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Paul Smith's College

Paul Smiths, NY

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About This Campus

Paul Smith's College is a 14,000 acre private institution founded in 1946. Prior to being a college the PSC grounds operated as Paul Smith’s Hotel, the original Adirondack wilderness resort. Guests from around the globe including world leaders, prominent businessmen, and popular celebrities would come to enjoy the natural beauty of the area and the famous hospitality and guide services offered. In line with the tradition of the hotel, PSC’s initial curriculum focused on Outdoor Recreation, Hospitality, and Forestry. Today these legacy programs are complemented by more than 20 academic majors such as Environmental Sciences, Business, Psychology, Sustainable Communities, Ecological Restoration, and Human Health and the Environment. The Paul Smith’s campus is on the shores of Lower Saint Regis lake, in close proximity to Lake Placid and the Adirondack High Peaks, making it a perfect place to study. At PSC our slogan "It’s all about the experience".

Location Information

PSC is located in the heart of the Adirondack Park, a 6-million-acre wilderness preserve in upstate New York. This location is key to both the history and the current identity of the campus. PSC is the only 4-year college inside the park boundaries and is close to many of the highlights of the park, including the High Peaks region which has some of the best hiking and rock climbing in the northeast. PSC is just 30 minutes from Lake Placid, NY, the two-time Winter Olympics host village.

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Fast Facts

Location | Paul Smiths
Population | 1,000
Enrollment | 662
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment
Term Dates
Fall | 08/18-11/30
Spring | 01/19-05/07

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 1%
Asian | 1%
Black | 3%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Hispanic/Latino | 4%
Two or more | 0%
White | 86%
Other | 4%
International | 0%


  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: According to class standing
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Notable Academic Programs
  • Disaster Management & Response & Natural Resources - Natural Resources Conservation is PSC first Master's Degree program, while Disaster Management & Response offers a broad scope of professional opportunities for graduates, including resource management, economic and social impact assessment, policymaking, and community development.
  • Business & Hospitality Management - Hotel, Resort & Tourism Management, Sports & Event Management, Entrepreneurship & Communication
  • Forestry & Environmental Sciences - Built on a longstanding Adirondack tradition, forestry education at Paul Smith’s College equips students with a foundation of technical, field-based and applied education that combines theory and practice. Students in our Environmental Sciences program at Paul Smith’s College have a rare opportunity to directly study ecosystems and environmental issues within the Adirondacks.
  • Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences - From their first semester, our students engage in activities such as small mammal trapping, fish sampling and identification, bird capture and banding, wildlife habitat assessments and amphibian ecology studies.
  • Human Health & The Environment - The Human Health and the Environment Program focuses on training students in the science of human biology as it relates to environmental impacts on human health and offers an integrated approach to help humans thrive on this rapidly changing planet.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Biology/Life Science
  • Botany/Plant Sciences
  • Business Management
  • Communication
  • Culinary Arts
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Forestry
  • Hospitality Management
  • Natural Resources Conservation
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy Studies
  • Recreation Management
  • Sports Management/Administration
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Tourism Management
  • Wildlife Management


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550.00 paper, N/A computer or 79.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 213.00
Summer Exchange
  • Plan B
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan B

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 08/21/20

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment: 18 ($600 per additional hour)

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Financial Aid - Canada
Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Sustainability Fee $34 Year Plan B Mandatory

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 08/21/20

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 95% living on campus
  • Double: $4380
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • Students must live on campus
  • Maximum housing reserved for women: 5
  • Maximum housing reserved for men: 5
Off-Campus Housing Meal Plans


Campus Links


Figures per Semester are current as of 08/21/20

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1,014 per semester.


  • Health records due by: August 1
  • Home campus copy acceptable
  • Physical
  • Immunization before registering
  • Immunization before residence hall move in
  • Health / accident insurance
  • Immunization: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Immunization: Meningococcal
  • Immunization: Tuberculosis

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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