Start now and earn college credit as a nondegree, undergraduate student.

SUNY Empire State College offers 15- and 8-week courses and an opportunity to take some of our most popular undergraduate courses.

Registration is open!

Fall Term sessions:

  • Fall 15-week Term - September 6 - December 16
  • Express Term One - 8-weeks - September 6 - October 28
  • Express Term Two - 8-weeks - October 24 - December 16

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Lifelong Learning Course Offerings

Learn what SUNY Empire has to offer, including courses towards Alternative Teacher Pathways and cross registration.

Start now and enroll.

To register, you must first apply to be a nondegree student.

Registration is open.

Have questions?

Contact us at 800-847-3000, ext. 2259 or email begin@esc.edu

Looking for a specific course?

You may Browse the Term Guide for courses in specific terms, or view the Course Catalog for courses offered across the college in the next year. Please note: course offerings in any term depend on available space and resources. Learn How to Lookup Courses in the Term Guide.

Follow these steps to complete the registration process:

First Step:

Establish signing into your MyESC student services portal.

Which best describes you?

I am a newly accepted undergraduate student.
Please check your email for a message from SUNY Empire, which contains your username, an account activation link, instructions to claim and set your password, and information for setting up your Multi-factor authentication (MFA).
I already have a SUNY Empire account.
If you are a returning student, you already have a SUNY Empire account. If you forgot your password, you can learn more about managing your password at https://password.esc.edu. If you need technical help with a password reset, contact the IT Service Desk for assistance.

How you can successfully log in

To be successful at logging into some of the college applications and systems, you will need to:

TIPS:

  • Look for an email from SUNY Empire with the subject line, “SUNY Empire State Account Claim Information.” Check your SPAM or JUNK folders just in case.
  • Whitelist your esc.edu email so that you do not miss hearing from your mentor or college offices.
  • Username format is: firstname_lastname###@esc.edu. The ### is the last three digits of the ID number you received upon acceptance to the college.
  • Visit our student technology page for answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs).
  • Contact our  for assistance.

How to Register

View and register for classes at www.esc.edu/register.

Courses are offered online and in-person. Learn about the types of courses available at SUNY Empire.

Watch how to register or read the Registration Quick Guide.

If you wish to register for Express Term sessions, view how to choose a specific session; as you Begin or Modify (your) Registration.

Order Course Materials

Please order your course materials as early as possible to allow time for order processing and shipping. Course materials can be viewed and ordered through our online bookstore.

Verify Covid vaccination status

If you plan to visit any of our locations, the SUNY COVID-19 Vaccination Policy requires that you either verify that your COVID-19 vaccination series is complete or obtain an exemption. Additionally, recent guidance requires students who have received the initial vaccine series to provide proof of a booster. You are eligible for a booster if more than six months have passed since completion of your initial vaccine series.

SUNY Empire considers the health and safety of all of members of our college community and visitors. Learn more about our COVID-19 response.

Tuition and Fees

How much are SUNY Empire's tuition and fees?

How to Pay

How much are SUNY Empire's tuition and fees?

What is the Time Payment Plan? We offer a time payment plan that allows you to pay portions of your balance throughout the term. Sign up for the time payment plan must be set up by the payment due date. There is a non-refundable $25 processing fee that is included in the overall balance. You will be billed for the remaining amount over two months. To sign up for the time payment plan, log into MyESC and click on the circle that says "Student Accounts." Then click on the circle that says "Touchnet Portal." For more information, view the video, How to Enroll in the Time Payment Plan.

Do you receive tuition assistance through an employer, union, or other organization, known as third-party sponsorship?

Once Registration is Complete

Once you register for a course, we will generate a bill. Monitor your Student Account online in MyESC and click on the circle that says "Student Accounts." Then click on the circle that says "Touchnet Portal."

SUNY System Cross Registration

At the completion of the course with SUNY Empire, the Office of Student Accounts will upload an invoice for your home institution. You are responsible for paying fees at both institutions.

Outside SUNY System or Consortium Agreement

If your home institution is outside of the SUNY system and you are cross-registering into SUNY Empire using a consortium agreement, please read the section Cross Registration for SUNY or Outside SUNY System.

Unpaid accounts are referred to a third party collection agency. See Collection of Unpaid Accounts for more information.

Transcript Request Once Course Completed

At the completion of your course with SUNY Empire, it is your responsibility to order an official transcript order official transcript from our website and send it to your home institution.

SUNY System Cross Registration

At the completion of your course with SUNY Empire, The Office of the Registrar will upload a SUNY Empire transcript to the SUNY online portal.

Outside SUNY System or Consortium Agreement

At the completion of your course with SUNY Empire, it is your responsibility to order official transcript from our website and send it to your home institution.

Visiting Students

If you are not enrolled in another institution, then this section does not apply to you. If your home institution is outside of the SUNY system and you are registering at SUNY Empire, please see registration section.

SUNY Cross Registration

If you are a SUNY student cross-registering into SUNY Empire, please go to the SUNY online portal (use your home institution’s login ID and password to log into the portal). Follow the website's instructions.

Outside SUNY System or Consortium Agreement

View our Student Account's Visiting Students if you are a matriculated student at another SUNY school or a matriculated student at an institution.

Dates and Deadlines

See the Academic Calendar for important information regarding dates and deadlines.

Questions about your application or registration?

The SUNY Empire State College team is here to help you sign up for courses.
Phone: 800-847-3000, ext. 2259

Questions about billing?

Contact 1Stop Student Services
Visit Virtual Student Services 24/7 online at 1Stop
Phone: 800-847-3000, ext. 2285

Questions?

We’re here to help.

Even if you’re not pursuing a degree, you can take courses to prepare for college-level study, stay current in your field or improve your job skills.

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