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Reviews 200 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: University Hill is cheap, safe, and comfortable to live in. If you're a good tenant, you'll have a great time living off campus.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Alto Cinco, Taste of India and Calio's are my favorite choices, theres a ton of variety with off-campus food- but choose wisely! Not every restaurant is A+...

2 College Freshman

Administration: New administration that wants to cut corners financially. It's not visible now, but it will be next year, and it will be to the detriment of the relationship between SU and ESF, and for students overall.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: They objectively ask for a 90 GPA and 1200 SAT for merit based financial aid. It's a process that's not fair to students who had more academically rigorous curriculums. Their need based financial aid is great for students that "need" it, however.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Most parties are through Syracuse University, which I assume would have been great one year ago. But the new administration doesn't want partying to be part of the image for SU, so they've cracked down.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The meals are pretty monotonous, but it's always nice when they have a culture-based food night. There's always a lot of variety then.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Individual Bathrooms, Televisions on every floor, quiet study spaces all in a LEED Gold Building. Theres not much more that can be desired! If it was a tad less expensive that would be great, but it's definitely a comfortable, safe, almost near "luxurious" place to live for a dormitory.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: A small portion of students participate in sports.

The gyms are SU owned, and tend to be old and lacking.

ESF does not offer many sports. Esf does not have any fitness facilities on campus

4 College Freshman

Academics: The teachers are generally nice. They usually know what their talking about, although there are a few who simply don't seem to know how to teach.

Most of the classes I'm in have the potential to be difficult, but aren't.

Compared to my friends schools, ESF seems to be a bit easier course-wise, although the freshman courses tend to be heavy on the busy work.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are between 0 and 2 crimes reported weekly

4 College Freshman

Administration: A little too strict about dorm drinking

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Leasing a house costs from $300-800 per month.

Apartments range from $700-1000 a month.

Large grocery stores like Tops and Wegmans are relatively near by.

Parking for cars (on campus) is very expensive.

There are crime reports weekly.

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

Administration: 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

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am a huge Syracuse fan.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: 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.


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