Profile of Paul Smith’s College


Ask any successful professional and they will tell you--tomorrow's leaders will need to have a broad perspective. They will need a solid understanding of how a wide range of disciplines intersect.

They'll need to know how to put what they know into serious action.

At Paul Smith's College, that is exactly what you will get. Our many bachelor and associate degree programs along with our minors will allow you to make connections between fields as diverse as Culinary Arts and Baking to Forestry and Natural Resource Management, from Hospitality and Business to Environmental Studies and Biology, from Fish and Wildlife Sciences to Recreation.

Enjoy a living laboratory outside your front door...

The Paul Smith's campus is surrounded by more than 14,000 acres of forest, wetlands, lakes and streams, giving you an unparalleled setting whether you are interested in fisheries and wildlife, surveying, biology, forestry, environmental sciences, hospitality and tourism, recreation or sustainability studies. We don't just study things in the classroom, our laboratory is the great outdoors.

Enjoy world-class facilities and one-of-a-kind resources...

Our Wally Ganzi, Jr. Restaurant Training Center is modeled after the acclaimed Palm Restaurant; the St. Regis Cafe is a bistro-style restaurant totally operated by students; and the Statler Hospitality Center features seven full-service laboratory kitchens and a retail bakery. The Adirondack Watershed Institute enables you to actively research the relationships between human communities and the surrounding ecosystems, and you can join fellow students in managing International Paper John Dillon Park, which has been designed to make the natural landscape of the Adirondacks accessible to people with disabilities. And, Paul Smith's is among just a handful of colleges in the Northeast with a stationary sawmill, which recently underwent a $200,000 upgrade.

Achieve success at the global level...

Paul Smith's offers multiple short and long term study abroad opportunities on a variety of topics such as our 2013 study abroad course, "The Slow Food of Northern Italy". In addition, our business management and entrepreneurial studies students consistently earn top-10 finishes competing against B.A. and M.B.A. students from top universities around the world in The Business Strategy Game, an online role-playing simulation.



We are a thriving college, broadly recognized for our outstanding experiential education and an adventurous spirit.

Educational Goals

Paul Smith’s College takes a unique approach to general education that gives students the opportunity to achieve common educational goals as part of their major course requirements rather than through a separate distribution list. The Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management program integrates achievement of these goals into a variety of courses. The program also gives you the opportunity to choose courses of interest to you that also introduce or reinforce the structure of these concepts. (See the checklist below)

The curriculum is designed to ensure that when students graduate from Paul Smith's College they will not only be able to demonstrate program goals, they will also have the competence and skills necessary to become productive citizens in today’s world. These competencies and skills have been defined by the Integrated General Education (IGE) program as the ability to demonstrate:

Analytical Reasoning and Scientific Inquiry (AR), generate meaning by using appropriate research methodologies to collect, analyze, evaluate and synthesize data.

Quantitative Problem Solving (QP), apply quantitative and mathematical methods and models to develop potential solutions to real-world problems.

Written Communication (WC), communicate organized and informed ideas clearly and persuasively to diverse audiences in writing.

Social and Cultural Engagement (SC), collaborate, interact and empathize with individuals and groups who represent diverse cultures, and contemporary and historic perspectives.

Responsibility and Expression (RE), use a variety of modes and media, to creatively express an informed point of view regarding human experience, cultures, values, and choices in a manner appropriate to audience and context.


Through its focus on teaching, learning, research, and outreach, the College endeavors to create, disseminate, and apply knowledge to expand the horizons and opportunities of our students and to advance community and economic development in the Adirondack region. The College also strives to graduate persons capable of making significant and enduring contributions to their families, professions, communities and the world. The foremost goal is to prepare students to become competent professionals and active citizens, confident in their knowledge, skills and beliefs. Eight fundamental values guide the personal and professional conduct of the PSC faculty and staff as they serve as educators, facilitators, and role models for delivery of the Paul Smith's educational experience. It is our aspiration to challenge our students to reach their full potential by embracing these values:

Provide Experience


We involve our students in the learning process as they set out to discover the essential knowledge of their chosen discipline, the arts, and


Encourage Responsibility


We celebrate independent thinking, self motivation, maintenance of optimum physical stamina and a strong work ethic as exhibited through ownership of positive work and life style choices.

