Paul Smith's College

Introduction

When it comes to cookie-cutter colleges, Paul Smith’s is anything but. In fact, we’re the only 4-year college inside the boundaries of the world-famous “forever wild” Adirondacks.

Students at Paul Smith’s College experience a hands-on education that combines proven career training with a meaningful exploration of self, society and the earth:

  • if you’re a forestry major, you’ll play a role in the sustainable management of the college’s 14,000-acre property
  • if you’re a fisheries and wildlife science major, you will learn to tag and track different species
  • if you’re an entrepreneurial business studies major, you will write a working business plan for a local operation

Living and learning here requires a special kind of student – someone who values the abundance of our natural landscape and embraces our spirit of creative self-reliance. We call ourselves Smitties. Sounds like you? Let’s talk!

Our Mission

Paul Smith’s is unlike any college in America. Our location and historic legacy offer students unparalleled opportunities for hands-on learning in the fields of environmental stewardship, forestry management, hospitality and more. Our unique approach is to combine experiential and traditional learning, using the classroom as a launching point for fieldwork, laboratory research, internships and on-the-job experience.

As a result, Paul Smith’s College graduates leave with the solid academic background, confidence and real-world experience to thrive in their chosen fields.

Mission Statement

Paul Smith’s College actively educates students to become productive citizens by combining experiential and traditional instruction through our commitment to discovery, discipline and creativity. Our Paul Smith’s College community, residing within the Adirondack Park, promotes economic, social and environmental sustainability.

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.

With approximately 900 students Paul Smith’s is a tight-knit, supportive, and conscientiously “green” college community. We offer 17 Bachelor’s and seven Associate degree programs.

From Campus to Career

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

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 Whiteface Mountain only 30 minutes up the road.

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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

View BScs » View Bachelors »

Programs

This school also offers:

Bachelor

Bachelor in Culinary Arts & Service Management

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Paul Smiths

Bachelor Degree in Culinary Arts & Service Management - Our graduates are multifaceted leaders ready to enter the exhilarating food and beverage industry. Hands-on learning happens in our six commercial-quality food laboratories, two on-campus restaurants and student-run retail bakery outlet. [+]

Bachelor Degree in Culinary Arts & Service Management Our graduates are multifaceted leaders ready to enter the exhilarating food and beverage industry. Hands-on learning happens in our six commercial-quality food laboratories, two on-campus restaurants and student-run retail bakery outlet. Coursework is applied in the real world through a semesterlong series of hotel, culinary and food service work experiences. Students develop skills under faculty supervision while working off campus with professionals, providing students with paid employment opportunities that support their career goals. What will you learn? advanced culinary techniques emerging trends in nutrition, sanitation and food service operations aesthetic appreciation for sensory perceptions of flavors, aromas, plate presentations and ambiance marketing, sales and customer service research and development strategic planning and financial management planning and operations leadership Graduates enter the workforce as executive chefs, hotel and resort managers, research and development experts, managers of large-scale food service operations and private chefs. This program also prepares entrepreneurs to operate a full-service restaurant or multilocation food service operation. ACCREDITED BY THE AMERICAN CULINARY FEDERATION Key Facts B.P.S. degree 123 credit hours (minimum) required 31+ credits must be in the liberal arts and sciences 45+ credits must be in 300/400 level courses 800 hours of industry work experience is required 200 hours (minimum) required at each internship site This is not credit-bearing and there is no tuition fee Accredited by the American Culinary Federation Career Options Executive chef Sous chef Pastry chef Corporate chef Catering Dining services Culinary educator Restaurant management Food and beverage... [-]

Bachelor in Recreation, Adventure Education & Leisure Management

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Paul Smiths

Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation, Adventure Education & Leisure Management - Learn to work with diverse groups to design and deliver high-quality recreation experiences that are ecologically and economically sound. Experiential education, leadership, management skills and adventure opportunities are the emphasis of this bachelor’s-degree program. [+]

Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation, Adventure Education & Leisure Management Learn to work with diverse groups to design and deliver high-quality recreation experiences that are ecologically and economically sound. Experiential education, leadership, management skills and adventure opportunities are the emphasis of this bachelor’s-degree program. Students choose from several minors, including outdoor leadership, environmental communication and environmental studies. No matter which area of focus you select, you’ll graduate with a highly marketable and capable set of skills: “Leave No Trace” wilderness travel and camping Best practices in recreational program design and delivery Effective management techniques for sustainable nature-based operations Ability to analyze the cultural, historical and environmental impacts of nature-based tourism Communication, leadership and problem-solving Career Options Environmental Educator/Interpreter Nature/Interpretive Center Management Recreation Outfitters Owner/Manager/Guide Health Club or Spa Manager Recreation Program and Operations Supervisor Eco-Tourism Guide/Manager Resort, Cruise Line or College Activities Director Camp Director K-12 Administration* Student Guidance/Counseling* College Student Development/Student Affairs* *Master’s degree and certification required Required Courses Program Requirements English Comp I First Year Seminar Recreation & Leisure in U.S. Adirondack Studies Adventure Education I/II Environmental Education Principles of Management Outdoor Recreation Leadership Outdoor Education Program Design & Planning Sustainable Practices in Entrepreneurship Principles of Marketing Sustainable Nature-Based Tourism Financial Decision Making Risk Management & Liability Experiential Electives Recreation Practicum Outdoor Leadership Practicum Interdisciplinary Field Studies Natural World Electives Biology I Introduction to Environmental Science The Adirondack Environment Geology Natural Habitat Interpretation Dendrology Introduction to Wildlife Management Natural History of North American Vertebrates Ecological Foundations of Sustainability Diversity... [-]

BSc

Bachelor in Environmental Science

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Paul Smiths

Bachelor Degree in Environmental Science - Students in our Environmental Science program have a rare opportunity to gain direct experience in field studies within the 6-million acre Adirondack Park. [+]

Bachelor Degree in Environmental Science Students in our Environmental Science program have a rare opportunity to gain direct experience in field studies within the 6-million acre Adirondack Park. The campus is surrounded by lakes, streams and forests, making it a prime location to learn about ecosystems, environmental issues and the collaboration among people who work together to make a better environment. In your first days on campus, you begin your journey by working in the field, immediately learning about field techniques through active participation. You’ll continue with field studies in your upper division courses. The program allows students to tailor their coursework to their interests within this broad field of science. You’ll have the following opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills you need to enter the growing field of environmental science: Participate in biological and habitat surveys of forests, lakes, wetlands and streams. Study environmental issues related to soil and water conservation, land uses and water quality. Analyze data and present the findings through written or verbal communications. Work closely with faculty on senior capstone research projects. Participate in long-term ecological studies at our Smitty Creek Watershed project. Work with the Adirondack Watershed Institute on research, citizen outreach and hands-on stewardship to preserve water quality and manage invasive species. Our faculty are dedicated to helping our students engage in a breadth of activities that will make them ready for employment. Our standard eight-semester sequence provides opportunities for summer employment, internships and study abroad. Environmental Science requires proficiency in science... [-]

Bachelor in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Paul Smiths

Bachelors Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences - Our 14,000-acre lakeside campus and devoted faculty provide unique, hands-on opportunities to survey fish and wildlife populations. [+]

