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Stony Brook University
Established 1957
Type Public
Endowment US$95 million (FYE 2009)[1]
President Dr. Samuel Stanley Jr
Provost Eric Kaler
Faculty 1,902
Students 23,997
Undergraduates 14,851
Location Stony Brook, NY, USA
Campus Suburban, 1,364 acres (5.5 km²)
Athletics 18 sports teams
Colors Scarlet Red, Gray [2]
Mascot Wolfie the Seawolf

State University of New York at Stony Brook, also known as Stony Brook University, is a public research university located in Stony Brook, New York, on the North Shore of Long Island, about 55 miles (89 km) east of Manhattan.

Stony Brook is one of the four university centers in the State University of New York system, and has an enrollment of more than 22,000 students. The University operates two SUNY-wide research centers (the C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, and the Marine Sciences Research Center). The University also operates Brookhaven National Labs under contract from the U.S. Department of Energy.



The university was founded in 1957 as the State University College on Long Island with about 100 students.[3] The first temporary campus was at the William Robertson Coe Planting Fields estate in Oyster Bay.[3] Originally, Stony Brook was a college for preparing secondary school teachers in mathematics and the sciences.[3] Since 1962, the campus has been located in Stony Brook on land donated by philanthropist Ward Melville.[3] The original donation consisted of over 400 acres (1.6 km²), but the campus has since grown to about three times that size.[3] Among the four SUNY University Centers, Stony Brook is the only one that was founded after the SUNY system was established.

The Stony Brook campus was initially concentrated around what was called G-Quad (now Mendelsohn Quad), and almost all offices were located there. Classes took place in the Humanities building, and some classes were still offered at Oyster Bay. However, the 1960s and 1970s witnessed rapid growth under university president John S. Toll. More buildings were erected on campus, and academic programs and enrollment grew.

In the 1990s the school underwent a project to revitalize the campus. Numerous buildings were renovated, including the Student Activities Center, as well as each residential quad. More recently, the school completed construction of a massive Charles B. Wang Asian American Center that was funded, in part, by a $50 million donation from Charles Wang.[4] The university constructed Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium for $22 million in 2002.[4] Recently new apartments have been added for undergraduates. Renovations were recently completed on the original Humanities building, and new apartments continue to be built. Recently, a donation of $60 million was made by retired math professor Dr. James Simons for the construction of the Simons Center for Physics and Geometry.

Due to its long history as a concert venue, the university was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on October 15, 2006.

Although Stony Brook is a state institution, private philanthropy plays an ever-increasing role in the development of the university. Stony Brook's endowment, managed by the Stony Brook Foundation, currently amounts to over $201 million.[5]


The University is divided into numerous schools:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • School of Dental Medicine
  • School of Health Technology and Management
  • School of Journalism
  • School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Professional Development
  • School of Social Welfare

Stony Brook was one of ten national universities awarded a National Science Foundation recognition award in 1998 for their integration of research and education. In 2001 it became a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an invitation-only organization of the top research universities in the U.S., currently having 62 members. [4] In the last three years two Nobel Prizes were awarded to professors for their work conducted at Stony Brook.[4] The University generates $160 million annually in external research funding and has an annual $4.65 billion economic impact on the region.[6] Stony Brook co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory through Brookhaven Science Associates, a 50-50 partnership with Battelle Memorial Institute.[7] Stony Brook is also one of only two public schools in New York to have a medical school and a dental school, the other being University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.[citation needed]


The middle 50% of the 2009 Enrolled Freshmen had the following score ranges:[8][9]

  • SAT Math: between 590 and 680
  • SAT Critical Reading: between 540 and 630
  • SAT Writing: between 540 and 630
  • ACT: between 25 and 29
  • The average SAT score was 1221/1600 [9]
  • GPA: 3.3-3.8 (average of 3.6), or 88-95 (average of 91)[8]
  • 36% in top 10th of graduating class
  • 72% in top quarter of graduating class
  • 97% in top half of graduating class[10]

With 27,714 Applications the acceptance rate for 2009 was 39%, 2,672 enrolled.[8]

State University of New York Research Centers

The Marine Sciences Research Center (MSRC) is the State University of New York's center for marine and atmospheric research, education, and public service. More than 200 graduate and undergraduate students from 16 different nations currently work and study at MSRC. The Center's students study coastal oceanographic processes and atmospheric sciences in a natural and academic setting that offers abundant opportunities for conducting field work, solving real problems in both local and distant environments, and learning to express their opinions in the weekly seminars. The Marine Sciences Research Center was incorporated into the new School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SOMAS) on June 15, 2007. The new school also includes the newly approved marine undergraduate majors and faculty at Southampton.

