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U.S. News & World Report Ranks ESF Among Best Online Programs

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – January 24, 2023 – The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) has been ranked No. 216 among the 2023 Best Online Bachelor's Programs by U.S. News & World Report. More than 1,800 online bachelor's and master's degree programs at institutions across the nation were assessed and ranked on student engagement, faculty credentials, and services and technologies.

"Our students come to us because they have a passion for improving our world and we become part of a student's journey to success, whether it be changing careers, completing their first degree, or both. By offering accessible online programs, we are able to help learners fulfill their career goals on their own schedule," Dr. Neal Abrams, program director and an instructor in ESF's online programs.

ESF launched its bachelor of science online program in Sustainability Management in 2019. The College also offers three graduate certificates and a Master of Professional Studies, all online.

Launched in Fall 2019, the online Bachelor's in Sustainability Management is a key part of ESF's growing portfolio of online offerings. As a two-year BS completion program, it is aligned with ESF's goals of growing enrollment, increasing visibility, and adding to the diversity of our student body by serving working professionals, individuals with personal needs, and those with familial commitments. While higher education enrollment has been dropping nationwide over the last decade, student participation in online learning has rapidly increased. The enrollment in ESF's online BS increased over six-fold since its inception.

The sustainability job sector is classified as having a "bright outlook" with 114,200 project job openings between 2021 and 2031, according to the Occupational Information Network.

U.S. News and World Report also ranks ESF as:

  • #48 in Top Public Schools (tie)
  • #93 in Best Value Schools
  • #105 in National Universities (tie)
  • #184 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (tie)
  • #186 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (tie)

While the methodologies are different for each discipline, they all incorporate metrics specific to online learning.


The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is dedicated to the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies, and building a sustainable and resilient future through design, policy, and management of the environment and natural resources. Members of the College community share a passion for protecting the health of the planet and a deep commitment to the rigorous application of science to improve the way humans interact with the world. The College offers academic programs ranging from the associate of applied science to the Doctor of Philosophy. ESF students live, study and do research on the main campus in Syracuse, N.Y., and on 25,000 acres of field stations in a variety of ecosystems across the state.

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