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.

Why Paul Smith’s? It’s about the experience
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 24 Bachelor’s and 6 Associate’s degree programs and 2 Graduate programs.

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


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


  • MS Natural Resource Conservation
  • MPS Sustainable Tourism


850 Undergraduate Enrollment
35 Graduate Enrollment
15 International Student Enrollment
60% Male
40% Female
15:1 Faculty-Student Ratio
6 Countries Represented
Top 5 Canada, Australia, Honduras, Indonesia, Czech Republic

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:
Casey Gerrish, international admissions coordinator,   (315) 244-2684

Click here to learn more.

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: Casey Gerrish, International Admissions Coordinator,   (315) 244-2684

First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students

Click here for admissions information.

Financial Aid

Contact information?

Casey Gerrish, International Admissions Coordinator,   (315) 244-2684

Merit Scholarships up to $20,000 per year, awarded at time of admissions

Need based financial aid up to $5,000 per year

1 full tuition international scholarship per year

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 – click here to learn more.
Athletics – click here to learn more.
Arts and Culture – click here to learn more.
Paul Smith’s VIC Nature Center: Visitor Interpretation Center, trails, mountains, and programming – click here to learn more.
Osgood Farm Semester – click here to learn more.


The Adirondacks

Paul Smith’s College


Casey Gerrish
International Admissions Coordinator

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 & Financial Assistance

Tuition: $32,012 per year
Fees:  $13,822
Housing and Meal Plan: $12,620 per year
Health Insurance: $2,500 per year

Major Areas of Study

Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Communication and Journalism
Hospitality, Culinary Arts, and Hotel Management
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies
Natural Resources and Conservation
Parks, Recreation, and Fitness
Science, Math, and Technology
Social Sciences


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