From the School

Founded in 1903 and located in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Skidmore is an independent, coeducational, liberal arts college that prides itself on its creative approaches to just about everything. Hence, the college's core belief that creative thought matters. With a diverse student body of 2,400 from 50 states and 40 countries and a faculty of 250 dedicated teacher-scholars, Skidmore offers more than 60 majors in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, as well as in career-specific fields such as business, education, exercise science, and social work. Skidmore is known for its interdisciplinary approach to learning, faculty-student collaborative research, off-campus study (60% of students study abroad), and the prominence of the performing and visual arts, enhanced by the unique Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery and award-winning Arthur Zankel Music Center. The college's rigorous academic program begins with the foundational First-Year Experience which integrates the curricular, co-curricular, and residential aspects of a student's first year, and gets them connected and involved in the life of the community from day one. Students enjoy close relationships with talented faculty members who have earned recognition through Guggenheim, Pulitzer, and Emmy awards, and fellowships and grants from Fulbright, MacArthur, and the National Science Foundation, among others. Sixty percent of students carry two majors or add a related minor to their major. More than half of Skidmore students pursue advanced degrees within five years of graduation.

Admissions Journal
Searching for a college experience that will challenge you? Give you virtually unlimited opportunities to create and explore? Then consider Skidmore. Creativity is embodied in all that is Skidmore: academic, co-curricular life, campus setting, and the nature of Saratoga Springs itself. We are a diverse world of thinkers and doers-academics, performing artists, community volunteers, and athletes who come together in the shared belief and commitment that creative thought matters. If you share that belief, consider visiting and applying to Skidmore.


Acceptance Rate

Test Scores

SAT Reading
560 - 670
SAT Math
570 - 680
ACT Composite
25 - 30


Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 15

January 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record


From The School

The Skidmore academic journey begins with the First-Year Experience which introduces students to the college's rigorous academic program and overall approach to learning and connects them with a faculty advisor/mentor. Talented but economically disadvantaged students who have been accepted into the Opportunity Program (Higher Education Opportunity Program and Academic Opportunity Program) participate in a month-long summer program. And a small percentage of students apply for entry into Honors Forum, Skidmore's own honors program, on the basis of academic achievement, leadership qualities, and civic commitment. Generally, students choose a major by the end of sophomore year. In the interests of breadth, they are also expected to take 1-2 courses in both quantitative reasoning and expository writing, and at least one course in all of the following: lab science, social science, arts, humanities, and culture. There is plenty of academic support through Student Academic Services. In addition, there are specific programs for pre-law and pre-med students. In their junior and senior years, most students (more than 80%) add value to their courses of study through faculty-student collaborative research, internships, volunteerism, service-learning, and off-campus study.

Students Say

"Creative Thought Matters": this is the motto of upstate New York's Skidmore College, which can be found all over campus and in every student's mind. The small school looks to turn out "well-rounded, open-minded, [and] interested" students, and to that end stresses "the doing of interesting things outside of, or in complement to, academics." Students, faculty, and staff alike embrace the tenets of Skidmore life, and make sure that the college "represents the meeting point between a phenomenal social atmosphere and an interdisciplinary take on academics."

Professors "actively engage students in friendships, or at the very least, senior colleague to junior colleague camaraderie." This "enriches the experience of learning" and "makes 'doing work' an inspired, meaningful, and highly con­ sequential practice." Faculty expects a lot from their students in regards to papers and class participation: "Reading is almost always a must." "I love that the professors hold me accountable," says a junior. They "present the material in the context of Skidmore's community and general student body's political and social values" and "show a true interest in their field which they attempt to stir within their students." "Even the classes I have taken to fulfill require­ ments have been some of my favorite classes," says a student.

Some of Skidmore's greatest strengths are the academic support resources avail­ able to all students and the variety of majors available; there are also "many opportunities to study abroad or do internships." The school has "a great bal­ ance of arts and sciences"; the crossing point between the two areas is a pleasant surprise for those who study here. Within the science departments, Skidmore "melds a small college atmosphere with equipment and resources expected at a large university." Students also "have a good amount of freedom to explore within their academic field of interest beyond the standard curriculum."

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Joel Quadracci, '91
Chair, President, and CEO of Quad/Graphics

Julianne C. Traylor '68
Former Chair of Amnesty International

Cynthia Carroll '78
CEO Anglo American LTD

Heather L. Hurst '97
2004 MacArthur Foundation Fellow Award Recipient


From The School

Costs 2012-2013: $43,138 tuition; $882 fees; $6,944 room; and $4,800 board. Total: $55,764


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

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Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

The college's 100 student clubs and organizations run the gamut, including five a capella groups, SkidTV, WSPN Radio, Model European Union, snowboarding, 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.