Also, the University co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, joining an elite group of universities – including Berkeley, University of Chicago, Cornell, MIT, and Princeton University – that run federal laboratories. In the Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering area, some of the research centers of Stony Brook University are the Institute for Mathematical Sciences, the C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, the Nuclear Theory Institute, among others. In the biomedical sciences, the Center for Biotechnology, the Institute of Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery, among many others. In March, 2008, the University received $60 million endowment from James Simons to establish the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics.

In July 2007 Stony Brook "won a grant from the Department of Defense to devise ways to prevent terrorists from corrupting computers, and another from the Department of Homeland Security to design a system to detect radiation without triggering false alarms."[11]

The campus

Main campus

West Campus's main alley. Left, Melville Library.
Stony Brook University Hospital

The main campus is located at the geographic midpoint of Long Island, approximately 60 miles (97 km) east of New York City and 60 miles (97 km) west of Montauk. It is split into three portions: West Campus, East Campus, and South Campus.

The West Campus houses the majority of academic buildings and campus housing. It is the location of the original buildings at the Stony Brook site, including Mendelsohn Quad, which now serves as a residential quad. In addition to this quad, there are five other residential quads located on the West Campus, in addition to apartments for both graduates and undergraduates. The residential quads surround the Academic Mall, which contains the academic buildings. The center of the mall is the Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library, and around this building are academic buildings housing the arts, sciences, and engineering departments. The Student Activities Center is the focus of campus life and is located across from the library. The Staller Center sits adjacent to the library and contains the largest movie screen in Long Island's Suffolk County. The Stony Brook Sports Complex holds various facilities for athletics and the largest gym in Suffolk County with a capacity of more than 5,000 people. Behind the Sports Complex sits the Kenneth P. Lavalle Stadium, which seats 8,136.

The East Campus is separated from the West Campus by Nicolls Road. It is home to the Stony Brook University Medical Center. The hospital is the largest in Suffolk County, and the attached Health Sciences Center (HSC) and Basic Science Tower (BST) houses numerous laboratories, the medical school, and numerous Allied Health programs. The Chapin Graduate Apartment Complex and the Long Island High Technology Incubator can also be found on the East Campus.

The South Campus is the smallest of the three and is separated from the West Campus by the Ashley Schiff Forest Preserve. It is home to the School of Dental Medicine, the Marine Sciences Research Center, and the Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

Campus Residence Halls

Campus residence halls are grouped into quads, with each quad consisting of three, four, or five separate dorms. Each quad and residence hall has been named after someone who has made a significant contribution to their respective field in some way. However, in an effort to merge with the history of New York and Long Island, the person being recognized had to be either from New York/Long Island or have made their contribution to New York/Long Island. Each residence hall is named after that specific person and referred to as a college. Below are the names of the colleges, followed by the name of the honored contributor.
H Quad - Like "G Quad" (now Mendelsohn Quad) originally intended to be a "placeholder" until a suitable name came along.

Mendelsohn Quad - Harold Mendelsohn - University Employee

Roth Quad - Named for architect, Emery Roth

Tabler Quad - named after a builder of the dorm complex

Roosevelt Quad - Eleanor Roosevelt - First Lady to Franklin D. Roosevelt

Kelly Quad - Ellsworth Kelly - Painter
(David Scarzella QD)

