“Empire State College has been extremely helpful in the transition, both from the combat zone and from my two- year school. Always understanding and always professional, this college is a great option for veterans who want to further their understanding of the world.”

– Ryan Smithson, veteran, U.S. Army Reserve. Smithson, who has written a memoir of his experience in Iraq and works for the American Red Cross, is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in cultural studies.

Talk to a VA Benefits Counselor

Contact Jane E. Zalsky, about New York state and federal benefits:
1-518 581-5338 or

Don't reside in Saratoga county?
Counselors are available at locations throughout New York state. Contact the Division of Veterans Affairs to locate a veterans counselor near you, or call 1-888-838-7697.

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How do I get started?

To learn more about our programs, applying for admission or enrolling in courses, contact Empire State College today.

Call: 800 847-3000 ext. 2285 or 518 587-2100 ext. 2285


We’re here to help.

SUNY Empire’s Veteran and Military Education staff is ready to work with you to make earning your degree possible and affordable.