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Early Decision Applicants Checklist

To be considered for admission, please submit the following:

Common App     Coalition App

  • Secondary School Report filled out by secondary school guidance counselor (includes official high school transcript)
  • Two academic Teacher Evaluation Reports
  • Senior grades
  • Early Decision Agreement form if applying ED Round I or ED Round II,
    including student, parent/guardian, and guidance counselor signatures
  • If applying for financial aid, complete the College Scholarship Service Financial Aid PROFILE (available on our Financial Aid website) no later than November 15 (Round I) or January 15 (Round II).
  • $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.

Standardized Testing:

Skidmore College has been test-optional for the majority of our applicants for several years. Prior to the 2020/2021 admissions cycle we did however continue to require either the SAT or ACT from the following groups:

International students other than those who have attended an English-language-based school for at least 3 years

Homeschooled students

Students attending secondary schools offering written evaluations without accompanying grades

We understand many test sites have been closed and will continue to remain closed and that many of our applicants applying for fall 2021 admission will never have the opportunity to take the SAT or ACT. Subsequently, we will offer test-optional admissions for all applicants seeking fall 2021 admission – including the three groups described above.

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.

Specifically, for international students, the TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo English Test is still 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/Duolingo English Test requirement.

The Admissions Office requests that the results of all standardized testing be sent directly to Skidmore College from the appropriate testing service.

Self-reported scores – Those students who choose to submit standardized testing as part of their application may self-report their scores in any of the following ways at the time of application:

  • Included on the Common Application or the Coalition Application
  • Sending a screen shot or PDF of the Student Score Report to (Be sure your name is visible.)


If you are admitted and subsequently enroll based on self-reported scores, you must submit official test scores and can do so in the following ways:

  • Official report from the testing agency
  • High school transcript
  • Your school counselor

Please note, your admission could be at risk if your official scores are not consistent with self-reported scores.

Note: For information on whether Early Decision is right for you, click here.

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, in partnership with the Common Application.

Please include Skidmore College on your My Colleges page. Then click on Art Supplement which will connect you to Please create an account on and submit your work. 

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.