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April 5, 2013

An admissions record

April 5, 2013

Skidmore has offered admission to a select group from a record 8,300 applicants seeking membership to the Class of 2017. 

Skidmore College received a record number of applications—nearly 8,300—for the Class of 2017, a 45 percent increase over last year and 10 percent higher than the College’s previous record pool. With an acceptance rate of 35 percent, the expected class size is 650, including 36 students enrolling in the College’s First Year London Program

The increase in applications was especially significant among international students, from 650 last year to more than 1,450 this year.

Admitted students hail from 48 states and 57 countries. More than 23 percent self-identified as students of color and 10 percent are international.  

 “We were delighted with this number of applications, reflecting record interest in Skidmore from students from all over the country, indeed, all over the world,” said Mary Lou Bates, dean of admissions and financial aid.

Students at Skidmore
The Class of 2017 has been selected from the largest
applicant pool in College history--nearly 8,300.

The College received a record number of financial aid applications as well. Eligible admitted students were offered, on average, $28,500 in Skidmore grant and scholarship assistance. Approximately 44 percent of the enrolled Class of 2017 is expected to be grant recipients, according to Bates

Bates attributed the marked increase in applications to a number of factors, including increased outreach to prospective students, expanded travel, a major upgrade of the College’s Web site, and the shortening of the Skidmore Supplement to the Common Application. 

Various rankings may also have contributed. The Princeton Review this year rated Skidmore a “best value” college and Newsweek/Daily Beast placed Skidmore on its top-ten list of happiest students.

To help students decide, Skidmore is hosting three Accepted Candidates Days. The first ACD, on April 5, drew more than 150 people. Other dates are Friday, April 12, and Monday, April 15.  The program invites accepted candidates and their families to tour campus and Saratoga Springs, meet future classmates, interact with faculty, coaches and staff, and sample what Skidmore has to offer in the sciences, arts, sports, and student clubs.

Accepted students have until May 1 to commit. 

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