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Skidmore Admissions Information

Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY (map)

 

Skidmore College is an institution that truly takes advantage of its small student population in a way that makes each individual–new and returning–feel immediately at home. While the transition to a new school is oftentimes daunting, Skidmore takes the guesswork out of the change with its First Year Experience Program. Students are grouped into introductory seminars and live with their peers in mandatory on-campus housing, and are also paired with an older student who serves as a mentor. This give-and-take setup signifies how comfortable upperclassmen are serving as college liaisons. While the college has all the makings of a traditional liberal-arts institution, it also offers extracurricular opportunities that encourage its more adventurous students to pursue their interests. As such, in addition to the school’s array of 100 student-run clubs and organizations, Skidmore also allows 40 entering freshmen a chance to spend their first semester in London. On-campus kitchens call for the culinarily-skilled students to cook in public, and students may even design their own majors for a truly personalized college experience.

Even if not designing his or her own major, the typical Skidmore student will experience many uniquely beneficial academic opportunities while attending the school. Students are encouraged to not only take on research projects, but to do so with a faculty-mentor. This distinct student-faculty partnership, along with Skidmore’s relatively low student-to-teacher ratio reinforces the personalized academic experience that the college hopes to demonstrate. This focus on research is doubled by the school’s compulsory science or math class for each student; such aspects act as a balance to the school’s traditionally liberal-arts focus, and ensures that each student receives a well-rounded education.

 

 

Basic Info

Main Address: 815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
 
Phone Number: (518) 580-5000  
Website: www.skidmore.edu  

Characteristics

Type of school: Private, Liberal Arts  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Suburban setting, Large town; Residential campus  
Athletics: Division III, Intercollegiate, Club and Intramural Sports  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's  
Size of undergraduate student body: 2,734  
Percent out-of-state: 67%  
Percent international: 0%  
Female to Male ratio: 61:39  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 9:1  
Most popular majors: Social Sciences
Business/Marketing
Visual and Performing Arts
Psychology
English
Liberal Arts:
Foreign Languages and Literature
 
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Cross-Registration
Distance Learning
Double Major
Dual Enrollment of High School Students
External Degree Program
Honors Program
Independent Study
Internships
Liberal Arts/Career Combination
ROTC, Air Force
ROTC, Army
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Visiting/Exchange Student Program
Washington Semester
 

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Housing
Apartments For Single Students
Special Housing For International Students
Women's Housing
Special Housing For Disabled Students
Activities:
Campus Ministries
Concert Band
Drama
Jazz Band
Model U.N.
Musical Theater
Radio Station
Student Newspaper
Television Station
Choral Groups
Dance
International Students
Literary Magazine
Music Ensembles
Opera
Student Government
Symphony Orchestra
Yearbook

Fun Facts

  • Ranked #16, Best College Theater
  • Ranked #19, Most Accessible Professors
  • Ranked #11, Dorms Like Palaces
  • Ranked #16, Least Religious Students
 

Admissions Information

While traditionally considering academic factors, Skidmore College's admissions look to a wide range of considerations for a prospective student. For example, the school rewards an applicant who demonstrates a strong and unwavering desire to attend: nearly 79% of applicants to Skidmore's binding early decision program are admitted annually. Thus, it is this combination of determination and achievement that will put an applicant high on Skidmore's list for admission.

The most important factor for admission at Skidmore is the difficulty of an applicant's high school education. This is followed closely by considerations such as the student's class rank, character, recommendations, GPA, and work experience. Notably, such factors as standardized test scores and interview are considered on a secondary basis.

Admissions address: Office of Admissions
Skidmore College
815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
 
Phone number: (518) 580-5570  
Fax number: (518) 580-5584  
Admissions Website: http://cms.skidmore.edu/admissions/  
Email: admissions@skidmore.edu  
Contact Person: Mary Lou Bates, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid  
Number of first-year applications received: 6,011  
Percent of applicants admitted: 47%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 15  
Early decision/action deadline: November 15 (Early Decision)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: Standardized Test Scores
2 Academic Teacher Evaluations
School Report
Mid Year Report
Final Report
Early Decision Agreement
 

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT or ACT with writing  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Considers highest section scores across test dates.  
 
Middle 50% Scores

Low


Average


High
% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
570
630
630
85%
SAT Math
570
520
660
85%
SAT Writing
580
640
690
85%
ACT Composite
26
28
30
33%

 
College Board code: 2815  
ACT code: 2906  
Learn more about other Small New York schools:
St. Lawrence   Hamilton   Bard  

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