Degrees and Programs

Pathways Transfer Program for Community College Students

Empire State College partners with community colleges across New York state and beyond to provide a seamless transfer into our bachelor's degree programs.

The Pathways Transfer Program helps you succeed by easing the transition from classroom-based learning at your community college to an engaging blend of independent study, residencies and online courses at Empire State College.

Pathways Transfer Program Benefits

  • Transfer your entire associate degree, including up to 80 credits.
  • Take courses at your community college during the first year at Empire State College.
  • Schedule courses around work and life commitments.
  • Finish your degree where you live.
  • Earn a nationally recognized SUNY degree.
  • Save money with low tuition rates.

Community College and Empire State College Partnerships

Many community colleges have already become Pathways partners with Empire State College.

State University of New York (SUNY)

City University of New York (CUNY)

  • Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Bronx Community College
  • Hostos Community College 
  • Kingsborough Community College 
  • La Guardia Community College 
  • Queensborough Community College 

Other College Partners

  • Long Island Business Institute (New York)
  • Maricopa County Community College District (Arizona)
  • Niagara College (Ontario, Canada)
  • Ozarks Technical Community College (Missouri)
  • Pikes Peak Community College (Colorado)
  • Professional Business College (Manhattan, New York)
  • TCI College of Technology (Manhattan, New York)
  • Utica School of Commerce (New York)

More Information

If you are a student and your community college is not listed, or you want to learn about options for transfer into a bachelor's degree at Empire State College, call 800-847-3000.

Be sure to tell us that you are a community college transfer student.

Community colleges interested in creating a similar partnership with us may contact Brian Goodale by phone at 518-587-2100, ext. 2580, or 800-847-3000, ext. 2580, or email