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. Orientation must be completed by August 14 for the Fall semester. Below is a brief overview of each mode. Follow the link below to sign up!

Orientation is available in multiple formats:

  • In-person group orientation – 2-4 hours

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 – 2 hours

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 – 2 hours

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

Apply for aid or check your status below:

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.

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

  • Residency Information (upcoming residencies)

  • The Annual Student Wellness Retreat

    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

Specific Distance Learning Partnerships

Web sites specifically for students in the following partnership programs:

Web Based Studies

If you are taking a distance learning course, or a web-enhanced study, please see MyESC > Academics for information about Moodlerooms, our online course environment.