Admissions Requirements and Financial Aid

When you attend SUNY Empire, you earn a respected, affordable degree. You also open a world of personal and professional opportunity. That’s a smart investment.

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Choose from 12 study areas leading to associate and bachelor’s degrees. Customize your program to match your goals and interests.

Graduate Studies

Go further with one of SUNY Empire’s five graduate programs in business, nursing, education, liberal studies or policy studies.

Nursing and Allied Health

Balance work and family while advancing your career with our nursing and allied health programs.

Transfer Students

When you decide to finish your degree at SUNY Empire, you’ll get more than transfer credit. You’ll get the support you need to succeed.

International Students

If you live outside the U.S., you can still earn a SUNY Empire degree. Explore our online and onsite options at locations around the globe.

Military & Veterans

Whether you’re on active duty or a U.S. veteran, SUNY Empire makes it easy for you to earn your degree anywhere, anytime.

Non-Degree Students

Even if you’re not pursuing a degree, you can take courses to prepare for college-level study, stay current in your field or improve your job skills.

A SUNY Empire Degree is Affordable

You have goals. We’ll help you achieve them. We start by making your SUNY Empire degree as affordable as possible.

  • Credits for Work Experience

    You work hard. We believe you deserve some credit for demonstrated knowledge and experience you’ve acquired outside a traditional classroom.

  • Credits for Prior Learning

    Learning doesn’t always begin and end in a classroom. If you have college-level knowledge gained through non-traditional means, you may be able to apply it toward your degree.

  • Tuition & Fees

    Benefit from SUNY’s low tuition and fees. You’ll pay far less than you would at a private institution, and you’ll receive a highly respected degree in the process.

  • Financial Aid

    A college degree is more attainable than you think. You could be eligible for financial aid opportunities ranging from grants and scholarships to loans and employer tuition benefits.


We’re here to help.

SUNY Empire’s admissions and financial aid staff is ready to work with you to make earning your degree possible and affordable.


Take the Next Step

Ready to advance your education and career? There’s no time like the present. Apply now, or learn more about SUNY Empire at one of our information sessions.