SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

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1 Forestry Drive

Syracuse, NY 13210

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Phone: (315) 470-6500
2013-2014 Tuition
$6,995
in-state
$16,445
out-of-state
Students
1,819
enrolled
56%
male /
44%
female
Admissions
rolling admission
50.7%
accepted

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U.S. News Rankings

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#86 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. National Universities

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Summary

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is a public institution that was founded in 1911. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,819, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 12 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 86. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,995 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $16,445 (2013-14).

The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry offers students a niche education with the benefits of life at a large institution. ESF, as the small school is known for short, offers about 20 Bachelor of Science degrees ranging from Aquatics and Fisheries Science to Paper Engineering, as well as a Landscape Architecture program. Students can get a broader experience, however, through neighbor school Syracuse University. The two institutions, both located in Syracuse, N.Y., have a collegiate partnership. ESF students can enroll in courses, live in residence halls, use campus facilities, and join student organizations at Syracuse University. ESF and Syracuse students even graduate in a joint commencement ceremony each May. All ESF freshmen must live on the school’s campus, however. The school has its own array of about 25 clubs. The ESF Mighty Oaks sports teams compete in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, comprised of small schools, and students can take part in club and intramural sports at Syracuse. ESF has an additional campus in the Adirondack Mountains, called the Ranger School, where students study forest technology during their sophomore year. The Ranger School offers associate degree completion programs, as well as courses toward a bachelor’s degree. Earth Day is a weeklong celebration at the environmental school, with events like yoga on the campus quad, student-wide barbecues, and volunteer clean-ups of local streams.

ESF is one of 64 schools in the State University of New York system. The university is often recognized for its sustainability efforts, and its faculty is highly engaged in research projects. ESF has produced notable graduates including Reginald Balch, a Canadian photographer and scientist, and Sol Feinstein, a historian and author.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The mission of the College of Environmental Science and Forestry is to advance knowledge and skills and to promote the leadership necessary for the stewardship of both the natural and designed environments. SUNY-ESF is a small, close-knit community with a teaching, learning and research focus all on the natural environment. Students study engineering, chemistry, biology, environmental studies, natural resources management and landscape architecture. SUNY ESF strives to make this a better world through environmental discovery. ESF offers a one-of-a-kind education where every student is learning about meeting the environmental challenges facing all of us. Our roughly 1,800 undergraduates and 600 graduate students enjoy the benefits of small classes, excellent faculty, international programs and field experiences abound. SUNY-ESF students can take advantage of academic offerings at Syracuse University. Outside the classroom, SUNY-ESF students can live in Learning Communities, participate in Service Learning opportunities, and enjoy hundreds of sports and clubs at ESF or across the street at Syracuse University. In addition, ESF's costs make our excellent education a remarkable value.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1911
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $18,705,675

Applying

When applying to SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early decision deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 50.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 50.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is 13:1, and the school has 64.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry include: Environmental Biology; Engineering, General; Environmental Science; Landscape Architecture; and Natural Resources Management and Policy. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 84.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 46%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Environmental Biology 38%
Engineering, General 20%
Environmental Science 19%
Landscape Architecture 12%
Natural Resources Management and Policy 8%

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Student Life

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,819, with a gender distribution of 55.9 percent male students and 44.1 percent female students. At this school, 35 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 65 percent of students live off campus.

Total enrollment 2,401
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association N/A

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Campus Info & Services

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 60.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,200.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,995 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $16,445 (2013-14)
Room and board $14,330 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data


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