Skidmore College

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Skidmore College is located 30 miles north of Albany, New York State’s capital, Saratoga Springs is perennially short-listed as one of the most interesting and vibrant small cities in the U.S. Famed for “health, history, and horses”—its mineral waters, Revolutionary War battlefield, and the nation’s oldest thoroughbred racetrack—Saratoga is equally renowned as an arts and cultural destination. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is summer home to the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra and is a performing venue for top rock and jazz musicians.

The city’s dynamic downtown area—just a short walk from Skidmore—is brimming with galleries, clubs, museums, shops, coffeehouses, and restaurants. The city’s location near the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains puts an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities within an hour’s drive. Boston, New York City, and Montreal are each approximately 180 miles from the campus.


Enrollment: approximately 2,500 students from 45 states and 70 countries

Gender Mix: 40% men, 60% women
Diversity: Domestic students of color: 22%; international students: 10%; students with dual passports: 5%, and first-generation college students: 13%

Retention Rate: 93% (fall to fall) 

Academic and Career Exploration

Faculty-student collaborative research: Annually, nearly 500 students (20% of the student body) engage in research with a faculty mentor, including more than 80 in the Summer Student-Faculty Research Program.

Internships: More than sixty percent of students participate in an internship during their Skidmore career, a number of which are funded by the College.

Service-learning courses: Nearly 70% of students take at least one service-learning course while at Skidmore.?

Off-campus study: With about 60% of students studying abroad at some point during their college years, Skidmore was recently ranked second nationally on a list of top-40 baccalaureate institutions for number of students studying abroad for a semester. Students can choose from 130 programs in more than 40 countries, including Skidmore-run programs in England, France, and Spain.

Periclean Honors Forum: 250 students are members of this enhanced student intellectual community that sponsors the annual Academic Festival.

Independents, capstones, and theses: Skidmore students completing a culminating project in their major—75% senior capstone, 53% independent study, and 32% senior thesis or advanced research project.

Honors: Phi Beta Kappa; College and departmental honors; Periclean Honors Forum; affiliations with national honor societies in classics, economics, history, mathematics, physics, psychology, sociology, and Spanish

Preprofessional and Cooperative Programs: Faculty-student collaborative research (academic year and summer program); international and domestic off-campus study; internships (for academic credit); ?Periclean Honors Forum; Prelaw advising; Premedical/health professions advising; service-learning courses; John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative program; 4+1 M.B.A. programs (Clarkson, RIT, Union Graduate College); Whitman M.B.A. Advantage Program, 4+1 M.S.A., and 4+1 M.S.F. (Syracuse); dual-degree engineering programs (Clarkson, Dartmouth, RPI)?; B.S.N. (New York University School of Nursing–15 or 18 months); ?dual-degree programs in occupational therapy and physical therapy (Sage Graduate School); M.S. in accountancy (Wake Forest University)


Program: four-year private, nondenominational, coeducational, liberal arts

Degrees: B.A., B.S., M.A. (Master of Arts)

Calendar: fall and spring semesters, followed by two optional five-week summer sessions, internships, and collaborative research opportunities

Number of Majors: 42

Most Popular Majors: English, Business, Psychology, Government, Economics, Studio Art, Theater, Biology, Environmental Studies

Minors: Most majors have corresponding minors. Minors are also available in Arts Administration, Chinese, Intergroup Relations, Italian, Japanese, Latin American Studies, and Media and Film Studies.

Courses Offered: more than 1,000

Class Size: Average is 16, 94% of classes have fewer than 30 students, 1% have more than 50

Faculty: 304 full-time; 87% hold the doctoral or highest degree in their fields. Skidmore faculty have earned national and international recognition including Guggenheim, MacArthur, Pulitzer, and Emmy awards, and major fellowships and grants from Fulbright, Getty, NEH, NIH, NSF, and the Andy Warhol Foundation.


Co-Curricular Environment

Student Clubs and Organizations: more than 100

Club and Intramural Sports: approximately 20

Men’s and Women’s Varsity Sports: 19 teams participating in the Liberty League, except for ice hockey (ECAC East) and riding (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association)

HEOP @ Skidmore College

For more than 40 years, Skidmore College's Higher Education Program (HEOP) has recruited talented and motivated students from around New York State whose academic and financial circumstances would make them otherwise unable to attend Skidmore College.  The College's Academic Opportunity Program (AOP) recruits similar students who reside outside of New York State and/or whose family income slightly exceeds HEOP guidelines.  Both programs are collectively referred to as the Skidmore Opportunity Program (OP).

The Opportunity Program Provides: 
• Financial assistance
• Academic coaching
• Curriculum guidance
• Mentoring and advising
• A mandatory Summer Academic Institute (prior to first year at Skidmore)
• A welcoming community space to study and talk with other OP members
• A supportive college experience

The Summer Academic Institute offers students:
•An inclusive and supportive academic experience
•The opportunity to earn college credits
•An introduction to the rigorous Skidmore curriculum
•Academic support and tutoring by faculty and staff
•Early access to campus resources, including the Career Development Center, Student Academic Services, and Student Diversity Programs
•Opportunities to discover Saratoga Springs and the surrounding area
•Opportunities for first-year students to build community

•Students apply to Skidmore College through the Common Application.  Applications are initially reviewed by a member of the Admissions Office.  If the reviewer feels that the student is a good fit for the Opportunity Program they refer the student's application to our office where the student is then considered.
•In order to be considered for HEOP, students must submit their parent(s) W-2's and 1040 Tax Form by fax or email and successfully complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile.

Application Deadlines
•Early Decisions 1-November 15th
•Early Decision 2-January 15th
•Regular Decision-January 15th

Skidmore College is a Test-Optional Institution, students are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores in order to be considered for HEOP.

If you have further questions, please email Aaron Ray-Coordinator of Admisisons and Summer Academic Institute-

Skidmore College

815 North Broadway

Saratoga Springs, New York, 12866-1632

HEOP Contact Information

Name: Aaron Ray-Coordinator of Admissions and Summer Academic Institute
Phone: (518) 580-5770
Fax: 518-580-5781
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"The primary objective of The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is to help provide a broad range of services to the student, who because of academic and economic circumstances, would otherwise be unable to attend college, yet has the potential and desire to obtain a college degree. HEOP is sponsored jointly by the State Education Department and the College."

"HEOP is funded jointly by the University and the New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program and programming activities are supported, in part, by a grant from the New York State Education Department."