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Location
Syracuse, NY
Undergrads
1,661
Tuition (in-state)
$15,843 ($6,593)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Senior

Academics: My degree, Forest Ecosystem sciences, is very specific and has a higher level of expectancy than other forestry majors. this degree is geared more towards the science, ecology aspect of forestry with a mix of forestry as well. I will not only be certified in forestry once i get my degree but will also have many other career options associated with the ecology aspect. since the degree is more toward the science side there is a heavy work load, with many intense projects that help the student gain knowledge that is directly related to everyday job oriented problem solving.

4 College Senior

Academics: ESF is a very academic oriented school, they strive for nothing other than top quality. ESF is not for the faint-hearted student that wants to party and just get by, classes that you would think are going to be easy are often not so, they are all very heavy on the work load. students must put in effort to get through the semester unless you are some sort of genius. classes often require far more than the expected out of class work load and I often do not see how a professor actually expects students to complete everything. ESF is geared toward traditional students and is very hard for non-traditional students that must work and take care of families, mostly because many of the classes are only offered at one specific time and at a certain time of the year, this makes it very hard to schedule sometimes and I have missed out on some of the classes I would have liked to take because of conflicts with others. over all if you like super intense work loads that will push yo uto the brink of insanity ESF is just for you.

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4 College Senior

Academics: The small scale of classes has allowed me to truly bond with my professors and have allowed me to feel comfortable in my studies. They are always available for guidance and have pushed me to become a better student.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Flexible, Open, and Interesting! Being an Environmental Biology major is amazing. The curriculum is extremely open to tweaking (your entire senior year is electives!), and offers plenty of opportunity for customization for what you want to take. All of the professors are excellent to work with and are more than willing to lend a hand getting an internship, lab position, or employment. They also like to just talk about the work they're doing, so find a professor that has similar interests and get on board!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Excellent, Though Some Classes Need Work – Overall, the academics have been excellent. The professors are almost always extremely knowledgeable in their fields, and many are THE expert in their field. They are all passionate about their work and love being able to talk about it. A couple of the introductory/freshman classes are kind of weak, but I guess that's to be expected. Once you get into the upper-level courses, that's when the academics truly shine. Another slight problem, though minor, is that some of the courses are still rather new and are being worked out. With time, though, I'm sure they'll work out.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 144th
    Smartest Professors
  • 165th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 176th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 264th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 301st
    Best Academic Advisers

Student Author Overview

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Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
16:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
121
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
37
Total FT Faculty
121
Average Faculty Salary
$84,209
Full-Time Retention Rate
86%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Transfer-Out Rate
21%
Graduation Rate
67%
Programs/Majors Offered
24
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Environmental Biology: 6%
  • Environmental Studies: 4%
  • Forestry, Other: 5%
  • Landscape Architecture: 6%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 7 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 7 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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