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What the guidebooks say about Skidmore…
Skidmore works hard to provide an intensive, personalized liberal arts education at a reasonable price. Our inclusion in the 2014 Princeton Review 150 Best Value Colleges (“best bang for your buck”) and Kiplinger’s 2014 Best College Values (“a combination of academic quality and affordability”) supports and reinforces this high-priority goal.
For more on what college guides and websites have to say about Skidmore, see the excerpts below.
First-rate academic institution
Students at Skidmore are well aware that they are attending a “first-rate academic institution,” and tell us that the learning atmosphere on campus fosters a “relaxed intensity.” The library is “packed on weeknights” and “many people would be surprised to find how often a Skidmore student is cramming his or her weekend with serious studying.” The low student-to-teacher ratio offers “smaller class sizes for more personalized and individual attention.”
—Best Value Colleges, Princeton Review
No typical Skidmore student
“There really is now way to describe a typical Skidmore student. To categorize any of them is very difficult. We have jocks, artists, computer geeks, and science nerds. As long as you can engage in an intellectual or quirky conversation, you are going to have no trouble making friends.”
—Best Value Colleges, Princeton Review
Professors are family
[At Skidmore] you will inevitably find your niche of friends, and your passions and interests will develop as you do as a person. College is a tough time for most people, as you are in a state of figuring out what the heck you want to do with your life. Luckily, Skidmore has a great deal of potential in helping you do this. Its strongest points are the closeness you will find in friends, classmates, and very importantly, professors. These people are rooting for you! They will surprisingly help lead you in the right direction because Skidmore offers a strong sense of family. You are not just a number here. You are not Jane/John Doe, for goodness sake!
Stunning interdisciplinary facility
Skidmore’s emphasis on interdisciplinary study is most dramatically manifested—architecturally, at least—in the Francs Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery. Located on campus in a stunning facility, the museum works to expand the concept of what a gallery exhibition can be. The museum includes dedicated teaching space, and many professors hold classes there to help students consider subject matter in unusual ways.
Great college town
The Skidmore campus offers terrific views of the surrounding mountains and forests of the Adirondack region. If you’re a hiker, biker, or skier, you’ll find plenty of options to keep you more than busy on weekends. Lake George, a popular resort destination, is about thirty minutes away. New York, Boston, and Montreal, all within driving distance, constitute the troika of long-weekend getaway destinations. The town of Saratoga Springs itself strikes most students as an unexpectedly vibrant place. Skidmore’s campus is about a mile from the center of town, where you’ll find plenty of restaurants and shops, many catering to the outdoors-seeking tourists who pass through the area year-round. Students can catch a folk music show at Caffe´ Lena, purportedly the country’s oldest coffeehouse.
Peerless peers, social life, food
“Our students are incredibly diverse in terms of interests, opinions, backgrounds, and personal philosophies,” a student says. “My peers challenge me just as much as my professors do and I’m entirely grateful for that.”
“My biggest complaint about the social life would have to be that we haven’t yet found a way to be in four places at once,” a student says.… “There’s never a shortage of things to do.”
“I have friends come visit me from other schools and demand to be sneaked into our dining hall.”
—Fiske Guide to Colleges
Teachers are always around and have plenty of office hours, and there are no TAs in sight. If you make the effort to connect, then teachers will too. “The teachers are great—they’re always open to making time outside of class to talk,” says a sophomore.
Meeting new people and mixing among social groups is common and easy to do. “There’s a strong sense of community. The school is small enough that you feel like you know everyone, but I’m somehow still meeting new, awesome people every weekend,” says a senior.
— The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges
“Creative Thought Matters”: this is the motto of upstate New York’s Skidmore College, which can be found all over campus and in every student’s mind. The small school looks to turn out “well-rounded, open-minded, [and], interested” students, and to that end stresses “the doing of interesting things outside of, or in complement to, academics.” Students, faculty, and staff alike embrace the tenets of Skidmore life, and make sure that the college “represents the meeting point between a phenomenal social atmosphere and an interdisciplinary take on academics.”
— The Best 378 Colleges, Princeton Review
Happiness is a Skidmore value
Newsweek magazine included the school among the 20 "happiest" colleges in the country in its 2012 College Rankings. The magazine calls the happiest students those who got what they expected from their college of choice. Relatively immune to transfers and dropouts, the happiest schools also scored high marks for student satisfaction with the overall college experience. If given the choice, the most contented students would attend the same college.
Student opinion data was taken from Newsweek's college ranking partner, College Prowler, and retention rate is according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Skidmore had a full-time retention rate of 95 percent, and 88 percent of the Skidmore students said they would choose the same school if they had it to do all over again, the story said.
What’s not to like?
“Consider the location: a picturesque small city (with good restaurants) that’s three hours from New York, Boston and Montreal. That’s great for students who don’t want to study in an urban area, yet want access to big cities. Skidmore offers a broad curriculum, with traditional majors in the liberal arts and sciences, but also in subjects like management and business. The college is strong as well in individual and performing arts. Saratoga Springs has the oldest Thoroughbred racetrack in the United States. It’s the permanent summer home of the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra. The school runs its own programs in London, Spain, Paris, India and Beijing, and is affiliated with many other overseas programs.”
—Newsweek, “25 New Ivies,” Kaplan/Newsweek Guide to Getting into College