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

Facilities: The campus is lovely, very manageable. The library is great as is the dining hall and the diversity of meals! There are a few campus tradions that are really fun, and good speakers come to campus.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: There's definitely a place for every personality! Everyone's friendly! The faculty is 90% great and are always there to help and encourage.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: You will find a mixture of hangout groups and party people at skidmore. There are almost always parties over the weekends and there are also a lot of people who go to bars downtown. A lot of people also just choose to spend their weekends chilling with friends in dorms.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: Everything from athletic facilities to labs are amazing.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: Great performance facilities, especially Zankel the music center. The dining hall is gorgeous, the library is excellent and the student center is a nice place to hang out and study.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 71st
    Best Performance Venues
  • 510th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 639th
    Best Library
  • 1071st
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 1102nd
    Best Student Centers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Caroline Wurtzel
Hometown
Great Neck, NY
Major
English (Studio Art Minor)
Grad Year
2012
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Skidmore is a small college with a small campus. The facilities around campus are easy to access, and are all within walking distance from each other and the dorms. The dining hall, renovated in 2006, matches the rest of the buildings on campus, while looking new and modern inside. Case Center, the student center, is a large, three-floor building. The dining hall and Case Center are at perpendicular angles to each other, so they frame the main green on campus. Alongside the green are also several academic buildings which, for the most part, are organized by department. Case Center is located on Case Walkway, a covered walkway that extends from one end (near the dining hall) all the way to the art building—a great help for rainy/snowy days! Along the walkway is an outdoor seating area followed by the Scribner Library, which has four floors not including the basement. There are public computers on all of the floors, as well as multiple seating options: tables, desks, even window-nooks. Behind the Case Walkway extends another green that opens toward a small pond. This is also near the modern Tang Teaching Museum and the sports and dance centers. Finally, there is the Arts Quad, which stretches beyond the art building toward Filene Music Building, JKB (Janet Kinghorn Bernhard) Theater, and the Arthur Zankel Music Center.

