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"Skidmore continues to win the hearts
of motivated students with gorgeous
scenery, caring faculty, and its
flexibility, openness, and receptivity
to change and growth."
—Fiske Guide to Colleges
Founded more than a century ago and located in Saratoga Springs, New York, on a beautiful 1,200-acre campus (see virtual tour), Skidmore is a highly regarded liberal arts college known for its creative approaches to just about everything.
Located 30 miles north of Albany, New York State’s capital, Saratoga Springs is perennially short-listed as one of the most interesting and vibrant small cities in the U.S. Famed for “health, history, and horses”—its mineral waters, Revolutionary War battlefield, and the nation’s oldest thoroughbred racetrack—Saratoga is equally renowned as an arts and cultural destination. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is summer home to the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra and is a performing venue for top rock and jazz musicians.
The city’s dynamic downtown area—just a short walk from Skidmore—is brimming with galleries, clubs, museums, shops, coffeehouses, and restaurants. The city’s location near the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains puts an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities within an hour’s drive. Boston, New York City, and Montreal are each approximately 180 miles from the campus.
Program: four-year private, nondenominational, coeducational, liberal arts
Degrees: B.A., B.S., M.A. (Master of Arts)
Calendar: fall and spring semesters, followed by two optional five-week summer sessions, internships, and collaborative research opportunities
Number of Majors: 42
Most Popular Majors: English, Business, Psychology, Government, Economics, Studio Art, Theater, Biology, Environmental Studies
Minors: Most majors have corresponding minors. Minors are also available in Arts Administration, Chinese, Intergroup Relations, Italian, Japanese, Latin American Studies, and Media and Film Studies.
Courses Offered: more than 1,000
Class Size: Average is 16, 94% of classes have fewer than 30 students, 1% have more than 50
Faculty: 304 full-time; 87% hold the doctoral or highest degree in their fields. Skidmore faculty have earned national and international recognition including Guggenheim, MacArthur, Pulitzer, and Emmy awards, and major fellowships and grants from Fulbright, Getty, NEH, NIH, NSF, and the Andy Warhol Foundation.
Student-Faculty Ratio: 8 to 1
Degree requirements: Students are responsible for completing all requirements for graduation.
- A minimum of 120 credit hours of course work. A minimum of sixty credit hours must be completed at Skidmore College.
- Satisfaction of the grade-point standard. A cumulative grade-point average of 2.000 in all course work completed at Skidmore College and a 2.000 in all course work in the major field, as well as in any declared minor.
- Fulfillment of the liberal arts requirement. Candidates for the bachelor of arts degree must complete a minimum of ninety credit hours of course work designated as liberal arts. Candidates for the bachelor of science degree must complete a minimum of sixty credit hours of course work designated as liberal arts. Double majors completing both B.A. and B.S. requirements must complete 90 hours of liberal arts credit. Only one degree is awarded.
- Fulfillment of the maturity-level requirement. Successful completion of a minimum of twenty-four credit hours of course work at the 300 level at Skidmore College. Twelve credit hours of 300-level course work must be taken in the senior year, six of these twelve in each major field.
- Fulfillment of a Scribner Seminar, unless exempted.
- Fulfillment of the foundation requirements: quantitative reasoning 1 and 2 and expository writing.
- Fulfillment of the breadth component in four areas: arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.
- Fulfillment of the culture-centered inquiry requirement: two courses, one course at the appropriate level in a foreign language or foreign literature in its nontranslated form, and one course designated as either non-Western culture or cultural diversity study.
- Declaration and satisfaction of requirements for a major program.
In addition, the student is responsible for fulfillment of all financial obligations to the college and for successfully fulfilling all social and academic integrity obligations stipulated by the Integrity Board, the Dean of Student Affairs, and the Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Students are encouraged to monitor progress toward degree completion by referencing degree audits produced weekly by the Office of the Registrar. Click here for more information.
Faculty-student collaborative research: Annually, nearly 500 students (20% of the student body) engage in research with a faculty mentor, including more than 80 in the Summer Student-Faculty Research Program.
Internships: More than sixty percent of students participate in an internship during their Skidmore career, a number of which are funded by the College.
Service-learning courses: Nearly 70% of students take at least one service-learning course while at Skidmore.
