College Of Environmental Science And Forestry - [SUNY ESF], New York, Syracuse

    Syracuse, New YorkLocation
    UniversitySchool type
    Estd 1911established year

    College of Environmental Science and Forestry: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    Being America’s first college to focus exclusively on the environment and sustainability, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has a history of over 100 years. Established in 1911, ESF is a 4-year, public college offering 27 undergraduate programs and 54 graduate programs to students who want to study in the USA.

    ESF has an enrollment of around 2,200 students. Being a multiple campus institution, the main campus of ESF is located in the Syracuse City of Central New York. The various campuses of ESF are focussed on imparting education and assisting research in the field of environmental science and forestry.

    Students appreciate the efforts of ESF towards research and education-related environment and its various factors. The diversity at ESF is so rich as it welcomes people from every background as students, faculty, and staff to serve the community and the world.

    SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Student Enrolment


    SUNY ESF has ranked by various America's top college guides among the best. College of Environmental Science and Forestry has ranked: 

    • Best Value Colleges by Princeton Review- 2019 Edition
    • #38 Best Value Schools by U.S. News & World Report
    • #3 Nation’s Top Cool Schools by Sierra Magazine
    • #2 Nation’s Green Colleges by Princeton Review’s list
    • #217 Top Colleges in America 2019 by Forbes


    Year of Establishment 1911
    Location Syracuse, New York
    Type of College Public
    Campus Setting City
    Campus Size 25,000
    UG Student Enrollment 1,800
    PG Student Enrollment 400
    Faculty Members 128
    Student-Faculty Ratio 13:1
    Annual Acceptance Rate 54%
    Basic Tuition Fee for UG International Students 16,980
    Basic Tuition Fee for Graduate International Students 23,100
    Academic Calendar Semester
    Test Scores Accepted TOEFL/ IELTS/ PTE Academic

    SUNY ESF Campus

    The main ESF Campus is located on “University Hill” in Syracuse, New York. Syracuse is the largest city in Central New York with a population of over 650,000 and thus hosts an impressive array of cultural resources. The main campus of ESF is located adjacent to the Syracuse University Carrier Dome, a major landmark.

    ESF has multiple campuses spread on 25,000 acres of land and mostly located in Adirondacks. ESF is the main campus with five regional campuses and three field stations, which are as follows:

    • Ranger School: This campus is located on the banks of the Oswegatchie River near Hamlet of Wanakena and is spread over 2,800 acres of land in the Adirondack Mountains. Under the forest technology program, this campus has trained around 3,000 graduates.
    • Cranberry Lake Biological Field Station: This field station is located in the Great Adirondack region of New York State and provides both an academic summer program and a variety of research projects in the field of biology.
    • NYS DEC Environmental Education Camp: This camp is located in southern Adirondacks on 2,500 acres of woodlands. This camp has a lake and countless miles of trails leading to mountains, marshes and the banks of the Hudson River. 
    • Heiberg Forest: This campus is located thirty minutes south of Syracuse and in the central portion of Cortland County. This campus serves as an outdoor classroom and research area.
    • Lafayette Road Experiment Station: Located within Syracuse city and is significant in teaching students to identify woody plants and for faculty to conduct research.
    • Newcomb Campus: Newcomb Campus is located in the Huntington Wildlife Forest over 15,000 acres. This campus aims at facilitating investigation, experimentation, and research in relation to wildlife.
    • Thousand Islands Biological Station: TIBS is located on the ST. Lawrence River near Clayton over Governors Island. Station’s research program focuses on the aquatic ecology of the river.

    Accommodation/ Housing Facilities at ESF

    All freshmen UG students at SUNY ESF are required to live on-campus at Centennial Hall while ESF Graduate students are not offered on-campus housing, they are required to live office-campus. 

    Centennial Hall is located on the western edge of the ESF campus and houses around 549 students. This hall is for first-time students, who are not allowed to stay off-campus unless they have a permanent home address within commuting distance. The hall is an environmentally friendly “green” building designed as a combination of residence hall style rooms and student apartments. Students can choose an appropriate meal plan.

    ESF Graduate students can look for affordable off-campus student housing options that are close to the college campus.

    Programs/ Courses offered at ESF

    ESF provides over 75 academic degree programs to students in areas of science, design, engineering and management of natural resources and the environment through its 10 departments.

