Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science

Overview

At a Glance

School type

Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above

Faculty

57 Faculty Members | 13:1 student faculty ratio

Religious affliation

Not applicable

Mission Statement

Paul Smith's College actively educates students to become productive citizens by combining experiential and traditional instruction through our commitment to discovery, discipline, and creativity. Our Paul Smith's College community, residing within the Adirondack Park, promotes economic, social and environmental sustainability.

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cost & financial aid

Annual tuition & fees

Undergraduate

In state

$30,194

Out of state

$30,194
Graduate

In state

$25,040

Out of state

$25,040

Financial Aid: Undergraduates

Received financial aid
99%
Did not receive aid
1%
Type of aid % of students recieving aid Average amount
Federal grants 62.0% $4,449
State/local grants 55.0% $3,917
Institutional grants 98.0% $18,523
Loans 78.0% $7,308

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Academics

Most Popular Undergraduate majors

  • Environmental/Natural Resources Management and Policy, General
  • Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Environmental Science
  • Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef
Full List of Majors

Undergraduate Majors X

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
    • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
      • A general program of biology at the introductory, basic level or a program in biology or the biological sciences that is undifferentiated as to title or content. Includes instruction in general biology and programs covering a variety of biological specializations. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Environmental Biology
      • A program that focuses on the scientific study of the origins, functions, relationships, interactions, and natural history of living populations, communities, species, and ecosystems in relation to dynamic environmental processes. Includes instruction in biodiversity, molecular genetic and genomic evolution, mesoscale ecology, computational biology and modeling, conservation biology, local and global environmental change, and restoration ecology. Examples: [Environmental Microbiology] See other colleges that offer this major
  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES
    • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
    • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
      • A program that prepares individuals to serve as general managers and directors of hospitality operations on a system-wide basis, including both travel arrangements and promotion and the provision of traveler facilities. Includes instruction in principles of operations in the travel and tourism, hotel and lodging facilities, food services, and recreation facilities industries; hospitality marketing strategies; hospitality planning; management and coordination of franchise and unit operations; business management; accounting and financial management; hospitality transportation and logistics; and hospitality industry policies and regulations. See other colleges that offer this major
  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS
    • Communication, General
      • A program that focuses on the comprehensive study of communication, and that spans the study of mass communication/media studies, old and new media technologies, social and political applications, and speech communication and rhetoric. Includes instruction in interpersonal, group, organizational, and intercultural communication; theories of communication; critical thinking, argumentation, and persuasion; written communication; printed, electronic, and digital media; rhetorical tradition and criticism; media, society, and culture; consequences and effects of mass media; media social science and criticism; and quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry. Examples: [Communication Sciences], [Communication] See other colleges that offer this major
  • CULINARY, ENTERTAINMENT, AND PERSONAL SERVICES
    • Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General
      • A program that focuses on the general study of the cooking and related culinary arts, and that may prepare individuals for a variety of jobs within the food service industry. Includes instruction in food preparation, cooking techniques, equipment operation and maintenance, sanitation and safety, communication skills, applicable regulations, and principles of food service management. Examples: [Cook] See other colleges that offer this major
    • Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef
      • A program that prepares individuals to serve as professional bakers and pastry specialists in restaurants or other commercial baking establishments. Includes instruction in bread and pastry making, bread and pastry handling and storage, cake and pastry decorating, baking industry operations, product packaging and marketing operations, and counter display and service. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Culinary Arts/Chef Training
      • A program that prepares individuals to provide professional chef and related cooking services in restaurants and other commercial food establishments. Includes instruction in recipe and menu planning, preparing and cooking of foods, supervising and training kitchen assistants, the management of food supplies and kitchen resources, aesthetics of food presentation, and familiarity or mastery of a wide variety of cuisines and culinary techniques. See other colleges that offer this major
  • ENGINEERING/ENGINEERING-RELATED TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS
    • Surveying Technology/Surveying
      • A program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the delineation, determination, planning and positioning of land tracts, land and water boundaries, land contours and features; and the preparation of related maps, charts and reports. Includes instruction in applied geodesy, computer graphics, photointerpretation, plane and geodetic surveying, mensuration, traversing, survey equipment operation and maintenance, instrument calibration, and basic cartography. See other colleges that offer this major
  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES
    • Foodservice Systems Administration/Management
      • A program that focuses on the principles and practices relating to the administration of food service systems in institutional settings, and that prepares individuals to manage such operations in public and private facilities. Includes instruction in human nutrition, food safety, the design and organization of food service systems, purchasing, personnel management, and related business practices. See other colleges that offer this major
  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
    • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
      • A program that derives from two or more distinct programs and that is integrated around a unifying theme or topic that cannot be subsumed under a single discipline or occupational field. Examples: [Student-Designed Major] See other colleges that offer this major
    • Sustainability Studies
      • A program that focuses on the concept of sustainability from an interdisciplinary perspective. Includes instruction in sustainable development, environmental policies, ethics, ecology, landscape architecture, city and regional planning, economics, natural resources, sociology, and anthropology. Examples: [Sustainability], [Sustainable Living], [Organizational and Environmental Sustainability], [Sustainability Studies] See other colleges that offer this major
  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION
    • Environmental Studies
      • A program that focuses on environment-related issues using scientific, social scientific, or humanistic approaches or a combination. Includes instruction in the basic principles of ecology and environmental science and related subjects such as policy, politics, law, economics, social aspects, planning, pollution control, natural resources, and the interactions of human beings and nature. Examples: [Ecosystem Studies] See other colleges that offer this major
    • Environmental Science
      • A program that focuses on the application of biological, chemical, and physical principles to the study of the physical environment and the solution of environmental problems, including subjects such as abating or controlling environmental pollution and degradation; the interaction between human society and the natural environment; and natural resources management. Includes instruction in biology, chemistry, physics, geosciences, climatology, statistics, and mathematical modeling. Examples: [Bioenvironmental Sciences] See other colleges that offer this major
    • Environmental/Natural Resources Management and Policy, General
      • A program that prepares individuals to plan, develop, manage, and evaluate programs to protect and regulate natural habitats and renewable natural resources. Includes instruction in the principles of wildlife and conservation biology, environmental science, animal population surveying, natural resource economics, management techniques for various habitats, applicable law and policy, administrative and communications skills, and public relations. Examples: [Ecosystem Management], [Environmental Policy and Decision Making] See other colleges that offer this major
    • Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
      • A program that focuses on the scientific study of the husbandry and production of non-domesticated fish and shellfish populations for recreational and commercial purposes and the management of fishing and marine/aquatic product processing to ensure adequate conservation and efficient utilization. Includes instruction in the principles of marine/aquatic biology, freshwater and saltwater ecosystems, water resources, fishing production operations and management, fishing policy and regulation, and the management of recreational and commercial fishing activities. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Forest Sciences and Biology
      • A program that focuses on the application of one or more forest-related sciences to the study of environmental factors affecting forests and the growth and management of forest resources. Includes instruction in forest biology, forest hydrology, forest mensuration, silviculture, forest soils, water resources, environmental science, forest resources management, and wood science. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Forest Management/Forest Resources Management
      • A program that prepares individuals to apply principles of forestry and natural resources management to the administration of forest lands and related resources. Includes instruction in silviculture, forest mensuration, forest protection, inventorying, biometrics, geographic information systems, remote sensing, photogrammetry, forest policy and economics, forest land use planning, fire protection and management, and related administrative skills. Examples: [Silviculture], [Sylviculture] See other colleges that offer this major
    • Urban Forestry
      • A program that prepares individuals to apply the principles of forestry and related sciences to the development, care, and maintenance of individual trees and forested areas within or close to areas of dense human habitation. Includes instruction in urban environments; effects of pollution on tree species; environmental design and landscaping; urban pest infestation; urban forest management; and applicable policies and regulations. Examples: [Arboriculture] See other colleges that offer this major
    • Forest Resources Production and Management
      • A program that focuses on the application of forestry principles to the production, harvesting, and processing of forest resources and that prepares individuals to perform associated technical and managerial functions. Includes instruction in forest production and utilization, industrial forestry, agroforestry, transplantation, timber harvesting, selection and identification of trees, processing technologies and systems, equipment operations and maintenance, and related management skills. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Forest Technology/Technician
      • A program that prepares individuals to assist foresters in the management and production of forest resources. Includes instruction in woods and field skills, tree identification, timber measurement, logging and timber harvesting, forest propagation and regeneration, forest fire-fighting, resource management, equipment operation and maintenance, record-keeping, sales and purchasing operations, and personnel supervision. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management
      • A program that prepares individuals to conserve and manage wilderness areas and the flora, marine and aquatic life therein, and manage wildlife reservations and zoological/aquarium facilities for recreational, commercial, and ecological purposes. Includes instruction in wildlife biology, marine/aquatic biology, environmental science, freshwater and saltwater ecosystems, natural resources management and policy, outdoor recreation and parks management, the design and operation of natural and artificial wildlife habitats, applicable law and regulations, and related administrative and communications skills. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Natural Resources and Conservation, Other
  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, FITNESS, AND KINESIOLOGY
    • Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies
      • A program that focuses on the principles underlying recreational and leisure activities, and the practices involved in providing indoor and outdoor recreational facilities and services for the general public. See other colleges that offer this major
  • PSYCHOLOGY
    • Psychology, General
      • A general program that focuses on the scientific study of individual and collective behavior, the physical and environmental bases of behavior, and the analysis and treatment of behavior problems and disorders. Includes instruction in the principles of the various subfields of psychology, research methods, and psychological assessment and testing methods. See other colleges that offer this major

