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Skidmore College

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About Skidmore College

Skidmore offers more than 40 majors in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, as well as in career-specific fields such as business, social work, education, and exercise science. Add to this the prominence of the performing and visual arts, which have long set Skidmore apart. Faculty have earned recognition from Guggenheim, Pulitzer, and Emmy awards to fellowships and grants from Fulbright, MacArthur, and the National Science Foundation, among others.Academics

Skidmore is known for its interdisciplinary approach to learning, collaborative faculty-student research, and off-campus study program (60% of students study abroad). The college's rigorous academic regimen begins with the First-Year Experience, which integrates the curricular, cocurricular, and residential aspects of a student's first year. Students select a Scribner Seminar from among 50 offerings. Seminar faculty take seriously their role as advisors and mentors, serving as each of their students' advisors until they have selected a major. Students in each seminar are housed in rough proximity to each other in residence halls to cultivate richer learning-living communities in which lasting friendships are often formed. The college's curriculum emphasizes foundations in the liberal arts and interdisciplinary study.

Campus information

The beautiful 950-acre campus, 300 acres of which consists of the recreation- and field- research-rich North Woods, has been recently upgraded with key renovations to science, athletics, dining, and residential facilities. Skidmore's newest academic building, opened in 2010, is the Zankel Music Center, a 54,000-square-foot facility with a spectacular 600-seat recital hall and state-of-the art recording studio. In addition, the Northwoods Apartments, opened in 2007 for upperclassmen, feature "green" apartments that use geothermal heating and cooling systems. The similar Sussman Village Apartments were completed in 2013. And the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, opened in 2000, has earned a national reputation through exhibitions that feature contemporary art but also address disciplines such as the natural and social sciences.

The college's nearly 100 student clubs and organizations run the gamut, including a capella groups, SkidTV, WSPN Radio, Model European Union, snowboarding, and academic, cultural awareness, and religious groups. Skidmore's 19 intercollegiate athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level. In the past decade, teams have earned numerous national championships and more than 30 Liberty League titles. 

As for location, who wouldn't want to go to college in Saratoga Springs? A downtown brimming with shops, galleries, coffeehouses, and great restaurants. Boston, New York City, and Montreal are a three-hour car ride from campus. And the Adirondacks, Berkshires, and Green Mountains provide opportunities for skiing, mountain biking, hiking, rock-climbing, and kayaking.

Saratoga Springs: A Great College Town

Who wouldn’t want to go to college in Saratoga? A 10-minute walk from Skidmore College puts you in the heart of a downtown brimming with shops, great restaurants, galleries, clubs, and parks. Travel & Leisure calls Saratoga Springs one of “America’s Greatest Main Streets” as well as “one of the best college towns in the nation,” Money Magazine says it’s one of the nation’s top 100 places to live, and Princeton Review describes it as a “perfect college town” that’s “extremely fun and accepting of college students.”

There’s real history here, too: famed mineral waters, a Revolutionary War battlefield, and the nation’s oldest thoroughbred racetrack. Want arts and culture? The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is the summer home to the New York City Ballet, Philadelphia Orchestra, and a performing venue for top rock and jazz musicians. And there’s Caffè Lena, the nation’s oldest continuously operating coffeehouse, a place that helped launch the careers of Bob Dylan and Ani DeFranco.

The location? Boston, New York City, and Montreal are no more than a three-hour car ride from campus. And the nearby Adirondacks, Berkshires, and Green Mountains, provide plenty of recreational opportunities including some of the best skiing and hiking in the Northeast. New York’s state capital, Albany, is just 30 miles to the south.

An incredible place to spend four years. 


First-Year and Sophomore Residence Halls 
Our eight traditional residence halls house primarily first-year and sophomore students in single, double, and triple rooms. Each residence hall offers a main lounge area, smaller floor lounges, kitchenette facilities, study rooms, laundry, exercise equipment, and vending services. All students living in the residence halls are required to be on the unlimited meal plan. Regardless of age, all residence halls are drug and alcohol free facilities. Students can also choose to live on Gender-Neutral, Substance-Free, and All-Women’s floors.

Upperclassmen Residence Halls 
Our three apartment areas offer housing to upper-class students in two, three, four, and five person apartments. Each fully furnished apartment has an appropriately equipped kitchen, common space, and shared bathroom facilities. Students living in the apartments are not required to be on a meal plan, but may choose from various suitable options available.


Courses available 10

Applied, Pure Sciences 3 Computer Science, IT 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 6


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