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Empire State College
Established 1971
Type Public Liberal Arts
President Alan Davis[1]
Faculty 157 full time and 1,113 part time[2]
Undergraduates 16,825[3]
Location Saratoga Springs, New York, USA
(administrative offices)
Campus multiple locations

Empire State College, one of the thirteen arts and science colleges of the State University of New York, is a multi-site institution offering associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees.[4] It is primarily oriented towards the adult learner.[5] The College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools [6]. Empire State College administrative offices are located in Saratoga Springs, New York.



The Rochester, New York learning center

Many of the undergraduate degrees offered by Empire State College are "individualized" as opposed to the more traditional degree programs.[7] The college offers flexible programs, including distance education, extensive transfers of credits from other universities, knowledge gained through independent studies, standardized evaluations, and the opportunity to design one's own degree with an academic advisor or mentor.[8]

International students pay the same tuition fees when studying online as in-state students. The Center for Distance Learning is available for students throughout the world, who can earn an undergraduate degree completely online.

Empire State College's Center for International Programs also has special programs for students in Lebanon, Czech Republic, and Greece. It also has arranged learning opportunities with United Auto Workers-Ford, United Steelworkers of America, Corporate Noncredit Training, eArmyU, Navy College Program and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (Local Union #3).

Degree Programs

Undergraduate Programs:

  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Professional Studies

Graduate Programs:

  • M.A. in Labor and Policy Studies
  • M.A. in Social Policy
  • M.A. in Liberal Studies
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Arts in Teaching


Coordinating Center at Saratoga Springs

  • Center for Distance Learning
  • Center for Graduate Programs
  • College Administration
  • Student Services

Center for International Programs

  • Athens, Greece
  • Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Beirut, Lebanon
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Tirana, Albania
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Niagara Frontier

  • Buffalo
  • Fredonia
  • Jamestown
  • Lockport
  • Olean

Genesee Valley

  • Rochester
  • Alfred
  • Batavia
  • Canandaigua
  • Corning/Elmira

Central New York

  • Syracuse
  • Auburn
  • Binghamton
  • Fort Drum
  • Ithaca
  • Utica
  • Watertown


  • Latham
  • Glens Falls/Queensbury
  • Johnstown
  • Plattsburgh
  • Saratoga
  • Schenectady

Hudson Valley

  • Hartsdale
  • Newburgh
  • Highland
  • Nanuet

Metropolitan New York

Long Island

  • Old Westbury
  • Hauppauge
  • Riverhead

Notable alumni

College presidents

College presidents
Name Tenure
James W. Hall 1971 – 1998
Joseph B. Moore March 2000 – June 2007
Kimberly Cline (acting) June 2007 – October 2007
Joyce Elliott (interim) October 2007 – July 31, 2008
Alan Davis August 1, 2008 –

See also


  1. ^ "SUNY BOARD NAMES DR. ALAN DAVIS PRESIDENT OF EMPIRE STATE COLLEGE" (Press release). Empire State College. 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2009-03-23.  
  2. ^ 2006 – 2007 Fact Book. Saratoga Springs, New York: Empire State College. p. 81.  
  3. ^ 2006 – 2007 Fact Book. Saratoga Springs, New York: Empire State College. p. 23.  
  4. ^ Patricia Lefor, Meg Benke, Evelyn Ting (2001). "Empire State College: The Development Of Online Learning". International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning 1 (2): 1–16.  
  5. ^ Jack Lindquist (1976). "Empire state college: Can there be an experimenting college?". New Directions for Higher Education 1976 (15): 83–94. doi:10.1002/he.36919761507.  
  6. ^ Listing on MSCHE Institution Directory
  7. ^ "Colleges Without Walls". Time Magazine (Time, Inc.). 1972-08-28.,9171,906287,00.html. Retrieved 2009-03-23.  
  8. ^ James W. Hall, Richard F. Bonnabeau (1993). "Empire State College". New Directions for Higher Education 1993 (82): 55–66. doi:10.1002/he.36919938206.  

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Coordinates: 43°04′40″N 73°46′57″W / 43.0777°N 73.7826°W / 43.0777; -73.7826



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