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Welcome New Online Students

We're so excited that you've decided to enroll in an online program through ESF! Here, get all the details on everything you need to know and do - and by when - to get ready for ESF.

Timeline of Activities

First Steps

For more information visit ESF computing resources.


  • Activate your SU NetID | Due 7/1

  • Submit your AP scores and final transcripts | Due 7/15


  • Course Registration and Textbooks

  • Academic Accommodations Set up through disabilityresources.syr.edu/students | Ideal Due Date Prior to 8/22

  • Orientation | 8/15 - 8/26

    • Mandatory Training Courses - SPARC and TRAC Learning Modules(Sexual Violence Prevention | Alcohol EDU) and Assessments on Blackboard | Due 9/25


What you need to do

  • ID Credentials & Email Activation

    Students access ESF systems through the use of an ESFiD. To set up your ESFiD student credentials, start at https://it.esf.edu/newstudent and follow the instructions in the yellow box in the Applicant Portal. Activate your SU NetID/SU email by using your nine-digit SUID number at https://netid.syr.edu.

    Due 7/1/22

    These IDs are needed to access online resources, both on and off campus, and to receive email notifications. You can start this process at the MyESF.esf.edu portal. Once your SU NetID is activated and your ESFiD is set up, check your syr.edu email at sumail.syr.edu and your esf.edu email at email.esf.edu.

    Please Note: Official campus communications are sent via your syr.edu email. Please check this often.

  • Student Profile in the MyESF Portal

    Complete the following through your MyESF portal:

    • Headshot

    • ESF emergency contact information

    • ESF policies acknowledgment page

    • FERPA proxy waiver (if desired)

    Submit a recent headshot photo for your Syracuse University (SU)/ESF student ID card AND for your ESF student record file. There are two places where your headshot photo must be submitted. The same photo can be used but each requires its own upload. Upload your ID card photo by following the link on the MyESF portal.

    Due 8/1/22.

  • Health Immunization Assignment

    Students will upload required immunization records online at the MyESF Portal. Per New York state law, all ESF students are required to have the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) and COVID-19 vaccines, and must also verify if they have or have not received the meningococcal (meningitis) vaccine.

    Due before 8/21/22.

    After logging into the MyESF Portal, click on ESF Action Item Processing Link and scroll to Immunization History Required. Click the box first, then the paperclip. This will include a copy of the ESF Immunization History Form.

    Detailed instructions are at the top of the ESF Immunization History Form, please note the Online-only Student Exemption for students enrolled in all online classes, not living in on-campus housing, and/or not attending more than 5 credit hours of in-person classes on campus in one semester.

    Due 8/21/22.

  • Final Transcripts & Other Academic Records

    Official records of all previous college-level course work (including Advanced Placement, College-Level Examination Program, International Baccalaureate, etc.) must be received at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

    Due by 7/15/22.

    If official credentials are not received by this date, the College reserves the right to withdraw our offer of admission. You must contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions if your final credentials will not be received by this deadline. Additionally, any "in progress (IP)" transfer credit will be removed from your Degree Audit Plan Sheet if official transcripts are not received by this deadline. All students (freshmen and transfers) must submit an official high school transcript (with graduation date noted), high school equivalency test score report, or equivalent by the deadline.

    Students who fail to submit all required official documents by the deadline will not be permitted to register for the Fall 2022 semester.

  • Mandatory Alcohol & Sexual/Interpersonal Violence Training

    Students must complete two online programs designed to promote responsible decision-making in college around alcohol and drugs, sexual/interpersonal violence, and bystander intervention. An email will be sent to your syr.edu email account in mid-July with details on how to access and complete these courses by 9/25/22.

    Please note: Failure to complete these courses will affect your ability to register for Spring 2023 classes.

  • Financial Aid & Billing Assignment

    If you applied for financial aid, you will receive an email notifying you that your financial aid award is available online. Follow the link to view and print your award. Accept or decline your award online.

    ESF has partnered with a company called BankMobile Disbursements to deliver financial aid refunds. If you receive an email from them, this is NOT SPAM. Please make sure to set up your preference so your refund is not delayed.

    Federal Work Study Contact

    Rebecca Hilt


    ESF has Federal Work-Study (FWS) positions available for eligible students.

    File your FAFSA as early as possible (Oct. 1 is the opening date for FAFSA). Answer "yes" to the work-study question. If you have done this and don't see FWS on your financial aid offer, please contact Rebecca Hilts: 315-470-6671 or rshilts@esf.edu.

    Work study jobs are posted at www.esf.edu/financialaid under the employment tab.

  • Health Insurance Assignment

    As a student at ESF, you are eligible to enroll in the college health insurance plan through United Health Care. The Division of Student Affairs is available to provide assistance in this process, but enrollment and payment is done directly through the contracted insurance broker:

    Haylor Freyer & Coon, Inc. Collegiate Account Manager

    Angelica L. Tomesello

    Phone: 315-703-1381

    Phone Toll Free: 866-535-0456

    Fax: 315-703-7655

    Email: atomasello@haylor.com

    General Inquiry Email: student@haylor.com

    If you have questions about health insurance at ESF contact the Division of Student Affairs, 315-470-6660.

What you need to know

Class Schedule & Registration

All new students are preregistered for the fall semester by their academic department over the summer. You will meet with your advisor, Katherine Lang, Online Education Program Coordinator, email: klang01@esf.edu or phone:315-470-4882, to finalize your class schedule and registration. Schedule changes require the approval of your academic advisor.


Once you receive your class schedule at Orientation, you can purchase your textbooks online. Further information will be provided at a later date.

Academic Accommodations/Adjustments

Students seeking disability-related accommodations and supports should do so through the Center for Disability Resources at Syracuse University. Visit disabilityresources.syr.edu, click the "Incoming Students" tab and follow the directions. Phone: 315-443-4498.


8/15-8/26: Open Academy