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Reviews 556 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: People drink. People do drugs (mostly pot). It happens, pretty much exclusively on the weekends, and it's not a big deal. It's not super noticeable, especially if you're not looking for it.

It's a campus full of 18-22 year olds - debauchery occurs but it is pretty much never out of hand and the party scene is mostly low key, especially compared to larger schools.Campus safety is much more concerned with safety than busting people.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Campus housing is definitely above average though it depends on your year. Freshman/Sophomore years students are typically housed in the dorms which vary pretty wildly in quality. South quad dorms (McClellan, Wilmarth, Penfield, Kimball) are not great (though they did fix them up a little bit a year or two ago). North quad dorms, especially Howe-Rounds and Wait, are nicer.

The on-campus apartments, mostly inhabited by Juniors and Seniors, are a massive step above the dorms. Their only downside is the cost which is borderline unacceptable considering the relatively low cost of renting property off-campus (Saratoga is a summer town so renting during the school year can prove a budget-friendly choice).

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Skidmore is an excellent school that provides an excellent education. Professors are incredibly accessible and the vast majority genuinely care about cultivating interest in their subject. Classes tend to be on the smaller side with a more participatory atmosphere. Some departments are stronger than others and the administration is sometimes slightly resistant to addressing the needs of certain departments, especially those that are growing in popularity.

Lots of good people who all really care about the school and other students. The campus is lovely, facilities are great, and Saratoga Springs is a great college town.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Skidmore is a good school with a lot of bad bureaucracy and a weird environment. I would describe the student body as apathetic and cliquey. There is so much racial segregation it almost feels like the 50's and I think the school really needs to deal with that. Great, great art facilities and a lot of fun stuff going on, but not the right school for me.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've heard that the alumni network is really amazing. After you graduate, the school doesn't congratulate you about graduating, they congratulate you for becoming a part of the alum network.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: As a woman, I always felt super safe, as I come from a small town and never really feared walking alone, but many of my female friends didn't want to walk home alone from the library at night. There has been a fair amount of sexual assaults and crimes, the school usually just puts up yellow flyers saying exactly what happened everywhere. That just makes me, at least, feel weirder about it.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some dorms (like doubles in Wiecking Hall) are amazing. Most, though, (triples everywhere else, unless you get a special one) are smaller than the reviews say, and frankly, Skidmore really does need to build a new dorm. This year they over-enrolled, and had to offer an incentive to students to move off campus. When that didn't work, they built new dorms in dorm common rooms, which is a huge shame, because that was where my floor really came together and made friends. Every dorm has a window seat, which is cool, but doesn't really help when you are your two roommates are having problems. People mysteriously pee in the Jonnson Tower elevators, and the stairs are pretty dirty. I loved my RA and made good friends on my floor, but the dorms are depressing and small. Great access to classrooms, but that just due to the small size of the campus. Apartments are AMAZING, but super hard to get now. Off campus options are really good too--low rent and close to campus. I don't know why more people don't take advantage of that.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Nobody cares about sports at Skidmore, but they sure do seem to matter when it comes to where you sit in the dining hall.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Skidmore is a complicated beast. It's a small school, which can be really great at times, if you like constantly bumping into people you know, and really awful when you're trying to avoid someone. Everyone will know you really quickly if you are social enough, and after only a year I really felt like a part of the community. This however, I found really limiting. I was quickly stereotyped by friends and cohorts alike, and I immediately felt like I would never be able to find new friends or find anything that would challenge me. The professors are mixed. I had one professor who appeared like she had never taught a class in her life, teaching from slides that had nothing but text that she read off of, and three different teachers grading the three lab reports that the class was graded on. Other professors were animated and incredibly interesting. Most, truly, were "good" professors, and I found it very easy, being an outspoken student, to form relationships and be seen in class. The party scene is composed mostly of apartment parties, and it can be really loud on the weekends. I always felt like if I wasn't partying, I was missing out, and I hated feeling that way. Social pressures are very prevalent, from things as mundane as being convinced to go for a walk instead of studying, or swapping studying for going out. It is also really easy to go overboard with drugs, as kids smoke all the time, and drinking is prevalent at parties. The music scene is absolutely great, unless you're a singer. The music program has only two vocal teachers, one of whom is universally hated by her students. Endless opportunities for jam sessions and music projects. The Falstaff's club is great, and there are concerts every weekend. I will not be returning next fall. I felt very suffocated by the way I was stereotyped and the small-ness of the campus. I need something bigger, but for the right student, Skidmore is a great little college where you can stand out among the crowd.

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no greek life so I cannot say much about it.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: They are available but not everyone takes advantage of the sports offered. Not many attend either.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Friendly people, and professors are always willing to help. Especially since it is a small class size

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Though Skidmore has a Title IX action against it currently, I feel the campus is working hard to improve support systems and preventing future assault. I am a woman and I feel very safe on campus (though I do not party, so I am not around alcohol or out late at night).

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Class sizes are small so professors get to know you and help you.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The Career Center can be helpful, though last time I went it was not as helpful. It is very easy to get internships in your field however.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I have not had issues with my room, though I know people who have, but Res Life has always sorted that out.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: For Skidmore students, the fact that we don't have Greek life is a big part of choosing Skidmore.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I do not really utilize our sports facilities, but they are nice.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I can do everything I want to pursue at my school.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Class sizes are small, good way to get to know people. Professors are usually helpful and nice.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Haven't really explored that yet.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: If you have a good RA like I did, you get a really nice community feel on the floor and a chance to bond with everyone freshmen year.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: The school is very divided between athletes and everyone else. No one really attends games and I heard our teams never win except for men's basketball

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Professors are nice and friendly. Students are mostly friendly, just had some bad friend experiences. I don't really like all the all college requirements, it's a pain to fulfil.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is a health center and campus safety


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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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