About Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science

Founded in 1946, Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science. is a Private college. Located in New York, which is a city setting in New York, the campus itself is Rural. The campus is home to 851 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.

The Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 15:1. There are 45 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate82%
Application Deadline
Application Fee30
SAT Range
ACT Range

Admissions at PSC are considered Less Selective, with ,11% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 25 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science.

0%
“We”re apathetic”
22%
“We know about current events and vote”
67%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
11%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
0%
“Sometimes, but not often”
67%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
33%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
11%
“I only go out in groups”
33%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
56%
“I feel extremely safe”
22%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
44%
“We bought the gear”
33%
“We live for the big game”
22%
“It”s not really our thing”
22%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
22%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
33%
“We”re a very artistic group”
22%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
44%
“They keep regular office hours”
33%
“They”re always available”
78%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
22%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
0%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
11%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
44%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
11%
“We only party on weekends”
33%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
22%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
44%
“There might be people who do”
22%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
11%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
0%
“We”re apathetic”
22%
“We know about current events and vote”
67%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
11%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
0%
“Sometimes, but not often”
67%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
33%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
11%
“I only go out in groups”
33%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
56%
“I feel extremely safe”
22%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
44%
“We bought the gear”
33%
“We live for the big game”
22%
“It”s not really our thing”
22%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
22%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
33%
“We”re a very artistic group”
22%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
44%
“They keep regular office hours”
33%
“They”re always available”
78%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
22%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
0%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
11%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
44%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
11%
“We only party on weekends”
33%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
22%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
44%
“There might be people who do”
22%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
11%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    29 Students rated on-campus housing 3.9 stars. 24 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    24 Students rated off-campus housing 2.8 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    32 Students rated campus food 2.7 stars. 13 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    32 Students rated campus facilities 4 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    32 Students rated class size 4.7 stars. 72 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    32 Students rated school activities 3.7 stars. 34 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    32 Students rated local services 3 stars. 19 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    32 Students rated academics 3.7 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science?

10 Students rated Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science

Jenna - 06/11/2024

The college is in a gorgeous area of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate NY. There is only one dining hall, so your options are extremely limited unless you plan to drive 25 minutes to town. There are little to no options for off-campus housing, so you must either be a local resident prior to attending or pay at a minimum $12,000 per year for housing and meal plan (which they force you to be on). There are roughly 540 full-time students and that is great for keeping class sizes to around 20. There is so much to do on campus throughout the week and the Student Engagement office pays for a lot of in-town activities so it is free to students. The Career & Academic Success office is awesome at providing resources to those who feel like they need or want tutoring services, again free for students! If you like recreating outdoors and want to further your education, Paul Smith's College might be the right fit for you!

Kody - 06/26/2019

Paul smith's is a beautiful collage with so many things to offer there students. The dorms are very nice and the food there is amazing. I have been on 2 tours of this collage and can not wait to attend in august 2019. The staff was extremely helpful in getting to know the school and helped me find everything i needed. The students that are attending there made me feel like family.

Kaylona - 05/24/2019

Could be better for the amount of money paid to go there. I honestly don’t understand how a school can run the way it does, with people raping and hurting other people, and them turn a blind eye to the situation so they don’t have to deal with it. Disgusts me.

Alexis - 02/10/2019

Great school overall. The professors are friendly and care about their students in and out of class. The classes are small and very interactive, perfect learning environment. Amazing extra curriculars, plenty of teams, clubs, and events. Not great food but not horrible. Gorgeous campus.

Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science is 82%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Going back to senior year there is a lot I would've told myself. To start off, I'd let myself know that I need to appriciate the support of my family, especially having them so close while in high school. In college, 5 hours away from home, your mom and dad can not speed over whenever you need help. When you encounter your first problem at school, that's when you realize that you are officially on your own. Secondly, I would tell myself that when you leave for college you descide who you want to be. It's a fresh start so take complete adventage of it. With that being said, jump in. Do as many clubs and activities you can and try as hard as you can in classes. Joining clubs and being active is so important, you meet many new people and get to try so many new things. Lastly, take advantage of the resources available at school. GO TO THE LIBRARY!! It's a magical place that you can get tons of work done and meet new and helpful people. There any many other resources that can aid you making the college transition easier.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates at this school are awesome! Paul Smiths is so small that everyone is close and everyone knows each other without drama. Classmates are always supportive and ready to help if you need it.

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  4. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Very country/red-neck, very conservite, lots of ford trucks and guns for hunting. The guys can be sexist/racist. The school is in the middle of nowhere! Most teachers go out of their way to help you! girls, you can have just about any guy you want as the ratio is 7:1, guys to girls! Use verizon cell phones... only ones that get reception! If your bringing a car make sure it runs VERY good or you are a pro at fixing it.

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  5. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    There isn't a lot about my school that is terrible. A couple things would have to be the food; Sodexo already has our money for the semester so they don't care about the quality of food they serve us. Also the facilities in the administration building are no help at all. If you go ask for help with financial aid for example they do not help, they tell you you’re on your own.

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  6. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    My school is known for being the only school located in the Adirondack Park in New York. This makes us very special, we are located on a lake and have a gorgeous view of the mountains.

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  7. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Class/labs are taught outside (if in the sciences programs). Beautiful campus.

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  8. What's unique about your campus?

    the proffesuers are awsome. i am on a first name basis with nearly all of them and consider many of them to be my friends

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  9. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Someone that knows how to have a good time and like to recreate in the outdoors

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  10. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Type of person who lieks to be near everything. Also one who is needy for city life and doesnt know how to appreciate nature and its beauty

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  11. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    It gets cold out during the winter. Also its a 15 minute drive to town, but you are alowed a car.

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  12. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    the guy to girl ratio... not enough girls...

    Read all  1 answers
  13. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    That the two largest majors are Culinary Arts and Forestry.

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Student Body

Students

35%

female

65%

male

851

Total Undergrad Enrollment

N/A

Total Grad Students

33%

Out-Of-State

67%

In-State

N/A

International

Organizations

N/A

Student Organizations

N/A

Fraternities

N/A

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

93%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
N/A
% Black or African-American
2%
% Hispanic/Latino
6%
% White or Caucasian
81%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

100% of students attending Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science receive some sort of financial aid. 45% were awarded federal grants. While 84% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$27,103

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,000

Books and Supplies

$12,790

Room and Board

40,893

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$22,012
$30 - $48K
$22,482
$48 - $75K
$27,118
$75 - $110K
$29,524
$110K & UP
$32,374

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