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Stony Brook University Named 34th Best US College by Money Magazine

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Stony Brook University has been named the 34th best college in the US, as well as the 22nd best public institution, in an annual ranking released by MONEY Magazine.

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In the 2018 list of “Best Colleges For Your Money,” SBU ranks  No. 34 overall this, a 20-place increase from its 2017 ranking, and No. 22 among public universities, a 10-place jump from last year. Stony Brook’s rise in the rankings reflects an increase in graduation rates alongside a slower growth in tuition rates compared to other institutions.

Social mobility is also an important factor behind the improvement. SBU scored highly in data on schools’ track records of moving low-income students into the upper middle class .

MONEY Magazine’s rankings for the 727 eligible universities in the United States were based on the quality of education, university affordability during college and student debt payoff rates after graduation, and alumni outcomes, such as annual salary data from PayScale.com.

The estimated total cost at Stony Brook University for the 2018-19 academic year is $26,100. About three out of five undergraduates (57 percent) receive grant or scholarship aid, and the average final cost for this group is about $14,700. Early career earnings for Stony Brook alumni average $54,300, while median Stony Brook undergraduate student debt is about $19,000.

“Improving access to higher education and minimizing student debt is mission critical at Stony Brook University,” said University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. “We offer students an environment in which a diverse student body is encouraged to thrive, and a wide array of programs to help facilitate student success. I give significant credit for this ranking to our students, our faculty and the staff in our advising and career counseling services programs, who help our students achieve their full potential.”

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