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Saratoga Springs, NY
Undergrads
2,648
Tuition
$44,170
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 669 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: If you're 21+ then the nightlife is excellent. Saratoga Springs has loads of bars/clubs with vibrant nightlife and chances are lots of your peers live in houses or apartments with ample space to go ham. If you're underage then you have far fewer options. Dorm parties are the bread and butter of freshman on weekends and they're about as fun as they sound. There are sports houses and Northwoods parties that pop up for underclassmen though those are average at best.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing options are plentiful and of excellent quality. Since Saratoga Springs is largely a summer town, there are plenty of options from Fall-Spring. That said, the on-campus options for upperclassmen are also very good so most just live on-campus.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's a college. Lots of people drink and and some do drugs. Pot is common, harder drugs are much less common. It's not as big of a deal as some make it out to be. No one cares if you choose not to drink and/or smoke. It's not that visible and you won't see it unless you're looking for it.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The school does not offer any merit-based financial aid other than the Filene Scholarship for especially talented musicians and the Porter Scholarship for those with a knack for math/science. Need-based aid is given out with moderate generosity resulting in a campus that is more economically diverse than most liberal arts colleges.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Saratoga Springs is a summer vacation destination for New Yorkers and as such is home to a multitude of excellent restaurants. Most are upscale and so only suitable for parental visits or special occasions. There are also a few more affordable options that cater to the student and full-time resident population. There are very few bad restaurants and just when you thought that you've been to most places you'll discover something new.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing for freshmen is as expected and on-par with other colleges/universities. Expect to be in a double or a triple though apparently the administration is working to prevent the dreaded triple phenomenon from ever being a problem again. Sophomores are usually in singles though some choose doubles and a select lucky few are in apartments. Juniors and seniors live predominantly in on-campus apartments which are all very recently built and very nice. Some upperclassmen live off campus because there are so many good off-campus options but since the apartments are so nice, the majority live there.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports don't play a huge role in Skidmore culture. A pretty decent number of people play club sports and there certainly are a number of dedicated student athletes but most students are pretty indifferent towards athletics. Very little school spirit which, even if you're not into sports, can be sort of a bummer.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Less course choices but great professors

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4 College Freshman

Majors: The individualized education is amazing.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Love the Jazz influence the town has

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Not a problem for me.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never had a bad experience

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College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't look for or lived off -campus.

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3 College Junior

Weather: Gorgeous fall and spring, winter is cold of course but campus can be really beautiful in the snow. Just bring warm clothes, although getting from your dorm to the d. hall or class is not very far.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Saratoga is filled with culture, shopping and the racetrack. The residents are friendly as long as you're friendly in return. Many students participate in local charitable activities.

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: Lots of options from dorm and apartment parties to bars and restaurants downtown, especially if you're over 21. Lots of other activities on campus if you're not 21, but you can also attend dorm parties where there is alcohol.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: There is definitely more economic diversity than people expect. Political beliefs are usually liberal, as are attitudes towards LGBT. There are many international students of various ethnic/racial backgrounds.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Great diversity....some very artsy, others into science, business, and athletics.

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4 College Junior

Majors: Taking a challenging course load in high school is probably the most important....and of course doing well in those courses. Interesting extra-curricular activities and commitment to them is also important. SAT or ACT scores are important but not as much. Also, if you're really interested in attending Skidmore, then let them know by attending info. sessions, etc.

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5 College Junior

Academics: As a history and government double major, I've taken so many interesting courses with great profs.
I look forward to an internship this summer.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Professors are great, course offerings could be more, but the departments are good.. There's plenty of opportunity to do research with professors and the workload is a heavy, but manageable.
I love to study in the library where I'm less distracted than in my room. The registration process for courses in easily completed online and I've always been able to get the courses I want. Classes are small especially on the 300 level.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: I myself to not pay much attention to varsity teams unless a friend is playing, but I am a member of a few athletic clubs.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campo is there when you need them and are mostly friendly and helpful.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Many restaurants in Saratoga Springs of all types.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: YOu don't have to do alcohol or drugs if you don't want to...no one cares if you don't.

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Caroline Wurtzel
Hometown
Great Neck, NY
Major
English (Studio Art Minor)
Grad Year
2012
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After four years, Skidmore becomes more than just a school—it's a community, a home, a place of growth and development. Skidmore is a place where you'll make mistakes and where you'll learn from those mistakes and make better decisions than you could ever imagine. Skidmore is your friends, your relationships, your breakups. Skidmore is your family. Skidmore is your accomplishments and your pride.

Would students choose Skidmore again if given the chance? Certainly. Students look back at who they were before they got to Skidmore, and discover they learned many new things, from both textbooks and students and faculty. Despite the snowy winters, the weather in Saratoga Springs is conducive for hitting the books. You'll produce work of high quality that you could never imagine doing when you first arrived to campus as a first-year student. Plus, students form close relationships, often going to their adviser's house for holidays and dinners. The Saratoga Springs area is also conducive for students pulling together and making the most out of their Skidmore experience, as there's plenty to do and explore.

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