Paul Smith's College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Paul Smith's College
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Paul Smith's College Admissions Overview:

With an acceptance rate of 82%, Paul Smith's accepts most applicants each year. Applicants will need to submit an application and high school transcripts. The school is test-optional, meaning that applicants are not required to submit scores from the SAT or ACT. For complete admissions requirements, be sure to visit the school's website.

Admissions Data (2016):

Paul Smith's College Description:

Paul Smith's College, The College of the Adirondacks, is a private, four-year college located in snowy Paul Smiths, New York. It is the only college located in the Adirondack State Park, and it can boast of an impressive 14,200-acre campus. The college offers an intimate academic environment with fewer than 1,000 students supported by a student / faculty ratio of 15 to 1. Paul Smith's offers 18 bachelor's degree programs and 7 associate degree programs through its two schools: The School of Natural Resource Management and Ecology, and the School of Commercial, Applied and Liberal Arts. Students tend to be highly involved with outdoor activities. Intramurals sports include Canoeing, Innertube Water Polo, and Snowshoeing.  The college also has clubs, like the Fly Fishing Club, the Rock Climbing Club, and Whitewater Kayaking Club, and recreational activities including Horseback Riding, Ropes Courses, and Table Tennis. Paul Smith's College competes in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) and the Yankee Small College Conference (YSCC) with sports that include men’s rugby, women’s volleyball, and cross country. The college also has a college Woodsmen’s Team, and a Nordic Ski team which is a member of the United States Collegiate Ski Association (USCSA).

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 851 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 65% Male / 35% Female
  • 99% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $27,103
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,790
  • Other Expenses: $2,500
  • Total Cost: $43,393

Paul Smith's College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 99%
    • Loans: 84%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $16,662
    • Loans: $8,950

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Culinary Arts and Service Management; Forestry; Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management; Natural Resource Management and Policy; Parks, Recreation and Facilities Management

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 76%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 33%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 40%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Soccer, Basketball, Rugby, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Volleyball, Cross Country, Soccer, Basketball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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