Paul Smith's College of Arts and Sciences

Campus Description

Paul Smith’s College is a private, four-year, co-ed college which offers Bachelor's and Associate degrees. The college is located on the shores of Lower St. Regis Lake, in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains of Northern New York State. There are two schools including the School of Natural Resource Management and Ecology and the School of Commercial, Applied and Liberal Arts. Degree programs include: School of Natural Resource Management and Ecology: general biology (BS); ecological restoration (BS); environmental sciences (BS); forestry with the following concentrations: biology (BS), ecological forest management (BS), and forest operations (BS); fisheries and wildlife sciences with concentrations (BS) in fisheries or wildlife; natural resources conservation & management (BS); park and conservation management (BS); sustainable communities & working landscapes (BS); arboriculture and landscape management (AAS); forest technology (AAS); surveying technology (AAS). School of Commercial, Applied and Liberal Arts: baking arts and service management (BPS); communication (BS); culinary arts and service management (BPS); entrepreneurial business studies (BS); environmental studies (BA); food service management (BPS); hotel resort and tourism management (BS); integrative studies (BA, BS, AA, AS); recreation, adventure education and leisure management (BS); baking and pastry arts (AAS); culinary arts (AAS); hotel restaurant management (AAS). Active, hands-on learning is the central component of every program offered at Paul Smith’s College. Students use state-of-the-art culinary, baking and science labs; train in on-campus restaurants, and connect with several restaurants, hotels and resorts for externships, make maple syrup at the Sugar Bush; help run the campus sawmill; learn surveying with the latest GIS equipment; conduct real world practicums, and utilize the six-million-acre Adirondack Park and hundreds of connections world-wide for meaningful internships.

Extension sites at SUNY Finger Lakes Community College, Adirondack Community College and Onondaga Community College

P.O. Box 265, Paul Smiths, NY 12970-0265

Toll-free 800.421.2605 or 518.327.6227

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Degrees Offered

Associate (AAS, AS, AA), Bachelor's (BPS, BS, BA)


Varsity Sports: USCAA: Women's: basketball, cross country, soccer, volleyball. Men's: basketball, cross country, soccer.

Intercollegiate Lumberjack Sports: men's and women's woodsmen's teams. AS Collegiate: men's rugby.

Non-Conference Sports: Women's: canoe racing, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, soccer, volleyball. Men's: canoe racing, flag football, nordic skiing (men, women), snowshoeing, soccer, softball, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, woodsmen's team (men, women).

Club Sports: Men's: rugby. Coed: biking, forestry, fly-fishing, canoe, rock-climbing, rugby, striders, woodsmen, ski and snowboard, white water kayaking.

Clubs and Activities

ADK Mycology Club, Anime and Gaming Club, Art Club, Baking and Pastry Club, BGLAD, Birding Club, Culinary Club, Draft Horse Club, Fish & Game Club, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Forestry Club, HSMAI, IVCF, Medical Emergency Response Team, PSC Outing Club, PSC Society of Ecological Restoration, Rugby, Society of American Foresters, Students for Environmental Action Club, Ski & Snowboard, Surveying and Mapping, The Wildlife Society, Veteran's Club

Featured Programs

Two schools: School of Natural Resource Management and Ecology and the School of Commercial, Applied and Liberal Arts, located on a 14,000 acre campus in New York's Adirondack mountains. Unique educational facilities include: Joan Weill Adirondack Library with 24-hour internet/study center, state-of-the-art Student Center, college-owned sugarbush, saw mill, training restaurants, state-of-the-art sports complex with a pool, fitness center, dance studio, gymnasium, rock climbing wall, and athletes lounge. Variety of student housing includes newly constructed apartment style suites and updated traditional residential housing. Integrated student support system including participating faculty and staff for proactive/holistic student success.

Enrollment for Fall 2015

Undergraduate (Matriculated): 885 (Full-time: 555 men, 324 women; Part-time: 4 men, 2 women)
16.6% enrolled in top quarter of high school class
1.6% enrolled in top 10% of high school class
SAT verbal range: 280 – 720
SAT math range: 230 – 730
ACT range: 12 – 31
78.5% have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
20.2% have a high school GPA of 2.0 to less than 3.0

Campus Demographics

 Undergraduate StudentsGraduate Students
% Black / African American1.8%n/a
% Asian0.1%n/a
% Hispanic / Latino3.7%n/a
% White, Non-Hispanic67.3%n/a
% American Indian / Alaskan Native0.3%n/a
% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander0%n/a
% International / Nonresident Alien0.6%n/a
% Two or more races1.6%n/a
% Unknown Race / Ethnicity24.6%n/a

Tuition Information for 2015-2016

Tuition & Fees:
$27,130 per year plus fees that vary by program
Tuition Only:
$23,500 per year, or $790 per credit hour for part-time students
Room & Board:

Admission/Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines (Same for Freshmen and Transfers): fall- rolling; spring- rolling

Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial Aid Deadlines (Same for Freshmen and Transfers):
fall- rolling, March 15 priority; spring- rolling, October 15 priority

Application Requirements

Candidates reviewed on the basis of academic aptitude (including objective criteria such as grade point average, class rank, and SAT or ACT test scores), participation in extracurricular activities, leadership skills, related work experience and character; prospective students should display promise in their field of study; admission essay is highly recommended; references encouraged.
Average Financial Aid Package:
Average Non-Need-Based Scholarship or Grant Aid:
Types of Non-Need Aid Awarded:
Merit Scholarships