Founded in 1911 to "help in the solution of forestry problems" the New York State College of Forestry was founded in partnership with Syracuse University. That first year, 52 students enrolled, and there were two faculty members along with Dean Hugh P. Baker. Classes met in two classrooms in the basement of Lyman Hall of Natural Sciences on the SU campus.
Research at State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry is remarkably diverse, current and challenging, with contributions being made in fields like aquatic ecosystems, bioenergy, biotechnology, biodiversity, ecology, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, remote sensing, wildlife disease prevention and many others.ESF is a leader in integrating the energy and excitement of research with the formal requirements of degree and certificate programs. A high percentage of undergraduates and virtually all graduate students participate in research activity as part of their educational experience.
ESF graduates get jobs all over the world, in all kinds of locations and all kinds of environments. Some work in their hometowns. Others work in exotic locales in Africa, Europe or Asia. Some work in a forested wilderness area.Others work in hightech manufacturing environments or state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. Many work in the nation’s urban centers; others in suburban and rural towns. ESF graduates have a wealth of opportunities to pursue because the College emphasizes problemsolving and communications skills as much as it focuses on science and professional training.
The Division of Student Affairs provides assistance to students experiencing hardship, support to faculty and staff working with students of concern, and guidance to parents/family seeking help and information on behalf of their student.
Most transfer students choose to live in off-campus apartments in the neighborhood surrounding the SUNY-ESF and SU campus, University Hill. Visit our off-campus Housing page to learn more about resources available for locating housing in the University Hill area and the Greater Syracuse area.
To provide information resources to the ESF community and to teach library users to learn independently.
All ESF students will be required to have health insurance coverage beginning with the fall semester 2016. This is a requirement at most colleges and universities nationally (including Syracuse University) and is meant to ensure that college students are able to access off-campus health care services when needed.
ESF is a multiple campus institution that includes approximately 1 million square feet of facilities in 186 buildings on 25,000 acres of land. Facilities for education and research are provided on the main campus in Syracuse and at five regional campuses and three field stations.
ESF students can participate in a wide variety of intercollegiate sports clubs, intramural sports programs & recreational activities offered through Syracuse University (SU)—tennis, volleyball, skiing, ice hockey, and many more!
The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry is accredited by: Middle States Commission on Higher Education.