About SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Founded in 1911, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. is a Public college. Located in New York, which is a city setting in New York, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 1,751 full time undergraduate students, and 435 full time graduate students.

The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 12:1. There are 118 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate54%
Application Deadline
Application Fee50
SAT Range1070-1260
ACT Range23-27

Admissions at SUNY-ESF are considered Selective, with ,6% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 20 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

97% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 63% were in the top quarter, and 29% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE Reviews

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

14%
“We”re apathetic”
0%
“We know about current events and vote”
29%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
57%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
0%
“Sometimes, but not often”
71%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
29%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
14%
“I only go out in groups”
43%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
43%
“I feel extremely safe”
50%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
25%
“We bought the gear”
25%
“We live for the big game”
43%
“It”s not really our thing”
14%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
43%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
0%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
71%
“They keep regular office hours”
29%
“They”re always available”
57%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
29%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
14%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
0%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
86%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
0%
“We only party on weekends”
14%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
0%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
71%
“There might be people who do”
29%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
14%
“We”re apathetic”
0%
“We know about current events and vote”
29%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
57%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
0%
“Sometimes, but not often”
71%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
29%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
14%
“I only go out in groups”
43%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
43%
“I feel extremely safe”
50%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
25%
“We bought the gear”
25%
“We live for the big game”
43%
“It”s not really our thing”
14%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
43%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
0%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
71%
“They keep regular office hours”
29%
“They”re always available”
57%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
29%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
14%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
0%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
86%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
0%
“We only party on weekends”
14%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
0%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
71%
“There might be people who do”
29%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    11 Students rated on-campus housing 3.9 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    12 Students rated off-campus housing 3.4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    17 Students rated campus food 3.5 stars. 29 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    17 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 47 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    17 Students rated class size 4.3 stars. 59 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    16 Students rated school activities 4.2 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    18 Students rated local services 4.4 stars. 50 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    17 Students rated academics 4.5 stars. 82 % gave the school a 5.0.

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry?

7 Students rated SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Christopher - 10/11/2019

I feel the academics is very hands on and beneficial. The professors are accommodating and passionate. The main campus location and student housing is not very secure. The initial entry process is difficult and lacks much needed guidance and the scheduling is very inflexible. The administration helps each student with professionalism and courtesy.

Logan - 06/20/2019

Overall my opinion of SUNY ESF is that it's an amazing school. ESF was once the Forestry Department of Syracuse University, but eventually broke off to give lower income students a chance to study the world of environmental sciences. To this day we still share the campus with Syracuse University. As a result, students at ESF get the best of both worlds, meaning that we are able to be a part of a classic college experience with the huge games (lots of team spirit; go cuse!), and all sorts of extracurricular opportunities- yet we also get to enjoy a smaller community at ESF (only around 2,000 students) where we get an excellent academic experience due to the smaller student to teacher ratio. It is amazing to see teachers walk past their students and know each of their individual names and lives. You don't tend to get a relationship like that with your teachers at a much larger school. Not to mention everything is hands on learning here at ESF, so you are sure to get the best academic experience possible, with lots of different campuses and labs all over upstate New York. AND ALSO! ESF has the number one graduate rate of female engineers!

Sara - 03/03/2019

I recently, along with many of my friends, have transferred out of SUNY ESF. I went from being an honor roll student in high school to practically failing everything at SUNY ESF. I have since transferred into Stockton Univeristy and am back on honor roll once again. I had a terrible experience at this school. My schedule was difficult to keep up with and the classes move through information very quickly. I don’t remember anything I’ve learned from that school despite how many hours I poured into it. It is much more enriching to take the time to learn something meaningful than to move through as much material as possible in such a short amount of time.

Brandon - 06/01/2018

Amazing people and full of those who want to help and support you or even just strike up a conversation about the environment or science in general. The bus trip I participated in to visit the college before I started attending was very life changing and made me feel like this college was perfect for me.

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is 54%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Get involved-it was the best thing I could have done. I met people, learned a lot outside of the classroom, made professional and academic connections and was able to travel!

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  3. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    SUNY ESF is undoubtedly the best environmentally focused school in the northeast where the classes and teachers encourage students to excel in a career-related field immediately after graduation.

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  4. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about my school is the attention teachers across campus can give to students, even at the freshman level. The faculty in my department, Environmental Resources and Forest Engineering, take a considerable amount of time out of their schedules to work with the freshman class, talk to us about their research, involve us in department projects and events, advise us in selecting courses, and making us feel comfortable in what is a very difficult major. I would have had a much harder first semester if the faculty had not made us feel so welcome .

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  5. Describe the students at your school.

    friendly, encouraging, lifelong friends.

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  6. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Our school, the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, is certainly known for it's great concern with all and any environmental issues. Students are often labeled hippies, ecofreaks, environmentalists, and activists. Despite this mix of stereotypes, we are best known for the immense progress we are making and the innovations that come out of our school that help conserve and protect the environment. Despite the small size of the school, we are well-regarded for this. Our faculty are often contacted by private companies and municipal govenrments to advise or work on large engineering, conservation, and remediation projects.

    Read all  4 answers
  7. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Someone who hates the outdoors, or nature, or someone who expects to get by on cheating

    Read all  3 answers
  8. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    Other people going there from my high school.

    Read all  2 answers
  9. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The cold winters. I am not used to winters since I'm from the south and we don't have such winters.

    Read all  2 answers
  10. What kind of person should attend this school?

    SUNY-ESF is certainly for the environmentally-conscious student, and those that are truly interested in making a difference in the world. There are opportunities for those looking to enter creative, innovative, and meaningful employment fields such as environmental studies and policy, forest biology, and landscape architecture.

    Read all  1 answers
  11. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    We are one of the top 100 schools in the US.

    Read all  1 answers
  12. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    My school is a strict environmental school so it's hard to find classes outside that and clubs outside of environmentalism. We have Syracuse Univeristy to make up for that lack but because of budget cuts we are being limited by the number of SU classes we can take.

    Read all  1 answers

Student Body

Students

46%

female

54%

male

1,751

Total Undergrad Enrollment

435

Total Grad Students

25%

Out-Of-State

72%

In-State

3%

International

Organizations

250

Student Organizations

27

Fraternities

20

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

17%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
4%
% Black or African-American
2%
% Hispanic/Latino
5%
% White or Caucasian
80%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

89% of students attending SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry receive some sort of financial aid. 22% were awarded federal grants. While 56% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$17,953

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,200

Books and Supplies

$16,110

Room and Board

35,263

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$10,307
$30 - $48K
$12,844
$48 - $75K
$16,523
$75 - $110K
$19,296
$110K & UP
$21,608

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