SUNY Empire State College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (13)
If you are new to online learning than it will take some time to adjust. I have had an overall, very good experience through Empire, and I would recommend it with some caveats. If you are expecting to be taught by instructors, you will be by enlarge disappointed. Although, some are engaged in the course work and require regular contact through out the semester to go over your papers, they are the exception rather than the rule. Furthermore, there are different platforms of learning for the same classes, e.g. independent study, and Module classrooms. The CDL, or module courses are more challenging with more stringent deadlines. Therefore, depending on your goals, I would recommend taking and independent study courses, same text, same material, same credit, less challenging.. The take away is this, if you have some discipline, are mature, responsible, and can learn without instruction you will do well. However, if you need constant feedback, and need to be told what to do, then online learning is not for you. If you stay in contact with your mentor, professors, and do the work, they are very accommodating and fair. My experience can be summarized along this format, you get the course syllabus online, you have the instructors telephone number and email, you purchase the assigned texts, read the chapters, do the projects or assignments, and submit the papers. THAT'S IT! No multiple choice exams, just reading, writing and meeting with your professor via telephone or email, 3 or 4 times a semester.. It's challenging, but very doable.. Again, I highly recommend it. I have become a much better writer and communicator as a result. In addition, if your a NYS resident, and have prior learning credits, you won't find a less expensive way to get a quality accredited degree from a State University .. PS. Purchase your books on Amazon, for a fraction of the price, don't fall for the bookstore inflated price rip off!!!
I feel that SUNY Empire State provides a thorough education, and really makes students work hard to earn credits, certificates, and degrees. You really must have (or develop) very good writing skills for anything at ESC. Even being online, the amount of collaboration and teamwork required (especially for the later courses) was excellent and meaningful. There were several on-site residencies which further enhanced interpersonal communications and teamwork. After graduating from both an Ivy-league college and professional (doctorate) school, I feel that I definitely received a quality education from ESC, and it really contributed to my professional development. I've also been able to lifelong connections with fellow students and professors which will be invaluable in my future.
I cannot review the Syracuse location, but I can say that the Buffalo location is poorly managed. I was referred to this school by an assistant dean at University of Buffalo, however I feel this school is a scam. I have my tuition paid for from serving in the military and I believe they were trying to delay my progress in order to collect as much money as they could from my GI Bill. Without going into too much detail, they told me upon entering my second semester that they were going to change my grades from the previous semester from "A" to "F" unless I extended those classes into the second semester (class extension was supposed to be a perk for students who were having trouble finishing a class, not a tool for the school to take more tuition) Essentially they wanted to drag out my classes for as long as possible to get more money from me. They do not have a dean, so I was unable to discuss the problem with anyone. On a different subject, the professors at this school to not actually teach you anything. Most classes will be just you and your professor, who will tell you to buy a text book and then you are expected to learn the subject completely on your own. Whenever I asked for help from the professor, they would make it clear that I was a nuisance.
I am so lucky that I had got to study at Empire State College and get a degree at a New York university . I am looking forward to to my future and can not wait to start for my masters. Thank you Empire State College for all you did for me to help me achieve my dreams getting my bachelors degree so I can go and get my masters degree now!
I loved attending SUNY Empire State College. I enjoyed the flexibility of being able to move around while attending college, as well as the opportunity to design my degree plan to my specific interests. They offered fair out-of-state tuition rates, and grants to help make getting a degree more affordable. My only qualm with SUNY ESC is the knowledge of the staff-mentors. My mentor was great, but she didn't really have a lot of answers, and was hard to get ahold of. They should have mentors that are JUST mentors, rather than teachers with a billion other things to do.
SUNY Empire State College is the best choice out there for returning students. The personal guidance offered by their mentor system is invaluable. After completing my first degree at ESC, I have since gone on to study at two other universities . No where else have I found the level of personal attention so great as it is at Empire. The options available for personalized study are outstanding as well.
The professors are well educated and many of them previously worked in the field pertaining to your major. This college is geared toward working adults, so the schedule is very flexible. From online, class, study group, or individual study with your professor.
SUNY Empire State College is an institution that doesn't care about academics. The people who speak at their graduation ceremonies are not the top GPA earners, but the published and most popular or capable of achieving "press coverage" for their work at the school. It's a politics game through and through. Sometimes it's just that the faculty refuses to recommend a students that they don't like - so if you attend know that your GPA means nothing. Also: do no get involved with any programs run out of Saratoga Springs. They are incredibly disconnected from reality and student life as a whole.
I'm halfway through my bachelor's degree with Empire. I must admit, even though I am thinking of majoring in something they don't offer a bachelor's degree in which is Social Work or Nursing, I am a little nervous about leaving behind my mentor, the financial aid office, student accounts, and academic coaching. All of these departments, including admissions, are extremely dedicated. Yes they make mistakes but they are apologetic and they correct them promptly. Their Center for Distance Learning is built around working adults with either online courses or online independent studies. It's been very flexible and accommodating for me. I feel I'm learning a lot and am getting a well rounded liberal arts education. I'm going to be going more into the sciences now- psychology. They've got great classes for that as well. Professors are easy to communicate with as well. When you put in effort to communicate frequently and politely with questions they really make it a point to respond. I like that. Overall, I'd be proud to say I finished my bachelor's degree here. I might even do the combined bachelor's master of education. I don't know yet. But if I do, my mentor will make sure I get into all the right classes to make it happen. Definitely check out Empire. It's a very good look for an online education.
All classes were soley offered online which provided the flexibility to continue working full time while earning my degree. The interactions with fellow students and professors was very helpful in my development throughout the coursework. I was satisfied with the overall quality of the education provided and limited cost as it is a State school and I am a resident of New York State.