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Skidmore College

  • Saratoga Springs, NY
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Small
    setting
  • 61%39%
    student ratio
  • 2,684
    total students
  • $46,390 | $46,390
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 15
    fall application deadline
  • 35%
    acceptance rate
  • Very Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 621
    sat math
  • 618
    sat reading
  • 628
    sat writing
  • 28
    act composite

Overview

A Small, Highly Selective College with Creative Approaches to Undergraduate Education

Founded in 1903, Skidmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college that strives to infuse creativity into all fields of study. The College serves about 2,400 undergraduate students and has an average class size of 17. Skidmore has an 8 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio, and faculty members are devoted to the instruction and mentoring of undergraduates. Skidmore students hail from 47 states and 46 countries.

Traditional, Innovative, and Self-Determined Majors

Traditional majors at Skidmore include art history, classics, economics, management and business, philosophy, and theater. Less traditional majors include environmental studies, exercise science, neuroscience, and law and society.

In Skidmore's self-determined majors program, each student combines two or more disciplines to achieve a clearly developed, coherent course of study not available through existing majors and minors. Recent self-determined majors include arts administration, computational neuroscience, media studies and communications, and the physics and sound of recording.

Science at Skidmore: Research Opportunities and Pre-Professional Programs

In the sciences, Skidmore offers dedicated faculty, hands-on research opportunities, outstanding laboratories and facilities, and annual scholarships in science and mathematics. Student-faculty collaborative research often leads to jointly published articles and student presentations at national meetings.

Skidmore focuses on graduate school preparation, including personalized pre-med advising. In the last decade, 75 percent of Skidmore grads who applied to medical schools and 88 percent who applied to dental and veterinary schools were accepted.

North Woods, a 250-acre area on Skidmore's campus, provides a living laboratory for field study in biology, environmental studies, and geosciences.

Skidmore offers dual-degree engineering programs with Dartmouth College and Clarkson University; a dual-degree program with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and the Semester in Environmental Science program with the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

The Fine Arts at Skidmore

True to its motto, "Creative Thought Matters," Skidmore puts special emphasis on fine arts. The college has academic departments of art history, dance, music, theater, and studio art.

A recent sampling of fine arts courses included Acting Shakespeare; Addressing the Body: European Fashion, Renaissance to the Present; Baroque Seminar; the Beatles, a seminar; Carving Processes in Wood; Choreography; Costume Design; Dance for the Child; Duke Ellington; History of American Theater; Jewelry and Metals; Playwriting; Sixties British Songwriters; Textile Surface Design; and Tibetan Art.

Skidmore's special fine arts programs include a pre-college program in liberal and studio arts, the Skidmore Jazz Institute, and summer programs in dance, flute, studio arts, theater, and writing.

An Artistic Array of Studios and Galleries

The Saisselin Art Building provides studios spaces for ceramics, digital media, fiber art, graphic design, jewelry, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

Galleries on campus include the student-run Case Gallery and the Schick Art Gallery, which displays contemporary exhibitions borrowed from museums, galleries, and private collections.

Performance Centers at Skidmore

The college's Arthur Zankel Music Center is a new 54,000-square-foot facility with an award-winning design. It has a 600-seat recital hall, as well as classrooms and rehearsal spaces. Skidmore's Dance Center has spacious dance studios and a fully equipped dance theater with adjoining dressing rooms. Both student dancers and visiting professional dance companies perform at Skidmore throughout the year.

The Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater Building houses mainstage and black box theaters, as well as rehearsal studios, scene and paint shops, and a costume area.

The Filene Recital Hall is a 240-seat hall, which offers concerts by Skidmore students, faculty, and ensembles, as well as a roster of world-renowned performers who appear under the Filene Concert Series and the Sterne Virtuoso Series.

Skidmore Studies Around the World

Skidmore has academic programs in Alcala, Spain; Beijing; London; and Paris. Students in Skidmore's Shakespeare Programme study in London and Stratford-on-Avon.

In addition, Skidmore sponsors faculty-led travel seminars in locations around the world. These seminars allow students to accompany faculty members as they explore a focused topic that uses the destination as a classroom. The college offers a different set of seminars each year.

