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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.17 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.20 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.20 responses
Most Popular Majors
Culinary Arts and Food Service30 Graduates
Natural Resource Management27 Graduates
Baking and Pastry Arts23 Graduates
Hospitality and Tourism Management20 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Humanities20 Graduates
Wildlife and Fisheries Management19 Graduates
Environmental Sciences16 Graduates
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies9 Graduates
Environmental Studies7 Graduates
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Colleges like Paul Smith's College
- NGInternational Culinary Center - New York
- 2 Year
- New York, NY
- 29 reviews
- B+The Culinary Institute of America
- 4 Year
- Hyde Park, NY
- 767 reviews
- NGRidley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute - Poughkeepsie
- 2 Year
- Poughkeepsie, NY
- C+SUNY Morrisville State College
- 4 Year
- Morrisville, NY
- 288 reviews
Paul Smith's College Reviews
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!
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.