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SUNY Empire State College Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about SUNY Empire State College. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is SUNY Empire State College Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

SUNY Empire State College was awarded 178 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is human resource management.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, SUNY Empire is ranked #472 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This is an improvement over the previous year, when SUNY Empire held the #1,461 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

SUNY Empire also holds the #53 spot on the Best Colleges in New York ranking.

See all of the rankings for SUNY Empire State College.

Is It Hard to Get Into SUNY Empire?

Acceptance Rate

If you are worried about getting into SUNY Empire State College, don't be. The school has a liberal open admissions policy, which means you only need to meet basic requirements in order to be admitted. Still, be sure to submit a complete application and provide any other requested materials.

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SUNY Empire State College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At SUNY Empire State College, this ratio is 15 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at SUNY Empire State College is 21%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  21 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at SUNY Empire State College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate is a sign of how many full-time students like a college or university well enough to come back for their sophomore year. At SUNY Empire State College this rate is 52%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  52 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at SUNY Empire is 7%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  7 out of 100

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SUNY Empire State College Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 9,095 undergraduates at SUNY Empire with 3,267 being full-time and 5,828 being part-time.

How Much Does SUNY Empire State College Cost?

The overall average net price of SUNY Empire is $12,142. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for SUNY Empire

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$9,934 $13,501 $13,334 $15,164 $19,857

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of SUNY Empire, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At SUNY Empire, approximately 39% of students took out student loans averaging $7,379 a year. That adds up to $29,516 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SUNY Empire is 7.0%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do SUNY Empire Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from SUNY Empire make about $41,400 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at SUNY Empire State College make the most money.

Location of SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College is a public institution situated in Saratoga Springs, New York. The suburban atmosphere of Saratoga Springs makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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Contact details for SUNY Empire are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Two Union Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-4391
Phone: 518-587-2100

SUNY Empire State College Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 29 majors graduated from SUNY Empire State College. Of these students, 2,190 received undergraduate degrees and 224 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Business/Commerce 638 $47,100
Community Organization & Advocacy 406 $35,300
Other Physical Science 154 NA
Nursing 118 $88,000
General Education 102 NA
Fine & Studio Arts 61 NA
Public Policy 51 NA
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 46 NA
General Social Sciences 29 NA
History 28 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at SUNY Empire State College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at SUNY Empire

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2018-2019, 6,900 students took at least one online class at SUNY Empire State College. This is an increase from the 6,796 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 6,900 4,899
2017-2018 6,796 5,135
2016-2017 6,819 5,531
2015-2016 6,757 5,624
2013-2014 7,191 5,993

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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