Welcome 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 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.
Veterans, Military and Families
Paul Smith’s College has personnel ready to help you understand and utilize the benefits available to you. Whether you are using the Montgomery GI Bill® (Chapter 30), Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31), Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33), or the Montgomery GI Bill®-Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606), our VA Certifying Official will guide you through the process of applying for benefits and is available to assist with any questions you may have.
New York State residents may be eligible for the New York State Veterans Tuition Award. Note: This is considered to be a duplicative benefit if you are also receiving 100% of your benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill®. You may not use both at the same time.
VA Work Study – positions available
This 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.
Veteran’s Club President: Marcus McGivney
For 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.
SERVICE IS PART OF OUR HERITAGE
It’s part of our education; 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®.
We appreciate your service as well. And, as a small token of that, we are waiving our standard application fee for veterans.
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 the 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.
2021 Military Times Rankings
Paul Smith’s College ranks ninth in the 2021 Military Times “Best for Vets” college category.
Yellow Ribbon School
We are a proud participant in the VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program. As such, tuition and fees are completely covered for veterans and their designated transferees who are eligible at the 100% level.
Top-15 Best Colleges for Veterans
Paul Smith’s College ranked in the top-15 in the US News & World Report’s “Best Colleges for Veterans” category, as well as No. 7 for “Best Value Schools” in the north.
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.”
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!
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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Paul Smith’s College offers 20 bachelor and six associate degrees, as well as one master’s, for adventurous, enterprising learners. Learn more by exploring the following pages:
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:
Center for Accommodative Services