Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for classes?

Students register for classes using the MySlice Web registration system. You may register any time on or after your access time, which you may find on the MySlice system, but not before. Holds that you may have include advising hold, administrative hold, financial holds at ESF or SU, including Library and Parking holds; and Health Center holds. Any holds must be removed before you can register. A registration form is also known as a course selection sheet, and it is just that. List the courses you want to take on it, and then meet with your advisor/major professor for approval. After you meet with your advisor, you will need to bring your registration form to 111 Bray to have the advising hold removed before you can register.

You will need to know your net ID and password to access the MySlice portal. You also access your Orangemail account the same way.

How do I add or drop courses?

You also use the MySlice system to add or drop courses. You will follow the same procedure used for registration. The first week of classes is when you are allowed to add classes; after that we are in the drop only period. During the drop only period the MySlice registration system is offline and the ESF Registrar's Office processes your drop transactions.

What are the other uses of a petition form?

Petition forms are used for a number of purposes, including:

  • petitioning to late add or drop a course
  • petitioning to have additional credits accepted in transfer from another school
  • petitioning to substitute a course for a degree requirement
  • petitioning to have a requirement waived

Undergraduate students must have the form signed by their advisor and curriculum coordinator before sending the form to the office of the Associate Provost for Instruction and Dean of the Graduate School, 227 Bray Hall, for final review. Graduate students need their major professor's and faculty chair's/designee's signatures before sending the petition to the Dean's Office. In some cases, a course instructor may need to sign. After petitions are reviewed by the Dean, they come to the Registrar's Office for processing, whereupon we will send you the student copy, which constitutes your notification of the official answer.

How do I know when the deadlines are?

There is an Academic Calendar available which lists all the important dates of the academic year.

Can I withdraw from a course?

You can withdraw from a course between the 5th and 14th weeks of the semester using the "Request for Individual Course Withdrawal" form available in the Registrar's Office.

How do I know when my final exams are?

The ESF Final Exam Schedule is available approximately a month before the end of the semester. It is your responsibility to check for conflicts. In all cases, you should check with your instructors to verify examination times and places.

I'm planning to take a course next summer at another school. Will I automatically be given ESF credit?

No. You must file a petition seeking to have the course transferred into your ESF program. The petition should be filed and approved before you take the course.

How can I get a transcript?

You must come into the Registrar's Office and fill out a transcript request form, or send us a written request. We need to have your signature to release a transcript. Transcripts are free. If you need a transcript, but are not on campus, you can write to us requesting it at SUNY-ESF, Registrar's Office, 111 Bray Hall,1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, New York 13210. Current students can print an unofficial transcript from the MyESF student portal. For more information, see Ordering a Transcript.

Can the ESF Registrar provide a copy of my transcript from my previous school?

No, federal law prevents us from releasing another college's transcript. You may see it, if you need certain information from it; but if you need a copy, you must order it directly from the other college.

How do I get a loan deferment or proof that I'm enrolled?

If you have a deferment form from your lender, bring it to our office and we will fill it out confirming your enrollment status. If you do not have a form, but need a deferment, call us or come in and let us know the lender's address, and we will send them an enrollment certification form. The same information applies if you need proof of enrollment for health insurance, scholarships, or any other reason.

What is an undergraduate curriculum plan sheet (CPS)?

The undergraduate curriculum plan sheet is a tool used to track your progress toward your degree. It shows all the requirements for your particular program and indicates which of these requirements have been completed. Both you and your advisor have web access to your CPS.


Click here for information and instructions on how to cross register at another SUNY college. Click here for the cross registration form.

How do I contact Faculty/Program offices?

Where can I get more information on ...

... billing, tuition, and fees? Business Office
102 Bray Hall
... change of major? Career and Counseling Services
110B Bray Hall
... financial awards? Financial Aid
115 Bray Hall
... health services? SU Health Center
111 Waverly Avenue
... parking? ESF University Police
19 Bray Hall
(For SU permits, go to the SU Parking Services office in the Skytop Office Building)
... student employment? Financial Aid
115 Bray Hall

How do I change my name on my ESF records?

Currently enrolled students with a legal name change must provide legal documentation of their new name. Please complete and print the Name Change form and bring it to the Registrar’s Office (111 Bray Hall) with one of the following: 

  • Marriage Certificate
  • Court Order
  • Social Security Card with new name
  • Driver’s License with new name
  • Current U.S. Passport

Applicants or accepted students must contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at 315-470-6600 or the Graduate Admissions Office at 315-470-6599 in order to change their name.

Please note that we will not perform name changes for former students.

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