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

Total Grad Surveys 33
Females 19
Males 14
Avg years at University 2.8
Research Quality B (7.1)
Research Availability B (7.1)
Research Funding B- (5.8)
Graduate Politics B (7.3)
Not Errand Runners B (7.1)
Degree Completion B+ (8.0)
Alternative pay [ta/gsi] B (7.2)
Sufficient Pay B (6.6)
Competitiveness B+ (7.5)
Education Quality A- (8.3)
Faculty Accessibility B+ (7.8)
Useful Research A- (8.7)
"Individual" treatment A- (8.1)
Friendliness A- (8.1)
Safety B+ (7.9)
Campus Beauty B+ (7.8)
Campus Maintenance A- (8.1)
University Spending B+ (7.8)
Extracurriculars B+ (7.7)
Scholastic Success B+ (7.5)
Surrounding City B+ (7.5)
Social Life/ Environment B (7.0)
Research FundingB-
Useful ResearchA-
my experience at esfAug 22 2004Biology
my experience at esf was very poor. i regret my decision to enroll in the graduate program and will leave before the fall semester. i will be certain to dissuade my own undergraduate students and others from applying to esf in the future.
Jun 27 2004Other
Major Professors need to be more available!
and more guidance on practical applicability of degree...
job search and help
My experience and ESF was for the mostJun 12 2004Other
My experience and ESF was for the most part very positive. The courses were excellent and the faculty were very helpful and down to earth. However, there were a few professors within my department (EFB) who didn't play well with others. These conflicts seemed to be rooted in unequal resource allocation within the department and plain-old personality conflicts. Certain professors would not serve on committees together and seem to prejudge students depending on who their major professor was - I found this very disappointing. Some advice: interview your potential major professor CAREFULLY! Make sure you know what is expected of you and your time. Ask him/her how they plan to contribute to your project in terms of time, advice and financial support. Interrogate his/her present and past grad. students - this is very important!
May 26 2004Engineering Department
My educational experiences at ESF exceeded my expectations.
Research Topic(s): Neural Image Fusion for Forest Classification
May 25 2004Biology
Research is great; shared classes with undergrads are too frequent
Computer labs are unavailable on weekends especially duringMay 14 2004Other
Computer labs are unavailable on weekends especially during SU Dome events. This needs to be changed. Students should have more access to computers during these events. Also, parking for ESF students during SU dome events should be reserved. My department, Environmental Studies, needs more technology and funding. The professor that I TA for does not even have a current/up to date computer and printer in her office. We do not have a printer in our grad office. Also,there should be more clubs and activities dedicated to grad students. Presently, most clubs and activities are geared towards undergrads. If you are going to have a grad program, more clubs and activities aimed at grad students should be available. Finally, the Environmental Studies department should be expanded, with more full time faculty. Also, more quality grad students, especially U.S.students, should be recruited for Environmental Studies department.
Research Topic(s): An Evaluation of a Public Participation Case Study
This si a greatMay 12 2004Other
This si a great school, small size. I learn a lot and have a great relationship with faculties. It is very important for me as an international student. Also, students here are nice and help me a lot. I love it.
I had thought that a smaller school wouldMay 12 2004Biology
I had thought that a smaller school would mean that students had a better chance at actually getting through their degrees. However, because it is a small school, there isn't a very uniform process for degree completion, and often students go about their program somewhat haphazardly. ESF is definitely a great school for environmental science, but it is also quite a cutthroat atmosphere, and a lot of students that start out for their PhD end up with Masters. There is a lot of competition between departments, and some faculty from certain departments definitely look down upon those from other departments. Rather than work together on an interdisciplinary program, these faculty would rather push their graduate students into a project that the student is not interested in than try to find links between different disciplines. Personally, I came in as a PhD student but finished an MPS (Masters of Professional Studies) instead, although I have applied to a different department at the school for a PhD program.
Most public school isMay 12 2004Other
Most public school is pretty depending on its state's budget. ESF is not an exception. However, ESF shares many resources with Syracuse University, and it's a great merit for students who apply for ESF.
Watch out for this schoolMay 12 2004Other
Watch out for this school. If your looking for a survival challenge this is your place! Make sure you check out your potential major professor and ALL the graduate students. The grad students will tell you what really goes on behind the scenes.
The faculty are extremely knowledgeable, which makes theMay 11 2004Other
The faculty are extremely knowledgeable, which makes the program very worthwhile. However, the number of students in the program sometimes makes it difficult to have adequate in-class 1-on-1 time with the professors. However, all professors are willing and happy to meet outside of class if asked or needed. At times the studio spaces can seem small, and the computers can use some updating, but overall my experince was a very positive one.You HAVE to make an effort to want to learn. If you don't, you will get by with the minimum you will need to graduate. But if you truly care, you WILL get the maximum that the program can provide.
May 11 2004Other
Our faculty members should involve students in their research more.
This is a greatMay 11 2004Chemical Engineering
This is a great school at a great price. The people here really love what they are doing. Our students also have all of the benefits of Syracuse University students.
Research Topic(s): Expression of Water from Fibrous Media
SUNY ESF is an exceptionally student-friendly college, whileMay 11 2004Engineering Department
SUNY ESF is an exceptionally student-friendly college, while at the same time an academic institution with an internationally renound reputation. The students and faculty are relaxed but very hard working, the campus itself is well-designed and in beautiful setting, and Syracuse is fine place to live.

Although I didn't do my undergraduate work at SUNY ESF, I did take several undergraduate courses at SUNY ESF while completing my undergraduate degree at Syracuse University, which is an adjacent campus. An added bonus is that SUNY ESF students enjoy many of the benefits of Syracuse University.As a doctoral student I couldn't be more pleased. The faculty has been sincerely supportive and helpful to me as I work toward the completion of my program.

There is no PhMay 11 2004Urban Planning
There is no Ph.D in my field here. I have had a very hard time finding a steering committee because there are no funds to replace faculty that leave and they are understaffed. They hire grad students to do more and more teaching and research but the grad students cannot be mentors for themselves!!!
For an Undergraduate degreeMay 11 2004Natural Resources
For an Undergraduate degree I would not recommend this school. For a Masters or PhD Program I would highly recommend this school. Your treated much better with a lot more trust and respect as a graduate student.
May 11 2004Biology
I love this college though I only spent 4 years with it.
Research Topic(s): Use of laccase from Trametes versicolor in biotransformation of enviro
ESF is very much a practical applications schoolMay 11 2004Natural Resources
ESF is very much a practical applications school. The majority of the research of which I'm aware is less theoretical and more applied. Generally, there's something of a blue-collar, vocational feel to the school. If you're looking to develop a revolutionary theory that will rock the world of environmental science, this isn't the place for you. If you want to become a solid, competent, knowledgeable forest manager, you've found your school.
Research Topic(s): Long-term Effects of Liming and Fertilization on Soil Acidity

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