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3 College Freshman

Academics: My experience (first year under my belt) as an anthropology major has been mixed. AN102 (biological anthropology and archaeology) was great! I loved my professor, the workload was fine (being that there WAS no workload. Going to the lectures was sufficient for me, so I only opened my textbook once the whole semester), and the class was interesting. AN101, however, was a somewhat (unnecessarily) heavy workload in comparison. Most assignments were online and had weird deadlines. Also, every reading in the book had an online reading quiz. While the grade padding with homework assignments and reading quizzes is helpful for some, I'm the type of person who prefers all work besides the reading and maybe one or two assignments to be done in class.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors care more about students than any other school I've seen. They're truly passionate about what they do, and are very good at teaching it.

Also, if you're a prospective student reading this, take Psych 101 with Sheldon Solomon. Do it.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: A 2 semester introductory biology course is kind of annoying, but the professors are good.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: There isn't much variety in majors, but there is a variety in classes. Class sizes however are very small

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5 College Junior

Academics: As a history and government double major, I've taken so many interesting courses with great profs.
I look forward to an internship this summer.

7 people found this useful Report

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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.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
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Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 69%
  • 20 to 49 students: 30%
  • 50 or more students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business/Commerce, General: 6%
  • English Language Studies: 4%
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other: 3%
  • Psychology: 5%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Dorm study rooms
  • Library-choose your floor based on noise level and environment (third floor is the quiet floor)
  • Study rooms in the library
  • Uncommon Grounds on Broadway
Tips to Succeed
  • Always keep expanding your friends. It's a small school, and sometimes Skidmore can feel cliquey, so make sure you're always being friendly. The more friends you have, the more fun you'll have!
  • Always keep up with your email. It's how you'll find out about everything from canceled classes to student announcements. Also, professors expect that you answer their emails. Don't forget!
  • Figure out a place to study that isn't your room-sometimes you need a quieter space! Try different places both on and off campus.
  • Get to know your professors and take advantage of their availability.
  • Get your general requirements over with ASAP; those requirements are also a great way to figure out what you want to major in if you're unsure.
  • Make sure your schedule is something you can handle. If you're not a morning person, avoid a morning class. If you can't handle taking five classes, don't.
  • Work hard freshman year; it will get harder, and your GPA certainly counts for freshman year.
Did You Know?
  • There are 248 full-time faculty and 43 academic departments.
  • There are 12 different summer programs at Skidmore, ranging from pre-college programs to the NYS Writers Institute.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 43 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 13 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 13 responses

  • 15% This was my dream school.
  • 69% This was one of my top choices.
  • 15% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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