Central New York Learning Communities

Join Us for an Enriching Academic Experience

faculty and students around a table
Arts Learning Community study, Rock, Paper, Scissors group discussing making handmade children's picture books.

Learning Communities are:

  • a unique opportunity to study face-to-face and network with other students and faculty
  • a blend of online learning and onsite meetings (three Saturdays during the January and September terms; once or twice during the May term), enabling busy students to manage the demands of college study, work and other responsibilities
  • an energizing  opportunity to learn about careers in the arts, business and human services, internships and other areas of interest
  • an innovative environment created to facilitate and enhance the learning experience for adult learners with noncredit workshops and stimulating guest speakers
  • study with faculty mentors who draw on academic expertise to provide the comprehensive learning that today’s students need.
panel artwork created by Melissa Clary for Root and Tree study
Panels created by Melissa Clary for Root and Tree study.

Learning Communities bring together students, professors and expert speakers for a day of studies, workshops and luncheon presentations.

Studies are 4 credits, unless otherwise noted. There is a $50 residency fee per term, no matter how many studies you take. Students may use financial aid to cover the residency fee.

“The learning communities make you feel right at home; the instructors are so helpful and you meet so many people. I feel that all colleges should have these elements of learning. The presentations that are held at lunch are very informative and delightful. Hats off to Empire State College!” — Latorra Odom, Learning Community Student

“Learning communities are a valuable and fun aspect of learning because students experience face-to-face interaction with each other, learn about what is available from the college from other students and professionals and enjoy lunch while being educated and/or entertained by guest speakers, as well as attend classes or helpful workshops. It gives us a chance to see what other students are studying and how their experiences play into their education here at ESC.”  — Nicole Rand, Learning Community Student

Fast Facts

Saturday Onsite Dates

Fall Term 2019

  • Sat. Sept. 21
  • Sat. Oct. 19
  • Sat. Nov. 16

Spring Term 2020

  • Sat. Feb. 1
  • Sat. Feb. 29
  • Sat. April 4


SUNY Empire State College East Syracuse
6333 State Rte. 298
East Syracuse, NY  13057

For Further Information

Deborah McEligot
Learning Community Coordinator
Central New York Region

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Deborah McEligot
Learning Community Coordinator
Central New York