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About the Adirondack Residential Semester

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SUNY-ESF’s Adirondack Residential Semester (ARS) is a five-course, 16-credit, interdisciplinary semester placing students in the center of the Adirondack Park, physically and intellectually.

Registration

Contact Paul Hai at pbhai@esf.edu if you are interested in registering, or just knowing more. Space will be limited, so contact Paul to get your name on the list for further communications.

This intensely immersive experience is a powerful combination of philosophy, ethics, ecology, sustainability and experiential learning. It introduces students to science and situations underpinning the complex history, policies and challenges in managing human and natural landscapes for the entwined goals of conservation, economic vitality and system sustainability.

The 14-week semester, open to any interested upper-division undergraduate or graduate students from the SUNY system or other public or private colleges and universities, is unlike any other Adirondack semester: from academic rigor to intellectually stimulation, unparalleled location to fantastic value, the ARS is the most rewarding field-based semester you will spend on or off (way off) campus.

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Mission and Goals

The mission of the ARS is to provide exemplary instruction and first-hand experience in the complex ecological and social issues informing and guiding management and regulation of natural and human communities at a regional scale.

ARS will satisfy its mission by meeting three goals:

  • Providing students pursuing careers in conservation with the skills and tools to apply the scientific method, discursive inquiry, and critical thinking to approach complex problems associated with balancing human and natural communities throughout the world.
  • Providing students the time and opportunity to explore and enjoy the Adirondacks, from culture to history, recreation to reflection.
  • Providing an intellectually rich and academically rigorous “study abroad” experience at a substantial savings compared to similar programs

lopezJose Daniel Lopez, Desert tortoise biologist, Ivanpah Solar Electric project, Nevada & California

I attended ESF from 2004 to 2008 and graduated with a degree in Conservation Biology. While at ESF I was part of the Undergraduate Mentoring in Environmental Biology (UMEB) program. I spent the summer of 2005 at the Newcomb Campus working under Stacy McNulty. 

Most of my time in Newcomb was spent developing and conducting my research study on Plethodontid salamanders and helping Stacy with her projects. Working there was by far the most rewarding experience I had during college. It took me no time to realize how awesome living at the AEC is. I am not sure if it was the fact that I met so many great people there or that we spent most of our weekends and free days traveling, hiking, camping and sightseeing through the Adirondacks, or that there is a beautiful beach near the dormitories that only AEC staff and students could enjoy but living at the AEC was a truly memorable experience.   

About the Adirondack Residential Semester

SUNY-ESF’s Adirondack Residential Semester (ARS) is a six-course, 16-credit, interdisciplinary semester placing students in the center of the Adirondack Park, physically and intellectually.

Registration

Contact Paul Hai at pbhai@esf.edu if you are interested in registering, or just knowing more. Space will be limited, so contact Paul to get your name on the list for further communications.

This intensely immersive experience is a powerful combination of philosophy, ethics, ecology, sustainability and experiential learning. It introduces students to science and situations underpinning the complex history, policies and challenges in managing human and natural landscapes for the entwined goals of conservation, economic vitality and system sustainability.

The 14-week semester, open to any interested upper-division undergraduate or graduate students from the SUNY system or other public or private colleges and universities, is unlike any other Adirondack semester: from academic rigor to intellectually stimulation, unparalleled location to fantastic value, the ARS is the most rewarding field-based semester you will spend on or off (way off) campus.

Why the ARS?

Students participating in this semester benefit from ESF’s more than 80 years of continuous research, experience and engagement in the Adirondacks; the contributions and interaction with faculty and staff of the nation’s oldest stand-alone institution focused on the study and understanding of our environment; and introduction and interaction with a powerful array of professionals working across the Adirondacks.

This semester offers three unique opportunities:

  • Observe and practice the integration of natural science, social science and the humanities as disciplines coming together to solve real problems.
  • In famed biologist E.O.Wilson’s term, consilience, abstract concepts become real as they are applied to a "place." In this instance this place is the Adirondack Park, a park like none other, claimed by some to be the greatest experiment in conservation in this country, and from which lessons can be applied throughout the world.
  • Academics, day-to-day living, and relaxation are all melded as student colleagues live, learn, and play in one of the Northeast’s most beautiful places.

Costs

The ARS is by far the best value available for a fantastic academic and experiential “semester abroad.” ESF, part of the State University of New York system, is a public school offering New York State tuition rates. In-state tuition for fall 2014 is $3,235, and out-of-state tuition is $7,860

The semester carries a Newcomb Campus program fee of $3,291, which includes class-related transportation, technology, guest speakers, museum visits, and housing, but not meals (see Semester Life at the Newcomb Campus).

  • Total tuition and fees for in-state students: $6,526
  • Total tuition and fees for out-of-state students: $11,151

Financial aid is available. Please contact Paul B. Hai, pbhai@esf.edu, for additional information.

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