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 Tours for fall 2020
Skidmore's Office of Admissions is pleased to offer limited-capacity campus tours, weekdays at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m and also on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m and 1:00 p.m. Tours will be conducted outdoors and will not enter any buildings. Pre-registration is required. Due to restrictions associated with the pandemic, we are not able to accommodate walk-ins at this time and all visitors will be asked to complete a health certification form.
Please note registration for all tours closes two hours before tour start times.
**Please also note many states are subject to NY travel restrictions based upon Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 205, issued on June 25, 2020. If you are traveling from a restricted state and have not yet quarantined for the required 14 day period, you will not be permitted to visit New York State or to participate in our on-campus tours. The list of states is adjusted frequently and can be found here: NYS travel advisory
Help us protect you, and the health and safety of our community, by wearing a facemask at all times on campus, regardless of distancing or room capacity.
Please be advised that if you have experienced any of the symptoms listed below within 14 days, they are considered new symptoms and cannot be attributed to a preexisting health condition.
- I certify that I had my temperature taken today prior to coming to the Skidmore campus and that my temperature was less than 100.4°F. Your temperature will also be taken upon arrival to campus.
I also certify that in the past 14 days:
- I have not had a temperature greater than 100.4°F.
- I do not have a cough.
- I do not have shortness of breath.
- I do not have any two of the following: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell.
- I have not tested positive for COVID-19.
- I have not had close contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case.
- I have not traveled to one of the following states based upon Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order 205, issued June 25, 2020: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory
Please note: The following programs have been suspended until further notice. See above for information on our current campus visit schedule.
The Office of Admissions is open year-round Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday mornings in the fall and spring, with some exceptions for holidays. We also welcome walk-ins at any time during business hours.
Information sessions and tours*
With prior registration, we hope you’ll join us for one of our daily information sessions and tours Monday through Friday and most Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. We strongly recommend joining a tour if you’re planning to come to campus. Many prospective students also choose to arrange an in-person interview on the same day as their tour. Throughout the year, we also offer discipline-specific tours in the arts and sciences. Look for any upcoming announcements for information, or feel free to call us to inquire about these, or any other options, at 800-867-6007. Register for a tour.
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.
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, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (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!
*Suspended until further notice.