Students Say

SUN"Y's College of Environmental Science and Forestry is "dedicated to its mis­ sion of sustainability." It is "a great school for those interested in research and theory." The school's "unique class offerings" include using its "thousands of acres of forest" for "education, research, and forestry." Students are "out in the field learning how to do what they want to do in life." With Syracuse University right next-door, SUN"Y ESF "has a great small school atmosphere," with"all of the perks of a big university." This "great partnership" between the two schools gives SUN"Y ESF students "the option to take their classes" and "enjoy the amenities and even the social life of a la

Overview

Applicants
1,538
Acceptance Rate
51%
Average HS GPA
3.65

GPA Breakdown

48%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
25%
3.25 - 3.49
5%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
530 - 630
SAT Math
550 - 630
ACT Composite
22 - 26

Deadlines

Early Decision
December 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Non-Academic

Level of applicant's interest

Overall

Students Say

SUN"Y's College of Environmental Science and Forestry is "dedicated to its mis­ sion of sustainability." It is "a great school for those interested in research and theory." The school's "unique class offerings" include using its "thousands of acres of forest" for "education, research, and forestry." Students are "out in the field learning how to do what they want to do in life." With Syracuse University right next-door, SUN"Y ESF "has a great small school atmosphere," with"all of the perks of a big university." This "great partnership" between the two schools gives SUN"Y ESF students "the option to take their classes" and "enjoy the amenities and even the social life of a larger, private school." For in-state students, SUN"Y ESF is "very affordable." One transfer student says, "ESF is definitely the best 'bang for your buck.' I attended a private university prior, and I have paid for four years what one year costs there. And the courses are just as well taught." Professors "have diverse teaching styles, and different students prefer different teachers. Some seem over-committed between their research and teaching duties, and this can make them difficult to reach or rely on." "Professors are committed to their beliefs and are mostly all in active research." Don't expect to breeze through classes at ESF. "If you plan on coasting through college, ESF is not for you!" Professors "set the bar high for expectations and keep it there. I'm consis­ tently challenged and encouraged." There are "well maintained chemistry and computing lab facilities," and the "newer lab buildings are first class." "SUN"Y ESF is a great school whether you love plants, animals, or the environment, and offers great opportunities for real world experience related to your field of study."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
186
with Terminal Degree
158

129
Men
57
Women
18
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
70%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Joseph Martens
Commissioner, NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation

Ronald J. Eby
National Medal of Technology winner 2007

Scott Kasprowicz
World record holder for helicopter flight

Jean Frechet
Won 2013 Japan Prize for polymer research

Anne Papageorge
Led planning and design of World Trade Center memorial

Howard Ris
President, Union of Concerned Scientists

Col. Richard P. Wagenaar
Led Army restoration of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
92
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Bottom Line

SUNY–ESF is highly specialized and selective; it is the oldest and largest environmental college in the country. The school enjoys a unique partnership with Syracuse University that gives ESF students special access to Syracuse classes, academic facilities, student clubs and organizations and other services while paying low statesupported tuition. SUNY’s in-state and out-of-state tuition rates are among the lowest in the Northeast for public colleges.

Bang For Your Buck

SUNY-ESF awards approximately half of its total institutional scholarships based on academic merit, with the other half based on financial need. There are many special scholarships available for students who live outside New York State to help them cover tuition costs. All students in the bioprocess engineering program, and the paper science and engineering programs, are required to complete a summer internship in a related industry, and they are encouraged to complete semester-long paid internship. More than 95 percent of students in these programs are placed in a related job or graduate study within nine months of graduation. As a member of Raise, ESF offers “micro-scholarships” for students who pursue specific activities (like Eagle Scouts) and courses in high school. A longstanding partnership with Syracuse University just down the street means students can take classes there at no additional cost.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,100

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,500

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,500

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$15,335

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
80%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$5,100

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,170
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$15,820
Required Fees
$1,133
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,575
Transportation for Commuters
$2,000