Students Say

Some people stereotype Skidmore as a "hipster" school ("you see a lot of people chain-smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee out of mason jars, and wear­ ing torn-up 'vintage' clothing), though there is also an athlete contingent in the mix. Generally, "everyone gets along pretty well." Students are "very open­ minded," and everyone can find a niche here. "We love people who think creatively and critically while accepting any weirdness that comes with those traits," says a student. Many agree that "while there is a lot of intellectual diversity, Skidmore could definitely make more of an effort to include more diverse backgrounds."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



59% female
41% male
67% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time


From The School

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. The city's location near the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains puts an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities within an hour's drive. Boston, New York City, and Montreal are each approximately 180 miles from the campus.

Students Say

Located in "the city in the country" in upstate Saratoga Springs, New York (a "horse town" due to the famed racetracks), Skidmore is "very close to the Adirondacks and beautiful hiking." The city itself is just a 15-minute walk from campus, and people often make a quick trip to nearby Lake George or to the mall. Aside from all the events going on, it's also great "to just sit on the main lawn with a group of friends, pretend to do work or actually do work, chat about nothing in particular, people watch, play Frisbee, enjoy the live music and the beautiful weather."

The excellent first-year experience kicks off the Skidmore love-fest; it helps that the school is "just the right size" so that "you still meet new people, but it's small enough to make you feel comfortable."The"diverse and abundant club opportuni­ ties" offer many outlets for creativity, as "we have a capella groups (five), comedy groups (three), writing clubs (two), and dance troupes (two)." During the week people don't typically party, it's "more a time for extracurriculars and school work"; however on the weekends, "the bar scene is very popular as well as apartment par­ ties" and "everyone smokes weed." The arts are also a huge draw if substances aren't your thing, and "there's always plays and shows to go to."

Campus Life

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Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

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Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Thoroughbreds)
10 Sports

Crew Rowing
Ice Hockey
Women's Sports (Thoroughbreds)
11 Sports

Crew Rowing
Equestrian Sports
Field Hockey

Student Services

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst, Siena
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

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Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell, HP, and Apple educational discount

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Mary Lou Bates
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Office of Admissions
815 N Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Williamson Sports Center
Lucy Scribner Library
Case Student Center
Northwoods Village Apartments
Murray-Atkins Dining Hall

Most Popular Places Off Campus
SPAC (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)
National Museum of Dance
NYRA (New York Racing Association) Race Course
Saratoga Farmers' Market

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday
8:30am-4:30pm; 8:30am-noon

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Varies with season

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Contact Admissions Office


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Albany airport is 25 miles from campus. Taxis, bus service and rental cars are available for the trip from airport to campus. There is an Amtrak train station in Saratoga Springs.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-87, take Exit 15 and take New York Rte. 50 S. toward Saratoga Springs. At the third set of traffic lights, turn right on East Ave.; turn right again on North Broadway and continue about a quarter of a mile to the main entrance to campus. The Admissions office is located just beyond the main entrance and across the street.

Local Accommodations
You have some very interesting choices in Saratoga Springs, but beware: The rates skyrocket in August with the racing season. You'll probably enjoy staying on the main drag, Broadway, where you can rub shoulders with the college students and get a good feel for the social life in Saratoga Springs. Just 5 minutes from the college is the Inn at Saratoga (231 Broadway; 518-583-1890), a historic Victorian structure with 34 rooms. Rates range from moderate to expensive and include continental breakfast. The Adelphi Hotel (365 Broadway; 518-587-4688), open from May through October (weekends only in May), ranges from moderate to very expensive. Prime Hotel (534 Broadway; 518-584-4000) is a good modern pick with an indoor pool, sauna, weight room, and tennis and golf privileges. Rates range from moderate to expensive. The Holiday Inn (232 Broadway; 518-584-5000) is another safe bet. One of the majestic old resort hotels, the Gideon Putnam Hotel (Saratoga Spa State Park; 518-584-3000) stands amidst 1,500 acres, with loads of activities including golf, swimming, tennis, cross-country skiing, and ice-skating. They even have mineral baths. Rates vary with the season, from moderate to expensive. Bed-and-breakfasts abound. Westchester House (102 Lincoln Ave.; 518-587-7613) has 7 guest rooms. Eddy House (Nelson and Crescent Aves.; 518-587-2340) has 5 rooms, with prices in the moderate to expensive range. Six Sisters Bed and Breakfast (149 Union Ave.; 518-583-1173) is 10 minutes from campus (as are the others), and the prices vary from moderate to expensive. Inexpensive accommodations can be found at the Grand Union (92 S. Broadway; 518-584-9000), about a mile from Skidmore.
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