Skidmore College

Campus Description

Founded in 1903, Skidmore is an independent, coeducational, liberal arts college with an enrollment of approximately 2,400 men and women from 45 states and 70 countries (22% are domestic students of color, 9% international students, 5% with dual passports, and 13% are first-generation college students). The faculty-student ratio is 8:1. The College's 950-acre residential campus is located near the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, on the edge of Saratoga Springs, New York, a city rich in history and known for its Victorian charm and modern cultural sophistication. Distinguished by a curriculum balanced in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities, with a focus on creative thought and action, Skidmore offers more than 40 majors in the liberal arts and preprofessional areas such as business, social work, and education studies, with ample opportunity for interdisciplinary study and double majors. The College grants the BA and BS degrees, as well an MA in liberal studies. Admission is highly competitive.

815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Toll-free 800.867.6007 or 518.580.5570

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Varsity Sports: NCAA Division III: Women's: basketball, crew, equestrian, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball. Men's: baseball, basketball, crew, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis.

Intramural Sports: basketball, football (coed), racquetball (coed), soccer (coed), tennis (coed), volleyball (coed).

Club Sports: Women's: ice hockey. Men’s: ice hockey. Coed: alpine ski team, cycling, martial arts, nordic ski team, polo team, running club, sailing club, snow sports, ultimate frisbee.

Clubs and Activities

213 Crew, Accents, Active Minds, Ad Liberal Artists (Ad-Libs), African Heritage Club, AIDS Benefit, Alpine Ski Team, American Red Cross Club, Animal Alliance, Anime Club, Asian Cultural Awareness (ACA) , Awkward Kids Talking, Bandersnatchers, BARE, Benef-Action, Breakbeats, Cabaret Troupe Club, Center for Sex and Gender, Chemistry Club, Chess Club, Chinese Culture Club, Christian Fellowship, Circus Club, Club Basketball, Cycling Club, Democracy Matters, DJs Annonymous, Drastic Measures, Dynamics, El Club Español, French Club, Environmental Action Coalition (EAC), Eromdiks (Yearbook), eSports, FeelGood, Feminist Action Network, Fight Club, Film Appreciation Troupe, Folio, Foundry Club, French Connection, Geology Club, Halfbreds (Men’s Hockey), HAYAT, Hillel, Hip Hop Alliance, HIPS Club, Humans versus Zombies (HvZ), International Student Union (ISU), Lift Every Voice Gospel Choir, Irish Dance Club, J Street U, Late Night Club, Lift Every Voice Gospel Choir, LINE Art Review, Lively Lucy’s Coffeehouse, Martial Arts Club, Model EU, Model UN, Model United Nations Club, Newman Club, NihonGo!, Nordic Ski Team
, Outing Club
, Paranormal Skidmore, Photography Club, Polo Club, Pre-Health Club, Pre-Law Club, Pro-Arts, Pulse!, Quidditch Club, Raices , Random Acts of Crafts (RAC), Rithmos, Running Club, Sailing Club, Sketchies, Skidaiko, SkidEats, SkidMarket, Skidmo' Daily, Skidmore College Emergency Medical Service (SCEMS), Skidmore Democrats, Skidmore Education Taking Action (SETA), Skidmore Literary Society, Skidmore News, Skidmore Pride Alliance, Skidmore Republicans, Skidomedy, SkidTV, Skizards, Snow Sports Club, Society of Physics Students, Sonneteers, Speaker's Bureau, Stompin' Soles, Student Entertainment Committee (SEC), Students United for Public Education (SUPE), Swing Set, Terpsichore, TGIFrolf, ThoroughBears (Ultimate Frisbee), Treble Makers, Ujima, UNICEF, Voices for Planned Parenthood (VOX), Women in Business, Women’s Hockey Club, WSPN Radio, Yoga Club.

