With a diverse student body of 2,500 from 59 countries and 44 states and a faculty of 304 dedicated teacher-scholars (student-to-faculty ratio: 8 to 1), Skidmore offers more than 43 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.
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 and cocurricular 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. An upperclass student serves as a peer mentor in each seminar. The college's curriculum emphasizes foundations in the liberal arts and interdisciplinary study.
Approximately 40% of students carry two majors or add a related minor to their major. Students can chose from 120 study-abroad programs located in 45 countries, including Skidmore programs in London, Paris, Alcalá, and Madrid -- and 60% of their students study abroad. Other academic features include Skidmore's Periclean Honors Forum, which sponsors the annual Academic Festival, funded internships, and service-learning courses.
In addition to its own master’s program, MALS, Skidmore offers cooperative bachelor’s and master’s programs with other leading institutions in areas such as business, engineering, nursing, and physical and occupational therapy. Dedicated assistance is also available for students preparing for medical, dental, veterinary, and other health schools through the Health Professions Advisory Committee.
In addition to annually providing some $42 million in financial aid, the college offersmerit-based scholarships in science ($60,000 over four years) and music ($48,000 over four years). Skidmore's Opportunity Program (includes both the Higher Education Opportunity Program and the Academic Opportunity Program) for talented students whose economic or academic circumstances might otherwise make it difficult for them to attend college are among the nation's best.
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 complex was 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 130 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.See more