Getting Started at SUNY Empire

Becoming a SUNY Empire online student is a carefully planned journey. Each step equips you with the confidence to go forward, tools for success and plenty of personalized support. If you need help, we’re here.

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Step 1:
Get to Know Us Better

There are several ways to gather information:

Step 2:
Apply Online

Complete your online application. This is your opportunity to tell us about yourself—what you’ve done, what you’re doing, and your plans for the future.

Need some assistance? Download our helpful Quick Guides:

Step 3:
Begin the Financial Aid Process

Our financial aid professionals are available to help you navigate the process. Learn more about costs, aid and payment plan options or contact our Financial Aid Office at 518-580-4863 or

Once You’re Accepted

At SUNY Empire, support doesn’t end after you’re accepted; we’re just getting started. You’ll benefit from a host of programs, opportunities and connections that will help you successfully launch your academic career and see you through to graduation and beyond.

Student Orientation

If you think of your education as a journey, orientation is your roadmap. At orientation, you’ll learn about:

  • Online and blended learning at SUNY Empire
  • Academic support resources and how to access them
  • How to get the most from your student/mentor relationship

…and more.

We offer orientation in three convenient formats so you can choose the one that works best for you:

  • Online (pre-recorded, self-paced and available 24/7)
  • Skype (an online meeting in real time via video connection)
  • In person (a face-to-face session at a SUNY Empire location near you)

Faculty Mentors and Advisors

During—or shortly after—orientation, you’ll connect with your faculty mentor (undergraduate students) or faculty advisor (graduate students). He or she will help you clearly define your goals and help you put a plan in place to achieve them. This crucial relationship will help you navigate your degree program and provide motivation when you need it most.

Free Online Workshops

Take advantage of SUNY Empire’s free online workshops that bring you up to speed and prepare you to begin your degree. Choose from topics including:

  • Grammar Refresh
  • Time Management
  • Stress Management
  • Writing College Papers
  • Transitioning to College
  • Overcoming Procrastination

…and many more. View our list of upcoming workshops.

Ready to Apply?

Make it happen. Applying online is convenient and secure.

An application is considered complete when we have received all of the following items: