The world doesn’t need more silent observers and passive assessors; it needs creative thinkers and passionate doers. Creative thought matters because it is creating the future. And that’s what Skidmore is all about.
Founded in 1903, Skidmore College is an independent, coeducational, liberal arts college in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., which 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 2,500 from 45 states and 62 countries and a faculty of 304 dedicated teacher-scholars, Skidmore offers 43 majors in the 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, cocurricular, and residential aspects of his or her first year and gets that student 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% 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 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."
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."
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