Paul Smith's College of Arts and Sciences: Narrative Description

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PO Box 265
Paul Smiths, NY 12970-0265
Tel: (518)327-6000
Free: 800-421-2605
Admissions: (518)327-6227
Fax: (518)327-6060
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Independent, 4-year, coed. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1937. Setting: 14,200-acre rural campus. Endowment: $11.8 million. Total enrollment: 816. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 903 applied, 81% were admitted. 3% from top 10% of their high school class, 18% from top quarter, 49% from top half. Full-time: 795 students, 31% women, 69% men. Part-time: 21 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 29 states and territories, 11 other countries, 40% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 2% black, 0.4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.5% international, 7% 25 or older, 95% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: natural resources/environmental science; personal/miscellaneous services; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, double major, summer session for credit, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $24,170 includes full-time tuition ($16,100), mandatory fees ($1010), and college room and board ($7060). College room only: $3530. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $505 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 30 open to all. Most popular organizations: Forestry Club, Adirondack Experience Club, student radio station, Emergency Wilderness Response Team, Junior American Culinary. Major annual events: Fall Weekend, Winter Carnival, Winter Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 90 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Frank C. Cubley Library with 56,000 books, 504 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 65 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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