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On Site: Skidmore College

At a Glance

Saratoga Springs, NY

Undergraduate Students: 2,600

Student to Faculty Ratio: 8:1

Acceptance Rate: 31%

Six Year Graduation Rate: 84%

Freshman Retention Rate: 90%

Notable Majors/Programs: Music, Performing Arts, Studio Art, Biology, Business, Psychology, English, Political Science, Economics, Environmental Science/Studies

The Feel

  • Formerly an all-women’s college which celebrated creativity and the arts, today the college is still distinguished by an appreciation for and integration of the arts regardless of one’s major. Their motto is “creative thought matters.”

  • In the town of Saratoga Springs, known as a summer tourist destination and the home of a famous horse racing track. Saratoga Springs is 3 hours from New York City, Montreal and Boston. In addition, the Adirondack mountains are nearby, which make for some great east coast skiing and hiking.

  • The student body, known to be on the more progressive side, have access to 3,000 events a year on campus, and have a nationally recognized college radio station, which many students listen to and are involved in. Students normally rally around the performing arts more so than athletic events.

  • The average class size is 16 and a class will rarely be over 30 students. It is common for these driven students to double major and complete capstone projects prior to graduation.

Standout Points

  • As a true undergraduate college without any graduate programs, students are encouraged to participate in research starting freshman year, and every major has research opportunities.

  • The new Center for Integrated Sciences is on track to finish in the fall of 2024. It will include an idea lab, and makers space, and ultimately serve as a place where students and faculty can “explore solutions to the world’s most important problems.”

  • 75% of students at Skimore will complete 2 or more internships, in part thanks to their grant program which can provide students income for any unpaid internships.

  • Skidmore is on the short list of colleges and universities that meet 100% of demonstrated need for financial aid (they do include loans in financial aid package).

Fun Fact

  • Skidmore’s campus is adjacent to a heavily wooded area and includes a 300 acre section of forest, the North Woods, solely for the purpose of recreation and research.

Bottom Line Fit: For the student who has a strong appreciation for the arts, regardless of their major, and who seeks an environment dedicated to research, internships, sustainability, and both a challenging and world changing focus on academics.

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