SUNY Empire State College Reviews

  • 21 Reviews
  • Saratoga Springs (NY)
  • Annual Tuition: $17,185
79% of 21 students said this degree improved their career prospects
71% of 21 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • 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!!"
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • Reviewed: 8/2/2018
  • Degree: Fire Science
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"My degree was entirely online. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the mentors and faculty. they were all very knowledgeable and easy to learn from. their one -on-one help made completing assignments a breeze. The virtual classroom layouts were easy to navigate and well structured. the only issue i ran into was that at the end of my course work to graduate, the review board assumed that one legal class was the only deciding factor to my graduation despite having taken two other courses that covered the legal aspect needed."
Gregory McCarty
  • Reviewed: 7/28/2018
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"Empire State College overall is a great school to attend. I was able to do all of my classes online, even though I live 45 minutes from their main campus, and that made it very convenient so I could continue to work full time and do my studies. My initial impression of the college was confusion. The students design their own degree program with the assistance of their mentor and chose what classes that they want to take. My mentor wasn't the best at explaining all of this to me. Once you put a degree plan together you have to write an essay explaining what you took and why you want to take it and get all of that approved as well by a panel. I didn't get my degree plan approved until right before I graduated because I was frustrated with it and decided to just move on and do it later. My mentor at first was good, she was responsive when I needed her and answered my questions for the most part, except for the degree planning stuff. About a year in though I wasn't happy with how long it started taking to get responses from her. I ended up having to ask for another mentor. In fact, I went through 3 while I was at this college. The last one was the best. If I had gotten her in the beginning I would have never needed another. I guess the first 2 were not just mentors but also teachers and I can only assume they got caught up in their course work that they didn't have time for me anymore. The teachers at the school were pretty good. I only ran into 2 or 3 who didn't like to respond to e-mails or questions and just let the class do what they wanted. They also didn't seem to pay much attention to the course work being done because I was getting all A's for discussion work that I know I fell short on but just ran out of time. The college also has all of their admin building in Saratoga Springs where I live but does not offer many classes there. If they had, I would have enjoyed going to a campus for at least some of my classes. I also would have liked to have seen more Information Technology classes offered. I was able to take 2 courses in Java and PHP but I would have liked to have seen one that focused on the UNIX language and BASH or shell scripting as well. Those are all very relevant to the IT world and highly used."