Academic and Graduate Partners

Empire State University partners with 4-year colleges and other academic institutions to provide educational pathways to graduate or undergraduate degree programs that enhance the education and careers of participating students.

Students enrolling from one of SUNY Empire’s academic partners will discover:

  • A wide range of primarily online associate, bachelor’s and graduate degrees
  • Affordable SUNY tuition
  • A flexible education model that fits around their busy schedules
  • Being able to finish their degree from where they live
  • An accelerated path to degree completion
  • College credit for previous learning though prior learning assessment
  • Generous acceptance of transfer credits

Along with the following benefits:

  • A one-time $100 Better Together scholarship
  • Waiver of the $50 orientation fee*
  • Additional benefits are available for active military, veterans, and spouses.  Please contact or call (800) 847-3000 ext. 2779 for more details

To Learn More

Interested students can request more information at Learn More | Empire State University (

For academic institutions looking to develop a partnership with SUNY Empire, please contact Dr. Brian Goodale, Director of Academic Partnerships, at

* Students must provide a valid partnership code at the time of application in order to receive these benefits. The code can be obtained from the designated representative at the partner organization. Please note, for our graduate programs that use GradCAS, there will be an additional prompt when you apply on how to obtain that code.

Graduate Partners

  • Maria College (Albany, NY)
  • SUNY Canton (Canton, NY)
  • SUNY Cobleskill (Cobleskill, NY)
  • SUNY College of Optometry (New York, NY)
  • SUNY Morrisville (Morrisville, NY)

Academic Partners

    • Eastern Suffolk County BOCES
    • Nassau BOCES
    • Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES
    • Ulster BOCES
  • Charter Schools
    • Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School (Rochester, NY)
    • Integration Charter Schools (Staten Island, NY)
    • UPrep Charter School (Rochester, NY)
  • K-12 School Districts
    • Aviation High School (Long Island City, NY)
    • Glens Falls City School District (Glens Falls, NY)
    • Rochester City School District (Rochester, NY)
    • Syracuse City School District (Syracuse, NY)
    • Vertus High School (Rochester, NY)
  • Alfred State College, SUNY (Alfred, NY)
  • Belanger School of Nursing (Schenectady, NY)
  • Camphill Academy
  • Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital School of Radiology (Plattsburgh, NY)
  • College of New Rochelle (Teach Out Program, NY)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • CUNY School of Professional Studies (New York, NY)
  • Distance Learning Systems, Inc.
  • Glens Falls Hospital School of Radiology (Glens Falls, NY)
  • Green Mountain Technical Institute (Hyde Park, VT)
  • Hunter Business School (Long Island, NY)
  • Long Island Business Institute (Long Island and New York City)
  • Niagara College (Ontario, Canada)
  • Peconic Bay Medical Center School of Radiology (Riverhead, NY)
  • Straighterline