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.
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."
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."
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