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.
The College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is the premier college in the nation focused on the science, design, engineering and management of natural resources and the environment. ESF offers 23 undergraduate and 30 graduate degree programs, and is consistently ranked among the nation's top universities based on value, class size and student engagement. ESF faculty come from impressive backgrounds and conduct research at the forefront of solving many of the world's environmental problems.
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
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The Office of Student Affairs provides assistance to students experiencing hardship, support to faculty and staff working with students of concern, and guidance to parents seeking help and information on behalf of their student. The following are some of the resources offered by our office:
Students interested in placement in a campus residence hall or apartment should complete ESF's housing application and submit that application to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Depending upon availability, transfer students may be offered housing in: ESF’s Centennial Hall; Syracuse University’s Sky Halls located on the University's South Campus; or SUNY Upstate Medical University's Clark Tower residence hall.
Moon library at the SUNY-ESF is providing information resources to the students in a very friendly learning environment. Moon library's mission is to offer a wide variety of resources and multiple library services as well as a highly trained staff that provides excellent quality services for all library customers.
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.
SUNY-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's special partnership with Syracuse University gives our students access to additional academic and recreational facilities on the SU campus.
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!
SUNY-ESF has a lot of students clubs, organizations and interests group that help all students to improve the academic and future professional life.
The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry is accredited by:Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
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