Skidmore College

Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, NY
location
Private
type
Small
setting
60%
40%
student ratio
2,680
total students
Tuition Cost $51,456 | $51,456
in-state | out-of-state
Average Financial Aid Package $49,300
January 15
fall application deadline
24%
acceptance rate
Very Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
650
sat math
653
sat reading
Not
Reported
sat writing
29
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 2,500 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

815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
USA

Ms. Mary Lou Bates

Vice President and 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.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Exercise Physiology
      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.
  • 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

24% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied10,053
    • Accepted2,465
    • Acceptance Rate24%
    • Enrolled2,680
    • Female Applicants6,193
    • Females Accepted1,491
    • Female Acceptance Rate24%
    • Male Applicants3,860
    • Males Accepted974
    • Male Acceptance Rate25%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee $65
    • 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 April 22nd --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 653 610 700
    • SAT Math 650 595 700
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 29 27 31
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$51,456
    • Out-of-state tuition *$51,456
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$990
    • Room and board *$14,004
    • Room only *$8,278
    • * 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

Financial Aid

    • Average Financial Aid Package:$49,300
    • Average Freshman Financial Aid Package:$47,700
    • Average International Student Financial Aid Package:$63,855
    • Average Loan Aid:$4,200
    • Average Grant Aid:$13,250
    • Average Scholarship and/or Grant Aid Awarded:$44,600
    • Percentage of Students with Need who Receive Financial Aid:100%
    • Average Percentage of Financial Need Met: 94%
    • Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met: 94%

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students2,680
    • Male Student Percentage40%
    • Female Student Percentage60%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino9.18%
    • Black or African American4.93%
    • White or Caucasian62.46%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native%
    • Asian4.89%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more races4.22%
    • Unknown or International Student3.02%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout11.31% representing 61 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students66% 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 89%
  • 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 (WSPN), Benefaction (Student Volunteer), Outing Club, UJIMA
  • 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 Yes No
    • Equestrian sports No No No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Golf No Division 3 No
    • Ice hockey Yes 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 Yes No
    • Equestrian sports No Yes No
    • Field hockey No Division 3 No
    • Golf No No No
    • Ice hockey Yes 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 Breakdown
    • Total Faculty384
    • Full-time Percentage72%
    • Part-time Percentage28%
    • Female Percentage53%
    • Male Percentage47%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio8:1 or 2,493 students to 313 faculty


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