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Stony Brook Jumps 30 Places to No. 105 in Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education Rankings

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STONY BROOK, NY-September 4, 2019, 7pm–Stony Brook has been ranked No. 105 in the prestigious Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education U.S. College Rankings for 2020, representing an increase of 30 places over last year. The higher ranking reflects particularly strong showings in the areas of campus environment and student outcomes.

“I am thrilled by our extraordinary rise in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings,” said Michael A. Bernstein, Interim President of Stony Brook University. “This achievement is testimony to the unwavering commitment of our faculty and staff to fostering institutional excellence at Stony Brook University. I applaud the entire campus community for all of their efforts in reaching this exceptional milestone.”

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking is a ranking of universities and colleges designed to emphasize graduate success and student learning.

Developed in partnership with US experts and universities, the ranking adopts a balanced scorecard approach, using 15 individual performance metrics, grouped into four pillars representing Resources (30%), Engagement (20%), Outcomes (40%) and Environment (10%). The 15 performance indicators were selected in order to answer the questions that matter the most to prospective students when choosing a university.

Data sources include the Times Higher Education (THE) U.S. Student Survey, and THE Academic Reputation Survey, along with public data from IPEDS, the College Scorecard and Federal Student Aid on areas including completion rates and graduate employment. The THE Student Survey polled 170,00 current students on their college experience, focusing on motivation, engagement with learning, career impact, and satisfaction and value.

The full methodology can be found on the THE’s website.

Stony Brook continues to climb in major rankings of US and world higher education institutions. Recently, the university placed in the Top 100 of  Washington Monthly’s 2019 National University Rankings.

About Stony Brook University
Stony Brook University, widely regarded as a SUNY flagship, is going far beyond the expectations of today’s public universities. With more than 26,000 students, 2,700 faculty members, nearly 200,000 alumni, an academic medical center, and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs, it is one of only four University Center campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The University embraces its mission to provide comprehensive undergraduate, graduate, and professional education of the highest quality, and has been ranked among the top 35 public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Fostering a commitment to academic research and intellectual endeavors, Stony Brook’s membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places it among the top 62 research institutions in North America. The University’s distinguished faculty have earned esteemed awards such as the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. Part of the management team of Brookhaven National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, Stony Brook is one of only eight universities that has a role in running a national laboratory. Providing economic growth for neighboring communities and the wider geographic region, the University totals an impressive $7.23 billion in increased economic output on Long Island. Follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (@stonybrooku).

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