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Answers to common questions

We're glad you have questions. You're always welcome to email or call us for answers. For your convenience, we've also curated our responses to the most common questions that arise among applicants.

Most frequently asked

How do I apply to Skidmore?

How do I apply to Skidmore?

Skidmore uses the Common Application and the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success Application.

How do I apply for financial aid?

How do I apply for financial aid?

Complete the College Scholarship Service Financial Aid profile (CSS) by November 15 for ED I and January 15 for ED II and Regular Decision. Full instructions and online forms can be found with the Financial Aid Office.

What does Skidmore look for in its applicants?

What does Skidmore look for?

Strong academic ability, intellectual curiosity, open-mindedness and an energetic commitment to learning. Since you'll learn not only from faculty but from each other, we also seek a diverse student body, including wide geographical distribution and a variety of talents, interests and backgrounds.

Does Skidmore require standardized tests?

Does Skidmore require standardized tests?

For the 2020-2021 admissions cycle, no students are required to submit test scores. You may still choose to submit the SAT or ACT if you feel your results best represent your academic potential, but all applicants will be given equal consideration through holistic evaluation.

When do I have to declare a major?

When do I have to declare a major?

You must formally declare a major by the second semester of the sophomore year, prior to registration for the junior year. Many students start undecided or change their original path once they're here. 

Is Skidmore College need-blind?

Is Skidmore College need-blind?

No. Skidmore is “need aware,” meaning we offer all admitted students the financial aid for which they are eligible.

Other common questions


The standard course load for a full-time student is 15 credit hours each semester, and students are encouraged to balance their commitment to quality and rigor with realistic expectations of the workload involved with specific course enrollments.

A major field of study selected from the Skidmore College degree programs must be formally declared by the second semester of the sophomore year, prior to registration for the junior year.

Your summer advisor is your initial contact to assist you with academic planning. If you are a first-year student, the instructor of your Scribner Seminar (SSP 100) will be your faculty advisor in the fall. Most transfer students are assigned initially to a classroom instructor or to the chairperson of the department of an anticipated major.

Student Academic Services works independently and in cooperation with other administrative offices and academic departments and programs to identify and implement individualized accommodations.  Learn more

Student Academic Services (SAS) serves students interested in strengthening their academic performance or skills by organizing Peer Academic Coaching and individual peer tutoring, and by offering private professional one-on-one academic support. Learn More à

Skidmore students often do independent research with professors during the academic year. In addition, the College’s long-standing Summer Faculty Student Research Program (five or 10 weeks) provides students with a unique opportunity to work with faculty on original research in virtually every discipline. Learn more à

Nearly 60% of our graduates study off campus either internationally or domestically. Students can choose from 118 programs in 45 countries, including five Skidmore programs and several domestic options. Learn more à

Some 75% of Skidmore students participate in one or more internships during their four years. Many of them are funded by the College. While some students organize opportunities and apply independently, many utilize the expertise and network connections of our Career Development Center, which they have lifetime access to. Learn more à


Application process

The Admissions Committee strives to admit those students whose abilities, interests, character and background give them the greatest promise of profiting from and contributing to Skidmore.

The committee’s primary emphasis is on the strength of a student’s academic record, as evidenced by quality of secondary school courses and classroom achievement. Personal qualities, accomplishments, interests and capacity for growth are also strongly considered, so careful attention is paid to recommendations, the student’s personal statement, cocurricular activities and, when applicable, the interview.

The best way is to join our mailing list by submitting the Information Request Form. We will send you publications and emails to keep you informed about key events and application deadlines. Shortly after you send us the form you will receive an email from the Admissions counselor who is your primary point of contact. Feel free also to reach out to us.

First-Year Applicants

  • Early Decision Round I: November 15
  • Early Decision Round II: January 15
  • Regular Decision: January 15

Transfer Applicants

  • Fall admission: April 1
  • Spring admission: November 1

See How to Apply for details.

If you need to request an application fee waiver, you need to submit a request that is signed by your secondary school guidance counselor.

No. Outside of transferring, we admit students through two rounds of Early Decision and one round of Regular Decision.

The Opportunity Program (OP) provides access to a high-quality liberal arts education for talented and motivated students whose academic and financial circumstances would make them otherwise unable to attend our institution. OP consists of students from New York admitted through the state’s Higher Education Opportunity Program and students recruited through Skidmore’s Academic Opportunity Program who live outside of New York and/or have a family income that slightly exceeds HEOP guidelines.   Learn more

Once admitted, a student can request a gap year by writing to the Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid.


Costs and Aid

We’ve included some common questions below. For more financial aid information, please explore the Financial Aid Office’s FAQs

These two cost calculators can help you anticipate your college costs and estimate your eligibility for need-based scholarships. A Skidmore education might be more affordable than you think.