  • Baruch College – Bernard Baruch – Stock Broker/Statesman (Janice Davidson RHD)
  • Eisenhower College – Dwight D. Eisenhower – U.S. President (Regina Frontino RHD)
  • Schick College – Béla Schick - Pediatrician (Larry Whitehurst RHD)
  • Dewey College – Thomas E. Dewey – New York Governor (Jasmine Colon RHD)
  • Hamilton College – Alexander Hamilton – NY Representative on Declaration of Independence (Patrick Monoco RHD)
  • A set of two graduate apartment buildings (A & B), named the Schomburg Apartments, are named after Arturo Schomburg. Schomburg was a historian, writer, and activist, known as "The Father of Black History." He later moved to Harlem, New York in the late 19th century.
  • A second set of graduate apartments (A - L), named the Chapin Apartments, are named after Harry Chapin. Chapin was an Academy Award winning singer and songwriter from Greenwich Village, New York, who later died in a car accident on the Long Island Expressway near Jericho, NY. He was 38 years of age.
    West Apartment Dorms
  • Also on campus are nine "West Apartments", named only by a letter. Currently, A through I are occupied by students. Plans and construction for a six story, six hundred bed residential complex between Kelly and Roosevelt Quads are underway as well, scheduled for the 2010-2011 school year.

Branch campuses


In 2002 the University established a presence in Manhattan with the opening of Stony Brook Manhattan. It is located on the 2nd floor of 401 Park Avenue South. The 18,000-square-foot (1,700 m2) facility allows Stony Brook to offer professional and graduate courses targeted towards students in the city, as well as undergraduate courses during the summer and winter sessions. It is currently being expanded with another floor in an adjoining building.


On March 24, 2006, the University completed the purchase of the 81 acre Southampton College (on the east end of Long Island) property from Long Island University with the intent to develop it as a full college campus focusing on academic programs related to the environment and sustainability.[12] Since then Stony Brook expanded its program originally started in the fall of 2005 when it started offering an undergraduate marine sciences program, with teaching and research facilities at the campus leased from Long Island University. An enrollment of about 2,000 students is expected within the next five years. Professor Martin Schoonen was appointed interim dean of Southampton campus on August 3, 2006.

Research and Development Campus

On November 3, 2005, the University announced that it had formally acquired 246 acres (1.00 km2) of the adjacent Flowerfield property, originally owned by the Gyrodyne Company of America, through eminent domain, three years after the University had expressed its desire to acquire the property.[6]

Stony Brook intends to use this property as a Research and Development Campus, similar to other university-affiliated science parks around the country. The campus will ultimately house ten new buildings. The first building, the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology, was completed in October 2008. Construction for the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center commenced in the Summer of 2008 and is expected to be completed by 2009.

Proposed South Korean Campus

In May 2009 the SUNY board of trustees granted Dr. Samuel Stanley Jr., authority to conduct negotiation measures towards a partnership campus between Stony Brook and the South Korean government. Stony Brook would be joining other universities in a univerCITY complex, potentially involving other schools such as; North Carolina State University, George Mason, Carnegie Mellon, Johns Hopkins, and Boston University. The campus would be a global university with intentions to offer a diverse learning environment while at the same time stimulating the economy in South Korea. With some financial assistance from the South Korean government students may be able to enroll at the proposed new campus in Songdo, South Korea, as early as fall 2011.[13]


The varsity sports teams were formerly known as the Patriots, but were renamed and are currently known as the Seawolves. The basketball and volleyball teams play at the Sports Complex, while the football, soccer and lacrosse teams now play at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. There are numerous other fields located in the northern portion of West Campus that are used by the baseball and softball teams, as well as track, tennis and other sports.

Kenneth P LaValle Stadium

Stony Brook joined NCAA Division I in 1999 and all varsity sports teams compete in the America East Conference with the exception of football. The football team competed as a Division I-AA Independent in 2007, after leaving the Northeast Conference at the end of the 2006 season. Stony Brook joined the Big South Conference as a football-only member in 2008.

Recent successes include the men's soccer team winning the 2005 America East Championship and reaching the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament, and the football team sharing the 2005 Northeast Conference Championship with Central Connecticut State University.

The athletics department produces a weekly television news show called The Sports Report, which is available as a podcast.


In 2005 "Stony Brook was one of 33 universities in The Center's Top American Research Universities that ranked 26th through 50th nationally in at least one of the measures, and the University scored better in the category than such institutions as the University of Connecticut, Tufts University, the University of Tennessee, and Indiana University."[14]

In August 2008 U.S. News & World Report ranked SBU tied for 45th in the category of top public national universities and for 96th in the U.S. News rating of “best national universities, the only school on Long Island rate in the top 100.[15] Previously in August 2007 U.S. News & World Report, for the sixth time, ranked SBU among the top 100 national universities in the United States and among the top 50 public national universities.[16][17] The University was tied for 96th in the U.S. News rating of "best national universities," and tied for 45th in the category of "top public national universities."[16] In January 2007 it was ranked 34th best value among the country’s public institutions for in-state students by Kiplinger's Personal Finance.[18]

According to the United States National Research Council Rankings of U.S. doctoral programs, Stony Brook is ranked 40th in the average of nonzero scores, 22nd in Biological Sciences, 38th in Arts and Humanities, 44th in Physical Sciences and Math, and 39th in Social and Behavioral Sciences.[19]

In 2008, Stony Brook was ranked as the 127th best university in the world out of more than 8,300 by the London-based Times Higher Education Supplement.[20]. Furthermore, Russian based the Global University Ranking 2009 placed Stony Brook among top 74-77 universities worldwide .[21]

Stony Brook University is cited eight times as being among the best in the nation in the current rankings of professional schools in US News & World Report’s 2009 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” Stony Brook’s Clinical Psychology program was ranked 9th tying Penn State and Duke University and ahead of such universities as Northwestern and Vanderbilt. In addition, the Nuclear Physics program (categorized as a Physics specialty) ranked 4th, ahead of Yale, Columbia, and the California Institute of Technology. Stony Brook’s program in Geometry (categorized as a Mathematics specialty) was ranked No. 6, ahead of Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, and Yale. The University’s Physics graduate program ranked 23rd tying with Penn State; the Mathematics program ranked 24th, tying Rutgers, University of California San Diego, and the University of Washington, ahead of Rice, Purdue, Carnegie Mellon, Ohio State, Georgia Institute of Technology and Indiana. In addition, the Computer Science graduate program was ranked 31st tying with New York University (NYU), Rutgers, and Ohio State; the Biological Science program ranked 48th tying with Brandeis and Rice; and, the Physician Assistant program ranked 11th ahead of Northeastern.[22] In addition, the philosophy department is considered to be among the top programs in the United States for the study of continental philosophy, particularly in the area of phenomenology.[23][2]

The Wall Street Journal ranked Stony Brook University (SUNY) #8 amongst public universities sending students to elite graduate programs.[24]

The University was also ranked among the top 152 universities in the world by the Institute for Higher Education in Shanghai.[25] It was also ranked among the top 100 universities in North and Latin America, with the Institute grouping it in the category of number 58-77. Joining Stony Brook in that grouping were such institutions as Dartmouth, Massachusetts, and Virginia.

In 2001 it became a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an invitation-only organization of the top 62 research universities in the U.S.[4]

In 2007, the Princeton Review (not associated with Princeton University) #12 for Diverse Student Population, and is listed as one of the "Best Northeastern Colleges" and "America's Best Value College".[26]

The fall 2008 America's Best Colleges ranked by placed Stony Brook at #332.[27]

In 2006-2007 Stony Brook University was ranked the "Fourth Unhappiest School" in the Princeton Review’s “Best 366 Colleges: 2008 Edition.” In 2005, the Princeton Review Journal rated Stony Brook as the second unhappiest school.[28]

In the 2010 edition of US World News College Rankings, Stony Brook was marked number 97 on their Top National Universities list.

Names and logos

Throughout its first 50 years, Stony Brook has undergone a number of changes in its logo and on how it is named. In 1957, while it was still located in Oyster Bay, it was officially called the State University College of Long Island at Oyster Bay. A year after, it was changed to State University Center on Long Island at Oyster Bay.

When it moved to its present campus in Stony Brook in 1962, it became officially known as the State University of New York at Stony Brook, or SUNY-Stony Brook (SUNY-SB). Another form used in documents was University at Stony Brook (USB) as can be seen in one of the previous logos.

Today, the university is more popularly known and marketed as Stony Brook University, with the new logo designed by Milton Glaser.

