Take your Onondaga Community College degree to the next level

Earn your bachelor’s degree from SUNY Empire State College through the Pathways Transfer Program


The Pathways Transfer Program is a partnership between Onondaga Community College and Empire State College that makes it possible to earn your bachelor’s degree without leaving home. The program can help you succeed by easing the transition from classroom-based learning at Onondaga Community College to an engaging blend of independent study, online courses, study groups and residencies found at Empire State College.

Benefits of the Pathways Transfer Program with Onondaga Community College

  • You can transfer your entire associate degree, as long as the courses meet degree requirements for the bachelor’s degree you design.
  • You can take additional credits at Onondaga Community College in your first year at Empire State College. You can transfer up to 79 lower-level credits towards your bachelor’s degree. If your associate degree includes 64 credits, you have the option of taking some or all of the remaining 15 credits at Onondaga Community College. These additional credits can be used to satisfy SUNY general education requirements or core courses in your concentration.
  • You will be eligible for financial aid for upper level courses once accepted to Empire State College.

The Pathways Transfer Program can help you earn the 124 credits you need for a SUNY bachelor’s degree by transferring your entire associate degree and taking an additional 15 credits at Onondaga Community College.

 Program Onondaga Community College Credits Empire State College Credits Total
 Associate Degree 64 64
 Pathways Year 1 15 17 32
 Pathways Year 2 28 28
 Total 79 45 124

Why Study at Empire State College?

Convenient Locations

With more than 30 locations across New York state and online courses, you can earn your bachelor’s degree close to home. Empire State College has several convenient locations near the Onondaga Community College area:

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Empire State College at OCC
John H. Mulroy Hall Regional Higher Education Center – Suite R-221 4585
West Seneca Turnpike Syracuse, NY 13215

East Syracuse
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Empire State College in Syracuse
6333 Rte. 298 – third floor
East Syracuse, NY 13057

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Empire State College in Auburn
Main Building – room M310 (on the Cayuga County Community College campus)
197 Franklin St.
Auburn, NY 13021-3099

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Empire State College in Utica
State Office Building – Suite 606
207 Genesee St.
Utica, NY 13501-2812

The college’s Center for Distance Learning is accessible online worldwide.

Ways to Study

You can choose study options that fit your life so you can pursue your degree while keeping the commitments to your family, work and community. These options include:

  • one-to-one independent study with a faculty mentor
  • more than 500 online courses
  • seminars and small group studies
  • weekend residencies
  • cross registration at other colleges

What You Can Study

When you enroll at Empire State College, you will be assigned a faculty mentor who will advise and work with you until you graduate. With the guidance of your mentor, you will develop a degree program that connects your educational, career and personal goals.

Your mentor will help you design a concentration that matters to you and meets the standards of a SUNY degree. Your concentration can be creative or traditional within 12 broad areas of study:

  • The Arts
  • Business, Management and Economics
  • Community and Human Services
  • Cultural Studies
  • Educational Studies
  • Historical Studies
  • Human Development
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Labor Studies
  • Public Affairs
  • Science, Mathematics and Technology
  • Social Science

Credit for Prior Learning

You have the opportunity to earn academic credit for knowledge you’ve acquired before studying at Empire State College. Your mentor will help you identify prior college-level learning that is relevant to your degree program and eligible for credit.

Sources of such prior college-level learning include:

  • transcript credit earned at other regionally accredited colleges and universities
  • individualized prior learning assessment
  • examination programs like CLEP and DSST
  • trainings that have been evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) or National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS)
  • military training.

Recognized Quality That’s Affordable

Your degree comes from an accredited college of the State University of New York. Founded in 1971, Empire State College was the first public nontraditional higher education institution to be accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Students have consistently ranked Empire State College No. 1 among SUNY schools for overall student satisfaction, academic advising, course availability and quality of instruction. 1

And as a SUNY school, undergraduate tuition is only $270 per credit for New York state residents. (Tuition is subject to change pending action by the SUNY Board of Trustees; mandatory student fees apply.) In addition, many students are eligible for financial aid in the form of scholarships, loans, grants or employer tuition benefits.

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Complete an information request to learn how you can benefit from the Pathways Transfer Program at Empire State College.

1 SUNY Student Opinion Survey 2003, 2006, 2009

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