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Rank: 75

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Syracuse, NYwww.esf.edu
As its name suggests, SUNY ESF is focused on environmental education and sustainability, and its green initiative aims to make the campus entirely carbon neutral. Its new Gateway Center operates on renewable energy and has a green roof where local plants grow. The SUNY ESF Campus is adjacent to Syracuse University and student life is closely integrated with it. While freshmen live in ESF dorms, they eat in SU dining halls and have access to all of Syracuse's libraries and computer labs. ESF's 1,700 undergrads can also join SU clubs and sports teams, except Division I squads. Numerous rooming options are available -- upper classmen and transfer students can live in ESF dorms, off campus, in SU dorms or in the SUNY Upstate Medical University's dorm. One notable feature of living in Syracuse is its snowy, cold winters. The temperatures average about 24 degrees in January, and the campus receives around 120 inches of white stuff each year. In addition to its 12-acre Syracuse campus, SUNY ESF has several regional campuses throughout Central New York and the Adirondack region, including a campus in Wanakena, N.Y., known as The Ranger School, which offers associate's degrees in outdoor fields such as environmental conservation, forestry, and surveying. The school also has a campus in northwestern Costa Rica, where students can study and research tropical forestry on a 30-acre property. The university's six-year graduation rate of 74% is noticeably above average when compared to universities with similar student demographics -- more than 8% higher, according to MONEY's analysis. Its recent graduates make a median income of $49,700, which is 13% higher than similar schools.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$28,000
% of students who get any grants
76%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$19,400
Average price for low-income students
$10,300
admissions
Acceptance rate
54%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1170/25
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
1,825
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
99%
% of need met
87%
% of students who get merit* grants
14%
Average merit grant
$3,075
student success
Graduation rate
74%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$19,800
Average salary within 3 years
$49,700
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
N/A
key deadlines
Early decision application
Dec 1
Regular application
Feb 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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