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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 2,500 undergraduate students and has an average class size of 16. 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 44 states and 67 countries.

Traditional, Innovative, and Self-Determined Majors

Traditional majors at Skidmore include art history, classics, economics, business, philosophy, and theater. Less traditional majors include environmental studies, environmental sciences, health and human physiological sciences, and neuroscience.

Those opting for Skidmore's self-determined major combine 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 through the Health Professions Advisory Committee. In the last decade, 80 percent of Skidmore grads who applied to medical schools and 88 percent who applied to dental and veterinary schools were accepted.

The North Woods, 250 acres of woodlands connected with Skidmore's campus, feature 660 species of plants and provides a living laboratory for field study in biology, environmental studies and sciences, as well as geosciences.

Skidmore offers dual-degree engineering programs with Dartmouth College, Clarkson University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; dual grad programs in occupational and physical therapy with Sage Graduate School; and a B.S.N. with NYU’s School of Nursing.

The Fine Arts at Skidmore

True to its motto, "Creative Thought Matters," Skidmore provides strong fine arts programming, with academic departments in 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 fine arts programs include a summer pre-college program in liberal and studio arts, in addition to summer programs in dance, flute, jazz, studio arts, theater, and writing.

An Artistic Array of Studios and Galleries

The Saisselin Art Building provides studios spaces for ceramics, digital media/interactive design, drawing, fiber arts, communication design, jewelry and 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, including student and faculty exhibits.

Performance Centers at Skidmore

The college's Arthur Zankel Music Center, a 54,000-square-foot facility with an award-winning design, has a 600-seat recital hall, as well as classrooms, rehearsal spaces, and a cutting-edge recording studio. It 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'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.

Skidmore Studies Around the World

Skidmore has academic programs in Spain (Alcala, Madrid), London, Paris, and New Zealand, in addition to 120 approved study abroad programs. Some 60% of students participate in off-campus study.

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 Experience Life on the Line (Arizona, Texas); Music, Culture and Performance (Bali, Indonesia); The Parthenon: From Pericles to the Present (Greece); Seeking and Writing Real Paris (France); and Tropical Field Ecology (Costa Rica).

Intercollegiate Sports at Skidmore

Skidmore's intercollegiate sports program includes 19 varsity sports offerings: 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.

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. Perennially listed as one of the nation’s top college towns, it 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 about 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

Built in 2000, the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery is sited dramatically on Skidmore's campus. Tang exhibitions, collections, and programs serve as a significant aspect of the Skidmore curriculum across numerous majors. 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

Address 815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY  12866-1632
United States
Contact Ms. Mary Lou Bates
Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Email: admissions@skidmore.edu
Phone: 518-580-5570
Fax: 518-580-5584

Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Application Fee
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
2 recommendations
Recommended Interview

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen January 15th April 1st
Early decision plan November 15th December 15th
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer April 1st April 22nd

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
SAT Critical Reading 653 610 700
SAT Math 650 595 700
ACT Composite 29 27 31

Tuition & Fees

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Full-time student fees
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan Yes
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Senior Citizens

Financial Aid

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Student Body

Total undergrad students
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Hispanic/Latino 9.18%
Black or African American 4.93%
White or Caucasian 62.46%
Asian 4.89%
Two or more races 4.22%
Other 3.02%


Male (40.34%)
Female (59.66%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Women-only housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 89%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Fun Day, National College Comedy Festival and Earth Day Festival

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
Student Government Association, Student radio station (WSPN), Benefaction (Student Volunteer), Outing Club and UJIMA

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Other Campus Security & Safety:
well-lit campus


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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No Division 3 No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Crew No Checkmark No
Equestrian Sports No No No
Field Hockey No No No
Golf No Division 3 No
Ice Hockey Checkmark Division 3 No
Lacrosse No Division 3 No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving No Division 3 No
Tennis Checkmark Division 3 No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Crew No Checkmark No
Equestrian Sports No Checkmark No
Field Hockey No Division 3 No
Golf No No No
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Lacrosse No Division 3 No
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Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball Checkmark Division 3 No
Swimming And Diving No Division 3 No
Tennis Checkmark Division 3 No
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Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 277
Part-time - 107
Male - 179
Female - 205