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.
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)
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.
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)
"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."