The State University of New York at Stony Brook (commonly referred to as Stony Brook University, SUNY 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 is also a member of the larger Universities Research Association for which Stony Brook's president Dr. Samuel Stanley Jr is council president. It has been ranked among the top thirty-five 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.