Bachelors Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Our 14,000-acre lakeside campus and devoted faculty provide unique, hands-on opportunities to survey fish and wildlife populations. From their first semester, our students engage in activities such as small mammal trapping, fish sampling and identification, bird capture and banding, wildlife habitat assessments and amphibian ecology studies. Students will develop their ecological acumen as well as cognitive, social and scientific skills to identify, objectively analyze and problem solve management issues in the wildlife and fisheries disciplines. Coursework is designed to meet the biologist certification requirements of the American Fisheries Society or The Wildlife Society. Additional skills and opportunities include: Developing technical knowledge and skills such as species identification, calculating population size, live trapping and tagging. Focusing on longstanding and emerging issues such as invasive species, habitat fragmentation and degradation, climate change and more. Working directly with faculty on professionally relevant fisheries and wildlife research. Minoring in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Collaborating with the Adirondack Watershed Institute on research, citizen outreach and hands-on stewardship to preserve water quality and combat invasive species. Participating in the Smitty Creek Watershed long-term monitoring and research project. Graduating ready to operate within real-world conditions. With their friendly demeanor, diverse backgrounds and desire for student success, our faculty understand that this degree is a stepping stone to your career. As such, they are diligent in assisting students to receive an extracurricular education through summer field experiences and in-semester experiences, often through the student chapters of The American Fisheries Society and... [-]

Bachelor in Forestry

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Paul Smiths

Bachelors Degree in Forestry - Built on a longstanding Adirondack tradition, forestry education at Paul Smith’s College equips students with a foundation of technical, field-based and applied education that combines theory and practice. [+]

Bachelors Degree in Forestry Built on a longstanding Adirondack tradition, forestry education at Paul Smith’s College equips students with a foundation of technical, field-based and applied education that combines theory and practice. Bachelor’s degrees are offered in three concentrations: Ecological Forest Management prepares students for positions with government forestry agencies, forestry consulting firms and non-governmental organizations. Forestry Operations is a fit for students interested in working for forest-products companies or running their own forest-products firm. Forest Biology is ideal for students who plans to continue to graduate school and specialize in a field such as forest ecology or forest entomology. All forestry graduates complete a rigorous curriculum that also includes coursework in communications, liberal arts and sciences to develop an ethic of citizenship and a current mix of marketable professional skills. It’s easy to switch between concentrations during the first year. ACCREDITED BY THE SOCIETY OF AMERICAN FORESTERS Paul Smith’s Colleges A.A.S. in Forest Technology and B.S. in Forestry degree programs are both accredited by the Society of American Foresters. Key Facts A.A.S. degree B.S. degree 121 credit hours (minimum) required 40+ credits must be in 300/400 level courses 60+ credits must be in the liberal arts and sciences Paul Smith’s Colleges A.A.S. in Forest Technology and B.S. in Forestry degree programs are both accredited by the Society of American Foresters Career Options Forestry Technician Procurement Forester Log Buyer Wildland Firefighter Logger Forest Products Industry Required Courses Core Forestry Required Courses: Intro to Forestry; Dendrology; Forest Production Processes; Forest Health;... [-]

Bachelor in Tourism

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Paul Smiths

Bachelor in Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management - This program is for students who aspire to become industry leaders or entrepreneurs. You may be the general manager of a hotel, resort, casino or club; the director of marketing for a hospitality organization; a real estate developer; or property owner. [+]

Bachelor Tourism (Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management) This program is for students who aspire to become industry leaders or entrepreneurs. You may be the general manager of a hotel, resort, casino or club; the director of marketing for a hospitality organization; a real estate developer; or property owner. Whether you find yourself working in a small, privately owned business or a global multiunit corporation, you’ll be prepared to quickly advance into a management role. Graduates finish with more than a diploma – our real-world experiences and expert faculty enable you to build a strong resume and a solid set of industry contacts to help further your career. Gain hands-on experience working in one of two on-campus restaurants or at nearby Lake Placid, a world-class resort destination Develop a broad skill set for managing hotels, resort properties and other hospitality venues Study advanced topics in marketing, human resource management, finance and accounting Work directly with faculty and industry professionals on management-level projects Develop a competitive edge through semester long study abroad opportunities in places such as Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Costa Rica and Ecuador Join an academic tradition that’s respected worldwide. Our graduates are sought by prestigious properties around the globe because of the hands-on education and training they receive. This tradition is even older than the college itself – hospitality has been a hallmark of Paul Smith’s since the property’s original operation as a top-quality resort hotel. Key Facts B.S. Degree 122 credit hours (minimum) required 61 credits must be in... [-]

Contact

Phone