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Skidmore College

Fast Facts about Skidmore

It’s impossible to capture all there is to know about Skidmore through a few facts, but here’s our quick snapshot of who we are. 

Costs and aid

2020–21 costs

$58,278 tuition and fees; $9,178 dorm, double room; and $6,346 board

Financial aid

On average, half of our students receive financial aid.

Curriculum

Program

Four-year private, nondenominational, coeducational, liberal arts curriculum offering Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees

Majors

44. Most popular are business, English, psychology, political science, economics, studio art, theater, biology and environmental studies

Minors

Most majors have corresponding minors. Minors are also available in arts administration, Black studies, Chinese, intergroup relations (IGR), Italian, Japanese, Latin American and Latinx studies, media and film studies, and statistics.

Cooperative programs

4+1 M.B.A. programs (Clarkson University, Rochester Institute of Technology); Whitman M.B.A. Advantage Program, 4+1 M.S.A., and 4+1 M.S.F. (Syracuse University); Dual-degree engineering programs (Clarkson, Dartmouth College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute); B.S.N. (New York University School of Nursing — 15 or 18 months); Dual-degree programs in occupational therapy and physical therapy (Sage Graduate School)

Off-campus study

60% of Skidmore students study abroad at some point during their college years. Students can choose from 118 programs in 45 countries, including Skidmore-run programs in England, France, New Zealand and Spain.

Average class size

16 students; 94% have fewer than 30 students

Campus

Location

Saratoga Springs, New York, a city of 30,000 located 30 miles from Albany, New York state’s capital, and a three-hour drive from New York City, Boston and Montreal

Setting

More than 1,000 tree-lined acres providing a beautifully landscaped, personal experience. 

Facilities

All classes take place on campus and over 90% of students live on campus. (Note: In the 2020-21 academic year, one-third of courses are being offered online.)

Sustainability

35% of campus buildings are geothermally heated and cooled; 20% of campus electricity powered by our own solar field (9%) and hydroelectric dam (11%). The completion of the new Center for Integrated Sciences (CIS) is expected to increase geothermal heating and cooling to 45%.

Community

Enrollment

Approximately 2,500 students from 40 states and 65 countries

Demographics

41% men, 59% women; domestic students of color: 26%; international students: 12%; students with dual passports: 6%; first-generation college students: 15%

Faculty

320 full-time; 80% hold a doctorate or the highest degree in their fields; the average student-faculty ratio is 8:1

Retention rate

93% (fall to fall)

Student clubs and organizations

Nearly 120

Club and intramural sports

Approximately 20

Athletics

19 varsity teams; Skidmore is a founding member of the Liberty League and a member of NCAA Division III, the New England Hockey Conference and the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association.

Career

Preparation

All students and alumni have lifetime access to the Skidmore Career Development Center.

Student research

Annually, nearly 500 students (20% of the student body) engage in professional-level research with a faculty mentor.

Internships

Nearly 85% of students participate in an internship during their Skidmore career (74% more than one).

Recent class profiles

  • 721 students
  • 10,400 applications
  • 3000+ admits
  • 32% acceptance rate
  • 50% enrolled through Early Decision
  • 25% domestic students of color
  • 10% international students
  • 7% dual citizens
  • 12% first-generation college students
  • 57% receiving financial aid
  • 37 states and 27 countries
  • 36 languages spoken at home other than or in addition to English
  • 41% male/59% female
  • 740 students (including 32 students in FYE London program) 
  • 11,100 applications
  • 3,000+ admitted students
  • 30% selectivity
  • 47% enrolled through Early Decision
  • 28% domestic students of color
  • 11% international students
  • 6% dual citizens
  • 17% first-generation college students
  • 49% receiving some form of financial aid
  • 31 states and 32 foreign countries 
  • 50 languages spoken at home besides English
  • 44% male/56% female

ARTICLE ON THE CLASS OF 2023

  • 679 students (including 34 students in FYE London program) 
  • 10,797 applications
  • 2,915 admitted students
  • 27% selectivity
  • 50% enrolled through Early Decision
  • 25% domestic students of color
  • 10% international students
  • 6% dual citizens
  • 14% first-generation college students
  • 47% receiving some form of financial aid
  • 35 states and 25 foreign countries 
  • 39 languages spoken at home besides English
  • 36% male/64% female

ARTICLE ON THE CLASS OF 2022

  • 665 students (including 25 students in FYE London program) 
  • 10,053 applications
  • 2,465 admitted students
  • 24.5% selectivity
  • 49% enrolled through Early Decision 
  • 25% domestic students of color
  • 13% international students
  • 5% dual citizens
  • 17% first-generation college students
  • 42% receiving some form of financial aid
  • 35 states and 45 foreign countries 
  • 33 languages spoken at home besides English
  • 41% male/59% female

ARTICLE ON THE CLASS OF 2021

  • 721 students (including 37 students in FYE London program) 
  • 9,181 applications
  • 2,668 admitted students
  • 29% selectivity
  • 49% enrolled through Early Decision 
  • 24% domestic students of color
  • 11% international students
  • 5% dual citizens
  • 15% first-generation college students
  • 40% receiving some form of financial aid
  • 31 states and 54 foreign countries 
  • 30 languages spoken at home besides English
  • 41% male/59% female

ARTICLE ON THE CLASS OF 2020.

  • 687 students (including 35 students in FYE London program) 
  • 22% domestic students of color
  • 13% international students
  • 7% dual citizens
  • 37% enrolled through Early Decision 
  • 14% first-generation college students
  • 33% receiving Skidmore need-based grants
  • 49% receiving some form of financial aid
  • 33 states and 32 foreign countries 
  • 37% male/63% female (overall 41%/59%)

ARTICLE ON THE CLASS OF 2019

 

Rankings & Awards

Skidmore is ranked a Best Value College by Kiplinger and Forbes, a Top Green College and a Top Great Financial Aid School by The Princeton Review, a Top Liberal Arts College by US News and more.