Strive for Excellence


We expect a well-developed, internal model of quality work, resulting in a sense of pride and ownership for a student and demonstrated by the highest level of competence, professionalism and productivity.

Expect Integrity


We hold all faculty, staff and students to high ethical standards of trustworthiness, integrity and morality based on mutual respect and honesty.

Develop Self-Confidence


We encourage our students to see themselves as positive, competent, and successful, with poise and self-assurance in a variety of situations.

Foster Tolerance


We celebrate diverse social, cultural and ecological communities through awareness and active involvement in vital contemporary issues.

Build Community


We are committed to our local and global community and expect our students to be responsible, active members of that community. As members of that community we value the strength that comes through teamwork and collaboration.

Engage in Lifelong Learning


We are committed to nurturing a love for learning in ourselves and in our students. We will help students develop skills and qualities such as: problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, creativity, communication, information literacy, organization, management and leadership to foster inter-disciplinary understanding and interpersonal development.


College Communication Policy

College use of email: Electronic Mail is the official means of communication for the Paul Smith’s College (PSC) community. The college has the right to expect that email communications will be received and read in a timely manner. Faculty, Staff and Students are expected to regularly check, read, and respond to their email.

Redirecting of email: Students, faculty and staff are advised not to forward their PSC mail to an off-campus email address (e.g., as the college cannot be responsible for email delivered beyond the PSC system. If forwarded, students, faculty and staff are responsible for information sent to their official PSC accounts, even if their off-campus email provider fails to deliver the message.

Privacy: Users should exercise extreme caution in using email to communicate confidential or sensitive matters, and should not assume that email is private and confidential. It is especially important to send messages only to the intended recipient(s). Caution should be exercised when using the “reply” or “reply all” command during email correspondence. When feasible, attachments containing sensitive information should be encrypted or password protected as an additional safeguard.

The email system is owned by the college, which retains the right to inspect and disclose the contents of electronic mail to the extent permitted by law. The college may inspect and disclose the contents of electronic mail to:

To protect the user and the college, faculty and staff should attach the following statement to their email signature:

“This message may contain confidential information and is intended only for the individual named. If you are not the named addressee you should not disseminate, distribute or copy this e-mail. Please notify the sender immediately by e-mail if you have received this e-mail by mistake and delete this e-mail from your system.”

Retention of email: In many cases, email is considered official correspondence of the college. As such, users have a responsibility to retain email records as required by law or policy. Each office or department should have guidelines and retention plans that provide guidance to determine which items will be retained and for how long. Those items that are determined to require long term retention should either be printed and filed or saved to a stable electronic medium (CD or DVD). NOTE: lf you know, or should have reason to know, that litigation is imminent, all records relating or possibly relating to the litigation must be excepted from this retention policy. Electronic documents should be retained in electronic format to preserve possible metadata.

Faculty and Students

Because of the interactive nature of learning at Paul Smith’s, teachers and students communicate with each other in a personal and dynamic way. Students have much closer contact with faculty than is found at most other colleges. Opportunities for working closely with faculty outside of class on a variety of projects are numerous.

Graduation Rate

The 4-year average Student-Right-to-Know completion or graduation rate for cohorts starting in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 is 43%. This represents students who started as degree seeking students in those years and completed within 150% of normal time (6 years for a bachelor's degree).

The 4-year average Student-Right-to-Know transfer-out rate is 2%, indicating that on average for these 4 years, 2% of the entering cohort transferred to another college or university.

Graduate Employment and Further Education Rates

The data below is for graduates of the classes graduating in 2008 through 2013. The graduates in each graduating class are surveyed on an annual basis requesting the follow-up information on their post-grad employment or further education within six months to one year of graduation. The students who responded to our inquiries provide the basis for the percentages which follow:

Overall percentage of PSC Graduates who found employment or continued their education:

Class of 2013 – 99% Class of 2010 – 99%

Class of 2012 – 99% Class of 2009 – 98%

Class of 2011 – 99% Class of 2008 – 98%

Articulation/Transfer Agreements

2+2 Associate to Bachelor Degree Articulation Agreements

Paul Smith's College is committed to helping associate degree holders to complete their bachelor's degree in as little time as possible. As such, Paul Smith's continues to expand our list of associate degree programs that qualify for an in-field 2+2 articulation agreement. If you have an A.A.S, A.S. or A.A. in a field similar to or equivalent to a Paul Smith's College degree program, you may be eligible for a 2+2 articulation agreement where Paul Smith's will accept a minimum of 60 credits in transfer and will require you to complete no more than 66 additional credits unless additional liberal arts and science courses are required by NY State Regulations (more common in A.A.S. degree transfers).