    The 27 undergraduate programs offered at the college include Bachelor of Science degrees in areas such as aquatic and fisheries science, biochemistry, biotechnology, conservation biology, forest ecosystem science and so on.

    ESF provides over 54 graduate programs that include M.S., M.P.S., M.F., M.L.A., Ph.D., and various certificates in a variety of fields such as chemistry, environmental studies, landscape architecture, paper, and bioprocess engineering, forest and natural resource management, and so on.

    The college has departments based on the fields of study such as chemistry, environmental & forest biology, environmental resources engineering, environment science, open academy, landscape architecture, paper & bioprocess engineering, the Ranger School, etc.

    All you need to know about ESF Application Process

    Admissions at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry are open for the Fall and Spring semester. 

    Application: International students are required to apply online through the SUNY International Student Applicant Form.

    Application Fee: NIL

    Admission Deadlines: The Spring 2020 deadline is November 1, 2019 and the Fall semester early decision first-year deadline is December 1, 2019 and the regular first-year deadline is January 15, 2020.

    Admission Requirements: International students are required to submit the following documents for admissions at ESF:

    • Completed application form
    • Academic transcripts with their English translations and evaluation by a credential evaluation agency which is a member of NACES
    • English language proficiency
    Exam Minimum Required Scores
    TOEFL 550(PBT)
    IELTS 6.0
    PTE 53
    • Copy of passport
    • Proof of finances to cover the annual expenses at the college

    NOTE- International applicants applying for admissions through Common Application need to pay an application fee of 50 USD.

    Cost and Expenses at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

    UG Cost of Attendance: The following are the expenses to be incurred by a UG international first-year students residing on-campus in the Centennial Hall (Double Room) or off-campus. 

    Expenses Annual Fee On-campus (in USD) Annual Fee Off-campus (in USD)
    Tuition 16,980 16,980
    Fees 2,045 2,045
    Books & Supplies 1,200 1,200
    Room 8,850 6,680
    Board 7,420 3,500
    Personal 450 450
    Transportation 800 800
    TOTAL 37,745 31,655

    PG Cost of Attendance: Graduate students at SUNY ESF staying off-campus need to pay the following expenses.

    Expenses Annual Fee On-campus (in USD)
    Tuition 23,100
    Fees 1,780
    Books & Supplies 1,200
    Room 6,680
    Board 3,500
    Personal 450
    Transportation 800
    TOTAL 37,510

    NOTE- International students enrolled at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry are also required to bear the mandatory health insurance charges of around 1,450 USD per year. 

    Scholarship and Financial Aids

    College offers financial assistance to its students in the form of scholarships or grants, part-time employment, educational loans, fellowships, tuition scholarships, etc. The scholarships are provided to students based on their academic performance and financial needs of students.

    International students at SUNY ESF are eligible for academic merit-based scholarships, assistantships and fellowships, but not for need-based student financial assistance. 

    A few of the financial aid options offered at the college include: 

    Financial Aid Eligibility Amount
    ESF Presidential Scholarship (Renewable) outstanding students from NY State; academic records; Recommendations & academic program requirements 3,000 USD per year
    ESF National Scholarships (Renewable) outstanding students from outside NY State; academic records; Recommendations; & academic program requirements 8,000 USD per year
    Job Location and Development Program ESF student & connected to job opportunities with local employers Wage and pay varies with the type of job
    Graduate Assistantships work for 10–20 hours per week 11,000 USD- 30,000 USD per year; a tuition scholarship may also be provided.

    International students can apply for outside international scholarships awarded by various private organizations or even the US or home country governments. Another way to finance education in the USA can include education loans for international students to study in the USA. 

    Alumni Network

    With an alumni network of 19,000 alumni who support and contribute their joint efforts towards the SUNY ESF Alumni Association. This association is concerned with the promotion, achievements, and heritage of the college. It assists the college in the attainment of its objectives. 

