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Stony Brook Jumps 12 Spots in Wall Street Journal/Times Higher US Education Ranking 2019

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STONY BROOK, NY, September 6, 2018 — The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education College Rankings 2019 rated Stony Brook University #135 nationally moving up from #147 last year and #30 among public institutions in this ranking.

The rankings, which put student success and learning at the heart of its methodology, rates colleges and universities based on the input of about 200,000 current students.

Of the ranking’s four pillars — resources, engagement, outcomes and environment — Stony Brook University received its highest ranking in environment, which judges the student learning environment as well as the diversity of the student body and faculty.

“While we are appreciative and pleased with the new data, Stony Brook has become a world-class institution not by managing toward rankings but rather by managing toward mission — exemplary academics, cutting-edge research, state-of-the-art health care, economic vibrancy, and celebrating diversity,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. “Where rankings align with the mission to achieve outcomes, they can be a valuable tool.”

Other criteria include student interaction, graduation rate, reputation, loan default, faculty-to-student ratio and the amount spent per student.

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.


Contact: Joan Behan-Duncan, 631 632-4965,

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