Diversity

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

Diversity: Skidmore is not very diverse in any sense. It's mostly upper/middle class white people.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Skidmore is more diverse than people think. There are a large number of international students and students come from many socioeconomic statuses even though many tend to believe that Skidmore is filled with only privileged white kids. The student body is extremely accepting towards everyone, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc...

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: The administration is always taking steps towards improving campus diversity, in terms of international students, economic background, and diversity of ideas.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very welcoming to all sexual orientations and the gender neutral and transgender communities

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  • 79th
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  • 1261st
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Caroline Wurtzel
Hometown
Great Neck, NY
Major
English (Studio Art Minor)
Grad Year
2012
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Skidmore continuously strives to increase its diversity on campus. The Office of Student Diversity Programs promotes cross-cultural understanding and positive and supportive relationships to create an inclusive campus community. Although Skidmore students are often stereotyped as "rich white kids," that is a very much unfounded statement now. Yes, the majority of Skidmore students is white, but there are many differences in the Skidmore community in terms of race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, and gender. The College is constantly striving to make Skidmore a more inclusive community.

Skidmore students are generally very accepting; however, the inclusion and relationships between minority groups and majority groups could certainly be better.

Facts & Statistics

African American
3%
Asian
5%
Hispanic
7%
International
4%
Native American
0%
White
65%
Unknown
12%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
71%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 45%
20-21: 49%
22-24: 5%
25+: 0%
Female Faculty
56%
Male Faculty
44%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 85%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The Skidmore Pride Alliance is an outlet for students of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
Political Activity
Skidmore is definitely a very liberal campus. Of course, there are students of differing opinions, but the majority political opinion on campus leans very much to the left.
Economic Status
Skidmore students are often stereotyped as "rich kids," but that is a very wrong stereotype. Yes, there are a decent amount of students of privilege, but many students on campus participate in work-study, have jobs on and off campus, and receive financial aid for their Skidmore education.
Most Common Religions
There is an Office of Religious and Spiritual Life on campus. There are Christian, Catholic, and Jewish chaplains on campus. There is not a particularly religious environment on campus, but there are functioning and well-attended religious groups on campus such as Hillel and Christian Fellowship.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Clubs include but are not limited to: Asian Cultural Awareness, Hayat, Hip Hop Alliance, International Student Union, Lift Every Voice Gospel Choir, Raices (Latino cultural awareness), Skidmore Pride Alliance, Students Promoting Social Change, The Breakbeats, and Ujima (African American/Caribbean American cultural awareness).

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 31 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 10% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 6% Conservative
  • 3% Moderate
  • 48% Liberal
  • 29% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 31 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 3% Conservative
  • 10% Moderate
  • 6% Not sure
  • 58% Liberal
  • 23% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 31 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 30 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 32 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 22% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 28% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 50% Very accepting.

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