B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    NG
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    NG
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B
Paul Smith's College is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
USCAA
Athletic Conference
Address
7833 New York 30
Paul Smiths, NY 12970

Paul Smith's College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
82%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
880-1060
ACT Range
18-23
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
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Cost

Net Price
$27,390/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $22,012/ year
  • $30-48k
    $22,482/ year
  • $49-75k
    $27,118/ year
  • $76-110k
    $29,524/ year
  • $110k+
    $32,374/ year

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
82%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.17 responses
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.20 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.20 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
879Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
45%
Varsity Athletes
25%
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Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
97%
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What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 18 responses
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  • BEAUTIFUL
    50%
  • Experiential
    22%
  • Desolate
    11%
  • Spectacular
    11%
  • Charismatic
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$32,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
45%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%

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This school is in the Adirondacks. You can't help but feel like you are constantly camping. The dorms are big and nice and always clean. There is so much to do. We have a salt water pool to swim in and Lower St. Regis Lake is literally our backyard becuz it's literally on campus. We can go swimming, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and we don't even have to leave the school. All the buildings are rustic and cabin like. I love it here!
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Curriculum is sometimes weak, for example I know of at least two majors taking away the requirement of a difficult gen ed class out because many students were transferring to an "easier" major. This is fairly common, because some of the majors hear are a class or two different gen ed wise than a similar major. Some Professors are too much into their own research to teach their own classes as well as they should. This is not extremely common. Pretty much all of the Professors have valid real world experience in their field aside from teaching. They are willing to tell you about it outside of class. The biggest problem I have had with Professors is getting them to meet with me at a designated time and place. Many Professors wander off hear or forget, but the campus is small so they can't hide extremely well. Registering is easy and online, but your adviser must approve of your courses before hand. It is important to be on top of this and register as soon as possible. If you wait and are an underclassmen you will get blocked out of classes and need to haggle with Professors and the Dean of your department (so it is best to be on the ball with this). Take advantage of the ASC (academic success center) in the library. Free peer-tutoring, study groups and supplemental sessions are available. If you have a class you are really good in or want to study in you can even get paid for tutoring or leading your own study group. Although most commonly known for Culinary, Hospitality and Forestry the Ecology and Environmental Programs at this college are really good too. If you appreciate a small department and are self-motivated and disciplined in the sciences this college provides you ample space for outdoor experiments and staff willing to help. Join a club or make your own and get outdoors! (Yes it is almost always cold and snow lasts until the end of April here so be prepared for all outside endeavors!)
It has it's ups and downs but I love being near nature trails and learning from professors with experience. 20 miles of nature trails at your doorstep that are groomed for cross country skiing in the winter! Classes aren't always the greatest, but teachers are friendly and everyone endures the windchill's together (-26 the first couple weeks of the Spring semester- be prepared!). Snow lasts late into the semester, but skiing and snowshoeing are viable options and we even have a snowshoeing team! The food is terrible. I hate that paying for it is mandatory. Restaurants and grocery stores are at least 12 miles away, plan accordingly. I would come here again, but I am glad that I saved money by transferring and not living here for four years.