ESC Description

Individualized learning programs and distance education courses are some of the options Empire State College offers its predominantly adult student-body.

Located in Saratoga Springs, New York, Empire State has learning centers throughout upstate New York and the New York metropolitan area as well as online to better serve the primary population it serves: the adult learner.

Bachelor’s, associate’s and master’s degrees are offered in the Arts, Sciences, Education, Business, Nursing and Human Services, among others.

In order to best serve the adult learner and the varied interests and experiences they bring to the table, Empire State also offers a number of interdisciplinary study and independent study programs as well.

A comprehensive student center supports students in all aspects of their education, from assessment to academic and career planning.

Admission is based on submission of an application, proof of a high school diploma or GED, and evaluation of transcripts.

Students whose grades fall below average may, however, still have the chance to be admitted by simply providing an explanation of the circumstances leading up to their low performance.

Financial aid is available to qualifying students through loans, grants and other sources. Additionally, unemployed workers and low-income students may apply for special consideration and assistance.

Quick Facts about SUNY Empire State College

Region

Northeast

Setting

Small Town Setting

Type

Public

Affiliation

Not applicable

Size

Very Large (+10,000 Undergrad)

Website

www.esc.edu

On-Campus Housing Available

No

Selectivity

Selective

In-State Tuition

$5,270

Out-of-State Tuition

$14,320

Retention Rate

46%

Enrollment

13,657

Year Established

1971

ESC Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating: 4

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100% of students gave SUNY Empire State College 4 stars overall.

Overall Rating:
4

Detailed Ratings

I am both an administrator and a former student at Empire State Colleg. What makes ESC special is that you can design your own degree program. I was able to create a degree program for Instructional Technology befor any other schools offered one. This put me ahead of the curve and I had an excellent education. I now work at ESC because I believe in ESC. So often, in Higher Ed, you here complaints that schools are training students for degrees that might be obsolete when they get out. If you are a visionary, if you know what you want and need to learn in order to achieve your dreams, then ESC is for you.

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ESC Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students
12,766
Freshman Class
381
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students)
13,657

Undergraduate vs. Graduate

Undergraduate
93%
Graduate
7%

Full-Time vs. Part-Time Students

Full-Time
37%
Part-Time
63%

Gender of Students

Women
36%
Men
64%

Ethnic Diversity

Latino
8%
African American
13%
Caucasian
64%
American Indian or Alaska native
1%
Asian
2%
Unknown and Other
13%

International Students

International
4%
Domestic
96%

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