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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.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Campus Links

Campus Homepage

Fast Facts

Location | Paul Smiths
Population | 1,000
Enrollment | 745
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home (B)
Term Dates
Fall | 09/01-12/18
Spring | 01/13-05/07

Campus Diversity

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


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
Notable Academic Programs
  • Forestry
  • Hotel/Restaurant Management
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Fisheries Science
  • Environmental Health

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Athletics: Sports Management/Administration

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Botany/Plant Sciences

Business: Business, Entrepreneurship, Management

Communications: Communication

Earth Sciences: Earth Science, Physical Sciences, Science

Environmental Studies: Conservation, Conservation Biology, Ecology, Environmental Biology, Environmental Health Sciences, Environmental Management, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Fire Science, Fish and Game Management, Fisheries Science, Natural Resources, Natural Resources/Science/Management, Resource Recreation Management, Sustainability Studies, Wetlands Management, Wildlife Biology/Science, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Ecology, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Recreation Management, Wildlife Resources

Food Science: Culinary Arts, Food Services Management

Forestry: Forest Engineering, Forest Management, Forest Products, Forest Technology, Forestry

General Studies: Individualized Degree Program, Individualized Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Natural Sciences

Geography and Urban Studies: Geographic Information Sciences & Emergency Management, Rural Community Development

Health and Safety Sciences: Disaster Studies, Emergency Administration and Planning, Environmental Health, Health Science

Hospitality and Tourism: Hospitality Management, Hotel/Restaurant Management, Tourism Management

Interdisciplinary Studies: Interdisciplinary Studies

Political Science: Public Administration/Affairs, Public Policy Studies

Psychology: Psychology

Recreation: Adventure Education, Commercial Recreation Management, CommunityRecreation Management, Leisure Studies, Outdoor Recreation Management, Parks Administration and Management, Recreation, Recreation Leadership, Sports Management

Technology: Forest Technology


Quick Links 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 6.50
Summer Exchange
  • Plan B
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan B

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) 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 (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 18 ($600 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 12/23/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Sustainability Fee $35 Year Plan B Mandatory

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $945 per semester.

Financial Aid

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

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

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 12/23/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 80% living on campus
  • Double: $3530
  • 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
  • Approximate monthly cost: $
  • Proximity to campus:
Meal Plans Per Semester
  • Meal purchase is not required for on campus living.
  • $2700 per semester for 20 meals per week.

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