High Quality Education

A high-quality education is within your reach.

To many, measuring the quality of a college degree is subjective at best and difficult at worst. If you ask us, it boils down to a few key factors essential to helping busy adult learners earn a well-respected degree – and reach their goals because of it.

Academic Rigor

We hold ourselves to high standards, and we’ll hold you to high standards, too. But there’s more to academic rigor than challenging courses.

At SUNY Empire, rigor is also defined by faculty who push you to go beyond your comfort zone and encourage you to question your assumptions. It’s defined by your ability to discover, and then develop, your abilities and talents. And it’s about understanding complex concepts and acquiring skills you can apply to your career and community throughout your life.

Accredited Programs

Empire State College is a regionally accredited college of the State University of New York by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Our RN to BSN and M.S. in Nursing Education programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

What do these accreditations mean for you?

  • You’ll attend a college with high standards for quality assurance and a commitment to continual improvement.
  • You’ll earn your degree from an institution that meets or exceeds minimum standards of academic quality.
  • You’ll be eligible to sit for certification examinations specific to your field or degree.
  • Your degree will be recognized by employers and at colleges and universities throughout the United States, if you choose to pursue an advanced degree elsewhere.

Return on Investment

Affordability is important, but your return on investment – what you get in return for your hard work and determination – is just as important.

Our students tell us that earning their degree was a catalyst for life-changing opportunities – from landing a meaningful career to moving up (and earning more) in their organization to serving as a positive role model for their children.

Earning a SUNY Empire degree takes perseverance and, for many busy adult learners, the ability to overcome adversity. But the rewards are great. Don’t take our word for it; Hear it from our students.