Pathways Transfer Program for Community College Students

SUNY Empire State College partners with community colleges across New York State and nationally to provide a seamless transfer into our bachelor's degree programs for community college students. The Pathways Transfer Program helps students succeed by easing the transition from classroom-based learning to an engaging blend of online, independent study, and in-person residencies at SUNY Empire.

Pathways Transfer Program benefits:

  • Transfer your entire associate degree (AA, AS, AAS), up to 79 credits.
  • Take optional courses at your community college during the first year at SUNY Empire.
  • Schedule courses around your work and life commitments.
  • Finish your degree where you live.
  • Earn a nationally recognized SUNY degree.
  • Save money with low tuition rates.

SUNY Empire will also provide the following benefits for transfer students from partner community colleges who have earned an associate degree (AA, AS, or AAS) within the last 3 years, or are in their final semester:

  • Guaranteed admission to a bachelor's degree program
  • A one-time $100 Better Together transfer scholarship
  • Waiver of the $50 orientation fee
  • Waiver of the admissions application essay

Please contact the transfer advisement office at your community college to get the transfer benefits code that you will enter on the SUNY Empire admissions application.

Community College and SUNY Empire Partnerships;

Many community colleges have already become Pathways partners with SUNY Empire.

State University of New York (SUNY) Partners

City University of New York (CUNY) Partners

Non-New York Community College Partners

  • Bergen Community College (New Jersey)
  • Brookdale Community College (New Jersey)
  • Central Texas College
  • Community College of Vermont
  • Hillsborough Community College (Florida)
  • Ivy Tech Community College (Indiana)
  • Maricopa County Community College District (Arizona)
    • Chandler-Gilbert Community College
    • Estrella Mountain Community College
    • GateWay Community College
    • Glendale Community College
    • Mesa Community College
    • Paradise Valley Community College
    • Phoenix College
    • Rio Salado College and Rio National
    • Scottsdale Community College
    • South Mountain Community College
  • Ozarks Technical Community College (Springfield, Missouri)
  • Pikes Peak Community College (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
  • Rio Salado College (Tempe, AZ)
  • Sinclair College (Dayton, Ohio)
  • Tidewater Community College (Norfolk, Virginia)

Other College Partners

  • Belanger School of Nursing of Ellis Medicine (Schenectady, NY)
  • College of New Rochelle (Teach Out Program, NY)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Long Island Business Institute (Long Island and New York City)
  • Maria College (Albany, NY)
  • Niagara College (Ontario, Canada)
  • SUNY Canton (Canton, NY)
  • SUNY Cobleskill (Cobleskill, NY)
  • SUNY College of Optometry (New York, NY)

More Information

If you are a student and your community college is not listed, or you want to learn about options for transfer into a bachelor's degree at SUNY Empire, call the Student Information Center at 800-847-3000. Be sure to tell us that you are a community college transfer student.

If your community college is listed above, contact SUNY Empire for information about enrolling.

Community colleges interested in creating a similar partnership with us may contact Dr. Brian Goodale, Director of Academic Partnerships by email at or by phone at 518-587-2100 ext. 2580.


We’re here to help.

SUNY Empire’s admissions and financial aid staff is ready to work with you to make earning your degree possible and affordable.