Notable faculty and alumni

Faculty Awards & Honors [29]

Fellows of Academic Societies [30]

Notable research and discoveries at Stony Brook

There have been many notable research projects and important scientific discoveries at Stony Brook.[31]

Years Research/discovery
1969 Dated Moon rocks and estimated the age of the Moon[3]
Created a new ultrasound method that speeds the healing of bone fractures
Discovered the link between emphysema and smoking
Developed the drug that is recommended for all cardiac angioplasties (abciximab)
1974 Created the first MRI image of a living organism[4]
Discovered the Golden Bamboo Lemur
Identified and cataloged 328 distant galaxies
Using a single electron, created the smallest electric switch in the world
1976 Formulation of supergravity
1982 Found the cause of Lyme disease[5]
Invented virtual colonoscopy
1998 FDA approved abciximab and Periostat (doxycycline), SUNY's first two drugs[6]
1998 Discovered important fossil linking birds to dinosaurs[7]
2002 Synthesized the first virus, in vitro, polio[8]
2007 Homo erectus may not have evolved from Homo habilis[9]
Three Stony Brook Professors Shared Nobel Prize Awarded for Climate Change Panel[10]

See also


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  2. ^ Stony Brook University: College Information (Stony Brook, New York) - College Toolkit
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  4. ^ a b c d e Fain, Paul (June 16, 2006). "Feisty President at SUNY-Stony Brook Has Led a Makeover of 'Mudville'". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 2007-07-01. 
  5. ^ "State of the University Address 2008". Stony Brook Foundation. October 23, 2008. 
  6. ^ a b "The Impact of Stony Brook University on the Long Island Economy". Stony Brook University. Spring 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  7. ^ "IBM Awards $750,000 Gift to Stony Book" (PDF). Stony Brook University. 3 November 2005. Retrieved 2007-07-01. 
  8. ^ a b c "Fast Facts". Stony Brook University. Spring 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  9. ^ a b "Freshman criteria". Stony Brook University. Spring 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  10. ^ "State University of New York Stony Brook University". Spring 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  11. ^ "Stony Brook University wins federal defense grants". Newsday. July 31, 2007.,0,932313.story?coll=ny-business-print. Retrieved 2007-07-31. 
  12. ^ "Stony Brook University Completes Purchase of Former Southampton College Property". Stony Brook University. 4 October 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-01. 
  13. ^ [1], additional text.
  14. ^ "Stony Brook Again Ranks as One of the Best Research Universities in the Country". Stony Brook University. Winter 2005. Retrieved 2007-07-31. 
  15. ^ "Stony Brook Again Receives National Recognition". Stony Brook University. August 27, 2008. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  16. ^ a b "Stony Brook Again Receives International Recognition; Named One of Top 100 Universities and Top 50 Publics". Stony Brook University. August 17, 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  17. ^ The survey utilizes several measures of academic excellence, assigning weights decided upon by the magazine editors, to reach an overall ranking.
  18. ^ "Stony Brook University Again Named One Of Nation's Best Values By Kiplinger's". Stony Brook University. January 9, 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-01. 
  19. ^ "NRC Rankings". National REsearch Council. 1995. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  20. ^ "Stony Brook University Achieves Highest Ranking Ever in "Top 200 World Universities" International Report". SUNY. 2007. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  21. ^
  22. ^ "Stony Brook Cited Eight Times in US News & World Report Rankings". Stony Brook University. April 7, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  23. ^ Ferit, Güven (May 1, 2007). [ "Philosophy Graduate Schools Friendly to Continental Philosophy"]. Earlham College. Retrieved 2007-03-01. 
  24. ^ "Top 30 State Feeder Programs" (PDF). The Wall Street Journal. 8 April 2006. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  25. ^ "Stony Brook Cited Nine Times in US News & World Report Rankings". SUNY. 8 April 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-01. 
  26. ^ "Best 366 College Rankings". Princeton Review. 8 April 2006. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  27. ^ "America's Best Colleges". Retrieved 2009-01-14. 
  28. ^ "PDF The Best 345 Colleges (2005, 2006, 2007)". Google Books. 2005, 2006. 
  29. ^ "Stony Brook At A Glance". Stony Brook University. Fall 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  30. ^ "Stony Brook At A Glance". Stony Brook University. Fall 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  31. ^ "Stony Brook Research: Research Milestones". Stony Brook University. 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-01. 

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