I am thrilled to extend my warmest greetings and introduce myself as the Director of Student Success and Engagement. We're excited to have you join our vibrant and dynamic community of scholars, explorers, and changemakers. 

As you embark on this new chapter of your academic journey, I want to assure you that your time with SUNY ESF will be filled with numerous opportunities for personal and intellectual development, and I encourage you to embrace them wholeheartedly.

While it's important to seize every opportunity to explore and make connections, I also want to emphasize the significance of your academic success. SUNY ESF is renowned for its rigorous programs and world-class faculty who are dedicated to mentoring and guiding you throughout your educational journey. Make it a priority to engage with your professors, ask questions, and seek academic support when needed. Remember, your education is a collaborative effort, and we are here to support you every step of the way. 

Amelia G. Hoffman

Director of Student Success and Engagement

Check Out ESF's Academic Success Center

Upload ID Photo

To get your student ID card and complete your Banner profile, you will need to upload your photo in two places by Aug. 1. 


Step 1: Upload your photo for use in ESF systems by logging into your myESF Banner profile here and navigate to the personal information tab.


Step 2: Upload your photo in SU systems by using the Get app or the Get website. You can find the detailed instructions here.

Please keep the following in mind:

  • Take a passport-like photo
  • Upload a color photo with no filters
  • Show your full face
  • Use a solid background
  • The ID card holder should be the only person in the picture
  • No hats or headgear except when worn for religious reasons
  • Try to avoid reflections in your glasses
  • Do not edit or alter the image

Mandatory Trainings on Blackboard: SPARC/TRAC

As part of your new student onboarding activities, you will be asked to participate in one or more modules through this Blackboard course. You will need to activate your SU NetID and can check the status in your ESF Portal. Once you have activated your Syracuse University login information, you can login to Blackboard here


As part of state and federal law, we are required to provide prevention education on several topics. Completion of these learning modules and surveys are required. You will be notified via your email which course(s) you will be expected to take and the associated deadlines. Ensure that you fill out the form below the modules to confirm your completion. 


SPARC (Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Response Course) is an interactive course designed to assist new ESF students in understanding College policy/response related to sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. Included in this course will be an overview of bystander intervention, campus and community resources available to ESF students, and how to assist someone who may be experiencing these behaviors. 


TRAC (Training in Responsible Alcohol Consumption) is designed to provide important content and strategies to help you make informed and safe decisions around alcohol and other drugs. Highlighted in this course is information about how alcohol affects your body, the relationships people have with substances, and creating a plan for yourself. TRAC will also explore the relationship that people can form with alcohol and how to integrate all of this into your decision-making. 

If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please contact Amelia Hoffman via email at

Submit Your Final Transcript

Please be sure to submit all college/university credit, including AP scores and final transcripts, to ESF's Office of Undergraduate Admissions at

A Website Just for YOU!

Don’t forget to visit our website — this is your one-stop-shop for all new-student information.

Check Out the New Online Student Website

Important Dates

  • New Online Student Orientation (link to Blackboard course will be sent to applicant email): Aug. 14 – Aug. 26
  • Family Weekend: Oct. 21 – Oct. 22 

Submit a Song for the ESF Fall ’23 Playlist!

Add your favorite song to the Mighty Oak Playlist we‘re compiling for the incoming Class of 2023.

Submit a Song
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