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Undergrad Profile

The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) is the oldest and largest college in the nation focused on the science, design, engineering, and management of the environment.

ESF’s academic offerings include 24 undergraduate and 27 graduate degree programs that provide 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 in learning.

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 also participating in the vibrant academic and social life of a larger university. ESF students can take selected classes at SU; use library, dining, and recreational facilities; and join more than 300 student clubs and organizations along with SU students.

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 forest and wetlands located on regional campuses in Central New York, the Adirondack Park, Thousand Islands Region, and Costa Rica. 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. 

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

ESF has repeatedly earned top rankings from U.S. News & World Report in its list of “America’s Best Colleges.” The 2015 list placed ESF 45th among all national universities in the “best buy” category, which compares academic quality to the average student’s cost of attendance. In addition, U.S. News ranked ESF 30th among public universities and 76th overall among public and private universities in the United States.

Students come to ESF from 38 states and 55 countries, and the College is one of the most selective of the 64 campuses of the State University of New York (SUNY) network, the nation’s largest public university system. Prospective students are encouraged to visit our campus and learn more through our website at



ESF at a glance
• Founded in 1911, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry is the nation’s oldest and most respected college dedicated solely to the study of the environment.

• The ESF campus occupies 12 acres in Syracuse and 25,000 acres on its regional campuses.

• The ESF student body includes 1,750 undergraduate students and 550 graduate students.

• ESF alumni number more than 19,000 worldwide.


Academic Programs
Bachelor’s Degree Programs

• Aquatic and Fisheries Science

• Bioprocess Engineering

• Biotechnology

• Chemistry

• Conservation Biology

• Construction Management

• Environmental Biology

• Environmental Education

• Environmental Health

• Environmental Resources Engineering

• Environmental Science

• Environmental Studies

• Forest Ecosystem Science

• Forest Health

• Forest Resources Management

• Landscape Architecture

• Natural Resources Management

• Paper Engineering

• Paper Science

• Sustainable Energy Management

• Wildlife Science


Associate Degree Programs

• Environmental Conservation

• Forest Technology

• Land Surveying Technology


Graduate Degree Programs

• 20 master’s degree and seven doctoral degree programs