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.

For Spring 2019 term, orientation is available in multiple formats. Below is a brief overview of each mode. Follow the link below to sign up!

  • 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 Step-by-Step Guide to Financial Aid (PDF 336kB).

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.

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  • Residency Information

    Get information about upcoming residencies you can participate in.

  • 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 Moodle, our online course environment.