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Capture Welcomes the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Introducing one of Capture Higher Ed’s newest partners, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF).

Located in Syracuse, ESF is New York’s global environmental college, focusing on science, engineering, management, communication, policy and design. The school educates 1,700 undergraduates through 25 undergrad programs and 500 graduate students in 46 graduate areas.

Founded in partnership with Syracuse University, the college was established in 1911 as the New York State College of Forestry. With research as one of its hallmarks from the school’s earliest years, college leaders saw the need to respond to the broader needs of environmental professionalism, adding courses in design, engineering, life sciences and natural resources management to its forestry curriculum.

With the formation of the State University of New York (SUNY) in 1948, the college became recognized as a specialized institution within the state university system. The name was changed to the State University College of Forestry at Syracuse University. In 1972, the College’s name and focus were changed once again, to better reflect the tradition and grounding of forestry in the environment, and the capabilities of the school’s academic programs. That’s when the college became the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry — or, ESF.

Today, with 25,000 acres of field stations across New York State, ESF is at the forefront of developing the technologies to create a sustainable future, taking a leadership role in species preservation, biodiversity awareness and overall sustainability. And it practices what it teaches. ESF is ranked No. 2 on Princeton Review’s list of “green colleges” and No. 4 on Sierra Magazine’s “Cool Schools” list.

Over the years, ESF’s campus has grown and changed. The Gateway Center, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum building that has become the hub of campus life, opened in 2013. The building displays specimens from the college’s Roosevelt Wild Life Collection, the Trailhead Café, the offices of admissions and outreach and conference space. ESF opened its first residence hall, Centennial Hall, in 2011.

ESF students take an active role in campus life through the student government, clubs and honor societies. The college also continues to have strong ties with Syracuse University, where its students can take classes, use library and computing facilities, join clubs and eat in its dining halls.

Whether its designing better human-built environments, conserving and understanding biological diversity, or engineering better ways to meet the needs of human survival, this unique college is in a league of its own.

We are proud to welcome ESF to the Capture family of partners.