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Students reside and attend Clarkson ADK Semester classes at Paul Smith's College, near Saranac Lake, NY. The campus housing is suite-style living and provides students with laundry facilities, wi-fi access, and an inviting communal space with small kitchen. Just a fifteen minute drive from Paul Smith's, the Saranac Lake business district hosts a vibrant arts culture, bustling storefronts, cozy pubs, restaurants, and music venues. Many agencies and organizations within Saranac Lake, that govern and advocate for issues in the Adirondacks, are comprised of passionate and colorful people who live, work, and love life in the Adirondack Park. 

Saranac Lake, NY: "The Adirondacks' Coolest Place"

  • Named the best small town in New York State
  • Ranked 11th in the United States in The 100 Best Small Towns in America
  • Recognized by the National Civic League in 2006 as an All-America City
  • Named one of the "Dozen Distinctive Destinations" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Hudson Gorge

Our students are encouraged to work hard to keep pace with the curriculum but flexibility and breaks in the schedule allow for time to pursue personal interests as well.  Outdoor and cultural activities abound.  Choose your own adventure!  Opportunities include paddling on St. Regis Lake, mountain bike riding on the various trails throughout campus, and hiking up St. Regis Mountain to breathtaking views of the High Peaks. 

Other nearby outdoor activities include: camping, rock and ice climbing, skating, downhill skiing, XC skiing, backcountry skiing, mountaineering, and fly fishing. The Olympic village of Lake Placid is a 35 minute drive and provides a variety of venues for winter activities, such as: world class skiing at Whiteface mountain; Nordic skiing; bobsledding; luge; bi-athalon at Mt. Van Hoevenberg; and visiting the home rink of "The Miracle on Ice" at the Olympic Center and Museum.