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ESF + SU = Awesome! Long-Standing Partnership Reaps Benefits for Students

Did you know that when you enroll at SUNY ESF, you also get access to Syracuse University (SU)? It’s one of the things students say they love most about going to ESF. The longstanding partnership between the two institutions dates back to 1911 and is still going strong.

With SU right next door, ESF students can:

  • Take SU classes
  • Use their library, computer, and recreational facilities
  • Join student clubs, Greek life, music, and artistic groups
  • Participate in intramural athletics and club sports
  • Attend events

SU also provides ESF students with additional options for dining, faith-based communities, and disability services. Let’s dive in more! ’

(In case you’re wondering, yes, SU students have the same opportunities at ESF!)

Classes: ESF students can take 30 credits at SU, allowing them to broaden their academic horizons without added expense. ’The same goes for SU students interested in taking courses at ESF. Students are able to do this because we’re partner institutions. Of course, we advise consulting with your advisor to ensure courses fit within your academic program and requirements.

Recreation: The Barnes Center at the Arch is a state-of-the-art facility catering to fitness enthusiasts of all levels. Amenities include a rock-climbing wall, swimming pool, weight rooms, fitness classes, and even an e-sports gaming room. All students need to do is show their ESF ID.

Dining: After working up an appetite at the gym, students wanting a change from ESF’s Trailhead Café can use their meal plan to grab a bite to eat at any of SU’s dining facilities. From dining halls to cafés to the Schine Center, there are menus to appeal to all palettes and dietary needs.

Faith Communities: Feeding the mind and body aren’t the only things ESF students can do at SU. They can also feed the soul and join any of the SU faith-based communities or attend a service or event. Hendricks Chapel is an interfaith religious and cultural chapel located at the heart of the SU campus and a quick walk from ESF’s Quad.

Extracurricular: While ESF offers over 40 environmental-focused clubs, SU widens the spectrum with more than 300 club options. Participating in these professional, recreational, service and social affiliations will enrich your educational experience. ESF students can even join the SU marching, pep bands, and non-D1 sports.

Also, students purchase their books through the SU Bookstore and can utilize SU’s Center for Disability Resources.

At the end of four years, ESF students are invited to attend SU's commencement ceremonies in the Dome, and ESF graduates receive a diploma that proudly carries the Syracuse University seal alongside the seal of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

At ESF, you can have a small-college community with access to big university benefits. In other words, you can have the best of both worlds.

We can’t wait to officially welcome our incoming class of Mighty Oaks!