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Your Degree is Closer Than You Think

Empire State University helps put your degree within reach. That’s not just something we say — it’s the central focus of everything we do. Whether you’re a first-time student, returning student, or seasoned student pursuing an advanced degree or certificate, SUNY Empire provides the academic programs, services, and support you need to reach your goals.

Programs Designed With You in Mind

Our undergraduate and graduate degree programs are designed for busy working adults. Study full or part time in programs that allow you to immediately apply your newfound skills and knowledge in the real world.

A Faculty That Goes the Distance

97% of our graduates say the SUNY Empire faculty helped them achieve their learning goals. We’re not surprised. Our world-class faculty is dedicated to teaching students of all ages, online and in person. They’re also dedicated to mentorship that makes a difference, getting to know you, your goals, and the best ways to keep you motivated and on track from Day One to graduation.

Academics at SUNY Empire


Choose from more than a dozen study areas leading to associate and bachelor’s degrees. You can even customize your degree program to match your goals and interests.

Graduate Studies

Advance your career with a master’s degree in business, nursing, education, liberal arts, or policy studies. Earn an advanced certificate. Or earn your Ed.D. in educational leadership and change.

Nursing and Allied Health

Balance work and family while you advance your career with an undergraduate or graduate nursing degree or a bachelor’s degree in allied health.

Military & Veterans

Whether you’re on active duty or a U.S. veteran, SUNY Empire makes it easy and affordable to earn your degree on your schedule, no matter where you’re located.

International Students

Earn a SUNY Empire degree, no matter where in the world you live. Explore our online and onsite options at locations in Albania, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Greece, Lebanon, and Turkey.

Nondegree Students

Even if you’re not pursuing a degree, you can take courses to stay current in your field, satisfy an interest, or improve your job skills.

Put Your Degree Within Reach

Get credit for what you know. In addition to traditional transfer credit, we offer multiple ways to earn credit for prior learning and life experience. On average, our undergraduate students earn between 20-35 credits for learning gained outside a traditional classroom, saving time and money.

Study anytime, anywhere. At Empire State University, your location and schedule are no obstacle. Schedule your courses on your time, and take them online, in person, or a blend of both. With locations across New York state and abroad, and with more than 120 online degree programs to choose from, we are where you are, whenever you need us.

Pay less for more. As part of the State University of New York, Empire State University offers a world-class, accredited college education at affordable SUNY tuition rates. In addition, we offer generous financial aid options and scholarship opportunities.

Bringing the Classroom to You

Wherever you live, whatever you’re studying, SUNY Empire puts your classes, professors, and college degree within reach.

By Attending SUNY Empire...

Hear from our students how SUNY Empire's high-quality education combined with faculty and a community committed to their success fully prepares students in their career pathways.


We’re here to help.

SUNY Empire’s dedicated faculty mentors are ready to work with you to build a degree program and delivery method built around your life.