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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).

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Skidmore has 20% min. population

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Lots of wealthy white kids, BUT, overall very accepting

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diverse in some aspects and not in others

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Ethnic diversity is average, but majority of the students are very wealthy

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Skidmore continuously strives to increase its diversity on campus. The Office of Student Diversity Programs promotes cross-cultural understanding and positive and supportive relationships to create an inclusive campus community. Although Skidmore students are often stereotyped as "rich white kids," that is a very much unfounded statement now. Yes, the majority of Skidmore students is white, but there are many differences in the Skidmore community in terms of race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, and gender. The College is constantly striving to make Skidmore a more inclusive community.

Skidmore students are generally very accepting; however, the inclusion and relationships between minority groups and majority groups could certainly be better.

Facts & Statistics

African American
4%
Asian
6%
Hispanic
8%
International
5%
Native American
0%
White
63%
Unknown
10%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
71%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 45%
20-21: 49%
22-24: 5%
25+: 0%
Female Faculty
56%
Male Faculty
44%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 85%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The Skidmore Pride Alliance is an outlet for students of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
Political Activity
Skidmore is definitely a very liberal campus. Of course, there are students of differing opinions, but the majority political opinion on campus leans very much to the left.
Economic Status
Skidmore students are often stereotyped as "rich kids," but that is a very wrong stereotype. Yes, there are a decent amount of students of privilege, but many students on campus participate in work-study, have jobs on and off campus, and receive financial aid for their Skidmore education.
Most Common Religions
There is an Office of Religious and Spiritual Life on campus. There are Christian, Catholic, and Jewish chaplains on campus. There is not a particularly religious environment on campus, but there are functioning and well-attended religious groups on campus such as Hillel and Christian Fellowship.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Clubs include but are not limited to: Asian Cultural Awareness, Hayat, Hip Hop Alliance, International Student Union, Lift Every Voice Gospel Choir, Raices (Latino cultural awareness), Skidmore Pride Alliance, Students Promoting Social Change, The Breakbeats, and Ujima (African American/Caribbean American cultural awareness).

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 6 responses

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 34 responses

  • 29% Progressive/very liberal
  • 47% Liberal
  • 3% Moderate
  • 6% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 3% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 34 responses

  • 24% Progressive/very liberal
  • 59% Liberal
  • 9% Moderate
  • 3% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 6% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 34 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 34 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 7 responses

  • 86% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 14% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 6 responses

  • 0% Republican
  • 67% Democratic
  • 33% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 0% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 6 responses

  • 100% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 100% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 0% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 6 responses

  • 0% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 0% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 17% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 83% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 35 responses

  • 54% Very accepting.
  • 26% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 20% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.

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