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About ESF
The Syracuse Community


Located in Central New York, ESF has the privilege of residing within the original territory of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. U.S.News and World Report ranks Syracuse as one of the Best Places to Live in America and with all there is to do and see in the region, it’s easy to see why. You can find ESF in the University Hill section of Syracuse.

The Salt City

For more than a century, Syracuse was the center for salt production in the United States, hence its nickname The Salt City. Since that time, Syracuse has expanded its reputation into industry, manufacturing, engineering, and the arts. Syracuse is a vibrant multi-cultural community featuring many city neighborhoods with distinct personalities and styles. The Westcott neighborhood – located a mile from campus – is home to restaurants, coffee shops, the Westcott Theatre, and an annual fall festival.


You’ll always be able to find something to do in Syracuse. The home of arts, culture, music, sports, and the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, renowned for its conservation programs, there’s something for every interest. Run, walk, or ride along the Creekwalk Trail, a 2.6-mile bicycle/pedestrian pathway connecting Armory Square in downtown Syracuse to the southern shore of Onondaga Lake, where you can watch bald eagles. The city boasts festivals and sports for every season and plenty of parks – state and local – for you to connect with nature.

The area also has 40 golf courses and offers opportunities for boating, swimming, downhill and cross-country skiing, indoor and outdoor ice skating, and extensive trail systems. Lake Ontario and New York’s Finger Lakes are less than an hour’s drive, and the Adirondack Park is within a three-hour drive.

Grab a bite to eat at any of the neighborhood restaurants, or stop in to Salt City Market and choose from any of the locally owned food vendors “offering culinary options as diverse as Syracuse itself.”  Or check out the CNY Regional Market on weekends to buy fresh local produce and products.

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