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Stony Brook University Makes Forbes List of “America’s Best Value Colleges”

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Stony Brook University Makes Forbes List of “America’s Best Value Colleges”


STONY BROOK–April 18, 2018 —
has released its 2018 list of “

America’s Best Value Colleges

,” and Stony Brook University ranks #41 overall among 300 schools in the United States that provide students with the most bang for the buck, up from #83 in last year’s ranks.
Stony Brook ranks at #18 among public colleges and universities, up from #29 in 2018, and received the highest ranking of all SUNY schools.

The ranking is based on data from the Department of Education’s College Scorecard, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and PayScale which examined  alumni earnings (20%), net price (20%), net debt (20%), school quality (20%), timely graduation (10%), and population of Pell Grant recipients (10%). Forbes also considered fees, room and board in addition to list price.  Also, drop-out risk and timely graduation rates (high six-year graduation rates) were figured into the ranking.

Forbes tweaked its methodology for the 2018 list to emphasize financial indicators like earnings, price, and debt. For example, Forbes calculated the net price of attending college, which considers fees and room and board in addition to tuition cost instead of list price. For the first time, Forbes also consolidated drop-out risk and timely graduation rates, rewarding schools with high six-year graduation rates.


About Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University is going beyond the expectations of what today’s public universities can accomplish. Since its founding in 1957, this young university has grown to become a flagship as one of only four University Center campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system with more than 26,000 students and 2,600 faculty members, and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs. Our faculty have earned numerous prestigious awards, including the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. The University offers students an elite education with an outstanding return on investment: U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 50 public universities in the nation. Its membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. As part of the management team of Brookhaven National Laboratory, the University joins a prestigious group of universities that have a role in running federal R&D labs. Stony Brook University is a driving force in the region’s economy, generating nearly 60,000 jobs and an annual economic impact of more than $4.6 billion. Our state, country and world demand ambitious ideas, imaginative solutions and exceptional leadership to forge a better future for all. The students, alumni, researchers and faculty of Stony Brook University are prepared to meet this challenge.


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