Important Business for New Students
Accepted Undergraduate Students
Make sure you take care of business in all of the following areas:
Finalizing Your Admission to ESF
The entire SUNY-ESF campus congratulates you on your admission and welcomes you to our college community. As you prepare for your arrival on campus, there are a few things we would like to remind you about to ensure a smooth transition to ESF.
Expenses, Tuition, Billing & Payments
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
- Contact the Bursar's office, directly for billing questions 315-470-6653)
- Mail/Deliver to:
SUNY-ESF Bursar Office, 102 Bray Hall, 1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, NY 13210
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). If you have already done so, you should have received your financial aid award letter and accepted and returned the award letter to the Financial Aid Office. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact
- Financial Aid website
- Contact the Financial Aid Office directly with financial aid questions, 315-470-6670
- Mail/Deliver to:
SUNY-ESF Financial Aid Office, 113 Bray Hall, 1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, NY 13210
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!