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The college is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award diplomas, associate degrees, and master's degrees. ACICS is a recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
Empire College School of Law is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California to offer a Juris Doctor degree. Its alumni comprise approximately 25 percent of the California Bar in Sonoma County and include 13 members of the California judiciary.
The college was founded in 1961 by Henry Trione. It was first located in the Bank of America building on Old Courthouse Square. When the bank moved out in 1961, Trione bought the building and immediately gilded the top of the clock tower.
In 2012, Empire College received national recognition on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, one of two colleges in the state of California in that category. In 2013 Empire was one of the top 19 finalists in the nation, and in 2014 and 2015 Empire was again recognized "with distinction." The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve. Empire's service-based learning opportunities include a variety of free legal, tax, healthcare and wellness clinics.
In 2011, the U.S. Education Department reported that students who graduated from Empire College's business school were defaulting on student loans more than twice the national average. In 2019, the U.S. Department of Education reported that Empire College's 3-year cohort default rate for FY 2016 had dropped to 4.1 percent, a rate lower than that of Santa Rosa Junior College (8.5 percent) and the national average (10.1 percent).
In 2011, school tuition ranged from $16,000 to $20,000 annually. The average student is 30 to 32 years of age. As of 2006, Empire 80% of students graduated within the two-year program period. The school offers students internship opportunities at Santa Rosa area businesses.
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