The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education College Rankings 2019 rated Stony Brook University at No. 135 nationally, moving up from No. 147 last year. The University is ranked No. 30 nationwide among public institutions.
The rankings, which put student success and learning at the heart of its methodology, rate 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 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.