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Campus Visits

Experience what life is like on our beautiful campus.

Whether it's for one of our upcoming open houses or it's simply a good time for your family to stop by and take a tour, one of the best ways to see if Skidmore is a good fit for you is by visiting campus in person.

Campus VISITS for Summer 2021

Admissions is pleased to offer in-person visits with the following schedule:

Monday – Friday: Brief outdoor information session followed by student-led tours. Sessions will be offered at 8:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Please plan for two hours for your visit. Pre-registration is required.

Saturday: Student-led tours offered at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Please plan for 90 minutes for your visit.  Pre-registration is required.

PLEASE NOTE: In case of severe weather or temperatures exceeding 95 degrees, tours may be cancelled for reasons of public safety. In such cases, we will strive to call and/or text the cell number you provided when registering.

Due to restrictions associated with the pandemic, we are not able to accommodate walk-ins at this time for these offerings.

Self-guided tours are also permitted and welcomed. Please fill out a card on the Admissions porch (from the kiosk on the left wall) or scan the QR code at the same location, so we know you were here! You can place a completed card in the mail slot on the front door.

Open Hours

The Office of Admissions is now open virtually, year-round Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with some exceptions for holidays. You can reach us by phone at 800-867-6007 or by our email address.

Day hosting*

Our day-hosting program gives high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to spend a morning or afternoon on campus with a current student, attend a class and have a meal in our dining hall. 

When operating, our day hosting program is arranged by a student coordinator using your registration information. Your host contacts you at the email address you provide and shares their schedule with you, as well as the time and place that you should meet them.

We ask students to register at least two weeks in advance. We try to match you with someone in your area of interest; however, we cannot guarantee that a particular major or course will be available during your specific visit.

Some details to keep in mind:

  • Class options are more limited on Fridays.
  • Studio art classes usually meet for three hours.
  • Please be on time to meet your host before his/her class.
  • Be sure to indicate your academic area(s) of interest in your registration to assist in matching you with a host.
  • The Day Hosting Program is not available during our Spring Break (March 9-13).

If you have any further questions, please contact Leah Casey at (518) 580-5574.

Visit a classroom*

Many Skidmore professors invite you to attend one of their classes. Open the master schedule, find a class by semester and academic department, and then email the professor to see if your date works.

Classes are not available during Thanksgiving break and visits will only be available during the academic year, when classes are in session.

To prepare for your visit, please:

  • Use our interactive map to locate buildings.
  • Arrive at least 10 minutes early to introduce yourself to the professor and find an unassigned seat.
  • Power off all electronic devices.
  • Plan to stay for the entire class.

Group visits*

We welcome groups of 10 to 70 high school students (with chaperones) to visit campus Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If you are interested, please complete our group visit request form below.

For more information about group visits, please contact Xavier McKinzie, assistant director of Admissions, via email  or by phone: (518) 580-8413.

Visits are offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Schedule options are as follows:

Morning visit schedule

  • 10:30–11 a.m.: Admissions information session
  • 11 a.m.–noon: General campus tour
  • Noon (optional): Lunch upon request

Afternoon visit schedule

  • 1:30 p.m. (optional): Lunch upon request
  • 2:30–3 p.m.: Admissions information session
  • 3–4 p.m.: General campus tour

To schedule a group visit, a group visit request form must be submitted at least three weeks in advance of your group's requested date.

Group visits are designed to include a one-hour walking tour with a Skidmore student guide and/or a 30-minute group information session led by an admissions counselor. Staff from our Opportunity Program (HEOP and AOP) may also be available to address visiting groups.

Groups must be accompanied by a teacher/chaperone/parent at all times. We require one chaperone for every 10 students.

Groups are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the visit.

Lunch or dinner are available at a cost of $9.50 and $11.75 (if tax-exempt), respectively, and can be arranged through the Admissions Office. Please let us know if you require an invoice.

Visiting students are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful manner at all times, and chaperones are to accept full responsibility for their group. Skidmore College representatives reserve the right to end the tour and/or group information session if visitors are rude or disruptive.

Chaperones are to contact the Admissions Office at (800) 867-6007 or admissions reception at (518) 580-8351 if they foresee being late for their scheduled visit. Late arrivals may not be able to participate in all scheduled activities.

If a visit needs to be cancelled or rescheduled, two days' notice is required.

We also encourage you to include a drive through our vibrant and welcoming city of Saratoga Springs, brimming with history and tradition.

We look forward to your visit and showing you Skidmore College!

About Your Group
Student grade levels (check all that apply):
Scheduling Contact Person Information
Traveling Contact Person Information
About Your Visit
Select your preferred schedule. Please note that you should arrive 15 minutes prior to your visit.
Would your group like to eat a meal in the dining hall? (Please note cost per person above.)

*Suspended until further notice due to Covid-19. 

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