Paul Smith's College

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Paul Smith's College
Paul Smiths College - Dining Hall - Student Center.jpg
Motto “It's about the experience”
Established 1946
Type Private
President Cathy S. Dove
Academic staff
Undergraduates 1,000[1]
Location Paul Smiths, New York, USA
Campus Rural
14,200 acres (57 km2) Wooded
35 buildings
Colors Green and White         
Athletics Yankee Small College Conference, USCSA
Mascot Bobcat
The Joan Weill Adirondack Library

Paul Smith's College is a private college located in Paul Smiths, New York. It is the only four-year institution of higher education within the Adirondack State Park. Paul Smith's offers both two- and four-year programs in many fields, including natural resources, fisheries and wildlife science, forestry, recreation, biology, hotel & restaurant management, culinary arts, and business.


Paul Smith's College was founded through a bequest of Phelps Smith, son of Apollos Smith, whose Paul Smith's Hotel was a famous 19th century establishment. The first class was matriculated in 1946, and was loosely based on the original hotel's business model. Paul Smith's College specializes in natural sciences, hotel management and culinary arts. Along with the money to start a school, Phelps also left more than 20,000 acres (80 km²) of land. Paul Smith's is located northwest of Saranac Lake, New York, in the hamlet of Paul Smiths in the Town of Brighton.


Paul Smith's College is organized into three major academic divisions: the School of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNNR), the Division of Hospitality, Resort and Culinary Management (HRCM), and the Division of Sciences, Liberal Arts and Business (SLAB). Each division offers two- and four-year degree programs.

Classes are held in up to seven buildings on campus; these include the main classroom buildings at Pickett Hall, Cantwell Hall, and Freer Science Hall. Auxiliary areas include The Joan Weill Adirondack Library, The RATE Classroom, The campus' sawmill, Saratoga Hall, The Saunders Sports Complex, and The Joan Weill Student Center.

Students in the Culinary Arts and Hospitality programs have the unique opportunity to earn academic credit for hands-on experience in operating a campus restaurant, The St. Regis cafe. Open to the public, it serves American cuisine during the week when courses are in session and throughout the summer.


Bachelor’s degrees[2][3]

  • Biology
  • Business Management & Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Culinary Arts & Service Management
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Forestry- Biology Concentration
  • Forestry- Ecological Forest Management
  • Forestry- Forest Operations
  • Food Service & Beverage Management
  • Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences- Fisheries Concentration
  • Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences- Wildlife Concentration
  • Hotel, Resort, & Tourism Management
  • Integrative Studies
  • Natural Resources Management & Policy
  • Natural Resources & Sustainability
  • Parks, Recreation, & Facilities Management
  • Recreation, Adventure Travel & Eco-Tourism (RATE)

Associate's degrees [2][3]

  • Arboriculture & Landscape Management
  • Baking & Pastry Arts
  • Culinary Arts
  • Forest Technology
  • Hotel & Restaurant Management
  • Surveying Technology
  • Undeclared Major


  • Business Administration
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Communications
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Forestry
  • GIS
  • Natural Resource Sustainability
  • Craft Beer

Campus Life[edit]

Lower St. Regis Lake from the College

Most of the college population lives on campus. Residence halls are divided by class. Freshmen halls include: Lydia Martin Smith Hall, Currier Hall, and Livermore Hall. Incoming transfer students are housed in Clinton Hall. Upper-classmen share Essex, Franklin, Lakeside, Saratoga, Alumni, Upper St. Regis, and Lower St. Regis halls. Lambert House is women only. A new LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified "green" dorm for upper-classmen, Overlook Hall, is slated to open Fall 2011.[4]

Wellness buildings include Upstairs Currier Hall for freshmen and Blum House and Hillside Hall for upper classmen.

Paul Smith's rural location lends itself to many campus based activities. Student directed clubs administrated under the Office of Student Activities include Fish and Game, Artisans' club, Outing club, Students for Environmental Action, Society of American Foresters, the Wildlife Society, WPSA (the campus' official radio station), Student Government Association, Whitewater Kayaking, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Ski and Snowboard Club, Gaming club, BGLAD (bi-sexual, gay, lesbian, and their defenders), Honors club, and Wrestling club, among others.[5]

The campus is located on Lower St. Regis Lake, students have a beach with lifeguard as well as docks and storage for canoes and kayaks.

The Lakeside Dining Hall is operated by Sodexo food service and does not serve any fare produced by the students in the culinary program. A bakery in Cantwell Hall opens a few days a semester to sell student produced baked goods.


The college raises a variety of sports teams from the school's general population. Most are under the direction of administrative staff and faculty. Paul Smith's has intercollegiate basketball,(unfortuntely basketball for men and women has been discontinued about 2013 and the new Saunders gymnasium is way underutilized)

rugby, soccer and cross country teams.[6]

The college also offers sport programs reflecting its outdoor character, such as snowshoe racing, co-ed woodsmen's and Nordic skiing teams, and canoe racing.[7] In the warmer months students may rent canoes to use on Lower Saint Regis Lake, located on the southern side of campus. Due to liability issues students are not allowed to swim in the lake.

The newly renovated Saunders Sports Complex houses the Bobcat fitness center, a gymnasium, dance studio, and campus pool. It is home to the school's SCUBA and dive training programs, the kayaking club's whitewater training, and log birling practice, an event in woodsman lumberjack sports competitions.[8]

The facility is open to the general public for a nominal fee.[9] A 32-foot (9.8 m)-tall climbing wall was opened in the adjacent Buxton Annex gymnasium in 2010.

Timbersports take place in both Fall and Spring semesters, with teams practicing every month of the school year. Events include pole climbing, log birling, chopping, splitting, sawing, pulp toss, ax-throw, and pack-board relay.

The Paul Smith's woodsmen's team's nine-year winning streak (from 1957-1966) in the sport's biggest event, the Spring Meet, is the longest in the history of intercollegiate lumberjack competition.[7] The school's highly regarded squad travels to meets throughout the Northeast and Ontario, Canada.

Both the men and women's soccer teams at Paul Smiths compete in an annual rivalry game with the teams from SUNY-ESF (State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry), known as the Barkeater Cup.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Paul Smith's enrollment largest since 1981". 2010-09-15. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  2. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  3. ^ a b [2][dead link]
  4. ^ "Residence Hall Living". Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  5. ^ "Clubs & Organizations". Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  6. ^ "Athletics & Recreation". Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  7. ^ a b "Woodsmen's Team". Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  8. ^ "Recreational Programs". Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  9. ^ "Facilities Operation". Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  10. ^ "International Paper's Adirondack park opens" Memphis Business Journal, June 27, 2006
  11. ^ ""YouTube viewers turn chefs into unlikely stars"". Finz, Stacy.SFGate.January 13, 2011. June 27, 2011. 
  12. ^ ""The Creator of Time Warner, Steven J. Ross, Is Dead at 65." ". Cohen, Roger.The New York Times.Dec 21, 1992. December 21, 1992. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Hardware Stories". 
  14. ^ "The Blind Owl Band - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". Retrieved 2014-03-13. 

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Coordinates: 44°26′06″N 74°15′08″W / 44.43500°N 74.25222°W / 44.43500; -74.25222