Apply for Associate or Bachelor's Degree

Thank you for choosing Empire State College to pursue your degree. Please review the requirements below before starting your application.

If you are applying for the nursing program, please review the nursing admissions requirements.

Please review the academic terms and submit a completed application including required documentation by the application review dates below.

Academic TermPriority Application ReviewGeneral Application ReviewApplication Deadline*
Fall May 15 May 16- June 15 June 15
Spring October 1 October 2- November 1  November 30
Summer February 1 February 2- March 1 March 1

*All required application documents (supplemental items) must be submitted on or before the application deadline date

Nondegree students do not need to complete this application.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to Empire State College you must:

  • provide proof of high school completion
  • demonstrate ability to pursue college-level work through the essay in the application
  • complete an application (as outlined below)

In addition, Empire State College must have the resources to serve you.

An applicant has one year from the submission of the application to complete the admissions process and attend a pre-enrollment orientation workshop. If the application process is not completed within that year, the application expires and the applicant will have to reapply.

Application Requirements

An application is considered complete when the Admissions Office has received all of the following items:

Don’t forget!

Your application should have:

  • Proof of high school completion
  • Application essay
  • Official transcripts
  • $50 orientation fee


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.