State University of New York--College of Environmental Science and Forestry campus


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
550 - 630
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 26


Early Decision
December 1

Other Admission Factors


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

Level of applicant's interest

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Plant Sciences, General

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Environmental Design/Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Animal Genetics
  • Aquatic Biology/Limnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Botany/Plant Biology, Other
  • Conservation Biology
  • Ecology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Biology
  • Plant Genetics
  • Plant Molecular Biology
  • Plant Pathology/Phytopathology
  • Plant Physiology
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Zoology/Animal Biology
  • Zoology/Animal Biology, Other

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Construction Management

  • Education

  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Environmental Education

  • Engineering

  • Biological/Biosystems Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, Other
  • Construction Engineering
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Forest Engineering
  • Paper Science and Engineering
  • Paper Science and Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Engineering-Related Technologies
  • Surveying Technology/Surveying

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Environmental Health
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Pre-Law Studies

  • Leisure and Recreational Activities

  • Nature Appreciation

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Historic Preservation and Conservation
  • Sustainability Studies

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
  • Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
  • Forest Management/Forest Resources Management
  • Forest Resources Production and Management
  • Forest Sciences and Biology
  • Forest Technology/Technician
  • Forestry
  • Forestry, General
  • Forestry, Other
  • Land Use Planning and Management/Development
  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Natural Resources Conservation and Research
  • Natural Resources Conservation and Research, Other
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General
  • Urban Forestry
  • Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management
  • Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management
  • Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management
  • Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry, General
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Hydrology and Water Resources Science
  • Polymer Chemistry

  • Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC, ROTC)

  • Air Force JROTC/ROTC

Students Say

SUNY’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry is “dedicated to its mission 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, SUNY ESF “has a great small school atmosphere,” with “all of the perks of a big university.” This “great partnership” between the two schools gives SUNY 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, SUNY 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 consistently challenged and encouraged.” There are “well maintained chemistry and computing lab facilities,” and the “newer lab buildings are first class.” “SUNY 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.”


Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Students Say

Most students feel that ESF, and especially the faculty there, are “very helpful when it comes to finding jobs and internships.” For example, ESF’s partnership with the NY Department of Environmental Conservation produces fifty paid summer internships each year. The Career Services Office puts on an Environmental Career Fair for students “to gather employer and graduate school information, develop networks and meet organizations from a variety of sectors, including corporate, environmental, and not-for-profit.” Students feel that their awareness of the environment and tough classes are what “will get SUNY-ESF students top notch jobs and lives after college.”

Colleges that Create Futures


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

State Aid

Bottom Line

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 state-supported 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

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 a 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 long-standing partnership with Syracuse University just across the street means students can take classes there at no additional cost.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

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

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented


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

Students Say

“There’s extremes here at ESF... 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 SUNY 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.”


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Students at SUNY 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, presentations, 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, students make good use of the quad. “It’s fairly large, so people hang out there between classes with friends.” Because of the “outdoorsy” nature of many students 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.”

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

5% join a fraternity
5% join a sorority


Athletic Division

12% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Mighty Oaks)
6 Sports

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

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups:

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus


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.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Cash-Out Parking

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2015.

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

A variety of vendors offered through the Syracuse University Bookstore.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Undergraduate Admissions Office

1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Centennial Residence Hall
Gateway Center (Student Union)
Green Houses and Wildlife Collection
College Quadrangle
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

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office


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 Take Adams Street exit from NY State Route 81 in downtown Syracuse and follow signs to campus.

Local Accommodations
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