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Stony Brook University, State University of New York


Stony Brook University, SBU located in Long Island, just 60 miles east of New York City is one of four New York State’s universities.

It is a public research institution with a sea and space grant as well as being a member of the Association of American Universities, and a National Merit institution. It is also one of just 10 universities in the United States recognized by the National Science Foundation for their combination of research and undergraduate study.

The State University of New York at Stony Brook was established in Oyster Bay in 1957 as the State University College on Long Island (SUCOLI), by the governor and state of New York. Established almost a decade after the creation of New York’s public higher education system, the institution was envisioned as a college for the preparation of secondary school teachers

Today Stony Brook is an internationally recognized research university offering graduate degrees in the arts and sciences, engineering, business, and the health professions including 44 doctoral programs and a wide variety of master's and certificate programs. The 2014 U.S.News & World Report Best Grad Schools ranked 10 of those programs in the top 50. 

Enrollment total is 24,000: 16,000 undergraduates and 8,000 graduate students from 49 U.S. states and 105 countries. A member of the elite Association of American Universities, Stony Brook is one of the 62 top research institutions in North America with $182.7 million in annual sponsored research and 1,866 active research projects. 

Stony Brook faculty are leaders in significant national and worldwide projects including 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. They have made significant contributions to NASA initiatives such as examining Martian minerals for evidence of life and other phenomena. In all their work has led to some groundbreaking discoveries.

In 2015, Stony Brook was ranked the 33rd best value among the country’s public institutions for in-state students, and the 26th for out-of-state students by Kiplinger's Personal Finance. I

n 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked Stony Brook University as the 96th overall among national universities and the 42nd among public universities. Best Colleges, the National Universities SUNY's ranking in the 2017 edition placed Stony Brook University the 96th nationally.

Among notable alumni are Jai Gulati – businessperson and CEO of Systel, Jeff Raskin - author and co-creator of the Macintosh computer at Apple Computer, Inc., Joy Behar Comedian - TV personality and talk show host and many others.

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SBU has 13 schools and colleges in total, including the Graduate School and Honours College.

The School of Engineering, the School of Social Work and the School of Medicine and Biological Sciences are highly ranked in United States and worldwide.

The most popular majors by the number of students are health/medical preparatory programs, psychology, biology, business administration and management, nursing, economics.

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Stony Brook University, State University of New York
100 Nicolls Rd, Stony Brook,
New York, United States
NY 11794
United States
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Located on the North Shore of Long Island, the university is accessible by car, train and ferry, and many students choose to commute.