Key Facts

Paul Smith’s College is a small private four-year college in the breathtaking Adirondacks of upstate New York. We’re famous for our extraordinary location and our hands-on degree programs such as forestry, culinary arts, fisheries & wildlife science, hospitality, environmental studies and more.

Student-Focused Academics

  • 18 bachelors degree programs
  • 7 associate degree programs
  • Majors in environmental studies, culinary arts, biology, forestry, fish and wildlife sciences, hotel and tourism, natural resources management, and more
  • 50+ professors with expertise ranging from Antarctic field research to running kitchens in four-star resorts

Creative, Entrepreneurial Students

  • 1415 combined average SAT
  • 21 composite average ACT
  • 2.9 average high school GPA (unweighted)
  • 60% men | 40% women
  • just under 900 students
  • 34% out-of-state/international
  • 98% are enrolled full-time
  • 90% are employed or in grad school within 6 months
  • 98% receive scholarships, grants and other financial assistance

One-of-a-Kind Location

  • 14,000 acres in the middle of the Adirondack Park
  • Sustainable residential campus on the shores of Lower St. Regis Lake
  • Convenient to nearby resort towns Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, and an easy drive to Montreal


Rich History

  • Built on the site of the 1859 Paul Smith’s Hotel
    • The first wilderness resort in the Adirondacks
    • Vacation destination for early-20th-century celebrities and world leaders
    • Pioneers of Adirondack culture and cuisine

Proven Quality

  • Paul Smith’s College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • The BS in Forestry and the AAS in Forest Technology programs are accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF)
  • The Surveying Technology program is accredited by the by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET,
  • Additionally, the College-owned forest is certified by the SmartWood Program, a certification organization accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council