|Location||Santa Rosa, California, United States|
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 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. 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.
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. They subsequently corrected the figure to 16.4 percent, a rate almost identical with Santa Rosa Junior College's.
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.
- Scott, Sam (May 23, 2011). "Empire College on student loan default list". Press Democrat. Retrieved 6 July 2014.