About Skidmore College

Founded in 1903, Skidmore College. is a Private college. Located in New York, which is a city setting in New York, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 2,680 full time undergraduate students, and 6 full time graduate students.

The Skidmore College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 8:1. There are 278 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Skidmore College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate29%
Application Deadline15-Nov
Application Fee65
SAT Range1120-1330
ACT Range26-30

Admissions at are considered More Selective, with ,11% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 8 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

95% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 78% were in the top quarter, and 43% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE Reviews

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Skidmore College.

5%
“We”re apathetic”
27%
“We know about current events and vote”
54%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
14%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
3%
“We save it for the classroom”
19%
“Sometimes, but not often”
51%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
27%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
1%
“I only go out in groups”
17%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
82%
“I feel extremely safe”
46%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
49%
“We bought the gear”
5%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
2%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
35%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
63%
“We”re a very artistic group”
1%
“Haven”t met them”
1%
“Available in class”
40%
“They keep regular office hours”
58%
“They”re always available”
98%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
1%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
0%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
1%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
0%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
6%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
59%
“We only party on weekends”
35%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
0%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
11%
“There might be people who do”
66%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
23%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
5%
“We”re apathetic”
27%
“We know about current events and vote”
54%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
14%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
3%
“We save it for the classroom”
19%
“Sometimes, but not often”
51%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
27%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
1%
“I only go out in groups”
17%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
82%
“I feel extremely safe”
46%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
49%
“We bought the gear”
5%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
2%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
35%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
63%
“We”re a very artistic group”
1%
“Haven”t met them”
1%
“Available in class”
40%
“They keep regular office hours”
58%
“They”re always available”
98%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
1%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
0%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
1%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
0%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
6%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
59%
“We only party on weekends”
35%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
0%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
11%
“There might be people who do”
66%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
23%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    45 Students rated on-campus housing 4.1 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    27 Students rated off-campus housing 3.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    45 Students rated campus food 4.4 stars. 53 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    45 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 29 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    45 Students rated class size 4.6 stars. 67 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    45 Students rated school activities 3.9 stars. 24 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    45 Students rated local services 4.3 stars. 58 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    45 Students rated academics 4 stars. 36 % gave the school a 5.0.

Skidmore College REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of Skidmore College?

15 Students rated Skidmore College

Maeve - 08/27/2023

Transferred here my sophomore year & during the height of COVID. Overall, a great school with intelligent, caring, reasonable professors in the neuroscience and psychology departments. There are always your select few professors (cough cough chemistry & bio) that suck, but you'll unfortunately find that everywhere. Classes were usually not too easy, but not too hard: reasonable. Gave me fantastic financial aid and were very accommodating when my father passed away. Always felt comfortable, welcome, and safe on campus. Saratoga Springs is a great little city with a hundred million restaurants and cutesy shops. If you like sports, they've got them, but no really pays attention. Art scene is big, but doesn't dominate like some people make it out to be. I stayed in my science bubble. Not huge partiers, hard to get people to stick around (they're more into smoking and chilling out). Sometimes got frustrated with the amount of subtle wealth (aka people obsessed with thrifting, yet drive a Porsche) and lack of street smarts/ability to take care of one's self ("wait... I have to check my email everyday?" "how do I clean a toilet?"). Despite this, mostly everyone is super chill, nice, and humble. Overall, I think most people would be happy here, especially people who want a laid back college experience or are more comfortable in a small, rural, northeastern environment.

Caitlin - 05/16/2022

Skidmore College will set you on the path for success. Students and professors build meaningful relationships that aid you in the classroom. Opportunities are abundant in whatever you choose to pursue. From dance majors to bio majors, you can do it all. Saratoga Springs in second to none as a college town. The school continues to impress me with its commitment to progress. Each time I return to campus there is a new project unfolding. I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a Thoroughbred and would recommend it to anyone!

soccerlover - 12/02/2019

Skidmore College is definitely a distinct taste in terms of the whole "college experience." People here are different- different in a way that will make it confusing to those who grew up in a "Boston College" sorta high school setting. Most of the people here are either closet gay, bi, or trans. There's a very small percentage of straight people here. Not saying it's a problem, but as a straight person, I've had a very hard time fitting in. Also, lots of people here also are very "artsy" or "hipster" ish. Their style is very unique, and I don't fit in with their "style", "personality", or just their "general vibe." Honestly, it has gotten me pretty depressed since I still haven't found my "set group" of people to hang out with, I generally sometimes spend weekends in my dorm, alone feeling sorta sad/lonely/depressed. I've tried going out with some people, but they either killed the vibe by talking about some weird shit, or they'd JUST GET HIGH. That's it. Growing up, I was surrounded by people who dressed relatively "normally", and when i came here, it's like people had some new style or some shit. I feel out of place that's it. To top it off, I'm a city person, who would prefer to attend a "larger school" since I literally walk by the same people everyday, and the campus is pretty small, and relatively isolated. Yes, there is a small town that's a walking distance, but given the small school with a generally small student body, it gets pretty depressing to have everything at such a minimal cost (small student body, small town, middle of nowhere...) I should've known this but coming into skidmore, I assumed there would be big games for soccer, baseball, lax, but in reality, no one really cares about the sports games, not to mention that 99% of the sports people are dicks, they think they're the shit when they're legit playing in a D3 school lmao, the "artsy" people only like to talk and include others who are "like them", so I've been feeling very out of place and lonely. ...to be updated soon...

