will want to pack appropriately for your visit. Saratoga has
the unpredictable weather typical of the East Coast, which
can result in snow in April and 75 degree heat in October.
Put our zip code, 12866, into www.weather.com,
to get an idea of what Saratoga weather will be like for your
visit. Though you don’t need to pack for a month, do
try to be prepared for a range of weather conditions.
you’re driving to campus, be sure to get reliable directions:
free to call us at (518) 580-5450 to double-check your route
or estimated travel time.
you are arriving by plane, you will most likely fly into the
Albany, New York airport, which is about an hour from Skidmore
by car. From there, you can catch the bus, rent a car, or
take a taxi. Some helpful contacts for your travel plans might
Airport Taxi Information
Airport Bus Information
Airport Car Rental Information
bus station in Saratoga Springs is located a mile and three
quarters south of campus on Broadway. It’s also the
Spa City Diner, which is a great place to get a quick, inexpensive
meal (or traditional Greek food) on your way.
you meet with us during Labor Day weekend, the weekend of
Skidmore’s commencement ceremony, or during peak horse-racing
season, it may be difficult to get a hotel room in town. If
that’s the case, check out hotels in any of the surrounding
areas, such as Glens Falls and Ballston Spa. However, if you
will be staying in Saratoga Springs, take a look at the following
sites when choosing a hotel:
Chamber of Commerce
you get to the Skidmore campus, simply follow the signs to
Case Center (Skidmore’s student union) and Ladd Hall.
University Without Walls and the Master of Liberal Arts are
located on the first floor of Ladd, which is directly to your
left when you enter Case from the parking lot. A map of the
campus is available at the Skidmore website:
you’re looking at the map, check out the location of
the library and the Skidmore card office. When you come to
enroll, you’ll need to visit both of those places.
you’re not in a meeting with faculty or academic advisors,
there are several places on campus you should take the time
to visit. In Case Center, just down the hall from the UWW
office, there is the Spa. The Spa is a snack bar, with a deli,
grill, and cold drinks. On the second floor of Case, there’s
the Cyber Café, which has coffee, tea, and pastries,
and is surrounded by public PCs and Macs.
Scribner library, also the home of the CITS help desk, also
has public computers, periodicals, and vast stacks of books.
Take a look at the section of books dealing with your area
of concentration, read the Times, or just relax in one of
the sunny window seats that overlook campus. The library staff
is very friendly and helpful, especially with questions you
might have about researching your final project. You can access
the library catalog online, the electronic resources, and
everything else the library has to offer at www.skidmore.edu/library/
The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, perhaps the most
distinctive building on campus, features exhibits from a variety
of artists and artistic movements. The Tang has its own permanent
collection as well as frequent exhibitions from renowned artists.
See what the Tang will be showing when you visit at www.skidmore.edu/tang/.
If you come to campus during nice weather, especially during
foliage season, be sure to survey the campus from the Tang’s
of your area of concentration, you should stop by that department,
just to get a feel for what your fellow Skidmore students
are up to. Almost all of the departments have posters on the
walls notifying every one of experiment results, art exhibits,
thesis presentations, and other academic events. The department
of your major will also probably be home to your faculty advisor,
with whom you will consult in person during your visits to
other cool things on campus include the gardens at the admissions
building, located on the other side of Broadway, the Saisselin
art building’s galleries of student and faculty artwork,
and the gift shop in Case Center. The campus map can help
you find these places, and any others you’d like to
for us, Skidmore is located in a great little college town,
with many cultural events, entertainment options, and great
places to dine out. Anyone who has been to Saratoga probably
has an opinion about the best restaurant in town, including
everyone in the UWW office! The
Saratoga Chamber of Commerce lists many of these restaurants
on their website,
resource for deciding where to eat is
Skidmore students, perhaps the most popular (and therefore,
relatively inexpensive) choices are Uncommon Grounds coffee
and bagels, Sushi Thai Garden, and Putnam Market.
addition to great food, downtown Saratoga is full of shops
and boutiques, with every kind of souvenir imaginable. Whether
you’d like cookware, a hat for the track, books, or
vintage records, downtown Broadway has somewhere fun to browse.
Saratoga is famous for the horse races, and if you’re
here during racing season an afternoon at the track is always
exciting. Again, the Chamber
of Commerce website is a great resource for information
about retailers and fun activities in Saratoga Springs!