Stony Brook Shines in Recent College Rankings

Stony Brook University’s academic excellence has again been recognized in three recent college rankings: the Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education College Ranking, which places SBU at No. 30 among national public institutions, the new Washington Post composite ranking, which places SBU No. 69 nationally and No. 35 among public institutions, and the US News & World Report Best Global Universities ranking, which ranks SBU as No. 131 worldwide.

Stony BrookThe WSJ/Times Higher Education ranking does not focus primarily on research performance but is based on four broad “pillars” that focus primarily on what the institutions offer students: resources, outcomes, environment, and quality of interactions between students and faculty/staff. SBU ranked particularly strong in the area of environment, which includes proportion of international students, as well as staff and student diversity. 

Using a composite of six prominent higher education rankings, the Washington Post found that Stony Brook ranks 69th among national universities (#35 among publics). The six publications included are: US News & World Report, Washington Monthly, WSJ/Times Higher Education US rankings, Times Higher Education Global Rankings, Money, and Forbes.

The new ranking seeks to include several factors most important to incoming students, including selectivity, research prowess, strong academics, social mobility, affordability and post-graduation outcomes.

The US News rankings, based on schools’ academic research and reputation,  encompasses the top 1,000 institutions spread across 65 countries and is intended to allow students to compare universities around the world. The list reflects a focus specifically on schools’ academic research and reputation overall and not on their separate undergraduate or graduate programs.


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