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IPEDS ID: 196264
OPE ID: 01028600
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SUNY Empire State College
Two Union Ave, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866-4391
General information:  (518) 587-2100
Website:  www.esc.edu
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Campus setting:  Suburb: Small
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  10,977 (9,810 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  15 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Distance education – undergraduate programs offered
Distance education – graduate programs offered
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2017Full timePart time
Total faculty179745
Instructional177745
Research and public service20
Total graduate assistants-0
Instructional-0
Research-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
Tuition and fees
In-state$6,665$6,985$6,985$7,1852.9%
Out-of-state$16,315$16,835$16,835$16,8350.0%
Books and supplies$1,528$1,528$1,528$1,5280.0%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$11,600$11,600$11,600$11,6000.0%
Other$2,272$2,272$2,284$2,2840.0%
Off Campus with Family
Other$1,272$1,272$1,284$1,2840.0%
Total Expenses2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
In-state
Off Campus$22,065$22,385$22,397$22,5970.9%
Off Campus with Family$9,465$9,785$9,797$9,9972.0%
Out-of-state
Off Campus$31,715$32,235$32,247$32,2470.0%
Off Campus with Family$19,115$19,635$19,647$19,6470.0%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2017-2018
In-state tuition$10,870
In-state fees$515
Out-of-state tuition$22,210
Out-of-state fees$515
Alternative Tuition Plans
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  • The college offers a Time Payment Plan that allows students to pay their registration charges in three payments. The plan costs $25 per term and requires both acceptance of the terms of the plan ad a one-third down payment in order to enroll each term.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2016-2017
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid115091%————
Grant or scholarship aid14387%$956,534$6,689
Federal grants13280%$559,769$4,241
Pell grants13280%$556,610$4,217
Other federal grants42%$3,159$790
State/local government grant or scholarships10966%$295,407$2,710
Institutional grants or scholarships11872%$101,358$859
Student loan aid6539%$462,274$7,112
Federal student loans6439%$455,567$7,118
Other student loans(*)1%(*)(*)
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
  • (*) Number receiving aid and total and average amounts of aid received are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
  • Interpret data with caution. The institution has a small number or no first-time, full-time undergraduate students.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid15,99659%$26,658,932$4,446
Pell grants3,22632%$12,497,317$3,874
Federal student loans3,20331%$30,672,785$9,576
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2014-20152015-20162016-2017
Average net price$13,442$13,733$13,381
  • Interpret data with caution. The institution has a small number or no first-time, full-time undergraduate students.
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2014-20152015-20162016-2017
$0 – $30,000$13,371$12,926$12,376
$30,001 – $48,000$13,425$14,828$13,561
$48,001 – $75,000$18,062$17,797$15,652
$75,001 – $110,000$19,471$19,715$18,960
$110,001 and more$20,898$19,173$19,970
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
  • Interpret data with caution. The institution has a small number or no first-time, full-time undergraduate students.
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Fall 2017
Total enrollment10,977
Undergraduate enrollment9,810
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,367
Graduate enrollment1,167
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 38%
Part-time: 62%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 38%
Female: 62%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 3%
Black or African American: 15%
Hispanic/Latino: 13%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 60%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 6%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 19%
25 and over: 81%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 94%
Out-of-state: 6%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2016.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 8%
Part-time: 92%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 47%
Enrolled in some distance education: 12%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 41%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 81%
Enrolled in some distance education: 9%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 10%
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 52%
Part-time students: 62%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2016 and Returned in Fall 2017
  • Empire State College serves a highly non-traditional population of students, the majority of which initially enroll as part-time transfer. The sub-population of first-time full-time bachelor's degree seeking students is relatively small in comparison, and cohort numbers and cohort retention rates for this group are highly sensitive to slight changes.
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 8 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2017.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 14%
Transfer-out rate: 28%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 7%
6-year: 17%
8-year: 20%
[Began in Fall 2011]
4-year: 8%
6-year: 13%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2009 or Fall 2011
  • Interpret data with caution. Empire State College serves a highly non-traditional population of students. The majority of Empire's students are part-time students who initially enroll as transfer students, not first-time full-time students.
