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The State University of New York Empire State College

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Going back to revisit my education was aSuper BrilliantEnglish
Going back to revisit my education was a life-decision that I wish I hadn't wasted on SUNY Empire State College. I have been based out of metro, in New York City, however the school is headquartered in Saratoga Springs. None of the administrative staff really knows the student body because of a condition we've come to call the "Saratoga Complex" and although there are people who travel from unit to unit, they're mostly there to put the fear of of the college president's office into the faculty and local professional staff. It's not really about "building relationships". All around it's not a school run by people who want to create a welcoming, free-thinking environment, but people who want a conformist, live in fear sort of culture.

Additionally, if you're a white male and you're a straight A student, that doesn't mean anything to anyone there. Basically, you're expected to do well academically. But if you're black and a straight A student, they'll appoint you to all sort of leadership position. If you're black and woman? Forget it. You just may be recommended for the SUNY Chancellor's award. The racism exists for one reason: the college's sales angle towards New York State's urban centers. Just prepare for that.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2017
Education Quality: B, Individual Value: F
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My very first experience was on orientation day.Bright
My very first experience was on orientation day. My "advisor" was meeting with me to set up my classes for my first semester. I had many transcripts from a few different schools that I had sent in as per the schools request. Not only did my "advisor" not have my transcripts AT ALL, she also seemed to be even more clueless than I was about how to set anything up.

Professors do not teach. I was told I would have ONE ON ONE time with a professor for my math class. What really happened was that I had to TEACH MYSELF CALCULUS and any time I met with the professor she was irritated with me for not understanding the curriculum. She was annoyed and would constantly make comments about how I "just didn't want to learn it" or I "just have to want to understand it". I spent countless hours studying and trying to learn from YouTube videos instead being taught anything.

Even classes where I naturally do well had issues. I already know how to paint, and got an A in my painting class. When I started planning my next semester, my painting professor, out of nowhere, told me I would probably not be successful at another class and would have to come in during the summer. She told me I would not be allowed to bring my daughter to our meetings because "people would complain" (this is a school intended for working adults and adults with children, who often are brought to the school). I felt I had to skip the second semester and I decided to try to take any remaining classes cross registered at a different school.

This is the laziest most unorganized school I have ever been to.
No not go here unless absolutely necessary.Also, if you are a veteran, be aware that they WILL NOT give exemptions to former military for immunization records like other schools will. Make sure you have your military health records!

1st Year Female -- Class 2019
Campus Maintenance: A, Faculty Accessibility: F
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This college isn't a bad college and hasQuite BrightSocial Work
This college isn't a bad college and has improved a long way from several years ago. What attracted me to it was that it had mentoring and face to face discussions. You can agree and disagree with the professors and no one will throw a fit at you. Most of the professors I studied under were helpful and did give swifts replies to emails. They were also flexible with textbooks and didn't force me to buy the newest editions. Heck, some of the professors even showed me how to get the cheapest deals for books or would lend me their books until mine arrived. So that's definitely a plus.

Also, this college is under SUNY. That's well recognized and respected. My only issue with the school would be that there are some times when the professors would have time off and I would email them, but get an automatic reply saying they were away. Yet, eventually the professor would reply. So i just wished that there was a heads up when professors were going away, even though they still do reply to your emails.

4th Year Female -- Class 2014
Useful Schoolwork: A+, Education Quality: B+
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The State University of New York Empire State College
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