Location
Syracuse, NY
Undergrads
1,661
Tuition (in-state)
$15,843 ($6,593)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 189 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: I am in a unique position being a transfer in a 5 year program at ESF. Part of that experience is going abroad and the financial aid office has been nothing short of wonderful helping me navigate those otherwise tricky situations. They have sent me reminders to apply/fill out any necessary paperwork which I also felt went above and beyond. The door is always open if you have questions and they are ready and willing to help you if you can just reach out and communicate with them.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: As a student in a program with studios, I often have valuables on campus for long periods of time but never leave them out unless a friend is watching. Being a small campus, there are lots of "eyes-on-the-street" during the day but at night it's definitely risky to leave things like bikes (they get stolen quite often). The college provides lockers for students with labs and studios and it's otherwise very proximal to all student housing so you can easily get back and forth between classes. Overall I feel very safe at ESF and have (with normal levels of precaution - i.e. not wandering around by myself at 3:30am) not had any problems with safety and security. The buildings have limited access after hours and labs/studios require you to get your id activated for the swipe system so you feel safer at night than you would if the doors weren't locked.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: ESF now feels like home. I know that sounds cliche but as a transfer from a relatively prestigious private institution I gave up what I thought college was supposed to be (a good name on a piece of paper) for a completely different kind of school. But ESF has been much more than a somewhat alternative and affordable college, it has opened my eyes to what an amazing experience college can be when you're with people who are incredibly passionate about what they do. ESF is truly producing students with a level of compassion, intelligence, foresight and understanding that can change the world. From day 1 at ESF I was treated with kindness and challenged to become better. My professors regularly invite groups of students to dinners at their homes and the small class sizes and specialized majors mean you get to make close friend groups that feel like family at school and off-campus. Being so close to Syracuse University has it's pros too, you get full access to great athletic facilities and social events you might otherwise miss at a small school.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: ESF has quite a respectable student body so I've never actually encountered major policy problems. That being said, I assume things happen but they manage to deal with them discreetly and professionally and nothing ever pops up that seems unjustified. ESF doesn't feel restrictive, partially because small class sizes/specialized programs build closer relationships. Students dont' often want to risk disappointing professors because you see them every day for potentially the next 4 years and they invest so much into you it'd be like letting down a close friend or parent. ESF gives their students a high level of trust/respect unless you show/act like you don't deserve that privilege.

College Junior

Campus Housing: I was never able to live on campus because I was a transfer student sophomore year when students generally move off-campus. The off- campus experience has been great though and being new I had lots of luck finding roomates with the student-housing site orangehousing.com

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am a huge Syracuse fan.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I am an adult student, I don't party much.

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2 College Sophomore

Weather: It is typical Syracuse weather, always horrible and unpredictable

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: people at the school were okay

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The bus doesn't come onto campus.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: ESF and SU are located on the same campus. The student share professors. SU has an impressive list of good sports teams. Go SU!

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I always go to a local place that assists me in filling my paperwork out. Their name is OnPoint for College.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: It is difficult to find a spot to park.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are a lot of great bars and local places to hear good music.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus has laboratories, libraries, lovely old brick buildings with ivy, as well as open green spaces.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: ESF is the number one school in the country for environmental science and forestry. This is my main reason for going. They have good funding and networking options. I have heard nothing but good things about my school.

College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I don't know too much. I have taken multiple trips to the campus and found the other students to dress relaxed and be friendly.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I did not realize that in my acceptance letter package there was a piece of paper for me to sign and that I had to give a cash deposit. I was informed of this and promptly took care of it. The people at the admissions office were very nice and helpful.

College Sophomore

Majors: I don't know yet. I am looking forward t finding out.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I am transferring to my new school in the fall.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I don't use drugs. If other students use them, they do so on there own time.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: The winters are so cold and long. The summers are absolutely beautiful.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is plenty of sights to see and events in the summer. The terrible thing is that the winters are long and cold. When it is freezing out there isn't much to do.

3 College Senior

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

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College Senior

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

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