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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
10,053
Acceptance Rate
25%

Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
610 - 700
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
595 - 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
8:1
Total Faculty
384
with Terminal Degree
271

205
Women
179
Men
65
Minority
17
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
84%
Graduate in 5 years
87%
Graduate in 6 years
87%

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 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

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 consequential 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 requirements have been some of my favorite classes," says a student.

Some of Skidmore's greatest strengths are the academic support resources available 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 balance 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."


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
84%
Graduate in 5 years
87%
Graduate in 6 years
87%

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)
$51,200

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$97,300

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$51,900

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$102,200

Percent High Job Meaning
40%

Percent STEM
21%


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 selfawareness, exposure to a variety of career fields, participation in offcampus 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
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$45,900

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$44,600

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,200

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
39%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$23,916

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$41,615

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

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
2,680
Foreign Countries Represented
61

Demographics

4.93%
Asian
4.89%
African-American
9.25%
Hispanic
62.69%
Caucasian
2.82%
Unknown
11.21%
International

60% female
40% male
66% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

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 wearing 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."

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
89%
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

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." Downtown 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 opportunities" 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 parties" 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."


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
106
Number of Honor Societies
11

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
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
11%

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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