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Ecotrading in nature's marketplace
Ants and plants as model mutualists
Writer's workshop offers total immersion
Summer institute is finely focused
Hands-on help in Africa Students undertake Projects for Peace
Flocking to Skidmore Admissions: thumbs up; USNews beauty pageant: thumbs down
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Flocking to Skidmore

A bumper crop of first-year students—forty more than projected—accepted Skidmore’s offer of admission to the class of ’11. At the same time, more upperclassmen chose on-campus housing, with the result that about 350 freshmen are tripled up in the residence halls for the fall semester.
Discounts, perks, and advisors will help see them through.

Class of ’11 stats:
• Applications: 6,850
• Acceptance rate: 36%
• Enrolled: 688
• Men/women: 41%/59%
• Students of color: 23%
• Average SAT scores: 1250
• Geographic origins: 37 states, 19 countries

Even as Skidmore’s popularity rises, it has opted out of one “popularity contest”: US News and World Report’s reputational survey of colleges, a subjective factor in its annual rankings that has drawn widespread criticism. This fall Skidmore joined some 400 other colleges in posting data (acceptance and graduation rates, costs, etc.) on the new University and College Accountability Network, an Internet site designed to help prospective students make apples-to-apples comparisons. —SR