  • Myintuition! – This tool asks six basic financial questions and gives you a basic estimate of the amount your family will need to contribute for one year at Skidmore.
  • Net Price Calculator – This more comprehensive tool also provides you an early estimate of your eligibility for need-based financial aid, including grants and scholarships.

If you are a United States citizen or permanent resident of the United States, you are eligible to apply for financial aid at Skidmore College. Skidmore is also able to offer a very limited number of financial aid awards to students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States. International students who are applying for financial aid must complete the CSS Profile.

Yes. However, it is limited to two specialty scholarships — the Filene Music Scholarship (4 to 6 annually) and the Porter Presidential Scholarship (12 to 14 annually).

No. Skidmore is “need aware,” meaning we offer all admitted students the financial aid for which they are eligible.

First-year applicants will receive notification of their financial aid with their admissions acceptance letter.

Yes. There are many part-time jobs available on campus that are not limited to students on financial aid.


Early Decision

Though it varies from year to year, nearly 50% of the most recent entering class, the Class of 2024, enrolled through Early Decision. Of course, you must apply and be accepted prior to enrollment.

Students who apply by the November 15 deadline for ED Round I will be notified of the decision on their application in mid-December. Those who apply by the January 15 ED Round II deadline will hear by February 15, as will those who convert Regular Decision applications to Early Decision by February 1. While Early Decision candidates may initiate applications to other colleges, if they are accepted under one of Skidmore’s Early Decision plans they must immediately withdraw all other applications and enroll at Skidmore.

Early Decision applicants are admitted at a higher rate than Regular Decision applicants. The practical advantage to applying early, however, is that you receive a decision in December or February compared to Regular Decision (mid-March). If admitted, you will attend your first-choice college (Skidmore) and you will not have to file other applications.

Early Decision candidates may initiate applications to other colleges, but if they are accepted under one of Skidmore’s Early Decision plans they must immediately withdraw all other applications and enroll at Skidmore.

Most students who are not accepted Early Decision (ED) are deferred for reconsideration in the spring and notified of their final decision in late March. However, in some cases it is apparent to the Admissions Committee that an ED candidate will clearly not be competitive for admission and that it is in the student's best interest to know this sooner rather than later. In this situation, the Admissions Committee denies the applicant at the time of the ED notification, thus enabling the student to focus on alternative plans.


International students

Your school counselor or administrator should submit your O-level/IGCSE results and your predicted A-Level results. Applicants in an IB program should have their counselor or administrator submit their predicted IB exam results. Your final A-Level or IB exam results should be submitted upon completion if you are admitted and decide to enroll.

If you receive a 5 or higher in a Higher Level IB exam, you can receive 4 credits for each result up to a maximum of 16 credits. If you receive a C or higher in an A-level course, you can receive 4 credits for that result up to a maximum of 16 credits. If you receive a C or higher in an AS course, you can receive 2 credits for that result.

The use of agents is not needed to gain admission to Skidmore. As part of our application review process we look closely for any signs of unethical practices in all submitted documents.

Skidmore College accepts applications from undocumented or DACA students. However, financial aid funds for undocumented and DACA students are extremely limited and highly competitive. The College is committed to meeting the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted students, regardless of citizenship status. To apply for financial aid, undocumented and DACA students must submit the College Board’s CSS Profile.

Yes. If you have begun classes at a university as a degree candidate in the U.S. or abroad, you can and should apply to Skidmore as a transfer student.

All applicants are eligible for need-based aid. International students who are applying for financial aid must complete the CSS Profile. We offer a very limited amount of aid for international students and it is a highly competitive process. If an international applicant has been admitted and enrolls without aid, they cannot apply for financial aid in the future. Skidmore is also a member of the Davis United World College Scholars Program.

Currently, there are nearly 300 international students from nearly 70 countries. This represents about 13% of the overall student body of 2,500 students.


Transfer students

Transfer applications are accepted for both fall and spring semesters. The fall deadline is April 1 and the spring deadline is November 1.

For transfer admission, the Admissions Committee places particular emphasis on the applicant's academic record in college but also considers secondary school records and standardized test scores. The committee will consider how well previous course selection at both the secondary and post-secondary level has prepared the applicant to satisfy Skidmore's degree requirements. Personal qualities, accomplishments, interests and capacity for growth are also considered, so careful attention is paid to recommendations, the student's personal statement and when possible, the interview.

There is no minimum credit requirement, but we prefer to see one full year of college-level work completed prior to transferring.

A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for a Skidmore degree. We will accept a maximum of 60 transfer credit hours. A minimum of 60 credit hours must be completed here at Skidmore.

A tentative evaluation of transfer credit will be available upon request at the time of acceptance. The definitive evaluation is provided by the Office of the Registrar and is not available until after the student has decided to enroll at Skidmore and an enrollment deposit has been received. Only courses in which a student has received a grade of "C" or better are transferable.

Some need-based institutional grant assistance is available. For more information, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Yes. Housing is guaranteed for all incoming transfers.