Announcements for Students

Note: All times shown are Eastern Time (E.T.) unless stated otherwise.

January 19, 2017

System maintenance Jan. 22, 2017 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. (ET)

Information Technology Services will be performing hardware maintenance on Sunday Jan. 22 from 8a.m. - 1 p.m. (ET).   Student records, registration and payment will be unavailable during this time period.

January 19, 2017

Internships are available for Capital Region SUNY Empire Students at our offices in Saratoga. Deatails about the opportunities, including how to apply, are posted in Purple Briefcase.

January 17, 2017

Spring 1 2017 term starts today.

January 17, 2017

Add/drop period for the Spring 1 2017 term opens Tues., Jan. 17 at 9 a.m. and closes Friday Jan. 20 at 5 p.m. After that time, withdrawals are processed through the Office of the Registrar. Withdrawal forms and instructions are found at

January 13, 2017

SUNY Empire State College is excited to announce registration and call for proposals will open for the fifth annual Student Wellness Retreat on Tuesday, January 17th. Please visit the Student Wellness Retreat website to register; also keep in mind that travel grants are limited. 

Our keynote speaker this year is Tamika Catchings who is a four-time Olympic gold medalist, nine-time WNBA All-star, NCAA Champion, president of the WNBA Players Association and a New York Times best-selling author. 

The dates of the retreat are April 6-8 at the Hilton in downtown Albany. We hope to see you there! 

January 13, 2017

Registration closes today at 5 p.m. All Spring 1 2017 term registrations that are not paid for will be cancelled on Tues., Jan. 17, at 8 a.m. EST. Please review your student account statement now and make sure that you do not have an outstanding balance. Acceptable payment arrangements are approved financial aid or third-party sponsorship (as shown on your student account statement) and the time payment plan.

January 6, 2017

If you register for the Spring 1 2017 term on or before Jan. 6, 2017, the payment due date is today.  You must have payment in full or payment arrangements in place (as shown on your student account statement) to avoid cancellation of your enrollment. Please review your student account statement now and make sure that you do not have an outstanding balance.

December 30, 2016

If you register for the Spring 1 2017 term on or before Jan. 6, 2017, the payment due date is Jan. 6, 2017.   You may view your student account statement online. Enrollments not paid in full, or through approved financial aid, sponsorship or enrollment in the time payment plan will be cancelled after the payment due date.

December 29, 2016

Kick Start Your 2017 New Year’s Resolution! Join the SUNY Empire State College 13-week-long Movement Campaign for Charity. The challenge starts Jan. 1 and ends April 1. 

How to Get Started:

  1. Download the free Charity Miles app at
  2. Log into Charity Miles, and search for your team, #SUNYEmpire, in the search bar.
  3. Join the team, and then select the charity of your choice
  4. Select your form of workout – outdoor walk/run, indoor walk/run or outdoor bike.
  5. Get moving! Make sure your workout is being tracked.

For those who cannot run, bike or walk and would still like to participate, please email for other options.

Top three students who log the most miles will receive Fitbits at the 2017 Student Wellness Retreat, April 6-8 at The Hilton, in Albany, N.Y.

December 19, 2016

Issue 112 of The Student Connection is up and ready for your reading pleasure. Make sure to check it out and be one of the first to submit an entry for our "Name the New Fall Student Conference" competition.

November 28, 2016

SUNY ESC: Updated Website to Launch This Week

We are excited to announce the upcoming launch of SUNY Empire State College’s refreshed website! Phase I of this will go live Wednesday, 11/30.

More Information

November 1, 2016

The Alumni Student Federation Board of Governors is pleased to announce that the inaugural Alumni Awards Program is now accepting nominations. Deadline for submission is Wednesday, March 1, 2017. To learn more and to nominate a deserving alumnus/alumna, please visit

October 7, 2016

Your 1 Stop Student Services website has arrived. 

What is it you ask?  This is your site - you are now 1 click away from getting quick answers to questions about registration, financial aid, billing, forms, events and more. It is LIVE!  Come explore at

September 16, 2016

Pay It Forward Initiative Launches; Promotes Collegewide Philanthropy

Philanthropy: "is the giving of anything – time, money, experience, skills, networks – in any amount to create a better world." The Pay It Forward Initiative at SUNY Empire is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging students, alumni, faculty and staff to seek out imaginative ways to engage and give back to the college and the communities in which they live. The Initiative is part of the strategic vision of the Alumni Student Federation Board of Governors to promote collegewide philanthropic efforts and establish a lifelong sense of community. Do you want to a make a difference? Do you want to be part of something bigger?

Join the Pay It Forward Initiative and start giving back today. Visit us at:

June 23, 2016

Effective 6/16/16, Higher One Inc. was acquired by Customers Bank. As part of this acquisition, Higher One's disbursement functions will now take place under BankMobile Disbursements, a division of Customers Bank. Higher One communicated this change to students on their web site. Additional information can be found at Student Accounts "Financial Aid Refunds" page.

September 20, 2016

Conquer your stress, manage your time, organize your job search and more! Check out the September issue of Empire State College's Student Health 101 (mobile-friendly version)

July 21, 2016

The college has begun providing students with Microsoft Office 365. As of July 20, 2016, all students enrolled in the Summer 2 term and June mini sessions will have their own college email address and the entire suite of cloud-based Microsoft Office 365 (O365) products, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype for Business. All other students will have access to the suite of products as of the first day of the term for which they are enrolled. Please see the article in ITS News for complete details on when you can expect to receive it and what to do in preparation.

July 22, 2016

Beginning Monday, July 25, the look and feel of MyESC will change. The change will make MyESC more mobile-friendly, as well as make it fit in better visually with the rest of the college website.

What Will Change?

Only the look and feel. It will become similar to that of the library website (

More information about the change to MyESC.

March 25, 2016

Take advantage of special pricing on personal computers and electronics through Empire State College's member purchase program from Dell. See the March 2016 flyer for details.

April 28, 2016

Empire State College has signed an agreement with to provide on-demand learning and training to all faculty, staff and students. See the ITS news article for more about and how to use it.

January 28, 2016

Students planning to attend May 16, 2016 and after should complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA online at listing school code 010286 in order for federal aid eligibility to be determined. Federal financial aid for the Summer 2016, Fall 2016, and Spring 2017 terms will begin to be processed by the Financial Aid office beginning February 22, 2016.

October 9, 2015

The college's Annual Safety and Security Report and Procedures is available on the Safety and Security web site (

August 26, 2016

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY - DEADLINE is November 1, 2016. For all service members (active, national guard, reserves), veterans and their spouses currently enrolled in SUNY Empire State College, please visit for eligibility information and to apply for a $1000 scholarship provided by the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME). Contact with any questions. SUNY Empire State College is a CCME member institution.