Empire College

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Empire College
Empire College Logo.gif
Type Law and Business School, provisionally accredited[1]
President Roy Hurd
Location Santa Rosa, California, United States
Website www.empcol.edu

Empire College is a private community-based institution serving the North Bay since 1961. The college offers business and law degrees.

The college was accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award diplomas, associate degrees, and master's degrees. ACICS was formerly a recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.[3]

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 and include 11 members of the California judiciary.[citation needed]


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."[4] 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.[5]

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. That year, Empire College was added to a list of colleges that students were unable to use California education grants to pay for their education.[2]

In 2014, the U.S. Department of Education reported that Empire College's 3-year cohort default rate for FY 2011, 2010 and 2009 had dropped to 16.9 percent.[6] They subsequently corrected the figure to 16.4 percent, a rate almost identical with Santa Rosa Junior College's.[6]

In 2016, the accreditor for Empire College was derecognized by the U.S. Department of Education.[3] Empire College is finding a new accreditor by June 2018 to meet provisional program participation agreements (PPAs) required by the Department of Education.[1][7]


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.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "ACICS Loss of Accreditation Recognition". Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  2. ^ a b c Scott, Sam (May 23, 2011). "Empire College on student loan default list". Press Democrat. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "ACICS Loss of Accreditation Recognition". Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  4. ^ http://www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/103313/empire-college-wins-third-white-house-award/
  5. ^ http://www.nationalservice.gov/special-initiatives/honor-roll/2013  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  6. ^ a b https://www.nslds.ed.gov/nslds_SA/defaultmanagement/search_cohort_3yr2011CY.cfm
  7. ^ "Notice About ACICS Accreditation". Retrieved 2017-05-17. 

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Coordinates: 38°28′04″N 122°43′45″W / 38.4679°N 122.7291°W / 38.4679; -122.7291