Syracuse, NY
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Reviews 166 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: Scholarships available, financial aid office very helpful. Can even get your refund checks direct deposited before first day of class.

College Senior

Greek Life: ESF doesn't really have a Greek life like SU does.

3 College Senior

Computers: Campus computers suck- the ones in the library and non central labs take forever to connect to the network. Main labs in Baker Hall fill quick- but have some great software to use as students and large format printers. Students given 500 print pages (8x11) a year free. Wireless in *most* buildings and *some* of the quad. Bring a laptop.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Dirty, old, crime ridden city. Stay in the good parts of town- OUT OF THORNDEN PARK unless you want to get mugged, happens pretty much weekly when the weather is nice and people go to the park by themselves at like 2am. Great dining in the nicer parts of town (PASTABILITIES!). Destiny USA right close by. If you like city life, then it'll be great. If you prefer a more rural setting, get off campus housing and have a car so you can get out to Tully or some place away from the city to go fishing or hiking.

College Senior

Nightlife: I live off campus with my wife- can't comment on ESF nightlife.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Average food. Only one meal hall really within casual walking distance (Sadler, the rest are across SU campus). Now we have Treehouse and Trailhead... nice, but again expensive and they both have limited selection and arent true dining halls. But nice place to grab a burger or something between classes. Sadler has pretty awesome food, albeit expensive, but awesome.

College Senior

Campus Strictness: From what i've experienced its been a pretty laid back campus. Underage drinking NOT allowed. But Ive never seen a protest or anything on campus to say how they handled it. And kids sit on the quad and smoke weed without getting arrested, so its obviously a pretty chill place.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: Lots of students with different origins, more so over at SU, but we have some international students at ESF. Economic status varies a lot. There are a surprising number of people who are completely ignorant about science... which is scary seeing as how we're a science school, but otherwise a great campus.

1 College Senior

Parking: SU over books and over charges for parking. Plan on shelling out at least $300 a year for parking. Some lots are upwards of $800. If you can get away with not having a car you're better off. Not to mention unless you shell out for the $800 lot, your permit is NOT valid during SU games, even if you live in a residence hall or apartment right by campus. Either live OFF campus and leave your car at your apartment and walk/bike/etc to school, or leave your car at home. SU will rip you off big time if you bring a vehicle.

College Senior

Athletics: Cheap tickets to Dome events including games. I'm not a sports fan, so I'm not really gonna chime in on this, but SU games are super popular at ESF.

College Senior

Transportation: I am a commuter student from out of Syracuse. But I know many students utilize and love the busses and zip cars from SU and ESF, as well as bikes. They're everywhere. Whenever the weather is nice, and even when its not, there are bikes ALL over campus. Bring one if you live close, it'll make life easier.

2 College Senior

Weather: Weather in Syracuse sucks for most of the year. ESF will NOT close. Even if SU closes. in 4 years here I've seen it close once. You don't come here for a casual school environment where you get lots of snow days. You come here to learn- so be ready to get to class when the rest of the state is shutting down.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus is definitely cheaper, and most landlords are fairly okay.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Centro transportation is okay if you want to get to a few places, but otherwise you'll probably want a car. Also, parts of the city have no sidewalks.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This is an intense school, but a good one, with very dedicated professors.

1 College Sophomore

Weather: snowiest city in the US

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It isn't exactly what I needed it to be, I would have preferred many more scholarships and loans obviously, but they're doing their best.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: With the frequency of bus arrivals and departures on our neighboring campus, getting around Syracuse is never difficult. In addition, people are very generous with giving out rides to students in need of transportation. I have never worried about getting somewhere in the city.

4 College Freshman

Majors: One of the first things our Orientation Leaders told us upon arriving at school was how important it is to get an internship. More than 60% of our students graduate having gone through multiple internships, and it is extremely important to get one in order to open up job opportunities. Although I have not gotten one yet, it is still early in my career at this school, and I know options are all over the place.

4 College Freshman

Majors: All of the majors here are extremely diverse and unique, and cater to the specific interests of the students involved in them. I have never felt clueless or overwhelmed when talking about what the future of my program may bring, and I always feel comfortable around the people in my program. In the future, I hope to work in a national park, or potentially on a farm. Because of the preparation I will be going through prior to graduating, I am not at all worried about finding a job in my field

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: To my knowledge there is only one SUNY ESF fraternity that has special housing, and although its accommodations would in no way be considered "run-down," there is not really anything special about it. Most of the other Greek life organizations devote their time to improving the community, and thus there is no pre-conceived notions of what it means to be in a fraternity or sorority.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: My college is located in the University Hill area of Syracuse, New York, immediately adjacent to Syracuse University. From the professors to all of the undergraduate and graduate students, everyone I've met here has been wonderful. The upperclassmen do their best to make the underclassmen feel welcome and respected, and we have frequent and friendly interactions with the SU students. There is always something to do in the area, with the plethora of shops and boutiques that line the border of the Syracuse University campus. Even if you don't feel like leaving campus, there is always something going on, whether it be an event planned by one of our school's clubs, or by the faculty at our school. Overall, I have a blast going here, and never have I had any less-than-delightful experiences since I arrived.

College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I stay within the college so far.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: have all the important software

2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nightlife is quiet, unless you know where to look. Nothing is advertised or talked about much.


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