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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Downtown is pretty nice, but once you've gone down the whole street, there's nothing much else.

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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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Saratoga springs is pretty small but it has everything you could ever need. The atmosphere is always vibrant and you can see that the college life really does have an impact on city life. The people are really nice and there is always something to do. That being said it is a very expensive town!

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Saratoga is a lovely town with excellent food and shops. There's also a mall and other shops in the town over, Wilton. The adirondack mountains are nearby with a ton of recreational opportunities.


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Caroline Wurtzel
Great Neck, NY
English (Studio Art Minor)
Grad Year
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Since Skidmore is a small campus, it's a wonderful opportunity to be located up the street from downtown Saratoga Springs. Saratoga is a wonderful college town, but it is not defined by Skidmore. Home to the oldest race track in the country, Saratoga is famous for horse racing over the summer, but the liveliness of the town is not significantly lessened during the school year. Saratoga has a great range of restaurants from Legends (a great sandwich shop) to the more upscale restaurants like Max London's. There are several coffee shops that are favorite weekend homework and hangout spots. You won't go into the local coffee shop Uncommon Grounds without seeing another Skidmore student! The nightlife is mainly located on Caroline Street, home to both dive bars like Desperate Annie's and clubs like Thirteen. If you're of age, the bars are a central part of social life on the weekend nights.  

Students love to go downtown to Saratoga for anything from eating a bagel to a family dinner to a night out at the bars, and it is so easy to get there. The CDTA bus service runs seven days of the week. On Fridays and Saturdays, the bus runs until 4 a.m., ensuring students a safe ride back from the bars. It is also very easy to take the bus to the Wilton Mall to go shopping or to see a movie.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
The Saratoga Race Track has been opened and functioning since 1863. The racing scenes in the movie "Seabiscuit" were filmed at the track.
Notable Natives
  • George Crum - inventor of the potato chip
  • David Hyde Pierce - actor
  • Nick Steele - fashion stylist
Local Slang
Doughboy: Sautéed chicken breast diced and spiced, blended with cheese and scallions and baked in fresh pizza dough until golden brown. The best late-night snack from Esperanto.
Points of Interest
  • The Children's Museum at Saratoga
  • Congress Park
  • Lake Moreau
  • Lake Sacandaga
  • National Bottle Museum
  • National Museum of Dance & Hall of Fame
  • National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
  • New York State Military Museum
  • Saratoga Lake
  • Saratoga National Historical Park
  • Saratoga Performing Arts Center
  • Saratoga Race Course
  • Saratoga Spa State Park
  • Yaddo
Shopping Centers
  • Crossgates Mall
  • Downtown Saratoga
  • Wilton Mall
Movie Theaters
Malta Drive-In
2785 Route 9
(518) 587-6077
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas Wilton
3065 Route 50
Saratoga Springs
(518) 587-0400
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Montreal: : 3 hours
  • New York City: : 3 hours
Did You Know?
In February, Saratoga hosts its annual "Chowderfest" where participating restaurants downtown create their own unique chowder. People pay $1 per cup of chowder and rate who made the best chowder.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 38 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 40 responses

  • 5% Painfully remote.
  • 0% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 38% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 58% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 40 responses

  • 38% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 48% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 15% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 40 responses

  • 12% Totally.
  • 52% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 35% No way.



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