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Skidmore College

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 Tours for SPRING 2021

Skidmore's Office of Admissions is currently suspending all in-person campus tours. Please check back here for updates as health and travel advisories evolve.

Safe Skidmore

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 note: The following programs have been suspended until further notice. See above for information on our current campus visit schedule.

Open Hours*

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.

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, at xmckinzi@skidmore.edu 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!

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.