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Saratoga Springs, NY
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2,648
Tuition
$44,170
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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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2 College Freshman

Academics: Biology is a very demanding major at Skidmore. The workload is really shitty and class will drain you. That being said at the end of the semester you feel like you could recite your bio text book and you'll usually end up with the grade you worked for. The teachers are very smart and always available to help you. Bio major isn't easy, but if its what you want to do then Skidmore isn't a bad place to get it.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: There is a large variety of courses that you can choose from. The professors are generally very nice and always encourage you to develop a personal relationship with them. The registration process is a hassle and totally dependent on you. There are a ton of requirements to graduate which absolutely sucks! The workload really depends on what your studying, but its generally pretty heavy. For science or art majors get ready to stay up nights because its gonna happen often.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The knowledge you can gain from academics at Skidmore is invaluable. Courses are absolutely rewarding, and professors often have close relationships with students.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 79th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 115th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 322nd
    Smartest Professors
  • 387th
    Most Available Classes
  • 397th
    Best Technology in the Classroom

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Caroline Wurtzel
Hometown
Great Neck, NY
Major
English (Studio Art Minor)
Grad Year
2012
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Since Skidmore is a small school, that means small classes. Average class size at Skidmore is 17 students. Class participation is a large part of your grade and experience at Skidmore. Many classes are discussion-based. Students and faculty take academics very seriously. Students are there to learn and work hard because they enjoy what they're working on. Since Skidmore is a liberal arts college, there are all-college requirements that students must meet, and through these requirements, they are able to get a taste of all different departments and disciplines. Another advantage of a small school is that student/faculty relationships are encouraged and rewarding. Professors always have welcoming office hours and are available for discussion and further research.

Additionally, every first-year student must enroll in a themed seminar, called a Scribner Seminar, that's taught by both a professor and a student peer mentor. The peer mentor is either a sophomore, junior, or senior, and his or her role is to not only act as a teaching assistant in the classroom, but to also build lasting personal relationships with the first-years to smooth the transition into college. The first-years are able to create a close relationship with a professor and an older student at Skidmore, and they are housed by seminar, so they also live with the students in their seminar, which strengthens the bond between the students. Although each seminar is an academic class (themes range from children's literature to Italian cinema and cuisine), the peer mentors spend time once a week discussing college matters with students, from drugs and alcohol to sexual misconduct to how to register for a class. This mandatory liberal arts intro into college is a wonderful aspect of the freshman experience.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
9:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
246
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
79
Total FT Faculty
250
Faculty with Terminal Degree
88%
Average Faculty Salary
$77,289
Full-Time Retention Rate
92%
Graduation Rate
88%
Programs/Majors Offered
41
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 69%
  • 20 to 49 students: 30%
  • 50 or more students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business/Commerce, General: 6%
  • English Language Studies: 4%
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other: 3%
  • Psychology: 5%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Dorm study rooms
  • Library-choose your floor based on noise level and environment (third floor is the quiet floor)
  • Study rooms in the library
  • Uncommon Grounds on Broadway
Tips to Succeed
  • Always keep expanding your friends. It's a small school, and sometimes Skidmore can feel cliquey, so make sure you're always being friendly. The more friends you have, the more fun you'll have!
  • Always keep up with your email. It's how you'll find out about everything from canceled classes to student announcements. Also, professors expect that you answer their emails. Don't forget!
  • Figure out a place to study that isn't your room-sometimes you need a quieter space! Try different places both on and off campus.
  • Get to know your professors and take advantage of their availability.
  • Get your general requirements over with ASAP; those requirements are also a great way to figure out what you want to major in if you're unsure.
  • Make sure your schedule is something you can handle. If you're not a morning person, avoid a morning class. If you can't handle taking five classes, don't.
  • Work hard freshman year; it will get harder, and your GPA certainly counts for freshman year.
Did You Know?
  • There are 248 full-time faculty and 43 academic departments.
  • There are 12 different summer programs at Skidmore, ranging from pre-college programs to the NYS Writers Institute.

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