Background 1
Admissions & Financial Aid
Menu Toggle Navigation

First Year Applicants, Regular Decision Checklist

To be considered for admission, please submit the following:

  • $65 application fee (check or credit card accepted). No application can be processed until the fee is received or a request for a waiver has been signed by the student’s secondary school guidance counselor and submitted.
  • The application: Students must apply directly through the Common Application website: Common Application
  • Secondary School Report (see Common Application) filled out by secondary school guidance counselor (includes official high school transcript)
  • Two academic Teacher Evaluation Reports (see Common Application)
  • Midyear Report filled out by secondary school guidance counselor (see Common Application)
  • Standardized testing scores (from the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT with Writing Examination*) sent directly to Admissions from the appropriate testing service (Skidmore's CEEB code is 2815; our ACT code is 2906)
    • NOTE: for applicants taking the New SAT (after March 2016), Skidmore will not require the writing section. The writing section of the ACT will also be optional for applicants who take the exam after March 2016.
  • If applying for financial aid, follow the instructions on Skidmore’s Financial Aid website
  • If you are sending any application related materials via regular mail, please be sure to include your name and Common Application ID on all materials submitted via mail.

Note: For information on what Skidmore looks for in its applicants, click here.

If submitting an art portfolio (not required)

Prospective studio art majors are not required to submit a portfolio. If you are submitting an art portfolio, please submit electronically via, in partnership with the Common Application.

Please include Skidmore College on your My Colleges page. Then click on Art Supplement which will connect you to Please create an account on and submit your work. 

Keep in mind: Due to the number of portfolio submissions, applicants should adhere to the following guidelines to ensure that their portfolios are reviewed: 

  • At least four works must be drawings from direct observation. 
  • Artworks should demonstrate a command of elements of visual language, including composition, line, form and color. 
  • Portfolios should reflect the abilities and experience of the applicants. 
How to Apply!

How to Apply

Everything you need is here!



Schedule time on the Campus!

First-Year Experience

First-Year Experience

Freshman seminars

Contact Us

Contact Us

E-mail us or call us!

Creative Thought Matters
Map & Directions A-Z Index Event Calendar Directories Employment Sustainability Diversity Emergency Preparedness