SUNY Empire State College

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 areas of study.

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.

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SUNY Empire State College
2 Union Ave
Saratoga Springs , NY 12866-4391
General Phone: (518) 587-2100

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Empire State College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management1,265business, business management, business administration, labor relations
Liberal Arts603English language and literature, liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies, social services, social studies, history
Family and Social Work502community organization
Science175physical science courses
Therapy and Counseling159psychology
Art Studies133art studies
Education and Teaching85education, education courses

Number of programs and degrees for Empire State College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree61811
Bachelor's degree2,18111
Master's degree1236

Empire State College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Empire State College had a total enrollment of 12,914 students (8,203 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 50%
Women 50%
Full-Time 39%
Part-Time 61%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 95%
Graduate 5%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 59%
Black 12%
Hispanic 7%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 15%
(Foreign Students) 6%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 1%
20-21 4%
22-24 11%
25-29 17%
30-34 14%
35-39 14%
40-49 25%
50-64 13%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York98%
New Jersey2%

Empire State College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 40 %
Part-Time 51 %

Empire State College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Saratoga Springs, New York for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New York Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Empire State College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Application Requirements:

GPAnot required
Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)not required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Empire State College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,575
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 10,835
Books and supplies $ 1,750

Financial Aid:
Empire State College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 1028600)

Empire State College Faculty

Empire State College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1957
Non-tenured and not on tenure track614

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year22$99,75611$96,458
Associate professorcalendar year21$82,25021$79,890
Assistant professorcalendar year22$65,91764$63,966
Instructorcalendar year0*2*
Lecturercalendar year2*4$61,229
All faculty totalcalendar year67$81,708102$70,508

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Empire State College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Labor and Industrial Relations

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Education, Other

Family And Social Work
Community Organization and Advocacy

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Social Sciences, General
Social Sciences, Other

Physical Sciences, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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