, Stony Brook was named the anchor institution for The New York Climate Exchange on Governors Island in New York City. 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 — New York’s flagship university and No. 1 public university— is home to an exceptionally diverse student body of nearly 26,000 high-achieving students, including more than 17,500 undergraduates from nearly all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, Stony Brook offers more than 200 undergraduate programs and more than 140 graduate and professional programs. Innovative programs include a combined-degree fast-track MBA program and the award-winning Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities 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 and South Korea.

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 has the responsibility of co-managing 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.

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 sponsors 18 Division I varsity intercollegiate athletics programs that compete at the NCAA Division I level and is a member of the Coastal Athletic Association. Our world-class facilities include the 12,300-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 athletics 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 Communication and Journalism, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, School of Professional Development, and the five health sciences schools: Renaissance School of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Health Professions, 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 programs, MS in finance, MS in accounting and undergraduate programs in business management and accounting 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, including a fully online MBA option.

The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, which offers nine 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 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 Communication and Journalism offers a variety of graduate and undergraduate programs in communication, science communication and journalism that emphasize ethical, engaging and inclusive research and storytelling across media platforms. Students graduate with a strong foundation of communication theory and research, and gain practical skills in digital media through hands-on courses and professional experiences. The school’s undergraduate journalism program is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. It is also home to the Colvin Center for International Reporting and the Center for News Literacy, and works in close collaboration with the internationally known Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.

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 more than 40 graduate and noncredit programs for professionals at every stage of their careers. Our catalog includes master’s degrees, certificates and micro-credentials in a wide range of subject areas, including teacher education, human resource management, project management, leadership, continuous improvement, quality management and paralegal studies, among others. Most programs are available completely online and have multiple start dates to allow for optimal scheduling flexibility. In addition, SPD partners with organizations to develop customized programs that respond to today’s challenges and identify tomorrow’s opportunities through its Center for Corporate Education. SPD is also the home of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which provides an array of lively and intellectually challenging noncredit courses and special events for retired and semi-retired individuals.

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 — Renaissance School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, School of Health Professions, School of Nursing  and School of Social Welfare — as well as Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and more than 230 community-based healthcare settings throughout Suffolk County. With 603 beds, Stony Brook University Hospital serves as the region’s only tertiary/quaternary care center and level I trauma center for adults and children, and is home to Stony Brook Heart Institute, Stony Brook Cancer Center and Stony Brook Neurosciences Institute. Stony Brook Medicine also encompasses an eight-story Medical and Research Translation building, which houses the new Cancer Center, and a 10-story Hospital Pavilion, home of the 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 special needs. 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 every year and is a leader in translational research and technology transfer. SDM students participate in community outreach regionally, nationally and abroad in an effort to serve remote or underserved regions of the world, including Chilé, Madagascar and the Pine Ridge Indian Health Services Hospital in South Dakota.

The school offers baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees in both clinical and nonclinical areas that include applied health informatics, athletic training, clinical laboratory sciences, health science, medical molecular biology, occupational therapy, physician assistant, physical therapy, respiratory care and speech-language pathology. We also offer noncredit certificate programs in anesthesia technology, EMT/paramedic, medical dosimetry, phlebotomy, radiation therapy and radiologic technology. The mission of the school is to provide the highest-quality education in an interprofessional learning environment that fosters scholarly activity, including basic, translational and educational research; critical thinking; evidence-based practice; leadership; and professionalism, while affirming the importance of ethical behavior, human diversity, equity and inclusion, cutting-edge technology and a team approach to healthcare.

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 health 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 and Immunology
  • 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.


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