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 45 states and 60 countries and a faculty of 250 dedicated teacher-scholars, Skidmore offers more than 40 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, cocurricular, 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. At least half 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.

Overall

From The School

Those seeking admission to Skidmore's first-year class should complete a secondary school curriculum that includes at least 16 credits in college-preparatory courses. The Admissions Committee is also pleased to consider applications from qualified high school juniors who plan to accelerate and enter college early. Applicants typically have completed four years of English, four years of a foreign language, four years of mathematics, four years of social studies, and three to four years of laboratory science. Applicants must provide a secondary school transcript, standardized test scores (SAT I with writing or ACT with writing), letters of recommendation from two teachers of academic subjects, and a report from their guidance counselor. Skidmore recommends that applicants submit scores for three SAT II Subject Tests. The school also strongly recommends a campus visit and interview.

Through its participation in the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), Skidmore enrolls capable, energetic, and ambitious New Yorkers who, because of their academic and financial situations, would not otherwise gain admission to the college under traditional requirements. Skidmore's Academic Opportunity Program (AOP) enrolls similar students who reside out of state and/or whose family income slightly exceeds HEOP guidelines.

An applicant for admission registers by completing the Common Application and submitting it with a $65 fee. All information should be postmarked by January 15. Applications from early decision candidates should be submitted by November 15 for the Round I early decision plan or by January 15 for the Round II early decision plan. Transfer candidates are urged to apply by April 1 for the next fall term and by November 15 for the next spring term.

International students are given special attention throughout the admissions process. Applicants whose first language is not English are encouraged to submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). There are a limited number of need-based financial-aid awards available for outstanding international students.

Transfer applicants should apply online at www.commonapp.org and return the application (with the $65 application fee or request for a fee waiver from your advisor) by November 15 for admission in January, or by April 1 for admission in September. In addition to a high school transcript and standardized test scores, we require by the appropriate deadlines an official transcript of all college-level work completed, recommendations from two professors, and a statement regarding personal and academic standing from the dean of students at the current college.

Overview

Applicants
8,669
Acceptance Rate
37%

Test Scores

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

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 15

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record

Overall

From The School


Academic Programs

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 monthlong summer program. And a small percentage of students apply for entry into Periclean 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 one or two courses in both quantitative reasoning and expository writing, and at least one course in each 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 advising 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

Student/Faculty
8.3:1
Total Faculty
368
with Terminal Degree
261

204
Women
164
Men
50
Minority
10
International

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
98%
Graduate in 5 years
100%
Graduate in 6 years
87%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Sallie “Penny” Chisolm ’69
Professor at MIT and 2013 National Medal of Science Winner

Antoinette Clark ’98
VP of Branded Entertainment and Media Innovation for CBS TV

David Miner '91
Emmy Award-winning film/TV producer, NBC's 30 Rock and Parks&Recreation

Shep Murray '93
Co-Founder and CEO, Vineyard Vines

Joel Quadracci '91
Chairman, President and CEO, Quad Graphics

Micah Sloat ’04
actor who starred in Paranormal Activity and Paranormal Activity 2

Neela Vaswani ’96
2015 Grammy Award winner for narration of the audio book "I Am Malala"

Overview

From The School


Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Costs 2014-2015: $47,324 tuition and fees, $7,466 room, and $5,162 board

Financial Aid

More than half of Skidmore's students receive some form of financial assistance. Aid is awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need and is provided in the form of a student-aid "package" that usually includes a grant, campus job, and loan. We encourage any student interested in applying for admission to do so regardless of his/her intention to seek financial aid. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a copy of the federal income tax form, and the CSS Profile must be filed each year. The application date is January 15 for entering freshmen. The College hosts an annual Filene Music Scholarship Competition to award four $48,000 ($12,000 per year) scholarships on the basis of musical ability without regard to financial need. Five $15,000 scholarships in math and science are also awarded annually ($60,000 over four years). Detailed information concerning scholarships, grants, loans, and/or work awards can be obtained through the Office of Financial Aid.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
94
Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

With a price tag in line with other prestigious liberal arts colleges, Skidmore culls an annual tuition of $46,390, and students can expect to spend an additional $12,628 on room and board. However, with 100 percent of needy incoming freshmen receiving either need-based scholarship or grant aid, the school recognizes the significance of a hefty academic price tag for many and works hard to make sure all eligible students find their needs met. Fifty-two percent of undergraduates receive some sort of financial aid over the course of their study at Skidmore, with 39 percent borrowing to finance their education. Upon graduation, the average Skidmore student can expect to shoulder about $24,371 of debt.

Bang For Your Buck

From the moment students step onto campus freshman year, they are embraced by the school’s commitment to student-centered learning and community involvement. The journey begins with Skidmore’s First-Year Experience, which places students from each seminar in close proximity to one another in the residence halls, where they can cohabitate intellectually and creatively with their peers while establishing lasting relationships with close faculty mentors. Skidmore is one of few liberal arts colleges to offer majors in preprofessional disciplines, including business, education, exercise science, and social work. In fact, business consistently ranks as a popular major alongside English and psychology. Always ready to extend learning beyond the classroom, more than 60 percent of students study abroad at some point. Skidmore students complete a culminating project in their major—75 percent complete senior capstones, 53 percent complete independent studies, and 32 percent complete theses or advanced research projects. In addition, the Career Development Center provides one-on-one career counseling for life, including pre-health, pre-law, and graduate school preparation advising. The school’s network boasts approximately 80 funded internships and more than 2,200 alumni mentors, which extends Skidmore’s community well beyond graduation.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$37,300

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$38,400

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,100

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$22,887

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
45%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$38,242

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$46,390
Required Fees
$924
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,300

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,770
Transportation for Commuters
$1,500

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

From The School

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.

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
2,632
Out of State
67%

International
9%
Foreign Countries Represented
56

Demographics

6.50%
Asian
3.96%
African-American
9.21%
Hispanic
68.70%
Caucasian
7.25%
Unknown
9.25%
International

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

Overview

From The School


Location

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.

Off-Campus Opportunities

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.

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

Undergrads living on campus
89%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
95
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
96

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
110
Number of Honor Societies
10

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
3

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Thoroughbreds)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Diving
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Women's Sports (Thoroughbreds)
11 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Diving
Equestrian Sports
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
7

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, HP, and Apple educational discount

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Mary Lou Bates
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Address
Office of Admissions
815 N Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Phone
800-867-6007

Email
admissions@skidmore.edu

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
Broadway
Saratoga Farmers' Market

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday
8:30am-4:30pm; 8:30am-noon
800-867-6007

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies with season

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@skidmore.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

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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Key Stats

8,669
Applicants
2,632
Size
37%
Acceptance Rate
1240
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists