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Visiting the Ranger School Campus in Wanakena

In accordance with Governor Andrew Cuomo's announcement on March 11, 2020, ESF's leadership is taking proactive steps to help limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Therefore, effective Thursday, March 12, 2020, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has cancelled all on-campus events for accepted and prospective students scheduled for the spring 2020 semester. This includes Open Houses at both the Syracuse and Ranger School campuses, Accepted Student Receptions, College Information Sessions, group visits and individual appointments. We will be creating virtual alternatives to provide the same information included in our on-campus programs and plan to have them available by March 30, 2020. Links to virtual events will be posted at our "Visit with Us" website.

We are still accepting applications for Fall 2020 from First Year and Transfer applicants to all undergraduate associate and bachelor degrees. Please email the Admissions Office at the address below if you have any questions about the application process.

Go to ESF'S webpage for updates on the college's response to the novel coronavirus.

The ESF campus, including the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, remains open. The staff of these offices are available by telephone and email to provide any services or advisement needed by admitted and prospective students.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
(315) 470-6600

Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships
(315) 470-6706

Ranger School Visit CalendarReservations required for all Ranger School visits and tours

Our most recent series of admission events is complete. New events will be posted soon.

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Located in the northwestern Adirondack Mountains near the hamlet of Wanakena, the SUNY-ESF Ranger School provides a unique educational experience in a spectacular natural setting. The Ranger School offers Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree programs in Environmental and Natural Resource Conservation, Forest Technology and Land Surveying Technology. A Ranger School A.A.S. opens doors to forest, natural resource or surveying technology careers, or can be an experience-based step toward a Bachelor of Science degree. A.A.S. students spend the second year of their program at the Ranger School after completing first year coursework at the ESF main campus in Syracuse, or at a college of their choice.

The Admissions Office

The Undergraduate Admissions Office reviews applications to both bachelor and associate degree programs. Contact us if you have questions about your qualifications for admission.

Options for Visiting the ESF Ranger School

Information Meetings by Appointment Offered throughout the year

You can spend a morning or afternoon with us any day of the week, including on weekends. Call the Ranger School office at 315-848-2566 to arrange a time.

Visitors meet with Ranger School faculty and staff to learn about program options, student life, and the 2,800-acre Dubuar Forest that is home to the campus. We will be happy to answer most of your questions, though you should contact ESF's Undergraduate Admissions office about your individual qualifications for admission and transfer credit evaluations.

The Ranger School Open House

This Open House program includes faculty and staff presentations on the unique academic and student life experiences, admission and financial aid. Also included are a campus tour, lunch in the dining hall and a mini-field experience. The Ranger School Open House is a full day event, lasting from morning to mid-afternoon. Open Houses are offered in October and April. Please check the calendar on this page for dates and registration.