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Reviews 746 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: You save a lot of money off campus. It is fun to have your own place with all your friends and also be closer to the bars.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many restaurants. It's always super yummy.

4 College Junior

Administration: Skidmore is technically a dry campus but no one will be checking up on your in your room.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: I love going to house parties at Skidmore because I always know almost everyone there so everyone is really happy and friendly.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: I received a lot of financial aid from Skidmore. They were really willing to listen to my situation and help my family in whatever way they could.

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4 College Junior

Campus Food: The dinning hall is awesome, totally under appreciated.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms at Skidmore College are great. Having a single is awesome because you have your own space but you can still live with around your friends. The dorms are all close together and pretty close to the dinning hall which is always a plus when you wake up and want breakfast right away.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Apparently the chefs have won a competition many years in a row. The food is good, but of course gets very repetitive. The Pasta Live Action station is always my savior. Also there is a deli that makes whatever kind of sandwich you want.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Compared to other schools I have seen, Skidmore's housing is incredible. The dorms are always clean, there are places to study, and the RA's are not insane. There is a north and south quad of dorms and I think it is agreed upon that the north quad places are much nicer. In south quad the hockey guys tend to punch holes in the walls...

Upperclassmen can live in the apartments in two little villages on campus. They are incredible! We say they are the nicest apartments we will have for a very long time. The housing process - though stressful - is simple. The residential life group is understanding and accomidating. It is easy to get room changes. It is mandatory to get an unlimited meal plan if you live in a dorm which I think is absurd considering the price.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I like the housing, it's reasonable and close to campus!

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).

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3 College Freshman

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

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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

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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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