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.
Majors & Degrees
|Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences||Associate||Bachelors|
|Architecture And Related Services||Associate||Bachelors|
|Biological And Biomedical Sciences||Associate||Bachelors|
|Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services||Associate||Bachelors|
|Chemical Engineering Related|
|Environmental/environmental Health Engineering|
|Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences||Associate||Bachelors|
|Legal Professions And Studies||Associate||Bachelors|
|Natural Resources And Conservation||Associate||Bachelors|
|Forest Sciences And Biology|
|Forest/forest Resources Management|
|Natural Resources Management And Policy|
|Wildlife, Fish And Wildlands Science And Management|
|Wood Science And Wood Products/pulp And Paper Technology|
|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 Percentile||75th Percentile|
|SAT Critical Reading||622||580||650|
Tuition & Fees
|Black or African American||1.56%|
|White or Caucasian||79.55%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0.22%|
|Two or more races||2.85%|
|% of undergrad students who live in college housing||35%|
Earth Day, Family and Friends Fall Barbecue and Awards Banquet
Bob Marshall/Outing Club, Forestry Club, Student Environmental Action Coalition, Student Green Campus Initiative and Alpha Phi Omega (Service)
Campus Security & Safety
|Swimming And Diving||No||No|
|Track And Field||No|
|Swimming And Diving||No||No|
|Track And Field||No|