The campus is undergoing a series of renovation projects. The Arthur Zankel Music Center, which opened in 2010, is the newest building on campus, but the library is undergoing renovation to extend seating options (a needed change), and on-campus apartments in two separate locations are also in the midst of construction. In terms of other projects, students would like to see the sports center get more equipment and be updated.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
187
Campus Size
850 acres
Student Centers
Case Center
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
Lucy Scribner Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Case Center
  • Dining hall
  • Falstaff's
  • The green
  • The SPA
Bar on Campus
None
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Atrium Café and Convenience Store
  • Burgess Café
  • The SPA
Movie Theater on Campus
No, but there are often movie showings in campus auditoriums hosted by different departments and student projects.
"Green" Initiatives
Skidmore is continuously working to become a greener campus. Eleven buildings on campus have geothermal heating and cooling systems. The Give and Go program donates reusable items that college students tend to throw away at the end of the school year. There is encouraged, free public transportation to downtown Saratoga and to the mall. Dining Services supports local farms; there is even a farmers' market in Case on Fridays.
School Slang
  • Bros: Used to describe the more athletic/preppy male students at Skidmore ("The bros sit on the blue side of d-hall.")
  • CTM: "Creative Thought Matters," as in the College's slogan. This phrase is often used when someone does something...creative. Example: "Did you just blow that fly out of the room with the fan? CTM!"
  • DA's: Short for Desperate Annie's, a popular bar on Caroline Street
  • D-hall: Dining hall
  • DT: Downtown
  • Hipsters: Used to describe the "artsy" students at Skidmore
  • JoTo: Jonsson Tower, a residence hall
  • Libs/Lib: Library
  • Locals: Residents of Saratoga
  • Scribner: Scribner Village, the on-campus apartment village, not to be confused with Scribner Library
  • SEC: Student Entertainment Company, a company that puts on the big speakers and concerts each year
  • SGA: Student Government Association
  • T `n' L: Short for a bar called The Tin `n' Lint, though many students only know the abbreviation
  • Townies: Residents of Saratoga (usually referred to when describing the scene at a bar/somewhere downtown)
  • Uncommon: Short for Uncommon Grounds, a local coffee spot frequented by Skidmore students
Traditions
  • Fun Day: Every year, on the Sunday before the last day of classes of the spring semester, there is Fun Day, a.k.a "The Best Day At Skidmore." On this day, students all migrate to the library green (by the pond). There are inflatable carnival games, hot dogs, hamburgers, cotton candy, and popcorn. The day is treated like a day-long party, so there is drinking and smoking across the green. Campus Safety is around but relaxed about it; they are mostly watching out to make sure everybody is safe. Traditionally, the "giveaway" for Fun Day includes Fun Day sunglasses that will be seen on the brim of everyone's nose in the weeks (and years) following Fun Day.
  • Graduation Recession: During this part of the ceremony, the new graduates walk through a line of professors who congratulate them on four years of hard work.
  • The Hunt: Organized by the Outing Club, "The Hunt" is an R-rated college-student version of a day-long scavenger hunt. The Hunt happens sometime in the fall semester (you know it's coming when there are signs all around campus). There is always a big party the night of The Hunt to celebrate and announce the winners.
  • Junior Ring: Every year, Junior Ring is held on the Saturday night before the last day of classes in the fall semester. It is a semi-formal dance held in the small gym of the sports center. It is hosted by the junior class and usually has a theme. There is dancing, buffet-style food (cheese squares!), and a beer garden if you're 21-and-up and get a campus event card.
  • Moorebid: Named after it was hosted in the old Moore Hall, Moorebid is Skidmore's college-wide Halloween party. Hosted on the Saturday night either directly before or after Halloween, this dance gets a little crazy with hundreds of costumed students. Skidmore students get creative with their costumes; it's always fun to see what everyone dresses up as.
  • Naked Run: This is a sub-tradition of Fun Day. It's pretty self-explanatory.
  • Showcase: At the very beginning of the year, all of the performance groups come together for a big show to present themselves to the first-year students, so the first-years can learn about different groups on campus.
  • Under the Big Top: Skidmore's dance and musical groups perform in this show for Celebration Weekend and graduation.
  • Waffle Fest: On the night before exams begin, the dining hall serves waffles and other delicious breakfast food at 8 p.m. The meal is free for every student, and it is the most perfect study break a student could ask for. But get there early-everyone goes!
Urban Legends
Wilmarth is supposedly haunted by a girl who died in a fire in the '70s. People say you can see/hear her in the dorm room in which she died.
Favorite Things To Do
Go to the SPA on Friday and Saturday nights sometime after 10 p.m. and before 2 a.m. for a late-night or after-party snack.
Hang out with friends in Case Center. If you have an unlimited meal plan, go to the dining hall just to sit with your friends (and maybe get an extra bowl of cereal or some soft serve). Go to the gym to work out or swim with your friends during open pool hours. When the weather is nice, sit on the green with your friends (and the rest of the campus will be out there, too).
Student Newspaper
The Skidmore News
www.skidmorenews.com
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are tons of clubs and organizations on campus. At the beginning of every semester, there is a campus-wide club fair. The club fair is not just attended by freshmen, but by every student. It is always fun to sign up for a club no matter what year you're in. Clubs are a great way to make more friends who have similar interests as you. Whether it's one of the five a cappella groups, sailing with the Sailing Club, or the Pre-Med Club, there is a huge range of options for everyone at Skidmore.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No
Did You Know?
  • Falstaff's is named after Shakespeare's joke-cracking, beer-drinking, all-around lovable character, Sir John Falstaff.
  • Skidmore has a crafts club! Random Acts of Crafts (RAC) is a great way to relax on a weekday night and just make something fun while talking with some friends.
  • There are several dance clubs: Breakbeats, Rithmos, Skidmore Irish Dance Club, Stompin' Soles, and more.
  • Have a conflict? Skidmore's Conflict Resolution Club (aka "Fight Club") is available to mediate! Trained student mediators on campus work to make Skidmore a better place!
  • There are lots of committees that students can be a part of, from Academic Council to the Traditions Committee.
  • Like putting on concerts and shows? Maybe you'd be interested in SEC (Skidmore Entertainment Committee) to help put on big concerts throughout the school year. Or Lively Lucy's, which puts on Falstaff's events every Thursday. Maybe you're interested in TV or radio? Skidmore has a SkidTV station and club, as well as Skidmore radio (you'll get your own show!-but if you're new, be prepared to be on air at 4 a.m.).

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 27 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 32 responses

  • 9% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 12% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 59% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 19% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 22 responses

  • 5% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 5% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 45% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 45% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

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