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Early Decision Applicants Checklist

 Find out why these 10 current students chose to apply ED!

To be considered for admission, please submit the following: 

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  • $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)
  • Early Decision Agreement form if applying ED Round I or ED Round II, including student, parent/guardian, and guidance counselor signatures (see Common Application)
  • If applying for financial aid, complete the College Scholarship Service Financial Aid PROFILE (available on our Financial Aid website) no later than November 15 (Round I) or January 15 (Round II).

Standardized Testing:

Beginning with the 2016-2017 application cycle, Skidmore College is test-optional.

Students may submit either the SAT or ACT if they feel their standardized testing results best represent their academic potential. We will not make any assumptions as to why some students choose to submit scores while others do not; all applicants will be given equal consideration in our holistic evaluation approach.

The College will, however, continue to require standardized testing (SAT or ACT) for the following populations of applicants: International students other than those who have attended an English-language-based school for at least three years (see policy below), homeschooled students, and students attending secondary schools offering written evaluations without accompanying grades. Applicants for the Porter Presidential Scholarships in Science and Mathematics are encouraged to submit SAT/ACT and any SAT subject tests in math and science.

Specifically, for international students, we require applicants to submit SAT I or ACT scores if English is not your first language and you have not attended a high school for at least three years where English is the only language of instruction. The TOEFL or IELTS is also required if English is not your first language. If you have attended a high school for at least three years where English is the only language of instruction, or if you are enrolled in an IB diploma program, we can waive this TOEFL/IELTS requirement.

The Admissions Office requests that the results of all standardized testing be sent directly to Skidmore College from the appropriate testing service.

Note: For information on whether Early Decision is right for you, 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. 
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