Off-campus study: With about 60% of students studying abroad at some point during their college years, Skidmore was recently ranked second nationally on a list of top-40 baccalaureate institutions for number of students studying abroad for a semester. Students can choose from 130 programs in more than 40 countries, including Skidmore-run programs in England, France, and Spain.
Periclean Honors Forum: 250 students are members of this enhanced student intellectual community that sponsors the annual Academic Festival.
Independents, capstones, and theses: Skidmore students completing a culminating project in their major—75% senior capstone, 53% independent study, and 32% senior thesis or advanced research project.
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa; College and departmental honors; Periclean Honors Forum; affiliations with national honor societies in classics, economics, history, mathematics, physics, psychology, sociology, and Spanish
Preprofessional and Cooperative Programs: Faculty-student collaborative research (academic year and summer program); international and domestic off-campus study; internships (for academic credit); Periclean Honors Forum; Prelaw advising; Premedical/health professions advising; service-learning courses; John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative program; 4+1 M.B.A. programs (Clarkson, RIT, Union Graduate College); Whitman M.B.A. Advantage Program, 4+1 M.S.A., and 4+1 M.S.F. (Syracuse); dual-degree engineering programs (Clarkson, Dartmouth, RPI) ; B.S.N. (New York University School of Nursing–15 or 18 months); dual-degree programs in occupational therapy and physical therapy (Sage Graduate School); M.S. in accountancy (Wake Forest University)
Enrollment: approximately 2,500 students from 45 states and 70 countries
Gender Mix: 40% men, 60% women
Diversity: Domestic students of color: 22%; international students: 9%; students with dual passports: 5%, and first-generation college students: 13%
Retention Rate: 93% (fall to fall)
Student Clubs and Organizations: more than 100
Club and Intramural Sports: approximately 20
Men’s and Women’s Varsity Sports: 19 teams participating in the Liberty League, except for ice hockey (ECAC East) and riding (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association)
The beautiful 1,200-acre campus, 300 acres of which consists of the recreation- and field- research-rich North Woods, has been recently upgraded with key renovations to dining and residential facilities. Skidmore's newest academic building is the Zankel Music Center, a 54,000-square-foot facility with a spectacular 600-seat recital hall and state-of-the art recording studio. In addition, the Northwoods Apartments, opened in 2007 for upperclassmen, feature "green" apartments which use geothermal heating and cooling systems. The similar Sussman Village Apartments opened in 2013. And the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, opened in 2000, has earned a national reputation through exhibitions that feature contemporary art but also address disciplines such as the natural and social sciences.
Sustainability: In 2014, Skidmore installed a 2-megawatt solar array that meets 12% of Skidmore’s electricity needs. An additional 18% of electricity needs are met through a micro-hydro facility. Also in 2014, the College installed five solar thermal systems, each providing 30% of the hot water needs for a particular building. Forty percent of Skidmore’s heating and cooling needs are met with geothermal energy. For more, click here.
Admission: Highly competitive; over the last two years, Skidmore received 8700-9150 applications for first-year classes targeted at 650-690 (including 36 students choosing to spend their first semester in Skidmore’s First-Year London Program); 35-37% have been offered admission; 45% enrolled Early Decision; median SAT/ACT scores for those admitted range from 1300-1320 and 29-30.
Financial Aid: Skidmore annually provides approximately $42 million in financial aid, more than 20% of our operating budget. The average 2015-16 first-year aid package is $42,500, ranging from $2,000 to $62,850; 40% of students receive need-based grants; 45% receive some form of financial aid; and 50% are given the opportunity to work on campus. Average postcollege student debt (just over $24,000) is below the national average.
- Porter Presidential Scholarship in Science and Mathematics: $15,000 annually ($60,000 over four years) to five to seven students per class
- Filene Music Scholarship: $12,000 annually ($48,000 over four years) to four students per class
- Skidmore Scholars in Science and Mathematics: Up to eight S3M scholars with demonstrated financial need annually receive financial-aid packages with no loan component in the first two years and with reduced loans in years three and four.
Costs 2016–17: $50,684 tuition and fees; $7,998 dorm-double room; and $5,532 board. For more detail, click here.