Paul Smith’s College

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College Profile

When it comes to cookie-cutter colleges, Paul Smith’s is anything but. In fact, we’re the only 4-year college inside the boundaries of the world-famous “forever wild” Adirondack Mountain Park.

Students at Paul Smith’s College experience a hands-on education that combines proven career training with a meaningful exploration of self, society and the earth.


Here’s the formula: Our academics + our faculty + our location = a college experience you can’t get anywhere else.

With approximately 900 students Paul Smith’s is a tight-knit, supportive, and conscientiously “green” college community. We offer 19 Bachelor’s and 7 Associate’s degree programs and 13 minors.

From Campus to Career

Nine out of ten Smitties — that’s what we call Paul Smith’s alumni — land a job or go to grad school within six months of graduation. Our graduates include environmental policymakers, food truck entrepreneurs, park rangers, resort managers, Fortune 500 CEOs, and even the VP of Disneyland, California!

Life in the Adirondacks

They don’t call us the College of the Adirondacks for nothing. Our campus is located inside the six-million-acre Adirondack Park – and when you live here, you become an Adirondacker. We have a ski team and a championship snowshoeing team among many other sports. And every February, you’ll gather with thousands of fellow Adirondackers at Saranac Lake to celebrate the East Coast’s longest-running Winter Carnival. In warm weather, borrow one of the college’s canoes, hike miles of trails at your doorstep, or tackle the campus high ropes course. In winter, you can hit the indoor campus climbing wall and the Olympic ski runs at Whiteface Mountain only 30 minutes up the road.

Living and learning here requires a special kind of student – someone who values the abundance of our natural landscape and embraces our spirit of creative self-reliance. We call ourselves Smitties. Sounds like you? Let’s talk!


Programs We Offer  

undergraduate Biology
undergraduate Environmental Science
undergraduate Sports Management
undergraduate Entrepreneurial Management
undergraduate Hotel, Resort, and Tourism Management
undergraduate Psychology
undergraduate Culinary Arts and Service Management
undergraduate Natural Resources Conservation & Management
undergraduate Ecological Restoration
undergraduate Natural Resources Conservation & Management


Institution Demographics

  • Undergraduate enrollment: 850
  • International Student Enrollment: 5
  • Male 60%, Female 40%
  • Faculty-student ratio: 15:1


English as a Second Language Program and Services

Does your institution have an Intensive English Program?

We partner with International Language Institute of Massachusetts for ESL and once students complete the ESL program with ILI they transfer to the Paul Smith’s College campus.

For more information:

Jodi Johnson Rossi, Associate Director of International Admissions


International Student Housing Options


Students have access to all of the housing available on campus. We offer housing in 16 different dorms. All students are required to live on campus all 4 years. We offer housing to international students during breaks and over summer at an additional cost.


Contact: Jodi Johnson Rossi, Associate Director of International Admissions

First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students


Visa Information

Does your institution issue I-20 for F-1 visa status?

I-20 form for F-1 Student visa only

I-20’s and all required visa documents are shipped within 72 hours of receiving the enrollment deposit. Paul Smith’s College pays for the shipping of the I-20

Cost of Attendance and Financial Assistance for International Students


Tuition $29,313 per year

Housing and Meal Plan $12,620 per year

Health Insurance $1,224 per year

Financial Aid

Is financial aid available for international students?

Yes, academic scholarships are available for first time freshmen and transfers. Scholarships are awarded at time of admissions

First-time in college academic scholarships

  • Presidential    3.75-4.0    $14,000
  • Provost           3.5-3.74    $12,000
  • Dean               3.0-3.49    $11,000
  • Faculty           2.5-2.99     $9,000

Transfer academic scholarships

  • Excellence     3.0-4.0   $11,000
  • Achievement  2.5-2.99  $8,000
  • Recognition   2.0-2.49   $6,000

Student Activities and Campus Life

Lower St. Regis Lake with access to free canoes and kayaks.

Indoor rock climbing walls.

Nordic skiing

Clubs and Recreation:


Arts and Culture:
Paul Smith’s VIC Nature Center: Visitor Interpretation Center, trails, mountains, and programming:

Osgood Farm Semester: