Since Skidmore is a small school, that means small classes. Average class size at Skidmore is 17 students. Class participation is a large part of your grade and experience at Skidmore. Many classes are discussion-based. Students and faculty take academics very seriously. Students are there to learn and work hard because they enjoy what they're working on. Since Skidmore is a liberal arts college, there are all-college requirements that students must meet, and through these requirements, they are able to get a taste of all different departments and disciplines. Another advantage of a small school is that student/faculty relationships are encouraged and rewarding. Professors always have welcoming office hours and are available for discussion and further research.
Additionally, every first-year student must enroll in a themed seminar, called a Scribner Seminar, that's taught by both a professor and a student peer mentor. The peer mentor is either a sophomore, junior, or senior, and his or her role is to not only act as a teaching assistant in the classroom, but to also build lasting personal relationships with the first-years to smooth the transition into college. The first-years are able to create a close relationship with a professor and an older student at Skidmore, and they are housed by seminar, so they also live with the students in their seminar, which strengthens the bond between the students. Although each seminar is an academic class (themes range from children's literature to Italian cinema and cuisine), the peer mentors spend time once a week discussing college matters with students, from drugs and alcohol to sexual misconduct to how to register for a class. This mandatory liberal arts intro into college is a wonderful aspect of the freshman experience.