How to Apply for Distance Learning

How do I apply to be a degree-seeking student studying completely at a distance?

If you are ready to become a matriculated degree-seeking student at Empire State College's Center for Distance Learning, please follow the instructions on the "Apply for Undergraduate Study" page.

What if I just want to take a few courses?

If you would like to study at Empire State College, but do not plan to pursue a degree, you still can earn credit for online courses by enrolling as a nonmatriculated student. Nonmatriculated study can be an excellent way to hone your skills, train for employment, earn credentials and increase your marketability. Credits earned as a nonmatriculated student may be used at a later date toward a degree with Empire State College, as it fits into a degree program; may be transferable to another institution; or may be used to fulfill life or work requirements. Although nonmatriculated students are not eligible for financial aid, they have the same opportunity to study in areas of their interest as matriculated students. Nonmatriculated students do not need to complete the college's admissions application.

How do I register for courses?

If you are a new nonmatriculated student, please call the Center for Distance Learning at 800-847-3000, ext. 2385. Current nonmatriculated students can register through MyESC ( If you have any questions about registering for your courses, please call the Center for Distance Learning at 800-847-3000, ext. 2385.

To view our online course catalog, visit For registration dates, visit important dates.