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SUNY Empire State College Overview

SUNY Empire State College is a public institution situated in Saratoga Springs, New York. Saratoga Springs is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

What Is SUNY Empire State College Known For?

2,760 Undergraduate Awards
  • The highest award offered at SUNY Empire is the master's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 20% of the faculty were full-time.

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SUNY Empire State College Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

SUNY Empire has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#34 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#73 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#138 Best Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#156 Most Popular Online Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#165 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#258 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at SUNY Empire.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#4 Best Value Community Organization & Advocacy Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Most Popular Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Value Public Policy Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Value General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Most Popular Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#62 Best Business, Management & Marketing Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#75 Best Value General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#76 Best Value Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#122 Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards SUNY Empire has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#6 Best General Business/Commerce Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#18 Best Public Administration & Social Service Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#18 Best Nursing Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#55 Best General Psychology Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#61 Best Psychology Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#65 Best Business Associate’s Degree Schools Business Degree Central

Where Is SUNY Empire State College?

Location of SUNY Empire State College

Contact details for SUNY Empire are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Two Union Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-4391
Phone: 518-587-2100
Website: www.esc.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SUNYEmpireStateCollege
Twitter: https://twitter.com/@SUNYEmpire

SUNY Empire State College has an open admissions policy, so you don't have to worry about getting into the school if you have a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Can I Afford SUNY Empire State College?

39% Take Out Loans
6.5% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At SUNY Empire, approximately 39% of students took out student loans averaging $7,379 a year. That adds up to $29,516 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SUNY Empire is 6.5%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

SUNY Empire State College Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,267 Full-Time Undergraduates
71% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 9,095 undergraduate students at SUNY Empire, with 3,267 being full-time and 5,828 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  SUNY Empire

There are also 1,345 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,267 full-time undergraduates at SUNY Empire, 29% are male and 71% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  SUNY Empire

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of SUNY Empire State College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of SUNY Empire Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 95
Black or African American 641
Hispanic or Latino 429
White 1,753
International Students 12
Other Races/Ethnicities 337

Geographic Diversity

New York students aren't the only ones who study at SUNY Empire State College. At this time, 9 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Online Learning at SUNY Empire State College

5,135 Took All Classes Online
6,796 Took At Least One Class Online
-3.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 18 bachelor’s degree and 13 master’s degree programs available online at SUNY Empire. In 2017-2018, 6,796 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at SUNY Empire has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 3rd most popular in New York for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of SUNY Empire

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at SUNY Empire State College was -3.8%. This is the #2,412 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at SUNY Empire regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of SUNY Empire majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies 67%
Education 0%
Entrepreneurial Studies 57%
Ethnic Studies 50%
Finance & Financial Management 11%
General Education 9%
General Psychology 8%
Health Professions 21%
Human Resource Management 5%
Instructional Media Design 29%
Nursing 19%
Other Education 18%
Other Physical Science 1%
Other Social Sciences 14%
Physical Sciences 1%
Psychology 8%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at SUNY Empire ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at SUNY Empire.

Major Growth Rate Rank
English Literature (Other) #3
Other Physical Science #4
Other Social Sciences #11
Community Organization & Advocacy #12
Area Studies #12
Public Policy #16
Interdisciplinary Studies #20
Ethnic Studies #26
Fine & Studio Arts #28
Physical Sciences #30
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies #33
Medical Illustration & Informatics #34
Other Business, Management & Marketing #40
International Business #43
Other Education #48
General Social Sciences #55
History #73
History #73
Finance & Financial Management #83
Management Information Systems #86
Entrepreneurial Studies #103
Visual & Performing Arts #117
General Education #118
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #118
English Language & Literature #122
Instructional Media Design #126
Curriculum & Instruction #142
Marketing #148
Human Resource Management #159
General Psychology #166
General Business/Commerce #203
Social Sciences #220
Psychology #225
Public Administration & Social Service #229
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #235
Teacher Education Grade Specific #308
Nursing #494

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

SUNY Empire State College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
General Business/Commerce 3 96 744 0 0 843
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 71 424 0 0 495
Nursing 0 0 193 0 52 245
Human Resource Management 0 177 17 24 11 229
General Psychology 0 22 198 0 0 220
Other Physical Science 0 52 147 0 0 199
General Education 0 26 102 0 0 128
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 76 32 0 0 108
English Literature (Other) 0 7 90 0 0 97
Business Administration & Management 2 0 0 27 65 94
Fine & Studio Arts 0 11 68 0 0 79
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 47 24 0 0 71
Public Policy 0 0 62 2 0 64
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 0 0 45 45
General Social Sciences 0 8 35 0 0 43
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 35 35
Other Social Sciences 0 0 0 17 18 35
History 0 4 20 5 0 29
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 0 15 15
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 0 13 0 13
Other Education 0 0 0 0 11 11
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 0 7 2 9
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 7 0 7
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 7 0 7
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 0 7 7
Marketing 0 0 0 6 0 6
Ethnic Studies 0 0 0 4 0 4
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 3 0 3
Area Studies 0 0 0 2 0 2
Accounting 0 0 1 0 0 1
International Business 0 0 0 0 1 1
Allied Health Professions 0 0 1 0 0 1
Computer Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0 0
Special Education 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 0 0 0 0
Human Services 0 0 0 0 0 0
Public Administration 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 5 597 2,158 124 262 3,146

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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