Stony Brook, NY–(Embargoed until September 10, 2018 at 12:01AM)— Stony Brook University has been ranked #80 among U.S. colleges and universities by U.S. News & World Report, the highest ranking in the university’s history and up from #97 last year. Among public universities nationally, Stony Brook University ranks #32.
The U.S. News and World Report’s methodology focuses on qualitative and quantitative data with 16 metrics of academic excellence, including student outcomes, faculty resources, expert opinions, financial resources and student excellence.
This year, improved graduation rates, smaller class sizes, and higher reputation scores from peers and high school counselors lifted the Stony Brook University’s overall ranking by 17 places. The University’s record-high 72% graduation rate is five percentage points above the expected graduation rate of 67%.
Additionally, the University’s ranking among high school counselors improved by 20 places.
“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. Initiatives we have put into place like Finish in 4, which have helped our students stay on track to graduate in four years, and the work of the campus advising team appear to have improved these numbers.”
These rankings also appear in The 2019 Best Colleges rankings and guidebook.
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.