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Important Business for New Students
Accepted Undergraduate Students

Read through this entire page to make sure you complete all preparation tasks.

Must-do Items

Several key tasks must be completed by the August 1 deadline:

Other Business

Various deadlines may apply in the following areas:

Computer Purchase, Email & Internet

Find out about recommended computers, your ESF email and network accounts, internet access and more:

Expenses, Tuition, Billing & Payments: Office of the Bursar

The bill for your undergraduate tuition and fees from ESF will be sent approximately six weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. Refer to the Bursar's bill for appropriate dates each semester. Monthly payment plans are available for tuition and fees at ESF, and for tuition, fees and room and board charges at ESF's Wanakena Campus.

Review tuition and fees, billing, monthly payment options, and related information on the Bursar's website.

  • Bursar's website
  • Billing questions: 315-470-6653
  • Bursar's Mail/Delivery Address:
    SUNY-ESF Bursar Office
    102 Bray Hall
    1 Forestry Drive
    Syracuse, NY 13210

Finalizing Your Admission

Your admissions file becomes the basis of your permanent academic record upon enrollmenta checklist of items necessary to finalize your admission. To make sure your admission is "finalized", visit this page:

Financial Aid

Make sure you have made the appropriate arrangements to pay for your educational expenses. It is recommended that all students file a FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

  • Log in to Accept your Award
    NOTE: If you could not be contacted online, you should receive a financial aid award letter by mail, which must be accepted and returned to the Financial Aid Office.
  • Financial Aid website
  • Financial Aid questions: 315-470-6670
  • Financial Aid Mail/Delivery Address:
    SUNY-ESF Financial Aid Office
    113 Bray Hall
    1 Forestry Drive
    Syracuse, NY 13210

ESF/SU Health Information: Services, Immunizations, Insurance & Required Forms

Be sure to review this page:

Housing, Utilities, & Banking

We have found that it is advisable for students to take care of as much of their residence life business as possible prior to their arrival on campus. Our Housing website features the information you need regarding housing, banking and, for off-campus residents, utilities (gas, electric, internet, telephone).

Meal Plan Selection

All first-year students and transfer students living on campus in ESF’s Centennial Hall, or in an SU Skyhall, are required to purchase a campus meal plan. There are several meal plan options to choose from, and they involve different costs and dining locations.

Your meal plan selection should be completed by June 28, 2013 to ensure that meal plan charges are included in your first fall semester billing statement. Meal plans will still be available after June 28 if you miss this first billing deadline, but please be sure to select your meal plan as soon as possible. Please use the link below to complete your meal plan selection:

Registration for Classes

All new first-year students and transfer students are pre-registered by their faculty advisors just prior to orientation. Students will receive their schedules and registration materials when they arrive on campus for orientation before the beginning of the semester. Students are expected to meet with their advisors during orientation to complete their schedules and make any necessary adjustments. During orientation, you will be guided through the online process of registration and schedule adjustment.

A Note about Textbooks: The SUNY-ESF College Bookstore has teamed up with Follett Virtual Bookstores (FVB) to launch the SUNY-ESF Online Bookstore, the one place to find all the books you’ll need for your classes!  As a new student at ESF, you will be registering for your classes when you arrive on campus for Orientation in August.   Once your schedule is finalized, you will be able to purchase your books online.  We will have computers and staff available to assist you with the process.   There will also be a presentation during Orientation that will go over the entire process.

When you purchase your textbooks through the Online Bookstore, a portion of all sales comes back to the Alumni Association which we then use for student programming.  This includes the New Student Ice Cream Social, the Student Poster Session, Festival of Places, the Champagne Toast and a number of other departmental events throughout the year.

Bottom line: Students don't need to worry about registration or schedule adjustment until orientation!

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