Military and Veteran Educational Partnerships

Empire State University has developed strong partnerships to meet the academic needs of active duty, guard, reserve, veteran service members, and family members. In addition to ArmyIgnitED, SUNY Empire supports members of the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy.

SUNY Empire is a DOD MOU signatory, which affirms and supports the principles and guidelines in the MOU. 

Partnership benefits include:

  • waiver of orientation fee in a degree or certificate program at time of submission of online admissions application ($50 for degree program; $50 for certificate program).

Military and Veteran Educational Partnerships

  • Air Force: As an approved school in the United States Air Force Academic Institution (AI) portal, SUNY Empire offers Air University-Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative (AU-ABC) programs, Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) and non-AFSC-related associate and bachelor's degree programs designed to meet the educational needs of airmen based on their military training and their educational goals. The college also participates in the Air Force General Education Mobile (GEM) program. For more information, go to
  • Army: SUNY Empire is an active member of the United States Army's ArmyIgnitED program offering undergraduate and graduate degrees to active-duty, reserve and National Guard soldiers. Visit for more information.
  • Coast Guard: SUNY Empire offers cutting-edge degree concentrations to meet the needs of Coast Guard members across the globe. For more information, go to
  • Navy: SUNY Empire offers a wide range of degrees designed to meet the educational needs of sailors based on their military training. For more information, go to
  • U.S. Marine Corp: Marines can earn a degree with the flexibility they need to meet other family, work and community commitments in their lives. For more information, go to

For information about military and veteran education partnerships, please contact Office of Veteran and Military Education, 518-587-2100, ext. 2779 or email