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International Applicant Checklist
To be considered for admission, please submit the following:
applying to Skidmore
as an international student,
Dean Mendes or Ariana Vacs Renwick
- $65 application fee (check or credit card accepted). No application can be processed until the fee is received or a request for a waiver has been signed by the student’s secondary school guidance counselor and submitted.
- The application. Students must apply directly through the Common Application website.
- Secondary School Report (see Common Application) filled out by secondary school guidance counselor or school administrator (includes official high school transcript).
- Two academic Teacher Evaluation Reports (see Common Application).
- Midyear Report filled out by secondary school guidance counselor or school administrator or school administratoror school administrator(see Common Application).
- If applying for financial aid, follow the instructions on Skidmore’s Financial Aid website.
- CSS Profile, available on Skidmore’s Financial Aid website.
- TOEFL or IELTS scores for those for whom English is not their first language.
- English fluency is required of all students as Skidmore’s liberal arts curriculum is based heavily on written and oral communication. All students must have the ability to communicate inside and outside the classroom. If English is not your first language and if you have not attended a high school for at least three years where English is the only language of instruction, then we require that you submit a TOEFL or IELTs score. We can waive the TOEFL or IELTS for students completing an IB diploma program.
- Secondary school and university-level transcripts and recommendations. Those not in English should be accompanied by an English translation. Transcripts should include explanation of grading scale/system.
Beginning with the 2016–2017 application cycle, Skidmore College is test-optional.
Students may submit either the SAT or ACT if they feel their standardized testing results best represent their academic potential. We will not make any assumptions as to why some students choose to submit scores while others do not; all applicants will be given equal consideration in our holistic evaluation approach.
The College will, however, continue to require standardized testing (SAT or ACT) for the following populations of applicants: International students other than those who have attended an English-language-based school for at least three years (see policy below), homeschooled students, and students attending secondary schools offering written evaluations without accompanying grades. Applicants for the Porter Presidential Scholarships in Science and Mathematics are encouraged to submit SAT/ACT and any SAT subject tests in math and science.
Specifically, for international students, we require applicants to submit SAT I or ACT scores if English is not your first language and you have not attended a high school for at least three years where English is the only language of instruction. The TOEFL or IELTS is also required if English is not your first language. If you have attended a high school for at least three years where English is the only language of instruction, or if you are enrolled in an IB diploma program, we can waive this TOEFL/IELTS requirement.
The Admissions Office requests that the results of all standardized testing be sent directly to Skidmore College from the appropriate testing service.
If submitting an art portfolio (not required)
Prospective studio art majors are not required to submit a portfolio. If you are submitting an art portfolio, please submit electronically via slideroom.com, in partnership with the Common Application.
Keep in mind: Due to the number of portfolio submissions, applicants should adhere to the following guidelines to ensure that their portfolios are reviewed:
- At least four works must be drawings from direct observation.
- Artworks should demonstrate a command of elements of visual language, including composition, line, form, and color.
- Portfolios should reflect the abilities and experience of the applicants.