Coordinates: 40°54′51″N 73°06′58″W / 40.914224°N 73.11623°W / 40.914224; -73.11623
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.)
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