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September 9, 2011

SUNY Empire State College Named "Best Buy" for Online Business Degree by GetEducated

College ranks No. 13 out of 136 Options

State University of New York Empire State College has been named a top online college and a “Best Buy” for consumers in the online education sector by GetEducated, a consumer group that publishes online university rankings, for its affordable online bachelor’s degree in business.

The group has just released its list of the Best Colleges Online.

The college’s Bachelor of Science in Business, Management and Economics ranked No. 13 out of 136 options.

“This ranking just reinforces what we already know about our online degree programs,” said Tom Mackey, interim dean of the college’s Center for Distance Learning. “Because we are part of the State University of New York, our degree programs in business and in 10 other areas of study, are trusted by our students and the public at large, who expect quality, credibility as well as affordability, from our undergraduate and graduate programs. We are pleased that GetEducated, an outside, impartial reviewer, has confirmed that the college is a great value in higher education.”

People who earn a degree in business from SUNY Empire State College generally do so for entry or advancement in a business career; or to prepare for graduate school, teaching or entrepreneurship.

“Online learning allows nontraditional students to attendAmerica’s best universities in terms of brand reputation and affordability,” says Vicky Phillips, founder of GetEducated. “SUNY Empire State College is an undisputed ‘Best Buy’ for students nationwide looking for a quality online business school with a top consumer ranking.”

A Get Educated Best Buy award indicates that Empire State College’s online program has been independently reviewed and found to offer credible, high-quality distance bachelor’s degrees at a cost well below the national average. The GetEducated online university affordability rankings are based on a comprehensive nationwide survey of online learning costs at 67 regionally accredited colleges that offer 136 online degrees in business administration at the bachelor’s degree level.

About GetEducated: Founded in 1989, GetEducated.com is a consumer group that publishes objective rankings and reviews of the best colleges online and top online universities along the dimensions of affordability, cost, reputation and employer acceptance. Contact: Vicky Phillips, founder, GetEducated.com, Essex Junction, VT. 05452. 802-899-4866. Website: http://www.geteducated.com

About SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College, celebrating its 40th year throughout 2011, was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SUNY. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, and more.

For additional information, visit www.esc.edu. More information about the college’s 40th anniversary is available on the college’s 40th anniversary Web page.