Past seminars have included Chocolate and Gold: Culture and Politics in Ghana; From Marx to Coca Cola: Transitions in Poland and Germany; Hindu Religion and Art in India; Jane Austen in Bath, England; and Tropical Field Ecology in Costa Rica.

Intercollegiate Sports at Skidmore

Skidmore's intercollegiate sports program includes men's and women's basketball, crew, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, and tennis; men's baseball, golf, and ice hockey; and women's field hockey, horseback riding, softball, and volleyball.

The Master's Program in Liberal Studies at Skidmore

Master's students work closely with faculty advisers to craft individualized courses of study that focus on specific areas of interest. After taking a weeklong introductory seminar on campus, students typically complete the rest of their coursework as independent studies via distance learning. Master's students study with faculty from Skidmore and other top colleges and universities, with independent scholars, and with visual and performing artists.

Recent master's students pursued studies that focused on ways that businesses confront their social responsibilities; the influence of the American frontier on 19th-century culture and politics; and relationships among diet, exercise, mood, metabolism, and lifestyle.

Saratoga Springs: A Bustling College Town in Upstate New York

A 10-minute walk from campus takes Skidmore students to the heart of downtown Saratoga Springs. This bustling college town offers arts galleries, clubs, funky shops and major retail stores, coffeehouses, bistros, and restaurants.

Legendary folk club Caffe Lena, where Don McLean wrote "American Pie" and Bob Dylan performed, is a student favorite. So is Esperantos, co-founded by a Skidmore psychology professor. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is the summer home to the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra. The center is also a performance venue for top rock and jazz musicians.

It takes less than three hours to drive to Boston, New York City, or Montreal from the Skidmore campus. The Adirondacks, Berkshires, and Green Mountains are close by, providing opportunities for rock- and mountain-climbing, white-water rafting, hiking, kayaking, downhill skiing, and mountain biking.

The community's historical features include famed mineral springs, a Revolutionary War battlefield, and the nation's oldest thoroughbred racetrack.

The Tang Teaching Museum

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery is sited dramatically on Skidmore's scenic campus. The college seeks to make Tang exhibitions, collections, and programs a significant aspect of the Skidmore curriculum. Exhibitions feature contemporary art, but regularly address other disciplines, including the natural and social sciences, performing arts, and humanities. Tang public events and educational programs serve both the college and its community.


Location & Contact

815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
USA

Ms.Mary Lou Bates

Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Phone: 518-580-5570
Fax: 518-580-5584
Email: admissions@skidmore.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Asian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Latin American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Neuroscience
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business, Management, and Marketing Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Sciences Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine Arts Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music History, Literature, and Theory
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

35% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied8,285
    • Accepted2,904
    • Acceptance Rate35%
    • Enrolled2,684
    • Female Applicants5,451
    • Females Accepted1,863
    • Female Acceptance Rate34%
    • Male Applicants2,834
    • Males Accepted1,041
    • Male Acceptance Rate36%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen January 15th April 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan November 15th December 15th --
    • Other early decision plan January 15th February 15th --
    • Transfer April 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 618 560 680
    • SAT Math 621 570 670
    • SAT Writing 628 570 690
    • ACT Composite 28 26 30
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$46,390
    • Out-of-state tuition *$46,390
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$924.00
    • Room and board *$12,628.00
    • Room only *$7,466.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planYes
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students2,684
    • Male Student Percentage39%
    • Female Student Percentage61%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino8.54%
    • Black or African American3.59%
    • White or Caucasian63.49%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native%
    • Asian5.78%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.19%
    • Two or more races4.46%
    • Unknown7.18%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout6.76% representing 56 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students67% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 87%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Student Government Association, student radio station, Student Volunteer Bureau, Outing Club, Skidmore News
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other well-lit campus

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Crew No Division X No
    • Equestrian sports No No No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 3 No
    • Ice hockey No Division 3 No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Crew No Division X No
    • Equestrian sports No Division X No
    • Field hockey No Division 3 No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No No No
    • Ice hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes Division 3 No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty345
    • Full-time Percentage75%
    • Part-time Percentage25%
    • Female Percentage56%
    • Male Percentage44%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio9:1 or 2,489 students to 288 faculty


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