Empire State College is a one of 13 public colleges in the State University of New York system. Unlike most colleges and universities, Empire State is geared towards adult learners who have been out of high school for a significant length of time. Offices are located in Saratoga Springs. There are roughly 18,000 students enrolled in Empire State at any given time.
There are multiple education centers throughout New York for Empire State students, including at Plattsburgh, Queesbury, Saratoga Springs, Troy, Albany, Fort Drum, Watertown, Johnstown, Schenectady, Syracuse, Utica, Auburn, Ithica, Beinghamton, Alfred, Corning, Batavia, Canadaigua, Rochester, Lockport, Buffalo, Fredonia, Jamestown, and Olean. In New York City, Empire State maintains the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies and education centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island.
The Center for International Programs
The Center for International Programs has programs in Greece, Lebanon, and the Czech Republic. International students enjoy in-state tuition for online classes.
Empire State has an ambitious plan for future growth. By 2015, the school aims to “transcend the boundaries of time, place, and ways of learning”. What exactly this will look like will depend in part upon the way technology develops in the next few years, as Empire State responds to the cresting wave of innovation and how best to match students with new careers.