|Stony Brook University|
|Type|| • Public |
• Research university
|Endowment||US$110.2 million (FYE 2011)|
|President||Dr. Samuel Stanley Jr|
|Students||21,080 West Campus|
3,432 East Campus
|Undergraduates||16,342 (2010 Fall)|
|Postgraduates||8,252 (2010 Fall)|
|Location||Stony Brook, NY, USA|
|Campus||Suburban, 1,364 acres (5.5 km²)|
|Former names||State University Center on Long Island at Oyster Bay|
|Colors||Scarlet Red, Gray |
|Athletics||NCAA Division I FCS AEC|
18 sports teams
|Mascot||Wolfie the Seawolf|
|Affiliations||State University of New York, Association of American Universities|
The State University of New York at Stony Brook (commonly referred to as Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, or SBU) is a public research university located in Stony Brook, New York in the United States. It is the youngest among university centers of the state, and has grown to be a flagship institution of New York, consistently being ranked as the top public university in New York by multiple publications. The university is one of the 62 research universities that comprise the Association of American Universities (AAU), an invitation-only organization of leading research universities in North America. It has been ranked among the top forty public research universities in the United States, and among the top 1% of universities in the world. Stony Brook has additional smaller campuses in Manhattan and Southampton.
The university was founded in 1957 in Oyster Bay as State University College on Long Island. What would become the university moved to Stony Brook in 1962. Since its establishment in Stony Brook, the university has expanded to include more than 200 major buildings with a combined area of more than 11 million gross square feet across 1,454 acres of land.
The university owns the Stony Brook University Medical Center, co-manages the Brookhaven National Labs, and in 2005 acquired land for a Research & Development Park adjacent to its main campus, and has four business incubators across the region. The university has a regional economic impact of over $4.6 billion annually accounting for nearly 4% of economic activity in eastern Long Island and research expenditures that have surpassed the $200 million mark annually.
As of 2012 Stony Brook has over 24,500 students enrolled at the main campus, an alumni base of over 150,000, and over 3,200 academic related staff with a total of 13,500 employees, the largest single-site employer in Long Island. Increasingly a more residential university, The "Stony Brook University" census-designated place corresponds to the campus and had a residential population of 9,216 at the 2010 census.
Its athletic teams, nicknamed the Seawolves, are members of the America East Conference and the Colonial Athletic Association competing at the Division I of the NCAA since 1994. The football team plays at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium, the largest outdoor stadium in Suffolk County, while the basketball programs compete at the Stony Brook Arena (temporarily at Pritchard Gymnasium.)
The university was founded in 1957 as the State University College on Long Island with about 140 students. The first temporary campus was at the William Robertson Coe Planting Fields estate in Oyster Bay. Originally, Stony Brook was a college for preparing secondary school teachers in mathematics and the sciences. Since 1962, the campus has been located in Stony Brook on land donated by philanthropist Ward Melville. The original donation consisted of more than 400 acres (1.6 km²), but the campus has since grown to about three times that size. Among the four SUNY University Centers, Stony Brook is the only one that was founded after the 1948 establishment of the SUNY system.
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. With rapid growth during the 1960s and 1970s under university president John S. Toll, more buildings were erected on campus, and academic programs and enrollment grew.
Stony Brook has undergone a number of changes in its logo and naming. 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 known and marketed as Stony Brook University.
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. On October 22, 2002  the school completed construction of a massive Charles B. Wang Asian American Center that was funded, in part, by a $52 million donation from Charles Wang. The university constructed Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium for $22 million in 2002. As of 2011[update], new apartments have been added for undergraduates. Also As of 2011[update], renovations were completed on the original Humanities building and existing undergraduate residence halls. New residence halls continue to be built, such as a new hall just completed according to green-building specifications. In December 2011, a donation of $60 million was made by former math-department chair and retired financier Dr. James Simons for the construction of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics. Most recent[when?] development projects include the completion a new baseball complex, led by the gift of alumnus and Major League Baseball Player Joe Nathan, and the Dubin Athletic Performance Center, a $4.3 million project to support the strengthening athletic programs.
In progress building developments include a Hilton Garden Inn, situated between the Admissions Building and Medical Complex and an 85,000 ft. Campus Recreation Center, both scheduled to open in the fall of 2012, as well as the plans for a cutting-edge, Marine Sciences Building at the Stony Brook Southampton Campus, scheduled to be completed by 2013.
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.
In December 2011, Stony Brook moved closer to becoming a top-notch flagship for the SUNY system, thanks to the generosity and advocacy of billionaire James Simons. Simons and his wife, Marilyn, donated $150 million to Stony Brook University, by far the largest gift to a SUNY institution, and the sixth-largest donation to any public university in the country.
Although Stony Brook is a state institution, private philanthropy helps in supporting the development of the university. Stony Brook's endowment, managed by the Stony Brook Foundation, amounted to more than $95 million in fiscal year 2008/2009; the Foundation manages assets in excess of $235.5 million.
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. In the last three years two Nobel Prizes were awarded to professors for their work conducted at Stony Brook. The University has an annual $4.65 billion economic impact on the region. Stony Brook co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory through Brookhaven Science Associates, a 50-50 partnership with Battelle Memorial Institute. Stony Brook is also one of 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.
For the 2012-13 academic year, annual undergraduate tuition is $5,570 for in-state students and $16,190 for out-of-state students with additional fees of $1,990 for all attending students. For graduate level education the tuition ranges from $4,685 to $8,970 for in-state students and $8,340 to $16,110 for out-of-state students depending on program and/or credit hours per semester. Stony Brook tuition is rising approximately $300 yearly, or 5% yearly for the next five years for in-state students and 10% yearly rise for out-of-state students after the passage of the SUNY 2020 legislation for rational tuition increases in 2011.
Stony Brook University students, numbering 24,594 in Fall 2012, represent all states of the Union and numerous nations around the world. The ratio of women to men is 1:1 as of Fall 2011 and 33 percent are graduate and professional students. Stony Brook has a diverse student body composed of roughly 39 percent European Americans, 19 percent Asian Americans, 8 percent Hispanics of any race, 14 percent international, and 15 percent undisclosed. Forty-seven percent of the students reside in Nassau or Suffolk county, while 22 percent reside in New York City. Ten percent of the student population comes from counties north of NYC, while only 7 percent reside in other states of the Union. Stony Brook has a sizeable international community amounting to 14% of the student body.
|U.S. News & World Report||92|
In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked Stony Brook University as the 40th best public university in the United States, and 92nd overall among all national universities. The School of Engineering is ranked 56th, Best Medical Schools: Research is ranked 57th, the School of Social Work is ranked 66th, and the School of Medicine and Biological Sciences is ranked 68th for best research.". In 2013, Stony Brook was ranked 22nd best value among the country’s public institutions for in-state students, and 9th for out-of-state students by Kiplinger's Personal Finance
As of 2013[update], U.S. News & World Report has ranked the following programs: 4th-ranked Nuclear Physics graduate program under the category of "Physics Specialty"; the 6th-ranked Geometry graduate program categorized as a "Mathematics Specialty"; and the 11th-ranked Clinical Psychology graduate program. The University's graduate program in Topology (categorized as a Mathematics specialty) was ranked 12th; the Physician's Assistant graduate program ranked 13th; the graduate program in American Politics (categorized as a Political Science specialization) ranked 20th; the graduate program in Physics ranked 23rd; the graduate program in Mathematics ranked 24th; the graduate program in Midwifery ranked 24th; the graduate program in Political Science ranked 33rd; the graduate program in Earth Science ranked 34th; the graduate program in Materials Science (categorized as an Engineering specialty) ranked 37th; the graduate program in Sociology ranked 41st; the graduate program in Computer Science ranked 44th; the graduate program in Chemistry ranked 49th; graduate program in Psychology ranked 50th; and the graduate program in Biological Sciences ranked 68th.
