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Rank: 71

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Syracuse, NYwww.esf.edu
As its name suggests, SUNY ESF is focused on environmental education and sustainability. Its Gateway Center operates on renewable energy and has a green roof where local plants grow. The SUNY ESF Campus is adjacent to Syracuse University and student life is closely integrated with it. While freshmen are required to live in ESF dorms, they eat in SU dining halls and have access to all of Syracuse's libraries and computer labs. ESF's roughly 1,700 undergrads can also join SU clubs and sports teams and take advantage of the Tennity Ice Skating Pavilion. One notable feature of living in Syracuse is its cold winters. The temperatures average about 30 degrees in January, and the campus receives more than 120 inches of snow each year. SUNY ESF sits on a collective 25,000 acres and includes campuses like the Ranger School, a Wanakena site that offers associate's degrees in outdoor fields such as environmental conservation, forestry, and surveying. Looking for a warmer climate? The school also has a field station in Costa Rica where students can study and research tropical forestry on a 30-acre property. The university's six-year graduation rate of 78% is noticeably above average when compared to universities with similar student demographics, according to MONEY's analysis. Its recent graduates make a median income of $51,800, though that salary climbs to $94,800 by mid-career.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$28,500
% of students who get any grants
76%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$19,400
Average price for low-income students
$9,690
admissions
Acceptance rate
52%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1230/26
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
1,790
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
92%
% of need met
66%
% of students who get merit* grants
21%
Average merit grant
$3,246
student success
Graduation rate
78%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$19,200
Average salary within 3 years
$51,800
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
36%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Dec 1
Regular application
Feb 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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