Saratoga Springs, 30 miles north of Albany, New York State's capital, is perennially short-listed as one of the most interesting and vibrant small cities in the U.S. Famed for "health, history, and horses"-its mineral waters, Revolutionary War battlefield, and the nation's oldest thoroughbred racetrack—Saratoga is equally renowned as an arts and cultural destination. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is summer home to the New York City Ballet, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Lake George Opera, and is a performing venue for top rock and jazz musicians. The city's downtown-a 10-minute walk from Skidmore-is brimming with galleries, clubs, museums, shops, coffeehouses, bistros, and restaurants. No wonder Travel & Leisure magazine named it the sixth-best college town in the nation. The city's location near the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains puts an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities within an hour's drive, including great downhill and Nordic skiing. Boston, New York City, and Montreal are each approximately 180 miles from the campus.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
Skidmore's 1,000-acre-plus campus offers buildings that are designed and arranged to blend with the natural surroundings and to foster intellectual and social interaction. The newest academic building, the Arthur Zankel Music Center, features a spectacular 600-seat recital hall and a state-of-the-art recording studio. The beautifully renovated Murray-Aikins Dining Hall boasts a variety of food stations and intimate seating arrangements. On the residential side, the Sussman Village Apartment project was completed in late 2013, meaning 90% of Skidmore's student body resides on campus. And field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and softball venues have all been recently outfitted with the latest turf fields.
In 2014, Skidmore installed a solar array that meets 12% of Skidmore's electricity needs. Also in 2014, Skidmore began receiving 18% of its electricity needs through a micro-hydro facility. Forty-percent of Skidmore's heating and cooling needs come through geothermal energy.
Skidmore's visual and performing arts space includes the Saisselin Art Building, the Schick Art Gallery, and Bernhard Theater. The Tang Museum, designed by renowned architect Antoine Predock, provides a focal point for cross-disciplinary study through the visual arts and serves as a major cultural resource for Saratoga Springs and the region, attracting nearly 40,000 visitors a year. Dana Science Center offers high-quality teaching and research space, including a greenhouse, specialized labs, and a science machine shop. Dana links the college's science departments to the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science in neighboring Harder Hall, which features a Linux lab of 24 workstations for advanced computer science projects.
About sixty percent of Skidmore's students spend a semester or year off campus. In addition to Skidmore programs in China, England, France, and Spain, students can access more than 130 international programs through the college's Approved Programs structure, including programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Australia. Students can also study at 200 other U.S. campuses, thanks to Skidmore's affiliation with National Student Exchange. All academic majors and minors can be accommodated, and transfer credits are guaranteed for students studying on an approved program. Financial aid is transferable to most off-campus study programs.
The college also offers a Washington Semester (internship in conjunction with American University) and a semester at the Marine Biological Lab in Wood Hole, Mass. Arrangements for student internships (for academic credit) are made through Skidmore's academic departments or Career Development. More than 50% of Skidmore students are involved in volunteer work, much of it in the local community. There are also as many as 50 courses each semester with service-learning components.
Student Organizations & Activities
The college's nearly 100 student clubs and organizations run the gamut, including five a capella groups; SkidTV and WSPN Radio; Model European Union; sports and recreation activities; and academic, cultural awareness, and religious groups. Skidmore's 19 intercollegiate teams compete at the NCAA Division III level. Students are active in the intramural sports program and enjoy abundant opportunities for personal fitness and recreation, both on campus and in the nearby Adirondack Mountains.
Skidmore students participate in all aspects of academic and social life on campus. They play a major role in governing the college through the Student Government Association (SGA) and numerous major college committees. Elected faculty members and students serve on three panels: the Academic Integrity Board, the All-College Council, and the Social Integrity Board.