Colleges and professional schoolsEdit
|Current Schools and Colleges of Stony Brook University|
|Arts and Sciences||Business||Engineering and Applied Sciences||Dental Medicine||Health Technology and Management||Journalism||Marine & Atmospheric Sciences||Medicine||Nursing||Professional Development||Social Welfare||Graduate School|
The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) is the SUNY center for marine and atmospheric research, education, and public service. More than 300 graduate and undergraduate students from 16 different nations currently work and study at SoMAS. The School'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, the original institute for marine studies, was incorporated into the new School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SOMAS) on June 15, 2007.
Also, the University co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, joining an elite group of universities – including the University of California, 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, and the C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics among others. In the biomedical sciences, Stony Brook houses the Center for Biotechnology and 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. The Louis and Beatrice Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology was established by a generous gift in 2008 from Dr. Henry Laufer.
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.
The New York Center for Computational Sciences (NYCCS), formed in 2007, is a joint venture of Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory. Its centerpiece is an 18 rack Blue Gene /L and 2 rack Blue Gene/P massively parallel supercomputer based on the IBM system-on-chip technology, also known as New York Blue Gene supercomputer. In the June 2008 Top 500 supercomputer rankings New York Blue Gene/L was ranked 17th, and Blue Gene/P was ranked 75th. The total peak performance for both Blue Gene/L and Blue Gene/P consists 103.22 teraflops (trillion floating-point calculations per second).
Notable research and discoveriesEdit
There have been many notable research projects and important scientific discoveries at Stony Brook.
|1969||Dated Moon rocks and estimated the age of the Moon |
|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|
|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|
|Invented virtual colonoscopy|
|1998||FDA approved abciximab and Periostat (doxycycline), SUNY's first two drugs |
|1998||Discovered important fossil linking birds to dinosaurs |
|2002||Synthesized the first virus, in vitro, polio|
|2007||Demonstrated that Homo erectus may not have evolved from Homo habilis|
|2008||Remains of Beelzebufo, or devil frog, largest frog to ever exist, discovered in Madagascar |
|Three Stony Brook Professors Shared Nobel Prize Awarded for Climate Change Panel |
In 2011, 39.2% of 26,770 applications were accepted, with 2,500 of those 10,506 accepted students enrolling as freshmen in September.
- Academic Profile of enrolling freshmen
- GPA: 88 - 94
- 38% in top 10th of graduating class
- 72% in top quarter of graduating class
- 95% in top half of graduating class
- SAT Math: 590-690
- SAT Critical Reading: 540-640
- SAT Writing: 530-640
- ACT: 25-29
The average SAT score for the class of 2014 was 1251/1600
Main Campus: Stony BrookEdit
The main campus is located at Stony Brook near the geographic midpoint of Long Island, approximately Script error east of Manhattan and Script error west of Montauk. Bounded to the north by New York State Route 25A (North Country Road) the Stony Brook campus is sub-divided into three parts by Nicolls Road: the West Campus, East Campus, and South Campus. The Long Island Rail Road Stony Brook Station is situated along the northern border of the campus.
- West Campus
The West Campus houses the majority of academic buildings and undergraduate housing and is the original site of the university. The modern campus is centered around the academic mall which contains most of the academic buildings. The academic mall includes the Student Activity Center, Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library, Staller Center for the Arts, Humanities, Psychology A & B, Harriman Hall, the Earth and Space Science and Administration building on the west and east end respectively. Short distances from the mall are most of the other academic buildings and athletic facilities. Among the newest additions to the campus is the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, a new student recreation center, the construction of a campus hotel, and renovations of the Old Chemistry building. The Staller Center which contains the largest movie screen in Long Island's Suffolk County holds the annual Stony Brook Film Festival.