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Account Setup (Visiting Student)

We’re thrilled to welcome you to SUNY ESF! 

After you register as a visiting student, your enrollment will be confirmed via email. Next, you need to set up your account to ensure you’ll be ready to begin your courses.

Activate your SU NetID here > 

What is an SU NetID and why do I need one? Because of the unique relationship ESF has with Syracuse University, you will be issued a 9-digit SUID, an SU NetID credential (username and password) and an SU email ( Your SUID can be found in your confirmation of enrollment email. Your official student email will be your SU email account. 

Your SU NetID will be used to access:

MySlice: The class registration portal for matriculated students, and where visiting students can search for fall and spring courses (not summer courses).
Blackboard: The learning management system used for most classes at ESF and SU
SUmail: Your email platform. 
IT services

Having trouble activating your SU NetID? Please contact the SU Help Desk.

Activate your ESFiD here >

Your ESFiD is used to access various systems and information on the ESF campus. You will need to use the email address you provided on your Visiting Student Registration Form and your ESF PIN to set this up. Your ESF PIN can be found in your confirmation of enrollment email. 

Your ESFiD will be used to access:

MyESF: Student records portal, including grade reports, FERPA waiver, financial aid information, emergency contact information. Student email login
ESF Office 365
SUNY Portal and other SUNY Systems

Access Blackboard here >

Most classes at ESF and SU use the Blackboard Learning Management System. Refer to your email from SU with instructions.

Tuition-Paying Visiting Students: Review the tuition and fees information to ensure you understand the cost of the courses. Bills can be accessed through your MyESF portal, which is also where you will pay your bill electronically. Please refer to the Bursar’s website for payment due dates.

Cross-Registered Students: Please contact your home university/campus Bursar’s Office for more information.

Visiting students born after Jan. 1, 1957, and who are enrolling in 6 credits or more of on-campus courses in a semester are required by the NYS Public Health Law Section 2165 to provide proof of immunization against Measles-Mumps-Rubella. For more information about required immunizations and about how to provide documentation, please visit the Division of Student Affairs.

Your ESF ID card will be used to access resources located on campus and for security purposes, you should carry it with you on campus at all times. If you are taking online only courses, this step is not necessary.

To obtain your ESF identification card, you will need your SUID. This can be found in your confirmation of enrollment email. 

Report to 111 Waverly Ave. (Housing, Meal Plan, and ID Card Services) on the Syracuse University campus (adjacent to ESF’s campus) with your SUID and personal identification (driver’s license or passport). 

Call (315) 443-2721 with any questions.

ESF’s textbooks are offered through SU. Summer semester students are also encouraged to contact their instructor for textbook information if none is listed on the ESF buying textbooks web page.

To avoid being ticketed by University Police, you need to obtain a parking pass to park on campus. 

Daytime parking is restricted due to limited parking spaces available. You can purchase a parking pass from Syracuse University to park on their neighboring campus: SU Parking.

Evening and weekend parking is generally available. You must register your vehicle: ESF University Police

Final Grade and Transcript Request
Final grades will be mailed by the Registrar’s Office at the end of the grading period, per request. Please note this is not applicable for audit students.

Request my transcript >

End-of-Course Evaluations 
You are strongly encouraged to complete the end-of-course evaluation for the course(s) you complete. They will be sent to your email from the ESF Office of Instruction and Graduate Studies. Your instructor will inform you when they are available. 

Withdrawing from a Course
Note that non-attendance, non-participation, informing the instructor, and/or non-payment of tuition is not sufficient notice of intent to withdraw from a course. Send your completed request 

ESF Individual Course Withdrawal Form > 
Email your completed form for processing >

Request for Special Accommodations
Visiting students can request special accommodations through the SU Center for Disability Resources CDR by submitting a registration form. You will then be contacted by an SU CDR Access Counselor who will assist with getting set up and provide a letter to the instructor of record. In addition, a welcome meeting will be arranged. 

More information here >