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As part of Skidmore College's ongoing response to COVID-19, the Office of Admissions will work with you to be accommodating regarding transfer documents sent to us after the April 1 deadline. Regarding visits to campus, we have canceled all in-person visitor programming. We are disappointed we can't meet in person for the time being, but we are embracing a belief that inspires us every day, especially during challenging times - Creative Thought Matters.

For questions about transferring to Skidmore, contact Jocie Sobieraj at or 518-580-8334.

To be considered for fall admission, you should apply by April 1. To be considered for spring admission, you should apply by November 1. Please submit the following:

  • Skidmore College Transfer Common Application supplement 
  • Personal statement on topic of your choice (approx. 650 words)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities where you have registered for any courses
  • Final high school transcript
  • Two (2) College Instructor Evaluations from instructors who have taught you in academic courses.
  • A College Official Report, indicating you are in good standing at the time of application, and that no disciplinary action is pending
  • A Midterm Grade Report indicating your grades-in-progress for the current term
  • $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 submitted.

Standardized Testing

Skidmore College is test-optional for most applicants.

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.

The college will, however, continue to require standardized testing (SAT or ACT) for the following populations of applicants: International students other than those who have attended an English-language-based school for at least three years (see policy below), homeschooled students, and students attending secondary schools offering written evaluations without accompanying grades.

Specifically, for international students, we require applicants to submit SAT I or ACT scores if English is not your first language and you have not attended a high school and/or college for at least three years where English is the only language of instruction. The TOEFL or IELTS is also 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 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.

Articulation Agreements 

Skidmore College maintains an articulation agreement with Schenectady County Community College (SCCC). Candidates for admission are provided complete information on SCCC course articulations for the Skidmore degree program prior to the student's acceptance of an admission offer. Students admitted under this articulation agreement will be awarded financial aid meeting their full demonstrated need. For more information about transferring to Skidmore, contact Jocie Sobieraj at For more information about credits and degrees, please contact Paula Brehm at

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Frequently Asked Questions 

Does Skidmore accept fall and spring transfer applications?
Transfer applications are accepted for both fall and spring semesters. To be considered for fall admission, you should apply by April 1. Applications for our spring term should be submitted by November 1.

What does Skidmore consider for a transfer admission?
For transfer admission, the Admissions Committee will place particular emphasis on the applicant's academic record in college but will also consider the secondary school record 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.

Is there a minimum number of credits needed to apply for transfer admission?
There is no minimum credit requirement, but we prefer to see one full year of college level work completed prior to transferring.

How many credits can be transferred and how many must I complete at Skidmore?
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. For specific information on how your credits may transfer, please contact the Registrar's office at or by calling 518-580-5710.  

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.

Is financial aid available for transfer students?
Some need-based institutional grant assistance is available. For further information, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 518-580-5750.

Is housing provided for incoming transfers?
Housing is guaranteed for all incoming transfers.


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