Veteran Services


Yellow Ribbon Program logoMilitary Friendly School logoWelcome to the Paul Smith’s College community. Thank you for your valor and commitment to serving our country. We’re pleased to know that you have chosen Paul Smith’s College for your educational goals. Here at Paul Smith’s you will find that we are dedicated to your education and success as a student and to your future as an individual.

Paul Smith’s College is renowned for our close-knit community, hands-on experiential learning and exceptional support systems. We have earned the Military Friendly School designation from Victory Media for the seventh year in a row, and we are a proud member of the Yellow Ribbon Program, which covers tuition and fees for those eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

As a member of our community, you will find encouragement and support both academically and individually. Our programs are diverse, and we believe learning is doing. We are located in an environment that encourages discovery, discipline and creativity. You will be inspired to challenge yourself and to explore opportunities. By doing so, we believe you are investing in your future and in yourself, and we will support you the entire way. Experience shapes you – let Paul Smith’s be a part of that.

Upcoming Information Session

On-site Veteran Service Counseling through the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs:

The 2nd Wednesday of each month, Tracie Reece, New York State Veteran Counselor, is on site in the Administration building, room number 009A. Appointments are suggested, but not required. For more information, please call 327-6214.

About Us

Paul Smith's vets in truck bedFor over 60 years, Paul Smith’s College has been helping students discover their passions and achieve their goals through experiential learning. Whether it’s forestry or the culinary arts, hospitality or biology, natural resources or business, we are firm believers in the principle that “doing” is critical to learning and launching a rewarding career.

Our 15-to-1 student-faculty ratio means personal attention from dedicated teachers who excel at bringing out your best. And our approach works – more than 90 percent of Paul Smith’s alumni land jobs in their chosen fields or go to graduate school within six months of graduation.


It’s part of our eduStudent veterans in 1954cation; whether serving guests or the community through our environmental programs, our programs are infused with that notion.

We have a proud tradition of service with our armed forces as well. While Paul Smith’s College was being built during World War II, for example, campus was used as a U.S. Army Signal Corps training center. Our first classes, in fact, were made up mostly of veterans taking advantage of the first GI Bill.

Paul Smith's vetsWe appreciate your service as well. And, as a small token of that, we are waiving our standard application fee for veterans.



Veteran Resource Center

Paul Smith’s Veteran Resource Center is dedicated solely to our vets for both work and play. It features an area for gaming, lounging and watching TV, as well as computers and work areas where you can concentrate.




The Marine Corps Leadership Scholar Program was formed with the express purpose of providing assistance in accelerating theStudents studying admission of qualified Marines to four year, not-for-profit, colleges and universities across the nation, in an effort to offer the most expeditious route for attainment of their respective educational goals as they transition from active duty to the private sector. For more information, visit the website.




Vets Club logoThis club provides support to the Veteran’s at Paul Smith’s College. They also do many community service projects for the local community as well as for our military oversees. Check them out on Facebook.




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Office of Veteran Services

Amy Tuthill
Director of Veteran and Enrollment Services

(800) 421-2605
(518) 327-6862

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Chef Christopher Griffin

Sgt. Christopher Griffin, U.S. Marine Corps, infantry/instructor, 2001-2009, Chef/instructor at Paul Smith’s College, Culinary Arts and Service Management, Class of 2014

“I never considered myself to be college material, but I graduated with honors from Paul Smith’s College because the environment was perfect for me. Military skills are recognized campuswide. I learned a broad range of skills that helped me in a variety of career settings, from culinary educator to private chef and caterer, and the network of professors and alumni are plugged in to job opportunities all over the world.”

David Lattuca ’10

Specialist David Lattuca, U.S. Army, Invasive Species Manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Natural Resource Management and Policy major at Paul Smith’s College, Class of 2010

“My experience as a veteran at Paul Smith’s College was transformative. The close-knit community and support systems helped me successfully transition from the military to civilian life. I worked for the Paul Smith’s College Watershed Institute as a watershed steward and aquatic plant manager, which helped me gain experience in the field of invasive species management.”

Owen Hardy ’15

Cpl. Owen Hardy, U.S. Marine Corps, Arabic Linguist, Biological Technician for the National Park Service, Environmental Science major at Paul Smith’s College, Class of 2015

“My experience as a veteran at Paul Smith’s College was fantastic. The director of Veteran Services greatly simplified dealing with financial aid and GI Bill benefits, and the veterans club offered numerous opportunities to participate in charitable and social events. The education I received at Paul Smith’s eventually helped me land a job working with bison in Yellowstone National Park as a biological technician for the National Park Service.”


Nothing can compare to a personal visit to Paul Smith’s College. In fact, 75% of students who visit the campus end up enrolling. Come see for yourself, because seeing is believing!


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Paul Smith’s College is a proud member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) and a member of the Concurrent Admissions Program (ConAP) for Army enlistees.

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Veteran Admissions


Paul Smith’s College offers 18 bachelors and 6 associates degrees for adventurous, enterprising learners. Learn more by exploring the following pages:

Our Learning Community

Academic Programs

All Majors & Minors


When you are a student at Paul Smith’s College, you’re part of a community that always has your back. It’s a lot like family. We offer several academic resources that veterans might find especially useful:

Academic Success Center

Center for Accommodative Services