A partial list of associate degree programs which have already been approved for the 2+2 articulation program includes:

Community Colleges

CC Program

Paul Smith's Program

  • Adirondack Community College
  • AAS Hospitality Management
  • Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management
  • Erie Community College
  • AS Environmental Science
  • Environmental Science, Biology, or Natural Resources Management & Policy
  • Erie Community College
  • AA Liberal Arts and Sciences: Sciences
  • Biology, Environmental Science, Fish and Wildlife Wildlife Concentration, Natural Resources Management & Policy
  • Erie Community College
  • AAS Recreation Leadership
  • Parks and Recreation Facilities Management
  • Erie Community College
  • AS Business Administration
  • Business Management and Entrepreneurship Studies
  • Finger Lakes Community College
  • AAS Hospitality Management
  • Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management
  • Finger Lakes Community College
  • AAS Natural Resources Conservation
  • Natural Resources Management & Policy
  • Finger Lakes Community College
  • AAS Natural Resources Conservation: Law Enforcement
  • Natural Resources Management & Policy
  • Finger Lakes Community College
  • AAS Fish and Wildlife Technology
  • Natural Resources Management & Policy
  • Finger Lakes Community College
  • AS Environmental Studies
  • Natural Resources Management & Policy
  • Genesee Community College
  • AS Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Sciences, Biology, Fish and Wildlife Sciences Wildlife and Fisheries concentrations, Natural Resources Management & Policy
  • Hudson Valley Community College
  • AS Environmental Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Monroe Community College
  • AAS Hospitality Management-Travel Option
  • Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management
  • Monroe Community College
  • AAS Hospitality Management--Hotel Option
  • Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management
  • Niagara Community College
  • AS Business Administration
  • Business Management and Entrepreneurship Studies
  • Niagara Community College
  • AAS Culinary Arts
  • Culinary Arts and Service Management
  • Niagara Community College
  • AS Environmental Studies
  • Biology, Environmental Sciences, Fish and Wildlife--Wildlife and Fisheries Concentration, Natural Resources Management & Policy
  • Niagara Community College
  • AAS Hospitality Management
  • Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management
  • Niagara Community College
  • AAS Restaurant Management
  • Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management, Food and Beverage Service Management
  • Niagara Community College
  • AAS Tourism & Event Planning
  • Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management
  • North Country Community College
  • AS Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • North Country Community College
  • AS Liberal Arts and Sciences: Math and Science
  • Biology
  • North Country Community College
  • AS Liberal Arts and Sciences: Math and Science
  • Environmental Sciences
  • North Country Community College
  • AS Liberal Arts and Sciences: Math and Science
  • Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences - Fisheries Concentration
  • North Country Community College
  • AS Liberal Arts and Sciences: Math and Science
  • Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences - Wildlife Concentration
  • North Country Community College
  • AS Liberal Arts and Sciences: Math and Science
  • Park, Recreation and Facilities Management
  • North Country Community College
  • AS Wilderness Recreation Leadership
  • Recreation, Adventure Education and Leisure Management

Paul Smith’s College maintains articulation agreements with more than 50 community colleges, technical schools, and other educational associations from which the college accepts advanced credit toward PSC degrees. Information regarding such transfer credit can be obtained through the Admissions Office or the Registrar's Office.

Of special interest to students earning business degrees at PSC, both baccalaureate and associate levels, is the “Clarkson University/Paul Smith’s College 4+1 MBA” articulation - an agreement between Paul Smith’s College and Clarkson University’s school of Business allowing PSC students to complete both the College’s BMES baccalaureate and the MBA program at Clarkson University within 5 years. Interested students should consult with BMES advisors for program details.

