Please Note: Due to COVID-19, the Ecology Residency will be offered in a virtual format for the summer 2021 term. Students will meet with faculty using Microsoft Teams instead of onsite in Cooperstown.

Frequently Asked Questions about Residencies

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A residency is one of the four modes of study offered at SUNY Empire State College. This opportunity allows students to take courses using a blended model that combines an online or independent study component with periodic onsite meetings. The courses offered in the residency focus on a specific topic or theme and, in some cases, fulfill general education requirements.

Besides the opportunity to meet in person with their study groups, each residency offers a unique combination of workshops, guest speakers, films and discussions and depending on the residency, field trips or excursions in the local community. Students also have the opportunity to network and collaborate with fellow students and faculty.

Residencies are open to students in all areas of study and from any Empire State College location.

Students will need to determine if the courses offered at the residency fit into his or her degree plan program and if they are able to attend the face-to-face meetings. The number of required meetings, dates and locations vary among residencies.

Students can register for a residency course through the online registration process (the same process used to register for any study at Empire State College). Each residency has a website outlining the registration process.

There is a $95 residency fee for the Ecology and Earth Systems Field Residency. This fee covers camping and most meals while students are at the field station.

Students may use financial aid to cover the residency fee.