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Overview

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF): Overview

Since it was founded in 1911 as the New York State College of Forestry, the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) has expanded both its role in education and its physical boundaries.

SUNY-ESF is the premier college in the U.S. for the study of environmental and natural sciences, design, engineering, policy and management of natural resources and the environment.The college has expanded its initial emphasis on forestry to include professional education in environmental science, landscape architecture, environmental studies, and engineering in addition to distinguished programs in the biological and physical sciences.

Throughout its history, the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has focused on the environmental issues of the time in each of its three mission areas: instruction, research, and public service. The college is dedicated to educating future scientists, engineers and managers who, through specialized skills, will be able to use a holistic approach to solving the environmental and resource problems facing society.

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry: Degree Offerings

The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry offers three undergraduate degrees: the Bachelor of Science (B.S.), the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (B.L.A.), and the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.).

The B.S. degree is awarded in aquatic and fisheries science, biochemistry, bioprocess engineering, biotechnology, chemistry, conservation biology, construction management, environmental biology, environmental health, environmental resources engineering, environmental science, environmental studies, forest ecosystem science, forest health, forest resources management, environmental education and interpretation, natural resources management, paper engineering,  renewable materials science, sustainable energy management, wildlife science, and an undeclared option. A number of options and concentrations are offered within specific curricula.

The B.L.A. degree, which requires an additional year of study, is awarded in landscape architecture.

A.A.S. degrees are awarded in environmental and natural resources conservation, forest technology and land surveying technology at the Ranger School campus in Wanakena, New York.

If you really want to study the environment, you need to immerse yourself in it! SUNY-ESF may offer more opportunities to do that than any other college in the nation. Our students have access to regional campuses and field stations that provide more than 25,000 acres of natural forest and wetlands for faculty-led research projects and 'hands-on' learning outside the classroom.

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry: Research Opportunities

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry offers its students numerous research opportunities and financial support from international, state, federal and non-governmental benefactors.

Historically, about $14.5 million was spent at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry on externally funded research efforts, providing SUNY ESF students with unique and distinctive research opportunities. These projects ranged from global to sub-molecular levels and engaged students at all levels of education. Over 34 active patents have been issued to SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry students and faculty since 1983. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry research opportunities have been employed in locations including the U.S., South America, Russia, New Zealand, and Antarctica. SUNY ESF is progressively innovative and has plans to engage in new research experiences in areas including biotechnology and natural and environmental sciences in the foreseeable future.

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry: Student Life

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry students have the opportunity to engage in more than 250 student organizations and groups through Syracuse University. Organizations include social, service, recreational, and professional affiliations that help supplement the SUNY students' educations, making them well-rounded citizens. On the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry campus there are about 50 student-run organizations.

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry also has an intercollegiate athletics program where students can participate on numerous intercollegiate teams including cross country, timber sports, golf, basketball, soccer and indoor track. There are also many club and intramural-level sports activities available to SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry students through Syracuse University. These include ice hockey, skiing, volleyball, tennis, and over 35 other sports.

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Campus

Syracuse, a metropolitan area of more than 730,000 people. It offers many cultural, recreational, and educational opportunities, including museums, live theater, professional sports and historic points of interest.

Syracuse is one of the few cities in the nation situated at the crossing point of two superhighways. The driving time to SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry from New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Toronto, and Montreal is about 5 hours, from Buffalo and Albany, about 3 hours. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry campus is served by a modern international airport and major bus and rail lines.

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry: Financial Aid

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry's specific eligibility requirements vary depending on the financial assistance program to which a student is applying. SUNY- ESF makes it a priority to assist students with their educational and essential-living expenses. Financial aid is primarily awarded on a financial need basis and is assigned according to parental support, student savings, employment earnings, and financial assistance from other sources.

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry offers scholarships that are based on merit and academic achievement. Its graduate student fellowships, tuition scholarships, and assistantships are not awarded on a financial need basis.

