SBU Earns Highest-Ever Ranking from U.S. News & World Report

Stony Brook ranked #1 among public universities in New York, #26 among public universities in the U.S. and #58 nationally in 2024 Best Colleges

Stony Brook University has achieved its highest-ever rankings — and the highest rank ever for a SUNY institution — in U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 America’s Best Colleges publication.

Stony Brook, New York’s flagship university, is ranked #58 among national universities, a 19-position jump from #77 a year ago, which had been the university’s previous best ranking. SBU is also #1 among public universities in New York for the second year in a row and #26 among public universities nationwide, a five-spot increase from 2023.

Stony Brook is tied with the University of Connecticut in the national rankings, and maintained its status as the top public university in New York. It also was ranked #12 among national universities for social mobility, tied for second among all AAU institutions.

“Stony Brook has long been recognized as a leader supporting the social and economic mobility of our graduates and their families, and the ability to create a dynamic, engaged environment that welcomes ambition has provided us with great forward movement in becoming one of the most prominent public flagship research universities in the nation,” said Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis. “Our reputation across New York and the world has grown with the City of New York and The Trust for Governors Island’s selection of Stony Brook University as the anchor institution for New York Climate Exchange and the recent $500 million unrestricted endowment gift made by the Simons Foundation. As we celebrate the university’s upward momentum reflected in these new rankings, the commitment of our exceptional students, faculty, and staff, as well as our partners locally and across the globe make our continued progress possible.”

U.S. News & World Report’s rankings are considered to be one of the premier rankings of U.S. higher education institutions. The publication reports on nearly 1,500 public and private colleges and universities with U.S. bachelor’s degree-granting institutions on as many as 19 measures of academic quality.

Ranks are based on methodology used by the publication that includes graduation and retention ranks (including first-year retention rates) and graduation rate performance; Pell graduation rates and graduation performance; peer assessment rank; faculty research metrics; financial resources per student and borrowers’ debt among other criteria. For more information about the methodology, visit the U.S. News & World Report website.

Stony Brook saw increases in several individual categories, including graduation rates, graduation rate performance, Pell graduation performance, borrower debt, faculty salaries and financial resources per student. Its 19-position increase in national ranking was the third-biggest among schools ranked in the top 60.

The publication ranked Stony Brook at #33 in best colleges for veterans, #39 in undergraduate psychology programs and #58 for most innovative schools. Additionally, two other SBU undergraduate programs that had not been ranked in 2023 made it into the rankings this year: economics (#88) and business (#135). These rankings are based on reputation surveys.

Stony Brook is a research-intensive distinguished center of innovation with nearly 26,000 students, over 2,900 faculty members, more than 200,000 alumni, a premier academic medical center and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs. The university embraces its mission to provide comprehensive undergraduate, graduate and professional education of the highest quality, fostering a commitment to academic research and intellectual endeavors. Its membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places it among the top 71 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. Stony Brook has the responsibility of co-managing Brookhaven National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy — one of only eight universities with a role in running a national laboratory. In 2023, Stony Brook was named the anchor institution for the New York Climate Exchange on Governors Island in New York City.  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.

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