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SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College provides motivated adult learners with access to innovative, flexible and quality academic programs that empower people and strengthen communities. We build on the diversity of our students, their work and life experiences and their individual personal and professional goals as the cornerstone for each academic program.



SUNY Empire was established in 1971 by the SUNY Board of Trustees and then-chancellor and future United States Commissioner of Education Ernest L. Boyer as a pioneering statewide SUNY institution focused on educating students at any stage of life or learning, with faculty mentors working closely with students to design individualized degree programs.


The college continues its commitment to flexible, accessible education with more than 110 online degrees and certificates and locations in every region of the state and seven international sites so SUNY Empire students can pursue their education around the demands of a busy life -- whether online, face-to-face, or a blend of both.


Achieving your professional and career goals is a process. It takes time and planning. We encourage you to explore the available resources to help you develop your own personal career development plan.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards


Student services

Our mission is to offer all students with disabilities an equal opportunity for success in their college experience. Whether you are working with your mentor, your center disability representative or our professional staff in disability services, we all have the same goal: to provide equal access to all college services, studies, programs and activities. We do this by ensuring that reasonable accommodations are determined and implemented in an appropriate manner.

Library services

The online library provides access to a vast collection of online resources and services for research and study, including: full-text journal articles and newspaper articles, e-books and reference e-books, videos, audio recordings, Ask a Librarian service to answer reference questions, library and research tutorials , support and help with accessing materials through other libraries

Student Life

Student clubs

  • Black Male Initiative Club
  • Lear Mathews & David Fullard
  • Criminal Justice Club 
  • Education for All Club
  • Graduate Student Collaborative
  • LGBTQA Student Alumni Club
  • Multicultural Club
  • Music Industry Club
  • Paraprofessionals Circle
  • Society for Entrepreneurship
  • Sports Industry Club
  • Student and Alumni Business Club


SUNY Empire State College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The most exciting time in my life

Review from an international student
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I was an international student so I was attending the courses in the campus in Athens. The courses were very interesting and challenging and each course had something new to teach me. I wish I could take more courses.

Christine Madi rated 5 out of 5 stars

I double majored in Graphic Design and Advertising, for me the Visual Art and the Communication Art they both complete each other. The experience was amazing, it gave me the chance to enter the job world before I graduate thanks to the good way of educating students and the projects.

Saratoga Springs, New York, United States

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