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The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

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Really a great school.BrightArchitecture & Urban Planning Department
Really a great school. The negative reviews on here are just singular experiences. First off this is a state school, so if your in state it is incredibly affordable. I am in the landscape architecture program, one of only 2 schools in NY that grant a bachelors degree. The professors in my department are incredibly knowledgeable with years of professional and educational experience. The graduates of the landscape architecture program go on to find great jobs all throughout the country because employers in the profession not only know of this school, they know the rigor of it.

As for the school it self, it is small. you see the same people everyday and its a close community between students, facility and staff. But then you walk no more than 25 feet and your at syracuse university, where ESF students have access to ALL of their resources. I regularly go to Syracuse university's library until 2 in the morning studying with a bunch of other students. The party scene is syracuse universities party scene, so it is really good. I am enjoying my time here and although its hard, i know im learning a lot.

1st Year Male -- Class 2017
Individual Value: A+, Surrounding City: C
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Biotechnology transfer student.Quite BrightOther
Biotechnology transfer student. If you're not a transfer student this school is good for you, or if you have only completed about a year of college classes. The school is absolutely horrible for transfer students. You're much better coming in here as a freshman and going through their pipeline of academics. Overall the school is a nice looking school and had previously been given great reviews, even by some of my friends. After being here though the logistics for transfers is way below average for satisfaction. The current classes I attend do not teach you anything. I am not paying to hear about current issues. You need to develop your own class for yourself. Just as one of the other posters said "you're better off reading and memorizing a text book than you are attending a class". I am very disgusted with coming to this school.
1st Year Male -- Class 2016
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Education Quality: F
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The general attitude of ESF towards the environmentBrightOther
The general attitude of ESF towards the environment is good and the people there are often nice and fun to be around (aside form the many pot heads). However, I was greatly disappointed when it came to nearly everything about the academics.

The coursework is not only difficult, but it is nearly impossible to do even for very good students. A student is better off reading and memorizing the book than going to class, because the professors don't teach everything they need to, not even close.

The Professors are varied and while some are nice, most are very hard to reach and very cold. One that I had for my first two semesters was downright unstable, having mood swings in class and sending students crying from her office because they dared to be responsible and come to her with questions for clarification.

Advising is a nightmare as students are left mostly on their own to make curriculum decisions. Advisers are most interested in getting you out of their office quickly, not in helping the students. Also, some classes are closed without notification to the students and opened later on, causing already stressed students to monitor their enrollment sheets for days at a time in the hopes that a class will open up.All in all this school care more about money and appearances then the mental and physical health of their students. Stay far away from this school if you value your sanity.

1st Year Female -- Class 2017
Extracurricular Activities: B, Education Quality: F
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