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SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

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 around 100 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 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 77% 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 $52,800, though that salary climbs to $83,000 by mid-career, according to PayScale data.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: SUNY ESF has planned its fall reopening jointly with Syracuse University. Classes are concluding at Thanksgiving, and SUNY ESF and Syracuse University schedules will be closely aligned in order to facilitate sharing of class space as one of ESF's buildings undergoes planned renovations.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$29,900
% of students who get any grants
80%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$20,400
Average price for low-income students
$12,100
admissions
Acceptance rate
61%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1220/26
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
1,820
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
92%
% of need met
66%
% of students who get merit* grants
21%
Average merit grant
$3,250
student success
Graduation rate
77%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$18,000
Average salary within 5 years
$52,800
% earning more than $28,000
78%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Dec 1
Regular application
rolling

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: SUNY ESF has planned its fall reopening jointly with Syracuse University. Classes are concluding at Thanksgiving, and SUNY ESF and Syracuse University schedules will be closely aligned in order to facilitate sharing of class space as one of ESF's buildings undergoes planned renovations.

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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