Featured Programs

New Media and Film Studies Minor: In 2015, Skidmore launched a new interdisciplinary media and film studies minor. Its emphasis is on exploring written, aural, and visual forms of communication; gaining a theoretical and contextual grounding in media studies; and learning current and developing forms of communications technology. New Documentary Program: In 2015, Skidmore launched the John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative to incubate visual, audio, and word-based documentary projects through academic-year courses, workshops, lectures, and faculty development opportunities, in addition to intensive summer programming. SEE-Beyond Internships: Each year approximately 25 Skidmore students from a variety of academic disciplines and programs are awarded SEE-Beyond grants of $4,000 to help them afford otherwise unpaid summer internships, apprenticeships, and other academically relevant hands-on experiences. An additional 50 funded internships are provided through Career Development, while more than 75 students stay on campus each summer to work with faculty members in intensive collaborative research. Off-Campus Study: With nearly 60% of students studying abroad at some point during their college years, Skidmore was recently ranked in the top five among the 40 baccalaureate institutions with the largest numbers of students studying abroad for a semester. Students can choose from 130 programs in nearly 40 countries, including four Skidmore-run programs. They can also choose from 200 campuses in the U.S. and its territories through National Student Exchange. Sustainability: In 2014, Skidmore installed a 2-megawatt solar array that meets 12% of Skidmore's electricity needs. An additional 18% of electricity needs are met through a micro-hydro facility. Also in 2014, the College installed five solar thermal systems, each providing 30% of the hot water needs for a particular building. Forty percent of Skidmore's heating and cooling needs are met with geothermal energy. Other green initiatives: an electric vehicle charging station, an automated bike-share program, and a recently expanded 6,500-square-foot community garden. Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery: Since 2000, Skidmore’s Tang Museum has involved faculty and students in curating shows to foster interdisciplinary thinking and studying, invite active and collaborative learning, and awaken the student and local community to the richness and diversity of the human experience through the medium of art. Arthur Zankel Music Center: Opened in 2010, the award-winning structure offers more than 50,000 square feet of teaching, practice, and performance space (including a glassed-walled, 600-seat, acoustically renowned recital hall). It is home to the college’s robust music department and summer programming, and has become an important cultural resource regionwide. Throughout the year, world-class musicians perform at Zankel and often work with students in master classes. New Science Center to Come: In 2014, Skidmore’s board approved the design and development plans for the Center for Integrated Sciences, to bring together nine academic departments and 90 faculty in interdisciplinary and shared spaces for research and learning, including the invention-incubating Idea Lab.

Enrollment for Fall 2015

Undergraduate (Matriculated): 2,619 (Full-time: 1,016 men, 1,584 women; Part-time: 9 men, 10 women)
Graduate (Matriculated): 4 (Full-time: n/a; Part-time: 4 men, 0 women)
72.4% enrolled in top quarter of high school class
41% enrolled in top 10% of high school class
SAT verbal range: 550 – 670
SAT math range: 560 – 673
ACT range: 26 – 30

Campus Demographics

 Undergraduate StudentsGraduate Students
% Black / African American4%25%
% Asian5.6%0%
% Hispanic / Latino8.4%12.5%
% White, Non-Hispanic63.7%50%
% International / Nonresident Alien9.8%0%
% Two or more races4.1%0%
% Unknown Race / Ethnicity4.5%12.5%

Tuition Information for 2015-2016

Tuition & Fees:
$48,970 per year, or $1,601 per credit
Tuition Only:
Room & Board:
$13,072 (housing guaranteed all 4 years)
Room Only:
$7,728 (traditional residence hall)

Admission/Application Deadlines

Freshmen Applications:
fall- January 15, early decision I November 15, early decision II January 15; spring- n/a
Transfer Applications:
fall- April 1; spring- November 15

Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial Aid Deadlines (Same for Freshmen and Transfers):
fall- February 1 regular decision and fall transfers, early decision I November 15, early decision II January 15

Application Requirements

HS transcript; SAT or ACT; 1 counselor and 2 teacher recommendations; interview (recommended); SAT Subject Tests (considered if submitted); $65 fee; essay.
Average Financial Aid Package:
Average Non-Need-Based Scholarship or Grant Aid:
Types of Non-Need Aid Awarded:
Music Scholarship; Math/Science/Computer Science Scholarship