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

How this student rated the school
Research QualityB Research AvailabilityC
Research FundingC- Graduate PoliticsC-
Errand RunnersC+ Degree CompletionC
Alternative pay [ta/gsi]B Sufficient PayC-
CompetitivenessB- Education QualityB+
Faculty AccessibilityA- Useful ResearchB+
ExtracurricularsA- Success-UnderstandingB
Surrounding CityB- Social Life/EnvironmentB
"Individual" treatmentC FriendlinessB
SafetyB+ Campus BeautyA
Campus MaintenanceA- University Resource/spendingB+
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Arrogant, Self Absorbed

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He cares more about Graduate Politics than the average student.
Date: Dec 31 1969
Major: Biology (This Major's Salary over time)
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.
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