    Some SUNY ESF notable alumni include:

    • Robin Wall Kimmerer – Teaching Professor and Director, Centre for Natives Peoples and The Environment
    • Edwin C. Jahn – Dean, State University College of Forestry at Syracuse University
    • Robert Marshall – Wilderness activist
    • Rachel May – New York State Senate

    4 years

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    Jan 15

    Application Deadline


    8.2 / 10
    $23,1001st YEAR

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    College of Environmental Science and Forestry Overview

    Insitution type
    Student Population
    FAFSA Code
    Application Cost
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $23,100 / Year
    Student : Faculty Ratio
    1 : 1

    Admission & dates

    Early Action Deadlines

    November 1

    Application deadline

    April 1

    Application results

    Regular Decision Deadlines

    January 15

    Application deadline

    April 1

    Application results

    Test Scores For International Applicants

    ExamsAvg. ScoreMin ScoreMax. Score%Submitted
    SAT Check Detailed Score12251150130077
    Evidence-Based Reading and Writing615580650-
    ACT Check Detailed Score26242850

    College of Environmental Science and Forestry Acceptance Rate

    52.1 %

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    attendance cost

    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $16,980 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $23,100 / Year
    On Campus
    Books & Supplies
    $1,200 / Year
    On campus, Room & Board
    $16,510 / Year
    On Campus, Other Expenses
    $1,050 / Year
    Off Campus
    Off campus (not with family), Room & Board
    $10,165 / Year
    Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses
    $1,050 / Year
    Off campus (with family), Room & Board
    $2,450 / Year
    Off campus (with family), Other Expenses
    $2,450 / Year

    Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

    Institutional accreditations
    Middle States Commission on Higher Education


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    Ranked #1257

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    8.7 out of 10
    8.3/10Social Life


    9.0 /10

    After graduating in power and production engineering I pursued my interest in Renewable energy and Biofuel by applying for this curriculum to my college. ESF was my first choice for its specialty in environmental science whose part my concentration was. I applied through the online portal of the college and paid $60.

    Course Curriculum :

    There were different concentrations. Within my concentration, I studied bio-refinery methods, bio-processing, and bio-engineering with an in-depth study of chemistry especially because it's a discipline under Chemical Engineering. Physics and Math were also in the course. In the final year, we designed a model implementing emerging technology in the energy sector.

    10 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    10 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular
    8.2 /10

    There is a constant usage of energy and resources in the world, so it is very important to recycle and reuse the used products and from this thought only I got the motivation to take up the course. I chose to fill the form online as it is more feasible for me. It is required to pay $50 through the common application portal.

    Course Curriculum :

    The full-time course was four-year-long. The course requires preliminary knowledge of biology chemistry and physics. Apart from that, the course provides a lot of scope of innovation and implementation of technology.

    8 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    7 /10 extracurricular
    9.0 /10

    In my 12th grade, I attended an education fair where I was introduced to this particular college. I had a knack for Biology those days hence I decided to pursue my post-secondary from this college in Biotechnology. After school final, I applied here with the help of an online application system and the best part was it's no application fee policy. I applied to several other colleges but got admitted here when selected.

    Course Curriculum :

    It's not at all easy. It's a broad curriculum and we need to learn not just only biology and the related technology rather we also have to study Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Environmental science. It's good from one point of view because we have already covered the topics that are taught in pre-med or pre-healthcare. One can have the confidence and chance to apply for that high-value degree later on.

    9 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    9 /10 extracurricular
    8.5 /10

    Had the major I wanted and it was close to home. My grandfather also came to this college and enjoyed the experience. I also liked how it is a small knit community with Syracuse University right next to us so we can use the facilities as well.

    Course Curriculum :

    It is difficult. But you come to this college knowing what you want to do and what you are getting into. There is a lot of information that you are taught but it is all useful information. Sometimes it is too much information but it will all come into play somewhere else in the curriculum.

    10 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    7 /10 placement
    9 /10 extracurricular
    1 Forestry Drive Syracuse, NY 13210

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    Bus Station

    Sims Dr & Irving Ave0.18 km
    Sims Dr & Forestry Dr0.21 km
    Archbold Gymnasium0.22 km
    Irving Ave & E Raynor Ave0.25 km
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    Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital Heliport0.87 km
    A2 Global Shipping7.15 km

    Super Market

    Syracuse Cooperative Market1.69 km
    PriceRite Supermarkets1.76 km
    Asia Food Market1.96 km
    Stop N Shop2.11 km
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    Book Store

    Syracuse University Bookstore0.63 km
    SUNY Medical Bookstore1.01 km
    Tara Used Book Store1.45 km
    Muzik Source Book & More2.93 km
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    Shopping Mall

    Marshall Square Mall0.89 km
    Organic nails1.74 km
    Wisefire Imports & Black Books1.77 km
    Nottingham Plaza2.25 km
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    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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