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The MyESF portal is the place where undergraduate students manage most important business from application to graduation (current grad students use it as well). Once you establish your account, MyESF will automatically present exactly the right menu of services to match your status, whether you are a prospective, accepted, new or current student.

A Message from the President

"I am pleased to welcome you to the ESF community. We are a diverse assemblage of teachers and students, researchers and scholars, dreamers and doers bound together by a passion for the natural world and a belief that we can make the world a better place through fundamental knowledge of its origins and workings and creating a bold vision for its sustainable future." Read more...

Dr. Quentin Wheeler

Welcome Undergraduates!

Graduate Students: Your accepted student information is found on The Graduate School website:

Must-do Tasks

In preparation for arrival at ESF, new undergraduates must complete some tasks in advance. Here's an overview:

Orientation for Freshmen & Transfers

Students accepted for Fall 2014 receive orientation information and checklist by email in the first week of June.

  • New first-year students will start Orientation on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.
  • New transfer students will start Orientation on Friday, August 23, 2014.

Visit the Orientation website anytime for for details and schedule:

If you have not received orientation information by mid-June, or if you have any questions at all, contact the Office of Student Affairs, 315-470-6658.

Event Calendar for New Undergrads

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

· First Year: Assisted Move-in with Mighty Movers (Centennial Hall)

8:00 am - 12:00 pm | Centennial Hall | ESF Orientation
Sponsor: Office of Student Affairs | Contact: Laura Crandall, ext.6658

· First Year: Orientation Check-in

9:00 am - 1:00 pm | Gateway Conference Rooms | ESF Orientation
Come have some snacks and refreshments too.
Sponsor: Office of Student Affairs | Contact: Laura Crandall, ext.6658

· First Year: Welcome to ESF Introduction by President Wheeler

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Hendricks Chapel | ESF Orientation
Sponsor: Office of Student Affairs | Contact: Laura Crandall, ext. 6658

· Family Orientation: Dean for Student Affairs Remarks

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Hendricks Chapel | ESF Orientation
Sponsor: Office of Student Affairs | Contact: Laura Crandall, ext.6658

· Family Orientation: College 101 Panel of Experts

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Hendricks Chapel | ESF Orientation
Sponsor: Office of Student Affairs | Contact: Laura Crandall, ext.6658

· Hypnotist Kevin Hurley

9:00 pm - 10:30 pm | Marshall Auditorium | Event Website
Sponsor: Office of Student Affairs | Contact: Laura Crandall, ext.6658

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

· First Year: Welcome to ESF from the Deans

9:10 am - 12:00 am | Gateway Center | ESF Orientation
Sponsor: Office of Student Affairs | Contact: Laura Crandall, ext.6658

· First Year: College 101: Introduction to College

10:00 am - 11:15 am | Various locations | ESF Orientation
Sponsor: Office of Student Affairs | Contact: Laura Crandall, ext.6658

· First Year: The Academic Experience

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Marshall Auditorium | ESF Orientation
Sponsor: Office of Student Affairs | Contact: Laura Crandall, ext.6658

· First Year: Department Meetings: Introduction to Academic Department

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Various locations | ESF Orientation
Sponsor: Office of Student Affairs | Contact: Laura Crandall, ext.6658

· Underground Poetry

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Marshall Auditorium | ESF Orientation
Sponsor: Office of Student Affairs | Contact: Laura Crandall, ext.6658

· First Year: Playfair: The Ultimate Icebreaker

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm | Gateway Center | ESF Orientation
Sponsor: Office of Student Affairs | Contact: Laura Crandall, ext.6658

Thursday, August 21, 2014

· Transfer: Move-in to Centennial Hall

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Centennial Hall | ESF Orientation
Sponsor: Office of Student Affairs | Contact: Laura Crandall, ext.6658

· Courtesy: Pass It On!

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm | Gateway Center/Nifkin (both) | ESF Orientation
Sponsor: Office of Student Affairs | Contact: Laura Crandall, ext.6658

· College 101: Introduction to ESF Values

2:15 pm - 3:30 pm | Various locations | ESF Orientation
Sponsor: Office of Student Affairs | Contact: Laura Crandall, ext.6658

· ESF Athletics Pep Rally

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm | Marshall Auditorium | ESF Orientation
Sponsor: Office of Student Affairs | Contact: Laura Crandall, ext.6658

· SU/ESF Joint Event: Home to the Dome

9:00 pm - 10:30 pm | Carrier Dome | ESF Orientation
Sponsor: Office of Student Affairs | Contact: Laura Crandall, ext.6658

Friday, August 22, 2014

· Transfer Students: Welcome to ESF

9:00 am - 9:15 am | Gateway Center | ESF Orientation
Sponsor: Office of Student Affairs | Contact: Laura Crandall, ext.6658

· Transfer Students: Welcome from the Deans of ESF

9:15 am - 10:00 am | Gateway Center | ESF Orientation
Sponsor: Office of Student Affairs | Contact: Laura Crandall, ext.6658

· First Year: Chancellor's Convocation for New SU/ESF Students

10:15 am - 12:00 pm | Carrier Dome | ESF Orientation
Sponsor: Office of Student Affairs | Contact: Laura Crandall, ext.6658

· Transfer Students: The Academic Experience

11:00 am - 12:00 pm | Gateway Center | ESF Orientation
Sponsor: Office of Student Affairs | Contact: Laura Crandall, ext.6658

· Transfer Students: Introduction to Major: Department Meeting

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm | Various locations | ESF Orientation
Sponsor: Office of Student Affairs | Contact: Laura Crandall, ext.6658

· There's More to My Story

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm | Marshall Auditorium | ESF Orientation
Sponsor: Office of Student Affairs | Contact: Laura Crandall, ext.6658

· SU/ESF Joint Event: Orange Blast

8:00 pm - 12:00 am | SU Quad/Archbold/Flannagan Gymnasium | ESF Orientation
Sponsor: Office of Student Affairs | Contact: Laura Crandall, ext.6658

Saturday, August 23, 2014

· First Year: ESF's Campus Day of Service

9:00 am - 4:30 pm | Meet in the Gateway Center for Welcome Remarks Buses Depart Centinnial Hall at 10am | ESF Orientation
Sponsor: Office of Student Affairs | Contact: Laura Crandall, ext.6658

· SU Event: Citrus in the City: Experience Downtown Syracuse!

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Buses depart from the Schine Student Center at 5pm | ESF Orientation
Sponsor: Office of Student Affairs | Contact: Laura Crandall, ext.6658

· The Second City Touring Company

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm | Landmark Theatre. Buses depart immediately following back to campus. | ESF Orientation
Sponsor: Office of Student Affairs | Contact: Laura Crandall, ext.6658

Sunday, August 24, 2014

· ESF Closing Ceremonies

1:00 pm - 12:00 pm | Gateway Center | ESF Orientation
Sponsor: Office of Student Affairs | Contact: Laura Crandall, ext.6658

· Ice Cream Social

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Gateway Center Concourse | ESF Orientation
Sponsor: ESF Alumni Association | Contact: Laura Crandall, ext.6658

· New Student Ice Cream Social

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm | Gateway Center Concourse | ONGOING —continues through Saturday, August 24, 2013
The ESF Alumni Association will welcome all new incoming students with an Ice Cream Social and Pin Ceremony. This is a great tradition that both alumni and students enjoy!
Sponsor: ESF Alumni Association | Contact: ESF Alumni Office, 315-470-6632

If you have any questions, contact the Office of Student Affairs, 315-470-6658.


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