Apply for an Associate or Bachelor's Degree

Thank you for choosing Empire State University to pursue your degree. Please review the academic terms and submit a completed application including required documentation by the application deadlines below.

Questions about completing your application? Contact your Regional Recruiter.

Summer 2024 Term Application Deadline*

Full Term (15- week session) and 
Express Term 1 (8-week session)

April 12

Express Term 2 (8-week session)

May 17

Fall 2024 Term Application Deadline*

Full Term (15- week session) and 
Express Term 1 (8-week session)

August 1

Express Term 2 (8-week session)

September 26

B.S. Early Childhood Education

June 15* (extended to June 25)

Spring 2025 Term Application Deadline*

Full Term (15- week session) and 
Express Term 1 (8-week session)

December 6

Express Term 2 (8-week session)

January 31

B.S. Early Childhood Education

November 1*

*All required application documents (supplemental items) must be submitted on or before the application deadline date.

Application Requirements

In addition to your submitted application, the following materials are required:

  • Proof of high school completion
  • Official transcripts sent directly from all institutions previously attended. If you have completed college credit at a non-U.S. institution, you must have those credentials evaluated by a member organization of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), such as SpanTran, ECE, GLOBE, or WES.
  • A nonrefundable orientation fee (waived for U.S. veterans, active military, and their spouses and dependents)

Program Specific Requirements

In addition to the above requirements, applicants applying to the following programs must meet additional admissions requirements.

B.S. Early Childhood Education

  • Associate degree or 50 to 60 completed credits
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 (recalculation of up to the last 50-60 credits earned)
  • Essay: In about 500 words, please explain why you chose to apply to the early childhood education program at SUNY Empire State University and describe what you see as your professional responsibility to young children.
  • Letter of Recommendation (optional, strongly recommended)

Combined and dual Bachelors/Master's Programs

  • Minimum 3.2 GPA (recalculation of up to the last 60 credits earned); and
  • Transferring no more than 92 credits at the time of application; or
  • Applicants who have already completed a bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply to the Dual Degree BS Accounting/ MBA Business Management or MAT pathways. Please see the combined pathway pages for more details.

To check the status of your application and application requirements, log into your application account.

Learn about what happens after you are accepted.

Returning Students

We are excited you have decided to return to Empire State University.  Students who have been withdrawn from the University for more than 3 years will need to submit a new application.  If you’ve taken a short break, chances are your student account is still active.  Log into MySUNYEmpire to see if your account is still active.  If you forgot your password, use this reset your password link.  If you need technical help with a password reset, learn more or contact the IT Service Desk for assistance.

Nondegree (non-matriculated) Students

Looking to take a course or two for career development, personal enrichment, or earn credit toward a degree at another college or university?  Apply now to be a nondegree student.

Immunization Requirement

State law dictates that students enrolling in 6 or more credits provide proof of immunization including immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, and meningitis.

Disability Services or Accommodations

For information regarding disability services or to request accommodations, please contact the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services.