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Study at SUNY Empire State College

Empire State College, or ESC, is one of the arts and science colleges of the State University of New York (SUNY). It was founded in the year 1971. ESC is a multi-site institution that offers various degrees ranging from associate and bachelor to master degrees in diverse Course Topics.

Empire State College also runs a center for international programs and special programs for students in Lebanon, Czech Republic, and Greece. The college also provides flexible programs, distance education, wide-ranging transfers of credits from other universities, knowledge gained through independent studies, standardized evaluations, and the prospect to design one s own degree with an academic advisor or mentor.

Profile of SUNY Empire State College

The campus of Empire State College is in Saratoga Springs, NY, which is a small suburb. The school is a public institution. Degrees at Empire State College include, at the school s highest level, the Master s degree.

Course Topics

The school has a tighter focus on specific Course Topics than most colleges its size. Empire State College is known for its programs in art studies, business and management, and family and social work.

Empire State College Selectivity

Admission at the school is selective, not open to all who apply.


Empire State College has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student enrolment

In 2007, the school had 12,914 students enrolled (7,703 full-time equivalent). A large number of students at Empire State College are 40 years old or older.

Student Life

A lot of students at the school attend part-time.

Empire State College Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management1,282business, labor relations, business management, business administration
Liberal Arts582interdisciplinary studies, English language and literature, social services, history, liberal arts and sciences, social studies
Family and Social Work475 community organization
Science192 physical science courses
Therapy and Counseling 150psychology
Art Studies140 art studies
Education and Teaching85 education, education courses

Contact: Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College

1 Union Ave

Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-4391

General Phone: (518) 587-2100


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