Getting Started at SUNY Empire
Becoming a SUNY Empire online student is a carefully planned journey. Each step equips you with the confidence to go forward, tools for success and plenty of personalized support. If you need help, we’re here.
Get to Know Us Better
Complete your online application. This is your opportunity to tell us about yourself—what you’ve done, what you’re doing, and your plans for the future.
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Begin the Financial Aid Process
Once You’re Accepted
At SUNY Empire, support doesn’t end after you’re accepted; we’re just getting started. You’ll benefit from a host of programs, opportunities and connections that will help you successfully launch your academic career and see you through to graduation and beyond.
If you think of your education as a journey, orientation is your roadmap. At orientation, you’ll learn about:
- Online and blended learning at SUNY Empire
- Academic support resources and how to access them
- How to get the most from your student/mentor relationship
We offer orientation in three convenient formats so you can choose the one that works best for you:
- Online (pre-recorded, self-paced and available 24/7)
- Skype (an online meeting in real time via video connection)
- In person (a face-to-face session at a SUNY Empire location near you)
Faculty Mentors and Advisors
During—or shortly after—orientation, you’ll connect with your faculty mentor (undergraduate students) or faculty advisor (graduate students). He or she will help you clearly define your goals and help you put a plan in place to achieve them. This crucial relationship will help you navigate your degree program and provide motivation when you need it most.
Free Online Workshops
Take advantage of SUNY Empire’s free online workshops that bring you up to speed and prepare you to begin your degree. Choose from topics including:
- Grammar Refresh
- Time Management
- Stress Management
- Writing College Papers
- Transitioning to College
- Overcoming Procrastination
…and many more. View our list of upcoming workshops.
Ready to Apply?
Make it happen. Applying online is convenient and secure.
An application is considered complete when we have received all of the following items: