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Our Traditions

We're always building on traditions and trying something new. And while you truly have to see, hear and feel these things to understand why you’ll love them, here's a taste to get you excited.

Beatlemore Skidmania

Beatlemore Skidmania

Beatlemore Skidmania

The annual tribute concert was initially inspired by students in a Beatles seminar who just wanted to jam with their friends. Now, it's so popular that it fills the biggest concert hall on campus for three sold-out shows and is livestreamed for alumni and fans around the world to see.

Academic Festival

Academic Festival

Academic Festival

All day, across campus, students present their best papers, scientific research, choreography and documentary videos, displaying something else that matters at Skidmore: Excellence. Academic Festival is a celebration of our students' achievements and intellect.

Ujima Fashion Show

Ujima Fashion Show

Ujima Fashion Show

Ujima, Skidmore's Caribbean and African American club, has hosted more than 25 fashion extravaganzas. Student models take to the runway to demonstrate, through beauty and strength, how people of color excel in spite of life's obstacles. Ujima is a Swahili word that means building community by treating others' problems as your own and solving them together.

Big Green Scream

Big Green Scream

Big Green Scream

Picture about 1,200 raucous spectators showing off their school spirit as they pack the Williamson Sports Center for back-to-back men's and women's basketball games. What better way to tip off a season of T-breds basketball? Show up early for a chance to win huge prizes like TVs and catch some of Skidmore's top performers at center court.

Hiking in the North Woods 

Hiking in the North Woods 

Hiking in the North Woods 

Skidmore's 250-acre North Woods is a forest that's home to more than 660 species of plants including rare ferns, the red-spotted newt and painted turtle, and a wide variety of birds. Monitored by student stewards, the woodlands feature a trail system perfect for hiking, cross-country skiing and occasionally getting away from it all.

Being yourself - not a Greek letter

Being yourself - not a Greek letter

Being yourself - not a Greek letter

Strong friendships and a great sense of community keep things interesting on campus. According to The Princeton Review's Best Value Private Schools, students are happy that we don't have fraternities or sororities. It means there's "no pressure to join or conform to anything." It also means our 100+ student clubs are organizations are only that much more vibrant.

National College Comedy Festival 

National College Comedy Festival 

National College Comedy Festival 

It's no laughing matter. Actually, laugh all you want. Because when it comes to college comedy, Skidmore might lead the pack. The National College Comedy Festival was started at Skidmore by David Miner '91 ("30 Rock," "Parks and Recreation"). It's a big draw, with professional comedians and college troupes like our own Skidomedy, Sketchies, Awkward Kids Talking and Ad Liberal Artists converging on campus.

Fun Day 

Fun Day 

Fun Day 

Get ready to celebrate the most whimsical day of the entire year. Fun Day is Skidmore's mini version of Coachella with an endless lineup of our best bands, groups and performers. Grab a blanket and snag a spot on Case Green, plan a creative outfit and get ready for an all-out-music-fest-meets-last-hoorah-of-the-semester blast.

Harvest Dinner

Harvest Dinner

As an unofficial kickoff to the Thanksgiving season, we have our own celebration of healthy, local, sustainable food enjoyed together as a family. Each year, the bounty from the Skidmore Community Garden is harvested, cooked up and combined with other locally sourced ingredients, to create a masterful meal only possible with the love it takes to grow your own.

Pack the Rink

Pack the Rink

The Pack the Rink home game celebration kicks off opening weekend of Skidmore's hockey season and is a perfect bookend to the fall season. At the event, hundreds of fans win free T-shirts and participate in contests for dozens of other prizes. Fans are also encouraged to bring canned goods for the Skidmore Cares  food drive. As an entirely free event with Skidmore transportation, there is no excuse not to join in and root for the T-breds!

Student life
Feel the school spirit

Daily life at Skidmore is everything you’d expect and more. But, don’t just take our word for it. Read and listen to stories by current students for prospective students that illustrate what it’s really like to be a Thoroughbred.