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

"There's extremes here at ESE.. It's likely that you'll see someone with bare feet, dreadlocks and a tie-dye t-shirt walking around campus, and there's people who dress in slacks everyday. The typical student is usually happily between the two extremes, and spends a lot of time in the library and/ or the computer labs!" "Attending SUN"Y ESF means being surrounded by people who are passionate about the earth and science in general, while all having unique perspectives and interests to share."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,727
Out of State
18%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
37

Demographics

45% female
55% male
18% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Students at SUN"Y ESF have access to Syracuse University's "food services, gyms, and health center." ESF "doesn't have many sports (but we can play club sports over at SU)" which are "formed with students of both colleges." "The dorms are fantastic; the building was built in 2011 and all the rooms have private baths." "ESF offers lots of activities including monthly free movies, breakfasts, presenta­ tions, ski trips, ice-skating, craft fairs, etc. We get weekly emails letting us know about all the events, and there's always something to do." In nice weather, stu­ dents make good use of the quad. '1t's fairly large, so people hang out there between classes with friends." Because of the "outdoorsy" nature of many stu­ dents also enjoy, "running, biking, hiking, scuba, rock climbing, travel, you name it!" "Armory Square is a short bus ride away and offers some great off campus lunch and dinner options." There are "fun house parties and the downtown scene is great in my opinion. There are also several ski resorts and lakes nearby for fun in every season." According to one student, "drug use is more prevalent than it should be," but there is a sober crowd, like this student who says, "I spend my Friday nights at Insomniac Events, which is for people who don't want to go out and party. Each event is themed and they are really fun."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
33%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
87
First-Year Students living on campus
95%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
96

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
300
Number of Honor Societies
1

Number of Social Sororities
21
Number of Religious Organizations
13

5% join a fraternity
5% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Other

12% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Mighty Oaks)
6 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Mighty Oaks)
5 Sports

Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: www.esf.edu/students/multicultural

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Syracuse University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Syracuse University

Sustainability

SUNY ESF is the only school in the nation where all of its academic programs are oriented toward natural resources and the natural and designed environments. With sustainability at the core of the university’s mission, SUNY ESF has been at the forefront of nationally-recognized, government-supported research in green issues. In one such instance they have partnered with the New York State government and private industry to develop the state’s first bio-refinery aimed at producing ethanol and other chemical products from wood sugars. SUNY ESF is committed to becoming carbon neutral in the next three years. Almost half of all the university’s vehicles are powered with renewable fuels, electric, or hybrid technologies. The college's new Gateway Building, designed to achieve LEED Platinum, will feature a biomass fueled power plant which will generate 65 percent of the heat and 20 percent of the electrical power for the entire campus. SUNY ESF’s career center is dedicated to placing students in internships and careers in the science, design, policy, and management of the environment and natural resources. The university conducts more than $15 million of sponsored research each year aimed at solving environmental and natural resource challenges.

Green Rating
94
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
3%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
60

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
12

Average Number of PC's per Lab
30

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
A variety of vendors offered through the Syracuse University Bookstore.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Undergraduate Admissions Office

Address
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210

Phone
315-470-6600

Email
esfinfo@esf.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Centennial Residence Hall
Gateway Center (Student Union)
Green Houses and Wildlife Collection
College Quadrangle
Library
SUNY-ESF is located on the same campus as Syracuse University. The most popular sites on that campus are the Carrier Dome, Crouse College (a historic building), Schine Student Center, and Hendricks Chapel

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Marshall Street shopping district
Armory Square Entertainment District
Destiny USA Mall
Museum of Science & Technology
Syracuse University Carrier Dome
The city of Syracuse offers a wide array of historic sites, museums, galleries, theaters, shopping and dining.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
http://www.esf.edu/admissions/visit.htm

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
esfinfo@esf.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Hancock International Airport serves Syracuse with several carriers. The Regional Transportation Center is served by Amtrak, Greyhound Lines and Trailways as well as local bus service, (Centro). Taxi service is available at the airport and transportation center.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Go to http://www.esf.edu/admissions/visit.htm Take Adams Street exit from NY State Route 81 in downtown Syracuse and follow signs to campus.

Local Accommodations
Go to http://www.esf.edu/admissions/visit.htm
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Key Stats

1,538
Applicants
1,727
Size
51%
Acceptance Rate
1170
SAT Scores

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