Nondegree Lifelong Learning

You can take courses with Empire State University even if you’re not pursuing a degree. Nondegree, or nonmatriculated, study is a great way to:

  • Experience or prepare for college-level study.
  • Stay current in your field.
  • Earn credit toward a degree at another college or university.
  • Improve your skills.
  • Train for employment.

Apply now to be a nondegree undergraduate student at the associate or bachelor’s level. There is no application fee.


  • Courses are available across our areas of study and do carry credits.
  • Courses are available as space and resources allow.
  • Financial aid is not available for nondegree study.

Nondegree courses may be applied later toward a degree at SUNY Empire, if approved.


Even if you’re not pursuing a degree, you can take courses to prepare for college-level study, stay current in your field or improve your job skills.


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