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Welcome Undergraduates!
Graduate Students go HERE

Must-do Tasks

  • Taking Care of Business—In preparation for arrival at ESF, new undergraduates must complete some tasks in advance.

Important Events

  • Accepted Student Receptions
    Talk with professors, learn more about campus life, take a campus tour and hear from current students. Check the calendar for upcoming receptions.
  • Orientation for First-Year & Transfer Students
    Students accepted for August 2017 will receive new student information, a new student checklist, and orientation information in late May to early June. We are very excited to meet you all!

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If you have any questions specifically on your application status and/or ESF Open Houses, please contact Undergraduate Admissions, 315-470-6600 or at esfinfo@esf.edu.

All other questions can be directed through the Division of Student Affairs, 315-470-6658 or at studenthelp@esf.edu

Accepted/New Undergrads

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

· Orientation Packet Pickup

9:00 am - 11:30 am | ESF Gateway Center, Conference Room A
Get your Orientation Packet, Trailhead Meal Card, free gifts, have questions answered, and relax for a bit! Orientation staff will be here to help.
Contact: Student Affairs, 315-470-6660

· Complimentary Refreshments

9:00 am - 11:30 am | ESF Gateway Center, Center Rooms B and C
Take a minute to breathe and enjoy some refreshments. Take this opportunity to meet other new students and families.
Contact: Student Affairs, 315-470-6660

· Welcome and Introduction to ESF!

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm | SU Schine Student Center, Goldstein Auditorium | Orientation Schedules
Come join us as we welcome all of our incoming new first-year students to ESF! Our president, Dr. Quentin Wheeler and Dean for Student Affairs, Dr. Anne Lombard will be among a variety of administrators to welcome you to our community. Families are encouraged ... Read More
Sponsor: Division of Student Affairs | Contact: Laura Crandall, 315-470-4865

· Family Orientation: Dean for Student Affairs

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm | SU: Schine Student Center, Goldstein Auditorium
Join the Dean for Student Affairs, Dr. Anne Lombard, as she highlights key resources and services available to your student throughout their time at ESF.
Contact: Student Affairs, 315-470-6660

· Orientation Check-In

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm | Gateway Center Event Space, Room A | Event Website
If you missed out on checking in during the morning session, come in the afternoon!
Contact: Laura Crandall, 3154706658

· Complimentary Cookies

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm | Gateway Center Event Space, Room B and C | Event Website
Cookies and drinks are available
Sponsor: Division of Student Affairs | Contact: Laura Crandall, 3154706658

· Commuter Student Luncheon

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm | ESF 408 Baker Lab
Come and meet fellow commuter students, introduce yourself to resources on campus, and enjoy a light lunch on us!
Contact: Student Affairs, 315-470-6660

· Parent and Family Information Sessions

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Baker Lab, various locations | Family Orientation Schedule
Come listen to some important sessions to better prepare you and your student to ESF!
Contact: Laura Crandall, 3154706658

· ESF Social Program - Hypnotist and Comedian

9:30 pm | ESF Marshall Auditorium, Marshall Hall
Hypnotist Spidey will dazzle you with his hypnotic skills and make you laugh with his comedic wit. Join your new friends and classmates for what promises to be a great show!
Contact: Student Affairs, 315-470-6660

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

· Departmental Meetings: Introduction to Academic Departments

10:00 am - 11:00 am | Specific Departments Listed
Obtain information specific to your program of study. You must meet with your curriculum coordinator before you can complete your academic registration. Chemistry: 122 Jahn Laboratory Environmental and Forest Biology: 5 Illick Hall Environmental Resources ... Read More
Contact: Student Affairs, 315-470-6660

· College 101: The Academic Experience

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | ESf Gateway Center
The Division of Student Affairs will discuss the curriculum, course selection process, and academic resources that are available to you on campus.
Contact: Student Affairs, 315-470-6660

· Courtesy: Pass It On

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm | ESf Gateway Center
During this session we will talk about civility in the classroom through the use of real-life scenarios facilitated by Orientation Leaders and first-year class faculty.
Contact: Student Affairs, 315-470-6660

· Alumni Association Ice Cream Social

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm | ESf Gateway Center
The Ice Cream Social is sponsored by the Alumni Association.
Contact: Student Affairs, 315-470-6660

· Playfair: The Ultimate Ice Breaker

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm | ESf Gateway Center
Participate in the largest icebreaker game you will every play!
Contact: Student Affairs, 315-470-6660

Thursday, August 24, 2017

· College 102: Enriching Your ESF Experience

9:30 am - 10:30 am | ESf Gateway Center
Come learn about the various ways in which you can enhance your time at ESF by getting involved in student life, internships, study abroad, research, and so much more!
Contact: Student Affairs, 315-470-6660

· A Conversation with the Dean: ESF Community Expectations

10:30 am - 11:30 am | ESf Gateway Center
Join the Dean for Student Affairs, Dr. Anne Lombard, for an intimate conversation about ESF values and the expectations the College has for you.
Contact: Student Affairs, 315-470-6660

· There's More to My Story

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | ESf Gateway Center
Living in an inclusive and diverse community is one of the most exciting and valuable aspects of college. During this powerful session, you will hear first-person accounts from current students of their initial experiences in, and feelings about, the ESF community.
Contact: Student Affairs, 315-470-6660

· Underground Legacy Poets

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm | ESF Marshall Auditorium, Marshall Hall
Spoken word poetry by local Syracuse artists.
Contact: Student Affairs, 315-470-6660

· New Student Dance Party

9:30 pm - 11:00 pm | ESf Gateway Center
Come to our infamous, rockin' Orientation Dance Party!
Contact: Student Affairs, 315-470-6660

Friday, August 25, 2017

· Welcome Convocation for all New Students

3:30 pm | ESF Marshall Auditorium, Marshall Hall
Together with all new students, faculty and staff, we will mark the launch of your academic career at ESF. Joining in the Convocation will be ESF President Dr. Quentin Wheeler, Syracuse University Chancellor Dr. Kent Syverud, and Ben Taylor ('18), President ... Read More
Contact: Student Affairs, 315-470-6660

· New Student Welcome Barbecue

4:30 pm | ESF Quad [Rain location: Gateway Center]
Come celebrate and mingle with your fellow students, faculty, and staff.
Contact: Student Affairs, 315-470-6660

· ESF Athletics Pep Rally

5:30 pm | ESF Quad
Meet the ESF Might Oaks Athletics Teams and cheer on your fellow student athletes with Oakie, ESF's mascot.
Contact: Student Affairs, 315-470-6660

Saturday, August 26, 2017

· Saturday of Service

11:00 am - 3:30 pm | Buses Departing from Centennial Hall
Participate in local beautification and cleanup projects, and get acquainted with our local parks. All first-year students will attend with their Orientation Leader groups. Bring filled water bottles with you, your boxed lunches, and wear comfortable clothing ... Read More
Contact: Student Affairs, 315-470-6660

· SU Event: Citrus in the City in Downtown Syracuse

6:30 pm | Buses Departing from Stadium Place
Join us as we introduce you to the City of Syracuse. The evening will begin with a free food sampling from local restaurants, followed by a showcase of live music, dance, recreation and entertainment.
Contact: Student Affairs, 315-470-6660

The MyESF Portal

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.

imageA 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