SUNY -- College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Syracuse, NY

SUNY -- College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Syracuse, NY

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Improve Your World

The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is the only college in the United States engaged solely in the exploration and understanding of our natural and built environments on a global scale. 

Widely recognized as America’s top-ranked environmental college, ESF is a small and selective campus of the State University of New York (SUNY). We discover real-world solutions to today’s environmental problems and educate tomorrow’s environmental leaders.

ESF’s academic offerings include 26 undergraduate, 20 master’s, and seven doctoral programs in the sciences, design, engineering, management, policy, and communication. Students benefit from an incredible range of opportunities for applied learning and research related to sustainability and natural resources. The College enrolls more than 2,300 students and is consistently ranked among the nation’s best colleges based on value, class size, and student engagement.

Faculty members at ESF come from impressive backgrounds and are working on research that is at the forefront of solving many of the world’s environmental problems. Students work side-by-side with faculty members on research projects at the College’s main campus in Syracuse and on 25,000 acres of regional campuses in the Central New York, Adirondack, and Thousand Islands regions. ESF also offers numerous opportunities for study abroad, encouraging students to take lessons learned in the classroom into the world beyond. Service learning projects and career-related internships provide valuable work experiences that often pave the way for admission to prestigious graduate schools or permanent employment after graduation. 

A special partnership with neighboring Syracuse University (SU) allows ESF students to take advantage of the small classes and close relationships found on a small college campus while participating in the vibrant academic and social life of a larger university. ESF students can take select classes at SU; use the library, dining, and recreational facilities; and join more than 300 student clubs and organizations along with SU students.

Students also have numerous opportunities to get involved in ESF organizations that fit their interests. The College has a growing intercollegiate sports program, fielding teams in basketball, bass fishing, cross-country, golf, soccer, timber sports, and track.

ESF has repeatedly earned top rankings among national universities from U.S. News & World Report in its list of “America’s Best Colleges.” For the third year in a row, ESF was ranked among the nation’s top “Cool Schools” by Sierra magazine, the national magazine of the Sierra Club. Sierra put the College at #3 among more than 280 schools surveyed. ESF is the highest-ranked school among all colleges and universities in New York State. The College has the ninth-highest ranking in AASHE’s Sustainable Campus Index of doctoral-granting institutions, earning STARS (Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System) Gold Status. ESF has also been named the #2 “Greenest School” by The Princeton Review. 

Students come to ESF from across the United States and around the world. The College is one of the most selective of the 64 campuses of the SUNY network, the nation’s largest public university system. Prospective students are encouraged to visit our campus and learn more through our website, Join us to improve your world. 



“America’s Best Colleges” | U.S. News & World Report


Nation’s top “Cool Schools” | Sierra magazine


Ninth-highest ranking in AASHE’s Sustainable Campus Index of doctoral-granting institutions, earning STARS (Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System) Gold Status


#2 “Greenest School” | The Princeton Review


Bachelor’s degree programs at the Syracuse campus:
• Aquatic and Fisheries Science
• Biochemistry
• Bioprocess Engineering
• Biotechnology
• Chemistry
• Conservation Biology
• Construction Management
• Environmental Biology
• Environmental Education and Interpretation
• Environmental Health
• Environmental Resources Engineering
• Environmental Science
• Environmental Studies
• Forest Ecosystem Science
• Forest Health
• Forest Resources Management
• Landscape Architecture
• Natural Resources Management
• Paper Engineering
• Renewable Materials Science
• Sustainability Management (online)
• Sustainable Energy Management
• Wildlife Science 

Associate degree programs at the Ranger School campus in Wanakena, New York:
• Environmental and Natural Resources Conservation
• Forest Technology
• Land Surveying Technology

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