Location & Contact

Address Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Gateway Center 1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY  13210-2779
United States
Contact Ms. Susan Sanford
Director of Admissions
Email: esfinfo@esf.edu
Phone: 315-470-6600
Fax: 315-470-6933

Majors & Degrees

Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Architecture And Related Services Associate Bachelors
Landscape Architecture Checkmark
Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Aquatic Biology/limnology Checkmark
Biotechnology Checkmark
Conservation Biology Checkmark
Environmental Biology Checkmark
Wildlife Biology Checkmark
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
Chemical Engineering Related Checkmark
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering Checkmark
Engineering Technologies/Technicians Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Environmental Health Checkmark
Pre-dentistry Studies Checkmark
Pre-veterinary Studies Checkmark
Premedical Studies Checkmark
Legal Professions And Studies Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
Environmental Science Checkmark
Environmental Studies Checkmark
Forest Sciences And Biology Checkmark
Forest Technology Checkmark
Forest/forest Resources Management Checkmark
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Natural Resources Management And Policy Checkmark
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Wildlife, Fish And Wildlands Science And Management Checkmark
Wood Science And Wood Products/pulp And Paper Technology Checkmark
Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Admissions

Acceptance Rate

1,815
Applied
948
Accepted
1,796
Enrolled
52%
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Female Admissions

938
Females Applied
518
Females Accepted
55%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

877
Males Applied
430
Males Accepted
49%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

50
Application Fee
3.75
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Essay
A minimum high school GPA of 2.5
Recommended Interview
One recommendation

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen February 1st February 1st Yes
Out of state Fall freshmen Not reported Not reported Yes
Early decision plan December 1st January 15th
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer March 1st Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
SAT Critical Reading 622 580 650
SAT Math 615 570 650
ACT Composite 26 24 28

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

6,870
In-state
16,650
Out-of-state
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Fees

1,934
Full-time student fees
16,440
Room & board
8,600
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes

Financial Aid

10,160
Avg. Financial Aid Package
11,625
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
4,792
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
4,675
Avg. Loan Aid
3,246
Avg. Grant Aid
6,648
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
100% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
66%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
48%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

1,796
Total undergrad students
2%
International Students
15%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 5.7%
Black or African American 1.56%
White or Caucasian 79.55%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.22%
Asian 3.91%
Two or more races 2.85%
Other 4.25%

Gender

Male (53.01%)
Female (46.99%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 35%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Earth Day, Family and Friends Fall Barbecue and Awards Banquet

Student Services

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Student Organizations

Greek fraternities
Greek sororities
Local fraternities
Local sororities
Most popular organizations:
Bob Marshall/Outing Club, Forestry Club, Student Environmental Action Coalition, Student Green Campus Initiative and Alpha Phi Omega (Service)

Campus Security & Safety

24-hour emergency telephone/alarm services Checkmark
24-hour patrols by trained officers Checkmark
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Athletics

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Archery Checkmark No No
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball Checkmark No No
Basketball Checkmark Checkmark No
Bowling Checkmark No No
Cheerleading Checkmark No No
Crew Checkmark No No
Cross-country Running Checkmark Checkmark No
Equestrian Sports Checkmark No No
Fencing Checkmark No No
Field Hockey No No No
Football Checkmark No No
Golf No Checkmark No
Gymnastics Checkmark No No
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Riflery Checkmark No No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Sailing Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Checkmark No
Softball Checkmark No No
Squash Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark No No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark No No
Track And Field Checkmark Checkmark No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Archery Checkmark No No
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark No No
Bowling Checkmark No No
Cheerleading Checkmark No No
Crew Checkmark No No
Cross-country Running Checkmark Checkmark No
Equestrian Sports Checkmark No No
Fencing Checkmark No No
Field Hockey Checkmark No No
Football No No No
Golf No Checkmark No
Gymnastics Checkmark No No
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Riflery No No No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Sailing Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Checkmark No
Softball Checkmark No No
Squash Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark No No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark No No
Track And Field Checkmark Checkmark No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark No No

Faculty

159
Total Faculty
13:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 116
Part-time - 43
Male - 113
Female - 46
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