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Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Graduate Students

  1. What is the institutional code for sending official GRE scores?
  2. What is the target date for application?
  3. What is the mailing address for the graduate school application and supporting documents if they are not submitted online?
  4. Where can I find the online or printable application forms?
  5. What kind of assistantships are available through the chemistry graduate program?
  6. What type of stipends are included with assistantships?
  7. What additional awards are available?
  8. What additional forms are required for international students?
  9. When will the I-20 for the visa application process be issued to international students?
  10. Can ESF graduate students take courses at Syracuse University (SU)?
  11. Where can I find information on the Syracuse community?
  12. Where can international students find more information?
  13. What student groups are available?
  14. Is there an organization that represents graduate students on campus?
  15. Where can I find information about housing in Syracuse?
  16. Is health insurance included as part of the research and teaching assistantships?
  17. What are the requirements for MS and PhD students in chemistry?
  18. What are the requirements for MPS in chemistry?

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1. What is the institutional code for sending official GRE scores?
Answer: 2530

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2. What is the target date for application?
Answer:
Fall: January 15
Spring: November 1
Applications completed by these target dates will normally receive decisions by early April for Fall matriculation and by early December for Spring matriculation.

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3. What is the mailing address for the graduate school application and supporting documents if they are not submitted online?
Answer:
Office of Instruction & Graduate Studies
SUNY-ESF
One Forestry Drive, 227 Bray Hall
Syracuse, NY 13210

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4. Where can I find the online or printable application forms?
Answer: Applying online is the preferred method. The online application can be accessed HERE.
For applying by mail, download the graduate application, instructions, and letters of recommendation forms HERE

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5. What kind of assistantships are available through the chemistry graduate program?
Answer: MS and PhD students receive tuition waivers and stipends. Students are usually supported during their first and second academic year as teaching assistants. Students are typically supported by research grants during summers, and in subsequent academic years. No assistantships are available for MPS students.

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6. What type of stipends are included with assistantships?
Answer: Full year stipends for MS students are $16,000-$18,000; for PhD students, stipends are $20,000-$25,000. These stipends easily cover the cost of living in Syracuse.

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7. What additional awards are available?
Answer: The Chemistry Department gives out thousands of dollars in awards each year.  See http://www.esf.edu/chemistry/awards/ for a list.

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8. What additional forms are required for international students?
Answer: Students from countries outside of the U.S. are required to submit additional forms to verify English proficiency skills and provide evidence of financial support for the duration of their studies. See Admissions Information for International Students.
To download supplemental forms, go to the SUNY website.

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9. When will the I-20 for the visa application process be issued to international students?
Answer: An I-20 (required for the F-1 student visa application process) will be issued only after a student has been officially admitted to the college and submits the Commitment to Enroll Form (included in the acceptance materials) indicating that s/he will attend SUNY-ESF in the upcoming semester. Proof of adequate financial support documentation for one year of expenses at ESF is required, but the tuition waiver and stipend usually exceed the level of financial support required for issuing an I-20.provides

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10. Can ESF graduate students take courses at Syracuse University (SU)?
Answer:Yes! Students may take any course at SU that is relevant to their program of study.  These courses automatically appear on ESF transcripts.

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11. Where can I find information on the Syracuse community?
Answer: ESF provides information on Syracuse and the SUNY-ESF community HERE.

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12. Where can international students find more information?
Answer: See the ESF Office of International Education.

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13. What student groups are available?
Answer: ESF student organizations are listed here, and ESF students can participate in student organizations at Syracuse University, which are listed here.

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14. Is there an organization that represents graduate students on campus?
Answer: Yes. The Graduate Student Organization (GSA) represents graduate students at SUNY-ESF. GSA officers and representatives from each department are elected each Spring.For additional information on GSA see their website HERE.

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15. Where can I find information about housing in Syracuse?
Answer: Housing is available both on and off-campus for graduate students. Please contact the Office of Housing, Meal Plan and I.D. Services at Syracuse University at (315) 443-2721 or (315) 443-2723 or email at housing@suadmin.syr.edu for more information about on-campus graduate student housing. For off-campus housing, see the forum on the GSA website for graduate students seeking roommates. Additionally, local housing websites like Orange Housing are good resources for off-campus housing.

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16. Is health insurance included as part of the research and teaching assistantships?
Answer: Yes, and it is excellent! A summary is available HERE. More detailed information can be found by digging HERE.

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17. What are the requirements for MS and PhD students in chemistry?
Answer: MS and PhD students must specialize in one of four areas:

MS students are required to take at least 18 credits of coursework and non-thesis research, and write a M.S. thesis.  The M.S. thesis is typically equivalent to at least one first-author publication. PhD students are required to take at least 30 credits of coursework and non-thesis research, and write a PhD thesis.  The PhD thesis is typically equivalent to at least two first-author publications. More complete explanations about requirements for both the MS and PhD degrees may be found HERE in the information for current graduate students.

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18. What are the requirements for MPS students in chemistry?
Answer: MPS students take 33 credits, of which 24-30 credits are for coursework and 3-9 credits are for research, internship, or independent study. At least 3 of these credits must be for an integrative experience (internship or independent study). More complete explanations may be found HERE in the information for current graduate students.


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