Paul Smith’s College International student Admissions  & Application
Paul Smith’s College

Paul Smith’s College

Paul Smith’s College international student admissions & applications
Paul Smith’s College
  • New York  State Education Department
  • Middle  States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
  • Forestry Program: Society of American Forestry (SAF) Accreditation
  • AAS Culinary Program - ACF accredited
  • AAS Surveying - ABET accredited
Paul Smith’s College is a unique American institution located in the northern portion of New York state. The college is 12 miles from Saranac Lake and 25 minutes from Lake Placid, a world-class resort destination that hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. Paul Smith’s has about 900 students and features an environment that is friendly, supportive and caring. Students at Paul Smith’s call themselves Smitties. They study together, work together, compete on sports teams and belong to clubs, all the while enduring bona fide winters with lots of snow and outdoor adventures.

The campus is on the shore of Lower St. Regis Lake, which connects to Spitfire and Upper St. Regis lakes. Students have access to canoes for paddling, and they enjoy many other aspects of the college’s 14,000-acre campus, including hiking, fishing and hunting. Paul Smith’s is located within the Adirondack State Park, a 6-million-acre tract of land that mixes wilderness with private land ownership. For a person who loves the outdoors, wildlife and the environment, it is a great place to live and study. Students also enjoy a variety of indoor activities such as writing, gaming and our long-standing open mic night every other Thursday.
Facilities at Paul Smith’s College
Paul Smith, the man, was a hotelier and entrepreneur in the mid to late 1800’s. He created the Paul Smith’s Hotel in 1859 and continued to develop businesses that served the community. A rail service, electricity lines, sawmill, land management and the hotel itself became a destination for presidents and wealthy patrons looking for a wilderness experience. When the Hotel burned in 1932, a college was born from its ashes. We teach programs in entrepreneurial business, recreation leadership, hotel, resort and tourism management, culinary and baking. In addition, Paul Smith’s heritage demands that we study and maintain the water quality of the lakes and forests that surround us. We have top programs in environmental science, forestry, forestry operations and ecological restoration. Our SAF accredited forestry program is bolstered by the 10,000 acres of forest that surround the college, as well as our sawmill and logging simulator. Our programs in forestry and natural resources attract students who participate on our champion woodsmen teams. The college has some of the best men and women woodsmen in the United States. The current collegiate national champion is Billy Adams, a 2016 graduate of Paul Smith’s College.
Our bachelor-degree programs (4 year) include:
Baking Arts & Service Management, Biology, Communication, Culinary Arts & Service Management,  Ecological Restoration, Entrepreneurial Business Studies, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Fisheries & Wildlife Science, Food Service & Beverage Management, Forestry, Hotel, Resort & Tourism Management, Integrative Studies, Natural Resources Conservation & Management, Parks and Conservation Management, Recreation, Adventure Education & Leisure Management, Sustainable Communities and Working Landscapes.
Our associate-degree programs (2-year) include:
Surveying, Arboriculture and Landscape Management, Baking and Pastry Arts, Culinary Arts, Hotel and Restaurant Management, and Forest Technology.
Student success at Paul Smith’s College FAST FACTS
  • 875 Students
  • We have a new initiative to enroll international students.
  • Most students live on campus.
  • Campus is on Upper St. Regis Lake
  • Sports Teams:
  • Volleyball – Women
  • Soccer – Men and Women
  • Basketball – Men and Women
  • XCountry Running – Men and Women
  • XC Ski Racing – Men and Women
  • Marathon Canoe Team – Men and Women
  • Snowshoe Racing – Men and Women
  • Bass Fishing Team – Men and Women
  • Woodsmen Team – Men and Women
  • Bowling Team – Men and Women
  • Golf Team – Men and Women
Paul Smith’s College
Paul Smith’s College operates on what is called a “rolling admissions” process, meaning we accept applications on a continuous basis throughout the year. There is no May 1st deadline. However, due to the time sensitivity of processing international student applications, we request that applications for admissions be sent before November 30th for the spring semester, and before June 30th for the fall semester. The easiest and most affordable way to apply is online. There is no application fee if you apply online for the spring 2017 or fall 2017 semester.

Once we receive your application, we will begin expecting the other documents we need to complete your application. Submit your Official Transcripts from high schools and/or colleges or universities you have attended. Please note, if your transcripts are not from an accredited American school, you will need to provide a certified translation from World Education Services Inc. or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc.

Letters of Recommendation and a personal statement are encouraged for all applications, but not required. Beginning with the Fall 2016 entering class, the SAT/ACT tests are no longer required.

If English is not your native language, you must submit an official copy of your TOEFL score.

To be accepted you must submit a TOEFL score of at least 550/79/213 (paper/internet/computer); IELTS score of at least 6.5; EIKEN – Grade Pre-1
(Students not achieving the minimum scores may have their results evaluated and determinations will be made on a case-by case basis through the Admissions Office.)
Paul Smith’s TOEFL code is: 2640

English Proficiency Test Exemptions: You are exempt from the English Proficiency Test requirement if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • Are a citizen of a country where English is the official (or national) language
  • Have earned a diploma from a U.S. High School
  • Have earned a diploma from a high school outside the US that is based on the American system of education and English is the primary language of instruction.
  • Have earned an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from an accredited US college or university
  • Have completed a minimum of one year of study (two full-time semesters) at an accredited US college or university
  • Have completed a minimum of one year of study (two full-time semesters) at a college or university in a country where English is the official language.
    Received a waiver from the Paul Smith’s College Office of Admissions based on mutually agreed upon documentation.

Once your application is completed you will generally know of an admissions decision within two weeks. Submit your application, official transcripts, TOEFL scores and confidential statement of finance to: Paul Smith’s College Office of Admissions P.O. Box 265 Paul Smiths, NY 12970 USA