SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY-ESF)

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is an American, specialized, doctoral-granting institution based in the University Hill neighborhood of Syracuse, New York, immediately adjacent to Syracuse University, within which it was founded, and with whom it maintains a special relationship. ESF also operates facilities in the Adirondack Park (including the Ranger School in Wanakena), the Thousand Islands, elsewhere in central New York, andCosta Rica. The College’s curricula focus on the understanding, management and sustainability of the environment and natural resources. It commemorated its centennial in 2011.
The ESF mission statement is “to advance knowledge and skills and to promote the leadership necessary for the stewardship of both the natural and designed environments.” ESF is a “specialized institution” of the State University of New York, meaning that curricula focus primarily on one field, the College’s being environmental management and stewardship. Students supplement their education with courses taken at Syracuse University. ESF has academic departments in the fields of chemistry; environmental and forest biology; environmental resources engineering; environmental science, division of; environmental studies; forest and natural resources management; landscape architecture; paper and bioprocess engineering; the ranger school; and sustainable construction management and engineering. Interdepartmental environmental science programs offer students integrative degrees across the natural sciences.

ESF is considered a very competitive school. Admission is selective; however, a 39.7 percent acceptance for fall 2011 increased to 50.5 percent in fall 2014 as reported by U.S. News & World Report. ESF is ranked at 30th (tied with University of Delaware; University of Massachusetts—Amherst; and Indiana University—Bloomington) in the 2015 US News & World Report rankings of the top public national universities. Furthermore, ESF is ranked 76 (tied again with University of Delaware; University of Massachusetts—Amherst; and Indiana University—Bloomington) in the 2014 US News & World Report list of the best National Universities (both public and private). The Washington Monthly College Guide ranked ESF No. 49 among the nation’s top service-oriented colleges and universities for 2012 (and 6th in “community service participation and hours served”).