Types of Degrees Offered

  • Certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Doctoral degree
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Admissions

Undergraduate acceptance rate

Acceptance rate
67.42%
  • Apply 1,283
  • Accepted 865
  • Attend 176

Application Fee

Undergraduate
$0
Graduate
$0

Undergraduate application requirements

  • High school transcript

    Required
  • High school GPA

    Required
  • Recommendation letter

    Recommended
  • Admissions test
    (SAT or ACT)

    Recommended
  • TOEFL
    (international students)

    Required
  • Completion of college
    prep program

    Recommended
  • Demonstration of
    competencies

    Not applicable
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Student Life

Student Demographics

Female Students
36%
Male Students
64%

Student Ethnicities
  1. Caucasian78.41%
  2. Not Specified9.69%
  3. Black5.73%
  4. Two Or More Ethnicities2.36%
  5. Hispanic/Latino1.76%
  6. American Indian/Alaska Native1.32%
  7. Asian0.44%
  8. Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander0.29%

Student body breakdown

Total students enrolled

744

Undergraduate students

744

Attendance breakdown

Full time
98%
Part time
2%

Student services

  • Meal plan
  • Counseling services
  • Remedial services
  • Work-study
  • Placement services
  • Study abroad
  • Weekend/evening classes
  • On-campus day care for student's children

Top five largest sports teams

Male sports:
  • Other Sports
  • Ice Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
Female sports:
  • Other Sports
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Ice Hockey
Full List of Athletics

Full List of Athletics X

    • Male

    • Other Sports
    • Ice Hockey
    • Soccer
    • Basketball
    • Bowling
    • Golf
    • Track and Field, X-Country
    • Skiing
    • Female

    • Other Sports
    • Soccer
    • Volleyball
    • Basketball
    • Ice Hockey
    • Bowling
    • Skiing
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