How to Apply to the Student Leadership Institute

The application can be found at

You are also required to have one reference for your application. The reference form can be found at Please feel free to share this link with your reference.

Eligibility Requirements

  • must be a matriculated student of Empire State College
  • must have 2.0 cumulative G.P.A. or higher
  • must have completed at least one term with the college prior to the September 2020 term (2020FA1)

Required for the Application

  • completed application form, which includes three short essays of no more than 500 words each
  • one letter of reference from an SUNY Empire faculty or staff member
  • once all of your application materials are submitted, you will be contacted to setup a time for the required telephone interview.

Criteria for Selection

  • quality of essay
  • GPA
  • interview
  • reference letter
  • received by deadline (August 21, 2020)
  • capacity of leadership class

If you have any questions please email the Office of Student Life at

Contact Us

If you have questions, comments, or concerns regarding the SUNY Empire Student Leadership Institute, please feel free to contact us at any time.

Phone: 518-587-2100, ext. 2255
Address: Empire State College
Attn: ESC Student Leadership Institute
1 Union Ave
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-4310


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518-587-2100, ext. 2255