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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. In 1912, the College opened its Ranger School in Wanakena, N.Y., in the Adirondacks. Students from the College in Syracuse spent two months "blasting out rocks, and leveling enough ground for the first frame building which was to serve as classroom, dining room, kitchen and sleeping quarters." The state purchased 12 acres of land adjacent to Syracuse University from the university in 1913. Four years later, Bray Hall was completed and the College "gained a permanent home". With the formation of the State University of New York in 1948, the College became recognized as a specialized college within the state university system, having been state-supported from the very beginning. The name was changed to the State University College of Forestry at Syracuse University.

In 1972, the College's name and focus were changed yet again, to better reflect the tradition and grounding of forestry in the environment, and the capabilities of our academic programs. By special act of the New York State Legislature, the College became the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Today, the College is at the forefront of developing the technologies to create a sustainable future. Under the direction of President Quentin Wheeler ESF has taken a leadership role in species preservation, raising public awareness of biodiversity and sustainability.

The campus continues to grow and change. The Gateway Center, the LEED Platinum building that has become the hub of campus life, opened in 2013. The building displays specimens from the College's Roosevelt Wild Life Collection, the Trailhead Café, the offices of Admissions and Outreach and conference space. ESF opened its first residence hall, Centennial Hall, in 2011.

The College offers 24 undergraduate and 30 graduate degree programs, including doctoral (Ph.D.) programs, and is ranked among the nation's finest universities. Our students take an active role in campus life through the student government, clubs and honor societies. And of course, our students take special pride in taking one week to celebrate the campus's favorite holiday—Earth Day.

Transfer Admissions Website:


Transfer Admissions Contact:

Thomas R. Fletcher
Associate Director of Admissions
(315) 470-6600

Articulation Agreements:

General Articulation Agreement

General Articulation Agreement between SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry & Mohawk Valley Community College


ESF has established course-to-course equivalencies to assist students with course selection prior to transferring to ESF. Students should follow these guidelines when registering for courses to maximize the number of credits that will transfer to ESF. Please contact Lindsay Geary ( or Michael Henningsen ( with any questions about these equivlancies! Please note: the information provided in the link does not replace your faculty advisor; this information should help with advising discussions.