Wildcats, meet the Mighty Oaks!

We’re ESF — the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry — and we invite you to continue your college journey with us. We work to address the Earth’s most pressing problems and students come here because they want to be part of the solution.

If you choose to continue your bachelor’s degree at ESF, we’ll support you every step of the way to ensure you stay on track to graduation. We have a long-standing tradition of enrolling and supporting transfer students; in fact, about 40% of ESF students are transfers. Here, you’ll find a welcoming, rigorous, and supportive community.

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What ESF Has to Offer

Like Caz, we’re a close-knit community. Our professors are committed to giving all students the personal attention they deserve to help them succeed in their academic program and prepare for the future, which begins in our smaller classes (14:1 student-to-faculty ratio).

Learn from ESF’s hands-on approach through research, field work, and internships. Our campus spans from Syracuse across more than 25,000 acres of forests and wetlands at our field stations throughout Central New York, the Thousand Islands, and the Adirondacks.

Get involved in one of our 12 athletics teams or through one of our more than 40 student clubs and organizations to help build your co-curricular involvement, community network, and leadership skills.

Take advantage of our academic and personal support services such as tutoring, academic coaching and workshops, counseling services, and career services.

Our graduates have amazing outcomes — 94% of the Class of 2021 was employed and/or attending graduate school within six months of graduation.

Gain access to big university benefits through our partnership with Syracuse University. ESF students can take classes, use facilities, and join clubs and organizations at SU, including Greek Life, intramural and club sports, and religious and community service organizations. SU also provides additional on-campus dining options.

To help you get started, your application fee will be covered by ESF.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Tom Fletcher, Associate Director of Admissions/Transfer

315-470-6603 | trfletch@esf.edu

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Kate Harris, Senior Financial Aid Advisor

315-470-6706 | klharr01@esf.edu

SUNY Application Instructions for Cazenovia College Transfer Students

  • Students should apply using The State University of New York (SUNY) Application. Start here and create an applySUNY account.
  • Select Fall 2023 as the semester you plan to enroll at ESF.
  • Select “Environmental Science and Forestry, College of” as the campus you wish to apply to.
  • Select your intended ESF major. For a listing, go to esf.edu/academics
  • Be sure to enter “Cazenovia College” in the “Previous Colleges” section.
  • In the payment section, select that “you will mail in your payment.” However, ESF will cover the $50 application fee. You do not have to submit a payment.

ESF accepts transfer applications on a rolling basis. Application submission can start at any time, but it is recommended that you apply no later than March 1, 2023.

Once you have applied, watch for an email titled “Your ESF Application Received” for further instructions from the ESF Admissions Office to create your ESF Applicant portal. This is very important!

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What Programs are Right for Me?

ESF offers 24 bachelor’s programs in environmental and natural science, design, engineering, policy, communication, and management of natural resources and the environment. We’ll help you identify the program that best fits your Caz experience, interests, and career goals. Some strong options we identified include:

  • Environmental Biology, with programs in Aquatic and Fisheries Science, Wildlife Science, and Conservation Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Forest and Natural Resources Management
  • Construction Management
  • Sustainable Energy Management
  • Sustainability Management (fully online)

Explore all of our programs at esf.edu/academics


Come See for Yourself!

We’d love to show you our campus and tell you more about ESF’s academic and student life. All of our visit opportunities, including virtual tours, are online at esf.edu/visit. We encourage you to come see all that ESF has to offer and explore what it’s like to be a student here.