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The 5 BIG Questions You’re Probably Asking Yourself About HIGHER EDUCATION

1. Do you have the program I want?

Chances are, you can find a program that fits your needs and career goals.

At SUNY Empire, we have more than 120 undergraduate programs to choose from.

We offer a wide range of options for students who want to pursue their passions and interests. Most of these programs are flexible, meaning you can customize the courses you take in many cases.

Our undergraduate areas of study include:

  • Business
  • Social Science
  • Arts & Humanities
  • Human Services
  • Science, Mathematics, and Technology

2. Can I do it online?

They don’t call us “SUNY’s leading online university” for nothing.

At SUNY Empire, we’ve been pioneering online education since 1995, and we never stopped innovating.

Our online education comes with some key benefits:

  • Flexibility
  • Convenience
  • More freedom
  • The ability to learn on your terms

If you want the flexibility and convenience of online education, you’re in the right place.

3. Is it worth it?

Let’s be honest. A successful career requires you to adapt to change. SUNY Empire can provide the courses you need for the job you want.

This means you need to be intentional with your education.

At SUNY Empire, we make sure you get the most value for your degree. Our tuition costs a fraction of what you would pay at public institutions.

Here’s how our tuition compares to similar schools when it comes to bachelor’s degrees, in terms of cost per credit:

  • SUNY Empire $295 (for New York state residents)
  • Southern New Hampshire University $320
  • Strayer University $328.89
  • Capella University $357/$415 (varies by course level)
  • Purdue Global $371
  • University of Phoenix $398
  • Grand Canyon University $485
  • DeVry University $514

We also offer:

  • Lots of options for financial aid
  • Flexible transfer credits
  • Credits for previous education and work experience

and now credits for courses on Coursera that have ACE Credit Recommendation.

All of this saves you money (and time).

Yes, SUNY Empire is worth it. You get affordability and value, as well as a clear path to a successful career.

4. Will I have support?

We’re dedicated to supporting you in every way possible.

Our online student and academic supports are as beneficial as — and often more beneficial than — those at a traditional university. Students can access our holistic online student supports anywhere in the world. This includes 24/7 online tutoring, interactive learning tools, online student engagement programs, career programming, basic-needs outreach, and free and confidential mental health counseling for all students.

Here are some more ways we support you:

  • Mentorship: Every degree-seeking student gets a mentor. Your mentor is a trusted advisor who helps you along your journey.
  • Opportunity Programs: We have seven opportunity programs that promote equity, inclusion and success for all.
  • Military Support: We’re the largest-serving, four-year military-affiliated institution in the SUNY system.

No matter who you are or what needs you have, we've got your back.

5. How does this help my future?

Yes, you go to college to get a degree. But you want more than a degree, right? You (hopefully) want useful skills, success, and a bright future too!

We're committed to providing our students with real-world ready programs that prepare you for success in today's ever-changing world.

We offer new, leading-edge programs in areas such as Public Health and Addiction Studies with more coming soon.

Alex Davidson

Alex Davidson ‘20

"I chose SUNY Empire because it was local and affordable, which I needed at the time. But it’s also really great because you can really design your own program. I worked with my mentor to basically design my major."

Emmanuele Phuon

Emmanuèle Phuon
(B.A. in Dance)

"I never thought the online experience could be so rich."


SUNY Empire: $295 (for New York state residents)

  • Southern New Hampshire University: $320
  • Strayer University: $328.89
  • Capella University: $357/$415 (varies by course level)
  • Purdue Global: $371
  • University of Phoenix: $398
  • Grand Canyon University: $485
  • DeVry University: $514
Chelsea English

Chelsea English
(B.A. in Educational Studies)

"I’ve never been to a school that has been as helpful as SUNY Empire. They were there every step of the way. I was supported all along."

Lynda Wilson

Lynda Wilson
(2023 graduate)

"I stumbled on to SUNY Empire, and it was the golden ticket. The degree helped me gain confidence in myself and advance my career."