Why Paul Smith's?

It’s noon, the lunch rush is in full swing at the St. Regis Café, and you’re in the kitchen prepping roasted eggplant and goat cheese crostini for the day’s salad course. But this isn’t an off-campus job: You’re earning credit while working at a restaurant run by Paul Smith’s culinary arts students.

This is the Paul Smith’s experience. 

You’ve got a handheld GPS unit, you’re surrounded by 1,400 acres of privately owned forest, and you’re plotting waypoints to build a map. But this isn’t a summer internship: Your ecological forest management class has been hired by the landowner to develop a 10-year sustainable forestry plan. This is “homework.” 

This is the Paul Smith’s experience. 

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.

Small, Smart & Sustainable

With just over 1,000 students — nearly all living on campus — Paul Smith’s is a tight-knit, supportive, and proudly “green” college community. We offer 18 bachelor’s degree programs and seven associate degree programs across two schools:

  • School of Natural Resources Management (NRME) – Majors in environmental science, biology, forestry, fisheries and wildlife sciences, natural resources management, and more.
  • School of Commercial, Applied and Liberal Arts (CALA) – Majors in culinary arts, hotel and tourism, and more.

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 Woodsmen Team and a championship snowshoeing team. 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 Lake Placid’s Whiteface Mountain only 30 minutes up the road.

From Campus to Career

Nine out of ten Smitties — that’s what we call Paul Smith’s alumni — land a job within six months of graduation. Our graduates include environmental policymakers, food truck entrepreneurs, park rangers, resort managers, and even a few Fortune 500 CEOs.

What Can the Paul Smith’s Experience Do for You?

Come see for yourself. Schedule a campus visit or talk to an admissions officer by calling (800) 421-2605 or emailing us at admissions@paulsmiths.edu.


Paul Smith's College
7833 New York 30
Paul Smiths, NY 12970

(518) 327-6227
(800) 421-2605



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