STONY BROOK, NY, February 5, 2013 – Stony Brook University is one of the nation’s “Best Value" colleges and universities according to The Princeton Review, a Massachusetts-based education services company that profiled Stony Brook in its just-published book, The Best Value Colleges: 2013 Edition and on a special area on its website.
In its profile of Stony Brook, the editors at The Princeton Review praise the University for combining “affordability and excellence with academic prestige” and as a place “where students can learn from world-renowned professors at a great price.” Students surveyed by The Princeton Review said that professors are “approachable and interested in their subject, making them good educators.” They also mentioned the vast opportunities available to them to work with faculty on interesting projects. “It is relatively easy to find internships and research opportunities,” one student said.
"We commend Stony Brook University and all of our extraordinary “2013 Best Value Colleges” for their stellar academics and their exceptional affordability as evidenced by their generous financial aid awards and comparatively low sticker prices,” said Robert Franek, Senior Vice President/Publisher of The Princeton Review and lead author of The Best Value Colleges.
The Best Value Colleges: 2013 Edition identifies 150 colleges (75 public and 75 private) that The Princeton Review designates as "Best Values" based on assessments that examined more than 30 data points covering academics, cost and financial aid. The Company chose the 150 schools from 650 colleges and universities at which it conducted institutional and student surveys for this project in 2011-12. Profiles of “Best Value” colleges and universities provide information on each school's application requirements, admission data (acceptance rates and average SAT/ACT scores of enrolled freshmen), costs, financial aid, graduation rates, and graduates' loan debt.
The "Best Value Colleges" list and information about the schools are also posted on a dedicated area of USA TODAY.com which has been The Princeton Review's online publishing partner for this project since 2009. USA TODAY’s site features an exclusive database that allows users to view in-depth details about the schools by clicking on an interactive map. Users can explore criteria including cost of attendance and financial aid data, enrollment size, location and The Princeton Review’s analysis of why it chose each school as a “Best Value.”
The ranking of Stony Brook University as a “Best Value” college is the latest in outstanding rankings conferred upon the University by independent organizations including Kiplinger’s Personal Finance naming Stony Brook University a top value public college (ninth out of state, 22nd in state) and recent recognition by the U.S. News & World Report as being among the top 100 national universities and the top 40 public universities for 2013.
About Stony Brook University
Part of the State University of New York system, Stony Brook University encompasses 200 buildings on 1,450 acres. In the 50+ years since its founding, the University has grown tremendously, now with nearly 25,000 students and 2,200 faculty members and is recognized as one of the nation’s important centers of learning and scholarship. It is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, and co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, joining an elite group of universities, including Berkeley, University of Chicago, Cornell, MIT, and Princeton that run federal research and development laboratories. SBU is a driving force of the Long Island economy, with an annual economic impact of $4.65 billion, generating nearly 60,000 jobs, and accounting for nearly 4% of all economic activity in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and roughly 7.5 percent of total jobs in Suffolk County.
About The Princeton Review
Founded in 1981, The Princeton Review is a privately held education services company headquartered in Framingham, MA. The Company has long been a leader in helping students achieve their education and career goals through its test preparation services, tutoring and admissions resources, online courses, and more than 150 print and digital books published by Random House, Inc. The Princeton Review delivers its programs via a network of more than 5,000 teachers and tutors in the USA, Canada, and international franchises. The Company also partners with schools and guidance counselors worldwide to provide students with college readiness, test preparation and career planning services.