Joo Hun - 11/29/2019

I can't deny that Skidmore College changed who I am. I am definitely happier here than I was in high school, as I met new friends who really click. People are nice in general, and it wasn't too difficult to meet new people. The dorms aren't the nicest when it comes to Skidmore, but the faculty and staff are mostly all wonderful people. One specific psychology professor––Sheldon Solomon–– helped me adjust to the new environment at the school. I think the easy accessibility of professors here is really great. The required "First-Year Seminar" for first-year students is really helpful for transitioning the workload from high school to college and there are a variety of seminars that cater to your preference. Although I am just a freshman, I am so-far having a good time here at Skidmore. If you like small classes and easy accessibility to your professors, Skidmore is definitely a college to check out.

Skidmore College FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Skidmore College?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Skidmore College is 29%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    Skidmore students are all pot loving hippies.

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  3. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    To some extent, there is a considerable minority at Skidmore consisting of wealthy marijuana smokers, but the majority of the student body is intelligent and intellectually diverse.

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  4. What are the academics like at your school?

    I am a Women's Studies/Business double major, which gives me a unique perspective. As a business major, I am exposed to talented professionals, who have chosen to incorporate teaching into their careers. As a women's studies major, I am exposed to multi-faceted scholars and activists. Professors know my name, and I feel comfortable saying "Hi" to them outside of the classroom. Class participation is not only common, it is often incorporated into the final grade. Unfortunately, I am not the most vocal member of most of my classes, but I enjoy visiting my professors during their office hours to discuss questions and my interest in the subject area.

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  5. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Skidmore is an academically strong liberal arts college with a strong amount of interest in the arts (music, studio art, theatre, english, etc.). Many students chose to double major in an art and a "practical" major such as a Chemistry and Music major, or a Business and Studio Art major. Skidmore puts an appropriate emphasis on interdisciplinary study, which allows the students to creatively approach a problem or situation by utilizing resources from every department.

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  6. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are intelligent, creative and (often) artistic people,

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  7. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    a cappella performance

    Read all  66 answers
  8. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Work hard, and use the professors, and faculty. They are here to make sure that you succeed.

    Read all  43 answers
  9. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Skidmore truly is an academic environment with a strong commitment to creative thought. All of the teachers, professors and teaching assistants are strongly commited tosupporting academic excellence. In addition there is a campus wide commitment to social causes for the benefit of all mankind.

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  10. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Skidmore College exemplifies the ideal liberal arts institution because it enables students to develope critical thinking skills through hands on work, projects, independent studies, lectures or discusions, while providing a terrific social scene for all of its students in extra-curriculum activities, parties, the dining hall, and dorm life.

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  11. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    If you do not have an open mind, do not attend Skidmore College. If you do not want professors who will invite you over to their homes in the beautiful town of Saratoga Springs, do not attend Skidmore College. If you do not want to make friends who are up to date on the world around them, find joy in a healthy debate with their peers, or simply want to take a walk in the North Woods with you, do not attend Skidmore College.

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  12. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    the food, the community, the artsy people

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  13. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    It is one of the best Liberal Arts Colleges. It is best known for its Theater program as well as Music and Fine Arts. Many students on campus also favor the English classes. The campus is gorgeous and it is in a great location. The school is accomadating all around.

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  14. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    There are a lot of cliques and group-based friends around campus. This makes it hard to infiltrate other groups once you have established a friend base.

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  15. What's unique about your campus?

    The size! It has really affected many of the things I love about Skidmore: its classroom intamacy, my social life, and the level of comfort and welcomeness I feel on campus.

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  16. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish that I had known what a burden it would be for my family to continue paying the tution. I wish I had known all options regarding financial aid, grants, scholarships etc etc.

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  17. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Its in upstate NY and out of the way of everything besides canada. transportation home is not the easiest or cheapest thing, and i am from new jersey

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  18. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Skidmore college's motto is "Creative Thought Matters." Ideally a Skidmore student is creative and a true liberal arts student in that they enjoy a wide variety of subjects. Many students here are interested in some form of the arts, and do not want to sacrifice between their artistic side and their academic side.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    White, rich entitled. Couldn't be more wrong. We have great mix of identities from people of color to whites, from poor to rich, from straight to homosexual, it is all really great.

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  20. Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

    Because we are division III, we have no scholarships for athletes, rather every athlete is a scholar with a focus on academics. As a school we do not have a football or a track team, though our riding team is one of the top in the country. Basketball games are immensely fun, we were actually voted on ESPN for having one of the best games of 2011 due to a basketball game that went into 7 overtimes which Skidmore won. Athletes are just regular students here, it is not as though there is a scene that glorifies them. That being said, sports are respected here just not as the end-all-be-all of the school.

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  21. What's the Greek scene like?

    There isn't one! Students unite around other commonalities (and differences)! The social life instead revolves around clubs, performance groups, and even classes. Lack of Greek life was a big draw for me when I applied to Skidmore. I think that because of it Skidmore is a much more inclusive and open community.

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Student Body

Students

60%

female

40%

male

2,680

Total Undergrad Enrollment

6

Total Grad Students

58%

Out-Of-State

31%

In-State

11%

International

Organizations

89

Student Organizations

N/A

Fraternities

N/A

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

81%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
5%
% Black or African-American
4%
% Hispanic/Latino
9%
% White or Caucasian
64%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

47% of students attending Skidmore College receive some sort of financial aid. 11% were awarded federal grants. While 26% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$50,684

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,300

Books and Supplies

$13,530

Room and Board

65,514

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$11,071
$30 - $48K
$16,012
$48 - $75K
$15,261
$75 - $110K
$24,677
$110K & UP
$47,352

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