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Reviews 737 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: There's a pretty large number of international students. Not much economic diversity, nor much diversity in political beliefs (very few Republicans on campus. The majority of students are Democrats).

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Saratoga Springs is small, but there's a good amount of stuff to do relative to the size

College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Lots of cute and well dressed people, but also plenty who are neither.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Our campus is really safe. Fall 2014 was apparently the most insane semester in years, due to some wanted criminal with a gun hiding in the woods, and a bomb threat. Things like that almost never happen. Campus safety handled those really well and really efficiently.

There's some theft on campus, but the school makes sure that everyone is aware of any problems that occur. It's not as big of a deal as in a lot of other schools. I once accidentally left my laptop in the dining hall, didn't realize until I got back to my room, went back, and found it and all my other stuff completely untouched.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I really love Skidmore. People are generally very friendly, intelligent, and passionate. I've heard people occasionally say it gets a little cliquey here, but I don't think that's really true. I think, more than anything, it's that people tend to get just as focused on their existing friends as they do with everything else around here. People are almost always super friendly with anyone who talks to them directly. It's something that's actually helped with my social anxiety. Skidmore also has one of the best support networks I've ever seen. Academic services and advising is super helpful and is good at keeping students from falling through the cracks. Tutoring is readily available in many cases. As someone with multiple mental health issues that can often effect classroom performance, I feel that Skidmore is awesome in minimizing the impact of those disorders. Even during the admissions process, they seemed to take those into account, listen to me when I explained how it impacted my GPA, and make sure I knew about all of the things they have in place to help me out. Even now that I'm doing better than I was in high school with my mental health, they have so many things in place to help minimize the impact my mental health has on my success. I don't think any other school I applied to was so vigilant about that kind of thing.

Really, my only complaints about the school are about the leaf/snow removal. The leaf blowers in the fall are loud and tend to wake people early in the morning, and they just let the leaves blow around again instead of removing them. The snow plows are PAINFULLY loud (I have sympathy for people on lower floors of Jonnson Tower and the other buildings) and have been known to happen at weird hours. And the overload of texts and emails about moving your car for snow removal (which is irritating if you don't have a car and it's constantly snowing). But seriously, those are my biggest complaints, and they're really really minor things.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There's a really big variety of classes at this school considering the small size. All of my professors have been really efficient at teaching, and readily available to help or with meetings. All of my professors seem to love what they do. Classes are small to encourage discussion (16-30). Even the few big classes are set up to get maximal individualization for the students. I've had professors apologize for there having to be lab sections with 18 people rather than the normal 16 since they were worried it would effect how 1-on-1 the classes are. The professors genuinely want their students to succeed, and are often as flexible as they can possibly be.

College Freshman

Athletics: Not an athlete so I don't know TOO much. Sports aren't huge here. People go to games to support friends and stuff, but it's not really an "everyone on campus goes" kind of thing. From what I've heard, we have a decent variety (despite not having a football team). There are also some more unusual sports like log-rolling, Quidditch, and ultimate frisbee. The sports scene is pretty casual. The gym itself is nice, if not a bit of a walk from the main part of campus (totally doable in the warmer months, but unpleasant with three feet of snow on the ground). There are quite a few athletic classes at the gym, as well as clubs for non-competitive sport-like things (yoga club, martial arts club, multiple dance clubs, etc)

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of restaurants for a fairly small town. Pretty good range as far as price goes, and a lot more variety in options than in my hometown. I haven't really run into student discounts, but a lot of places will take skidcards (ID cards/room key/card with money for laundry and stuff) as payment, which is really convenient.

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College Freshman

Administration: I've never really had any issues with any school policies or anything, so I'm not the most familiar with the strictness level. From what I've heard, they're generally pretty relaxed. I've had a teacher make jokes about how their friends in campus safety will take home the alcohol they confiscate if it's any good. If they catch you outright doing things against the rules, sure, you'll get in trouble, but if you're not obnoxious about rule breaking I think you're fine. Not like they do constant room checks or anything. Dorms occasionally smell like pot, and I don't hear about people getting in trouble, so stuff like that is tolerated.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Compared to all the other schools I've visited, Skidmore has the best food. Some people complain about it, but I generally think the food is pretty good. We have a pretty good variety, and I've only had one or two things that were BAD. Occasionally a little bland, yeah, but not bad. And they give you money every semester to buy food from places that take skidcards (which the vending machines also do)

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Jonnson, which is pretty good. Close enough to all my classes, really close to the dining hall. It's pretty quiet for an 11 floor building, which I personally really like. I wish the laundry room was a little cleaner, but it's functional. It's also really nice to be in the same building as health services when sick. Overall it's a decent place to live, and I wouldn't mind living here again.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The apartments are absolutely gorgeous, they look like Chalets, and have nice double beds. The dorms are your typical dorms, but the window seats are nice.

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2 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene is pretty boring. Unless you're an athlete, especially for women, you really can't get into the athletics parties. The majority of the parties happen in upperclassmen/northwoods apartments, but those are only open to friends of the inhabitants. Mostly, the average "party" is a group of people drinking in someone's dorm room, and generally smoking pot. There's not a lot going on.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Saratoga has amazing opportunities for eating out, and everyone can find something in their price range. There are some student discounts, and lots of different options for different eating habits/styles.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Saratoga is gorgeous! There's tons of shops and restaurants, lots of opportunities to go out and have fun. You can easily get there on the bus or by car. My only note is that it is quite pricey, but you can find things within everyone's price range if you look

4 College Freshman

Majors: I love my major (neuroscience), but I am also doing pre-medical, which is very difficult and very miserable

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We definitely have an issue with sexual assault, but it's kept under wraps, so the general student body doesn't know a lot about it. Most people don't report it, Title 9 is horrible to deal with. And the process is VERY weighted towards women, if you are a male victim, good luck...

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The majority of the student body just wants to hook up, and forget it, which isn't a lot of fun if you're looking for more than crappy one-night stands. Some students do date, but it's rare, and you're not likely to find a partner. Don't expect romantic relationships at Skidmore

4 College Freshman

Administration: I haven't really noticed the administration, when needed they are very helpful. I've never run into trouble or had to deal with them in that manner.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Lots of on campus options and most students dont leave

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College Junior

Greek Life: No greek life on campus

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5 College Junior

Local Area: it is beautiful every season of the year here but especially in Fall and Spring

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are lots of options almost all of which are cheaper than living on campus.

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: Lots of parties and things to do. For those who are 21 going downtown to bars is a great option.

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3 College Junior

Administration: It's pretty hard to get caught but if you do, Residential Life can be a real pain.

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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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