An articulation agreement with Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences exists as well. This agreement is designed to coordinate the education of students from Paul Smith’s College with graduate programs in the broad area of natural resources and environmental studies at Duke. Participating students will be accepted into either the Master of Environmental Science (MEM) or the Master of Forestry (MF) programs offered by the Nicholas School. Students in this program will spend three years at Paul Smith’s College and two years at Duke. After their first year at Duke, they will be awarded a Bachelor’s degree from Paul Smith’s College and will earn either the MEM or MF after one additional year at Duke. Students interested in this agreement should consult with a PSC advisor for further details.

A partial list of colleges, technical schools and/or educational associations participating in articulation agreements with Paul Smith’s College includes:

Community Colleges

  • Adirondack Community College
  • Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES, Herkimer, NY
  • Bristol Community College
  • Howard G. Sackett Technical Center of Jefferson Lewis BOCES
  • Broome Community College
  • Hunterdon County Polytech Career Academy, Flemington, NJ
  • Cayuga Community College
  • Jefferson- Lewis BOCES
  • Clinton Community College
  • Madison-Oneida BOCES
  • Community College of Vermont
  • The National Academy Foundation
  • Erie Community College
  • North Country Career Center, Newport, VT
  • Fulton-Montgomery Community College
  • Northwest Technical Center, St. Albans, VT
  • Genesee Community College
  • Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES, New Hartford, NY
  • Herkimer County Community College
  • Onondaga Cortland Madison BOCES
  • Hudson County Community College
  • Orange-Ulster Career and Technical Center
  • Jefferson Community College
  • Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES Park West High School, New York, NY
  • Mohawk Valley Community College
  • Passaic County Technical Institute, Wayne, NJ
  • Monroe Community College
  • Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES, Yorktown Heights, NY
  • Nassau Community College
  • Randolph Area Vocational Center, Randolph, VT
  • New Hampshire Community Technical College Berlin
  • River Bend Career and Technical Center,Bradford VT
  • North Country Community College
  • River Valley Technical Center, Springfield, VT
  • Ocean County College
  • Rockland BOCES Career Education Center Questar III, Hudson and Troy, NY
  • Onondaga Community College
  • St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, Gouverneur, Norwood, Ogdensburg, NY
  • Penn State Mont-Alto
  • Salem County Vocational Technical Schools,Woodstown, NJ
  • Schenectady County Community College
  • Schuyler-Chemung-Tioga BOCES, Elmira, NY
  • Southern Maine Community College
  • Stafford Technical Center BOCES, Rutland, VT
  • Suffolk County Community College
  • Steuben-Allegany at Wildwood BOCES
  • SUNY Rockland Community College
  • Sugar River Valley Regional Technical Center
  • SUNY Canton
  • Sullivan County BOCES, Liberty, NY
  • SUNY Cobleskill
  • Sussex County Tech School, Sparta, NJ
  • Trocaire College
  • Ulster County BOCES, Port Ewen, NY
  • Villa Maria of Buffalo
  • Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES, NY

High Schools/BOCES:

  • Western School of Technology, MD
  • Atlantic County Vocational Technical School Mays Landing, NJ
  • York County Technical College
  • Barre Technical Center & Spaulding High School Campus, Barre, VT


  • BOCES 2 We-Mo-Co, Spencerport, NY
  • National Outdoor Leadership School
  • Career Center at Steinmetz, Schenectady, NY
  • Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities
  • Cattaraugus Allegeny Eire Wyoming BOCES at Olean

Current Articulation Agreements for Outgoing Students

  • Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES


  • Champlain Valley TEC Plattsburgh Campus
  • New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, NY 3+1
  • Chariho Career & Technical Center
  • ViaHealth of Rochester General Hospital 3+1
  • Delaware Chenango Madison Otsego BOCES


  • Erie 2 Chautauqua/Cattaraugus BOCES
  • Clarkson University 4+1
  • Emerson School of Hospitality, Buffalo, NY


  • Finger Lakes BOCES, Stanley, NY
  • Duke University's Nicolas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences 3+1
  • Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES


  • Forest Park High School, Baltimore, MD
  • Alfred State College
  • Foxcroft Academy
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Genesee Valley BOCES
  • New Jersey Institute for Technology
  • Hannaford Career Center, Middlebury, VT
  • University of Idaho
  • Hartford Area Career and Technical Center
  • University of Maine

For a complete listing of Articulation Agreements, please contact Admissions.