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Founded in 1903, Skidmore College is an independent, coeducational, liberal arts college in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., that prides itself on its creative approaches to just about everything. Creativity is at our core. It powers the way we think, communicate, and do. We boldly declare that, here, at Skidmore, more than anything, Creative Thought Matters. With a diverse student body of 2,500 students from 44 states and 67 countries and a faculty of 304 dedicated teacher-scholars, Skidmore offers 43 majors in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences, as well as in pre-professional fields.

Skidmore is known for its interdisciplinary approach to learning, faculty-student collaborative research, funded research opportunities, off-campus study, and the prominence of the performing and visual arts. The college's rigorous academic program begins with the foundational First-Year Experience, which integrates the curricular and cocurricular and gets students involved in the life of the community from day one. Students enjoy close relationships with faculty members who have earned recognition through Guggenheim, Pulitzer, and Emmy awards, and fellowships and grants from Fulbright, MacArthur, the National Science Foundation, and others. Half of our students carry two majors or add a related minor to their major, and nearly 60% are attending graduate or professional school or have completed advanced degrees within five years of graduation.

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Overview

Applicants
10,796
Acceptance Rate
27%

SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
613 - 700
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
610 - 700
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
27 - 31

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15

Early Decision II — January 15

Regular — January 15


Other Admission Factors

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
7.6:1
Total Faculty
389
with Terminal Degree
280

213
Women
176
Men
66
Minority
17
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
82%
Graduate in 5 years
86%
Graduate in 6 years
86%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • Asian Studies/Civilization.
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other.
  • French Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Exercise Physiology.
  • Neuroscience.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business/Commerce, General.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Elementary Education and Teaching.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, Other.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Dance, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other.
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory.


Students Say

Just thirty miles north of Albany lies Skidmore College, a small liberal arts school that is home to around 2,500 students. Skidmore thrives on combining academics with creative expression, and the school works to cultivate students who want to explore ideas across traditional disciplinary boundaries. “The pursuit of knowledge is valued here,” says a student, so “you won’t be barred from an academic department just because you aren’t enrolled in it.” Another student states that the school is “excellent when it comes to every path or field of study,” and “you can pursue everything you are interested in.” This all happens in classrooms run by “very helpful, understanding, motivating,” and “understanding faculty who know that we are human beings before we are students.” Students also enjoy “small class sizes [that] allow for the formation of impactful and lasting relationships.” Furthermore, “all teachers are accessible outside the classroom,” which helps teaching extend beyond the traditional four walls. Other examples of this include “environmental studies [classes that] take place in the North Woods” and an artist interview class “in which each student chooses an artist they admire and [interview] that artist.” One student sums up the Skidmore academic experience by saying, “Learning feels important and productive towards society.”

Degrees

Bachelor'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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Sallie "Penny" Chisolm '69
Professor at MIT and 2013 National Medal of Science Winner

Arwa Damon '99
CNN senior international correspondent

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

Michael Zegen '01
Golden Globe Award winner for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Zazie Beetz '13
Golden Globe winner for the FX series "Atlanta"

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
82%
Graduate in 5 years
86%
Graduate in 6 years
86%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$52,700

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$99,400

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$53,500

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$103,700

Percent High Job Meaning
39%

Percent STEM
22%


Students Say

According to PayScale.com, the average starting salary for a Skidmore graduate is roughly $51,200. Popular jobs and majors include research associate, financial analyst, graphic designer, software engineer, and marketing manager, and business, English and psychology, respectively. Thirty-five percent of Skidmore graduates consider their careers to be instrumental in helping improve the world. According to the school's website, Skidmore's “Career Development Center helps students develop a holistic view of their career development plan, offering programs and services for students in each year to foster enhanced self-awareness, exposure to a variety of career fields, participation in off campus experiential activities, [and] effective career decision-making.” A Summer Funded Internship program provides grants to students interning locally, nationally, or abroad. Another unique feature on the school's website is the “What Can I Do With This Major?” section, where students can “learn about the typical career areas and the types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make [them] more marketable candidate[s].”

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Jan 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$46,400

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$44,550

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,200

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
42%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,987

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$44,264

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$55,136
Required Fees
$1,036
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,300

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,400
Transportation for Commuters
$1,848

On-Campus Room and Board
$15,000
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,612
Foreign Countries Represented
62

Demographics

4.97%
Asian
5.12%
African-American
9.20%
Hispanic
62.24%
Caucasian
2.27%
Unknown
11.51%
International

61% female
39% male
65% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Students Say

This is an “active and involved” student body, with the average Skidmore student having “at least a major and a minor [and getting] involved in multiple clubs, [while] probably working more than one job as well.” One member of this “wellrounded and over accomplished” group says, “Skidmore is the school for students who want to do it all.” Plus, it’s a place where everyone is “super welcoming and friendly” with a student body that “puts the ‘liberal’ in liberal arts.” That’s all representative of the “drive for creativity” on campus and the fact that students “support creativity in one another.” As one student jokes, “there are more shades of hair here (mostly unnatural) than there are people.” But despite any differences, everyone at Skidmore “has ‘their people’ and is welcome in many other circles and friend groups as well.”

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
90%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

People “are constantly on the go at Skidmore,” but this “doesn’t mean that students … don’t take care of themselves.” A typical day involves “going to classes, eating meals with friends, … meeting for a group project, studying in the library, maybe [taking] a nap, and getting outdoors.” The outdoorsy crowd find great joy with the Adirondack Mountains and Lake George being just about an hour away. Those looking to stay a little closer to campus also have options: Saratoga Springs, which some call “an amazing town” to be near, is just a ten-minute walk from campus. And Boston, New York City, and Montreal are just a few hours away as well. Regardless of whether they’re spent on campus or off, days are “always full of activity and connection,” and there are more than one hundred student clubs and organizations, making it “easy to integrate and be part of the community.” Those clubs “host tons of lectures and events for students,” and “the arts are a huge strength at Skidmore.” Anywhere you look, “students are constantly collaborating and playing shows,” and there is “a good culture of attending events on campus and supporting the student body.”

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Margaret Hegener

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
No

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
109
Number of Honor Societies
11

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
4

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
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Siena College
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Sustainability

94/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
8%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, and Apple educational discount

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Mary Lou Bates
Vice President and 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-Aikins Dining Hall

Most Popular Places Off Campus
SPAC (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)
National Museum of Dance
Saratoga 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 35 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
Overnight accommodations in the local area are listed here (http://www.skidmore.edu/admissions/saratoga/accommodations.php). Please keep in mind that this list has been compiled for the convenience of Skidmore visitors and friends and is not intended to be an endorsement of any particular establishment. Some establishments may require minimum stays depending on Skidmore or other local events.


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