SUNY Empire State College Reviews

  • 27 Reviews
  • Saratoga Springs (NY)
  • Annual Tuition: $17,185
79% of 27 students said this degree improved their career prospects
70% of 27 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Williss
  • Reviewed: 10/12/2020
  • Degree: Science & Math
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I got a degree in Science, Mathematics and Technology with a concentration in Mathematics. In the 1.5 semesters of math classes I took from this school online, I can only remember 1 teacher providing a half dozen lectures - 1. Most often, the book was the only resource given. On top of that, written communication from the "instructors" was poor far too often. Responses are usually days later so you better hope there isn't any miscommunication because that deadline on your work isn't budging. I say this as someone getting a Masters of Teaching at a different institution now: If you want to have anything resembling a healthy learning environment, go elsewhere. You will pay the same rate for UAlbany brick and mortar classes but the only thing you can count on is the book and yourself, and sometimes the book is bad. I had one of my tutors, provided by Empire State Tutoring services no less, risk punishment to herself in order to recommend to me a better text than the one we were expected to learn from because she felt it was absurd, as the book was not meant for the level it was being used. I had one class where the ONLY interaction I received from the instructor the entire class was 1 paragraph of feedback on my final project and the final grade since nothing was graded until the end of the semester. Much of my learning was done by patching together resources I found for free, provided by other schools, and even watching random youtube videos. That said, I did get my piece of paper and I am progressing in my career. I give none of the credit to the school or my instructors - none."
SUNY graduate
  • Reviewed: 9/15/2020
  • Degree: Emergency Management
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"SUNY Empire was my first complete online school, for half of my Bachelors and my Masters. I had a great experience while going here, to the point when I continue to look for online schools, I use Empire's standards. I was searching for online schools to get my Master's and almost all want Live classes. If I'm busy with working and family, and unable to attend school physically, obviously Live classes would be just as inconvenient. Online is SUPPOSED to be convenient and helpful with managing your life and going to school and Empire absolutely nails that. I truly struggled with finding school that works like Empire because it was amazing. Therefore, I ended up going back to Empire for my Master's degree. What I hate, they have VERY LIMITED Master's program. It's ridiculous! I would get a double Master's and Doctorate if they would provide! Also their Master's does not really match their Bachelor's program, which they have a large and great selection from on that part. I've only had maybe 3 teacher's that were horrible from the time there. My advisor was great also but when she left, her replacement was terrible, no contact from her. Luckily this was towards the last 3 months before I graduated. Also great curriculum!!"
Thomas
  • Reviewed: 2/20/2020
  • Degree: Business
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"This school will not prepare students for real professional challenges. The online courses are too dependent on expensive textbooks that do majority of the teaching. Also, the instructional designers are outdated and use copied template styles for all courses designs. I recommend attending a local school and utilizing their professional network connections, which Empire will not provide. This school is convenient, but its value is empty and not beneficial for long-term professional success."
Sen-Pei Hsia
  • Reviewed: 5/10/2019
  • Degree: Management
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"Excellent school for adult learners. This school is meant for those non traditional adult learners who have either had a break in their education, a career, a family that they had to take care of, or any other reason why they couldn't pursue linear academic success earlier in their lives. I think that SUNY Empire State College is one of the best schools that I have attended simply because of their mentorship program, which is when they pair you with a mentor who guides you throughout your academic career there. I personally had a low GPA when I entered the college, and by the end of it, I ended up with a 3.62 GPA. Most of the teachers allow you to take their classes online, via email, or will work with you independently. My only issues are that the school does not have an on campus library and post college career resource center that is tangible/ with a physical location. If they can help their students and alumni more with these issues, I would say that they can compete more with other colleges and have a higher retention rate."
SUNY Graduate
  • Reviewed: 4/17/2019
  • Degree: Business Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2013
"My experience at SUNY Empire State College was wonderful. The curriculum was challenging, the professors were amazing and the entire staff were extremely professional. As in every college or university, you will get good and bad reviews but my experience, as a previous student and a current professional those who complain about schools are usually the ones who are unable to keep up with the challenge. Empire State College is part of the SUNY and as such, it upholds the reputation, quality of education and beyond."
Paul
  • Reviewed: 12/27/2018
  • Degree: Business
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"Like any school there are good and bad professors. I made the most of it and had some good learning experiences. I utilized the disability services office due to a cognitive ability impairing condition and was supposed to be allowed additional time to post assignments, I had one professor who did not follow these instructions and it was impacting my grade. I spoke with my very unsympathetic and rather mean "mentor" who said I could drop the class. I did, and apparently it did not go through and I ended up with a bill that has doubled in size. I am a disabled person who does not have the funds to pay for classes that I did not take, especially classes that are in violation of the schools own disability services policy, so now in order to finish a degree I will essentially be paying for the same class three times."
Empire State College Review
  • Reviewed: 12/11/2018
  • Degree: Human Services
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"Some instructors slow to post grades, and feedback. Constant outtages, and technology issues. I was going off to grad school, and was on a time constraint- was told by Empire administration to request grades early so that I would not be dropped, some of them refused saying they felt that they were doing me a favor. Meanwhile I was constantly bombarded by emails threatening to drop me from my graduate program. I experienced a number of personal/ professional setbacks while attending ESC, and the term was the longest I had ever experienced. I got good grades, but if I had to do it again, I would not! Grading is uneven. Instructors grade when they feel like it. Instructors may not respond to your email. Some fees go up each term."
Student
  • Reviewed: 11/19/2018
  • Degree: Military Science
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"Slow to post grades. Professors often do not communicate with students, and seem to work/post on their own time schedule. Throughout my six year academic career, I have NEVER experienced this before. Usually grades have been posted precisely when due, and there is high instructor feedback."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 10/28/2018
  • Degree: Sociology
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"Good Overall. The school is great. But some professors are unprofessional. A L. is also professor at Skidmore College, and former students have negatively reviewed her there. She is an effective teacher, but does not grade in a timely fashion."
Current Student
  • Reviewed: 8/24/2018
  • Degree: Sociology
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"Helpful in some ways, horrific in others. I found many of the staff members rude, and unprofessional when I called. I worked hard and earned a 3.7 GPA and am on track for the same this term. Despite this the school passed me up for scholarships. I am earning both an associates, and bachelors this final term."