Getting Started at the College

Congratulations on your acceptance to SUNY Empire State College! You now have 3 important steps to take.

1. Attend Orientation

Orientation is roughly a 2-4 hour time commitment and is required for registration.

To be eligible for Fall 2019 term you must:

  • RSVP and sign up for an online orientation by Monday, August 12 at 11:59 pm and
  • complete an online orientation by no later than Tuesday, August 13 at 11:59 pm in order to be prepared for the start of Fall 2019 term which begins on September 3, 2019.

Follow the link below to sign up for an online orientation!

For Spring 2020 term, orientation is available in multiple formats. Below is a brief overview of each mode. Sign up will be available soon!

Orientations in multiple formats:

In-person group orientation: This orientation meets at a pre-arranged time and location. Faculty members are present. You will be provided your Mentor’s name at orientation.

Skype group orientation: This meets at a pre-arranged time with others via Skype (an internet based tool). You will be provided your Mentor’s name.

Online self-paced orientation: Available 24 hours a day via the internet. Access is given the day of your rsvp. Mentors are assigned after orientation completion.

RSVP for an Orientation

2. How to Pay for College

Do you need to apply for aid? Visit Financial Aid for more information and download our .

If you’ve already applied for financial aid and are awaiting your status, visit MyESC, Manage My Account.

3. Submit your Immunization Forms

If you plan to register for 6 or more credits of coursework, New York State public health law requires you to submit documentation regarding meningitis and immunization against measles, mumps and rubella. Review the immunization requirements and submit your documents so you can register for classes.

Disability Services or Accommodations

For information regarding disability services or to request accommodations, please contact the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services.

Students find these events particularly of interest, we recommend you check them out:

  • Residency Information

    Get information about upcoming residencies you can participate in.

  • The Annual Student Wellness Weekend

    Good health is critical to academic success. Come join other Empire State College students from across New York State at the Student Wellness Retreat.

    Registration is FREE for all students! The conference will feature personal wellness coaches, guest lectures and presentations, wellness activities and demonstrations, a health fair, health screenings, and more.


Call: 800-847-3000 ext. 2259

Web Based Studies

If you are taking a distance learning course, or a web-enhanced study, please see MyESC > Academics (login required) for information about Moodle, our online course environment, or visit SUNY Empire Online.

Specific Distance Learning Partnerships

Web sites specifically for students in the following partnership programs:

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