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Why Skidmore? 9 Reasons
Creative Thought Matters
Our founder, Lucy Skidmore Scribner, believed in putting academic theory and creative expression into practice. That’s what she called it educating “the mind and the hand.” Today we call it “Creative Thought Matters.” The Skidmore experience is about cultivating in students the kind of mind that understands and appreciates how creative thought matters in all pursuits. That’s our mantra, our motto, our core, and the world is desperate for it. Explore the Skidmore Mind.
A welcoming community with great student-faculty relationships
What makes Skidmore special is the “closeness you will find in friends, classmates, and very importantly, professors,” says College Prowler. “These people are rooting for you! They will surprisingly help lead you in the right direction because Skidmore offers a strong sense of family. You are not just a number here.” With our 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio and active program of faculty mentoring and advising, you are bound to create rewarding relationships with your professors. See what others have to say.
Curricular breadth, including preprofessional programs
At Skidmore, you can choose from B.A. and B.S. degrees in nearly 50 areas—in traditional liberal arts disciplines, of course, but also in preprofessional fields not typically offered at other liberal arts colleges, like business, social work, education studies, and health and exercise sciences. Our students even craft their own self-determined majors. And virtually all majors have corresponding minors. If you’re like many Skidmore students, you’ll graduate with a double major or at least add a minor or two to your major. This not only ties together your passions, it’s also a great way to uniquely position yourself for today’s knowledge economy.
Interdisciplinarity from day one
Introduced immediately in your first-year seminar at Skidmore, interdisciplinarity involves investigating two or more academic, scientific, or artistic disciplines to promote new ways of understanding, novel insights, and interconnected ideas. It’s not just part of the First-Year Experience, it’s part of the DNA of Skidmore. The sciences are one powerful example, including majors such as neuroscience and environmental studies. “The easy problems in science have already been solved,” says one professor. “The hard ones, the exciting ones, are at the intersections.” Skidmore’s style of science allows creativity to be “unleashed in ways we cannot even imagine.”
Integrative learning leading to career exploration
Though your intellectual foundation will come mostly from the classroom, lab, and library, it makes sense to test your new knowledge and skills in real-world environments. That’s why Skidmore encourages students to take advantage of its numerous academic and career exploration offerings, which include faculty-student collaborative research, internships, service-learning courses, off-campus study, and independents, capstones, and theses.
Visual and performing arts
Not an artist but love the arts? Welcome! The arts set Skidmore apart. Others talk about integrating the arts, but here every part of the academic, cocurricular, and social culture is enriched by the visual and performing arts. We’re talking about science and history classes collaborating on exhibits at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery. Hundreds of students playing in music groups, enrolled in dance courses, performing in theater productions—and most not even arts majors. Our fabulous new Arthur Zankel Music Center packs the house for popular student a cappella groups and ensembles, as well as top-name professional performers At Skidmore, we like to say the arts don’t dominate, they permeate.
Diverse student community
In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, it is crucial to be able to understand and communicate effectively across different cultures, identities, and perspectives. In the past decade, Skidmore’s percentage of domestic students of color nearly doubled, from 12% to 22%, and the percentage of international students quintupled from 1% to 6%, with another 6% holding dual passports. Currently students hail from 45 states and 60 countries. This generation wants to connect across all sorts of boundaries, and Skidmore’s strong ethos of pluralism makes that happen.
A beautiful campus with great residence halls, food, and facilities
“For those who enjoy crisp autumns, beautiful campuses, and lovely small cities, Skidmore offers an excellent quality of life. ‘The campus is beautiful, dorms are awesome, and Saratoga Springs is great!’ gushes one student.” That’s from the Princeton Review. Recently even more student apartments have been added, music and other arts facilities improved, green-energy plants expanded, and a huge and innovative science center designed and soon to come.
Saratoga Springs, a great college town
The Princeton Review also calls Saratoga “a 30,000-person town with the facilities and entertainment of a town three times its size. Wonderful coffee shops . . . great night life.” A 10-minute walk from Skidmore puts you in the heart of galleries, clubs, boutiques, and restaurants. The Adirondacks, Berkshires, and Green Mountains are in easy driving distance. There’s history here, too: famed mineral waters, a Revolutionary War battlefield, and the nation’s oldest thoroughbred racetrack. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is the summer home to the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra and a venue for top rock and jazz musicians. An incredible place to spend four years.