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

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I am from a relatively small down andQuite BrightOther
I am from a relatively small down and graduated seventh in my class. I chose ESF because I thought I wanted to pursue an environmental degree and when I visited campus I fell in love. It was small, consisting of about 5 buildings and had a very small student population. However, as I began school there, my opinion started to change. You really do get the best of both worlds at ESF, small school good education and then SU, great parties, huge athletics, clubs and activities. However, I found people at SU to be pretty rude towards ESF students and the ESF student population is just as weird. There are two groups of students, the weird ones that still seem like they should be nerds in high school and the ones who drink so much that they are still drunk when they go to class in the morning.

The weather in Syracuse is horrible, rainy, cold, and windy 80 percent of the week and with the bus stop so far away from ESF's campus, the walk can be pretty depressing.

As for the classes, I came to really regret my decision to attend ESF. When looking at colleges, I thought I was sure that I wanted to pursue an environmental degree, but throughout the semester, I found out that I was wrong. I decided that an environmental degree was not for me but I couldn't do anything because ESF is such a specific school. If you are absolutely positive that you want an environmental degree, go for ESF, but do not be fooled, just because it is "easy" to get into, doesn't mean it is easy. This is probably one of the hardest colleges I could have attended and I struggle daily in classes. Some teachers are friendly, while others are unapproachable and hostile.While ESF is great at what it does, I felt unwelcomed and out of place here and stuck with no where to turn because of it's lack of variety. Needless to say, I will be transfering at the end of this year.

1st Year Female -- Class 2014
Education Quality: A+, Surrounding City: B-
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Esf was one of the worst experiences ofBrightZoology
Esf was one of the worst experiences of my life! first off they did not have enough dorm rooms so housed me in the sheraton hotel, sounds great unless you have crazy roommates like i did and did not recieve any help from the school. My roommate would drink, smoke, and vandalize my property and no administration or staff would help me. My options were to pay more money or move off campus in a house alone with no furniture. Beware, if you ever need help for problems your experiencing you will not get it!
1st Year Female -- Class 2008
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Going to ESF was a waste of myOther
Going to ESF was a waste of my money and time. I was told it was a great school yet as a female, I was treated in such that my getting my money's worth of education was not warranted! I was not allowed to take important classes that I really needed to get into a great position. Therefore, no one is hiring me because I was only allowed to take basically-basket weaving of my field classes! My major was a MPS in Construction Management. Yet I was not allowed to take the classes that I needed. I have heard comments from interviewers like-you missed the most important classes. I did not miss them-I was not allowed to take them because of one teacher's petty ego! This school should give me a refund because of what I was put through by one if it's teachers and the lame department head who was in charge when I was in school. I could have gone to Onondaga and gotten a degree in Architectural Tech. I bet I would be in a job now. But because of my high educational background, they talked me into going to ESF to get a MPS in Construction Management. Yet I am still missing the important classes because of one guy! I was misled by my advisor and this one teacher would not make an exception for me. I would have had to come back for probably another years of classes because of this teacher. Considering I was driving daily from Utica, I was not going to do that. Also, I already paid for my classes. Why did I have to drop out so late because of this one teacher? I know why he did what he did. He knows why. My advisor knows why and the weak department head at the time knew why. Let's face it. If they were not so short of good teachers in that department, I would have graduated when I was supposed to with the classes I needed to have a great education. But they do not have enought teachers and you have at least one who abuses his rights of his job to give students a hard time. He cares for no one except his own ego and the school is letting him do it! I do feel I am owed a refund or at least the right to come back and take the courses I am missing to supplant my education and make it a better one. I cannot help but feel bitter towards this school for how I was treated by this teacher and how your school let him act the way he wants just because you are short of teachers! I cannot ever tell anyone to go to this school and get an education because I am proof of how they treat women in a field like Construction Management. That teacher should have been fired. But I bet he was not even talked to because of the shortage of teachers.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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