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 16%
Female: 12%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Asian: 0%
Black or African American: 13%
Hispanic/Latino: 0%
White: 17%
Two or more races: 0%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 25%
Non-resident alien: 50%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Empire State College serves a highly non-traditional population of students. Compliance with mandated reporting standards requires post-secondary institutions to report completion rate data on cohorts of first-time full-time students, which are a very small percentage of the Empire State College student population. The majority of Empire's students are part-time students who initially enroll as transfer students, not first-time full-time students.
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2009-10
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received an Associate's degree: 11%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 19%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 19%
[Pell]
Received an Associate's degree: 10%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 17%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 20%
[Non-Pell]
Received an Associate's degree: 12%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 24%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 17%
PART-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2009-10
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received an Associate's degree: 36%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 6%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 11%
[Pell]
Received an Associate's degree: 4%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 15%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 20%
[Non-Pell]
Received an Associate's degree: 41%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 4%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 10%
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2009-10
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received an Associate's degree: 3%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 45%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 17%
[Pell]
Received an Associate's degree: 4%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 43%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 18%
[Non-Pell]
Received an Associate's degree: 3%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 48%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 16%
PART-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2009-10
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received an Associate's degree: 5%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 43%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 12%
[Pell]
Received an Associate's degree: 4%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 39%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 19%
[Non-Pell]
Received an Associate's degree: 5%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 44%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 11%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2016-2017
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterUndergraduate
Certificate
Postgraduate
Certificate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization----1d
Women's Studies----2d
Category total----3d
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Banking and Financial Support Services----0d
Business Administration and Management, General--65-0d
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other--6d-5
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other----12d
Business/Commerce, General101d871d-2d-
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies----3d
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other----7d
Finance, General--0d--
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General----22d
International Business/Trade/Commerce--4d--
International Marketing----4d
Labor and Industrial Relations197d25d9--
Management Information Systems, General----0d
Marketing/Marketing Management, General----0d
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management----9d
Operations Management and Supervision---1d-
Organizational Leadership----0d
Project Management----23d
Small Business Administration/Management----3d
Category total298d896d84d3d88d
Education
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching--10d--
Curriculum and Instruction--36d--
Education, General18d83d---
Education, Other--10d--
Educational/Instructional Technology----1d
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching--2--
Secondary Education and Teaching--28--
Special Education and Teaching, General--0--
Category total18d83d86d-1d
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other7d121d---
Category total7d121d---
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health/Health Care Administration/Management--0--
Medical Informatics--0d--
Nursing Administration--0d--
Nursing Education--20d--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse-207d---
Category total-207d20d--
History
History, General4d33d---
Public/Applied History----3d
Category total4d33d--3d
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies--17--
Category total--17--
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General0d0d---
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other131d66d---
Category total131d66d---
Physical Sciences
Physical Sciences, Other46d162d---
Category total46d162d---
Psychology
Psychology, General21d199d---
Category total21d199d---
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Community Organization and Advocacy86d572d---
Public Policy Analysis, General-66d---
Public Policy Analysis, Other----1d
Category total86d638d--1d
Social Sciences
Social Sciences, General1d44d---
Social Sciences, Other--21-16d
Category total1d44d21-16d
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General8d90d---
Category total8d90d---
Grand total6202,5392283112
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
  • Empire State College's tuition is below the maximum in-state rate, so it is not necessary to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. We offer the in-state rate to military and veteran students regardless of residence. We have a dedicated office supporting our military, veterans and family members and we are sensitive to the needs of this student population. We are sincere in our efforts to provide the best services possible so students have a positive experience and high quality education.
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2016-2017
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 223
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 28
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 223
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 2
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution (*)
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $3,468
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $3,366
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $2,187
  • (*) One or more average amounts of benefits/assistance are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
RETENTION RATES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
Full-time students: 82%
Part-time students: 65%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution.
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Middle States Commission on Higher Education(!)7/1/1974 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels4/14/2010 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels3/11/2015 -  Accredited
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2016 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Rape000
Fondling000
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault000
Burglary100
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201420132012
Default rate6.9%5.6%6.5%
Number in default256203232
Number in repayment3,6783,5913,568
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)