SBU Cited 16 Times in The US News & World Report Rankings of “America’s Best Graduate Schools”
Nuclear Physics, Geometry and Clinical Psychology are Top 10
STONY BROOK, N.Y., June 2, 2010 – Stony Brook University is home to 16 of the highest ranked programs in graduate education in the nation, according to US News & World Report’s 2011 “America’s Best Graduate Schools”. The annual rankings focus on programs in Business, Education, Engineering, Law, and Medicine, and reflect data from surveys of more than 1,500 schools and more than 12,000 graduate programs*.
Designated among the top 10 programs were Stony Brook’s 4th-ranked Nuclear Physics program under the category of “Physics Specialty;” the 6th-ranked Geometry program categorized as a “Mathematics Specialty;” and the 9th-ranked Clinical Psychology program.
The University’s graduate program in Topology (categorized as a Mathematics specialty) was ranked 12th; the graduate program in Physics ranked 23rd; the graduate program in Mathematics ranked 24th; Geosciences ranked 34th; Materials Science (categorized as an Engineering specialty) was ranked 37th; the Computer Science graduate program was ranked 44th; and, the graduate program in Chemistry ranked 49th.
In addition, the following programs remain in the “Top 50,” having been previously ranked by US News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools”: Physician Assistant ranked 11th, Nursing-Midwifery ranked 29th, Political Science ranked 33rd, Sociology ranked 41st, Psychology ranked 50th and subspecialty: American Politics ranked 20th.
“Stony Brook has long been known for its world class graduate programs in the sciences and mathematics and it is good to see this recognition spreading to other areas of excellence in the social sciences,” said Lawrence B. Martin, PhD., Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost for Stony Brook University. “The quality of programs in Mathematics and Physics is a testament to the long commitment to excellence in these areas and our relationship to Brookhaven National Lab. Stony Brook’s strengths in Geometry and Physics will be further enhanced with the opening of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics later this year.”
Part of the State University of New York system, Stony Brook University encompasses 200 buildings on 1,450 acres. In the 50+ years since its founding, the University has grown tremendously, now with nearly 24,700 students and 2,200 faculty and is recognized as one of the nation’s important centers of learning and scholarship. It is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, and ranks among the top 100 national universities in America and among the top 50 public national universities in the country according to the 2010 U.S. News & World Report survey. Considered one of the “flagship” campuses in the SUNY system, Stony Brook University co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory , joining an elite group of universities, including Berkeley, University of Chicago, Cornell, MIT, and Princeton, that run federal research and development laboratories. SBU is a driving force of the Long Island economy, with an annual economic impact of $4.65 billion, generating nearly 60,000 jobs, and accounts for nearly 4% of all economic activity in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and roughly 7.5 percent of total jobs in Suffolk County.
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