Admission to Paul Smith’s College

Non-Discrimination Policy

Paul Smith’s College admits students whose aptitude and demonstrated academic achievement give evidence of their ability to complete the various degree programs. The College welcomes applicants regardless of gender, race, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religious preference or physical disability.

Application Process

Paul Smith’s College maintains a policy of rolling admission; specifically, once an applicant files all of the necessary documents, the total application file is read and a decision is made. Students are notified immediately until the class is filled. Students seeking financial aid should complete an application for admission as soon as possible since it is necessary to be admitted into the college in order to be awarded financial aid. Applications are accepted for classes entering both Fall and Spring semesters.

Admission to the Freshman Class

To be admitted as a first-time college student, applicants are expected to be enrolled in a college preparatory course of study in a secondary school in order to have a solid academic foundation to begin college-level coursework. The course of study should include four years of English, three years each of mathematics and social studies, three years of natural science with two courses of laboratory experience, and foreign language. The cumulative grade point average in the core academic classes should be no lower than 73 on a 100 point scale, or 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. Exceptions to this requirement are considered on an individual basis.

Applications are reviewed on the basis of academic preparation and aptitude, participation in extracurricular activities, leadership roles and activities, related work experience and character. Prospective students should also display promise in their field of study.

In addition to submitting a complete Admissions Application form, applicants should submit the following materials for full consideration for Admission:

An essay and two letters of recommendation are highly recommended for all applicants.

Apply online. Paper applications are available upon request.

Prospective students who are out of high school four or more years and have never attended college are encouraged to meet with an admissions counselor to discuss the application process and criteria for admission.

Transfer Students Application Process

Students who have been enrolled at a college or university for the equivalent of one full semester (12 credit hours completed) or more are regarded as transfer students. Students who completed college coursework while in high school as part of a dual-enrollment program are exempt from this definition.

In order to be considered for transfer admission to Paul Smith’s College, students must be in good academic, social and financial standing at all previously-attended colleges with the eligibility to re-enroll if he or she has not yet earned a degree. Transfer applicants are expected to have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for all college coursework attempted.

Paul Smith’s College maintains a policy of rolling admission for transfer students; specifically, once an applicant files all of the necessary documents, the total application file is read and a decision is made. Students are notified immediately until the class is filled. Students seeking financial aid should complete an application for admission as soon as possible since it is necessary to be admitted into the college in order to be awarded financial aid. Applications are accepted for classes entering both Fall (September) and Spring (January) Semesters.

In addition to submitting a complete Admissions Application form, applicants should submit the following materials for full consideration for Admission:

An essay and two letters of recommendation are highly recommended for all applicants.

Transfer students can apply online. Paper applications are available upon request.

*For first-year students who have completed high school requirements with an equivalency diploma should submit an official copy of the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and the individual scores received on the tests. An official secondary school transcript must be submitted to the Office of Admission if any high school courses have been completed. Proof of high school graduation or its equivalent is required prior to the start of classes. An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) diploma does not meet the requirement for proof of high school graduation.

Application Process for International Students

International students are admitted for the Fall or Spring semesters. The standard admission procedures apply to international applicants. Candidates for transfer from accredited institutions may be admitted with advanced standing upon presentation of certified credentials.

In addition to submitting a complete Admissions Application form, applicants should submit the following materials for full consideration for Admission:

** The official English proficiency results must be forwarded to the Office of Admission. This requirement may be waived if the student’s native language is English, or if the student has attended a high school where English was the primary spoken language.

University of Cambridge Exams

Paul Smith’s College accepts University of Cambridge International Exams at the A-level with a grade of E or higher for transfer credit. Depending upon entry program, science-related courses may have to clearly show a laboratory component on the transcript to be considered the equivalent of the Paul Smith’s College laboratory based course. Otherwise, the course may only transfer as general elective science credits.

International Baccalaureate Courses and Diploma

Paul Smith’s College recognizes the rigorous academic nature of the International Baccalaureate program and actively seeks students with this academic preparation. Thus, students receiving a 4 or above on their Higher Level IB exams will be given credit for the equivalent Paul Smith’s course. Higher Level exam scores of a 5 or higher will be considered for credit for a two course sequence in the equivalent Paul Smith’s course where applicable. The Registrar’s Office, in consultation with the appropriate Dean, will make the final determination. Students completing the full International Baccalaureate Diploma will be admitted with 30 transfer credits and advanced standing as a sophomore. To be considered for transfer credits and advanced standing, students must submit their official IB transcripts as part of the admission process. No credit will be received for Standard Level courses.

Translation and Evaluation for International Transcript

International students must have their transcript evaluated and translated. Paul Smith’s College accepts transcripts translated by companies specializing in this process, such as:

World Education Services, Inc.

Josef Silny and Associates, Inc.

International students wishing to receive transfer credit must also pay for a course-by-course evaluation of their transcript. In general, fees for these services range from $80-$200 and are paid by the student.

Visiting the Paul Smith’s College Campus

A campus visit to the Paul Smith’s campus is highly recommended. Prospective students and their families will have the opportunity to tour our beautiful campus with one of our student ambassadors and converse with an admission counselor on all aspects of the College. In addition, faculty members are available to speak with prospective students to discuss their specific area of interest. Your visit, like your education at Paul Smith’s College, will be personalized to meet your schedule and your expectations.

Please contact the admissions office to schedule your visit at (800) 421-2605, or schedule your visit through the Paul Smith’s College website.

Orientation and Placement Testing

All entering students are required to attend an orientation session (usually during the summer) which is designed to facilitate the adjustment to college life at Paul Smith’s. This orientation period is specifically designed to provide academic counseling, to familiarize students with campus life and to promote the development of peer relationships.

All students are encouraged to take the Accuplacer math placement exams prior to arriving on campus for orientation. The test is used to accurately determine whether students are placed in foundational, supplemental, regular or accelerated course-work during the first semester at Paul Smith’s College.