Diversity in the Community
Skidmore students, faculty, staff, and visitors create and engage in an enlightened community that values human differences, intellectual exchange, social freedom, civic responsibility, and global vision. Such a community promotes personal growth and interpersonal success and prepares students for citizenship in the pluralistic society of the 21st century. We all share a responsibility to make Skidmore a welcoming environment for all people and all points of view.
Committed to achieving a balanced and heterogeneous campus, the College proactively recruits students who represent a cross-section of groups and societies within the United States and around the world. By drawing from the most broadly defined community, the college fosters intra- and cross-cultural communication, understanding and good faith, valuing equally the unique talents and approaches of individuals and the strong bonds they form around shared interests.
Skidmore's total on-campus undergraduate enrollment in the 2016–17 academic year is 2,539. The diversity of our student body can be seen in the following ways:
- Ethnicity: Students of color account for 22 percent of Skidmore’s student body, breaking out as follows: Asian, 4.9 percent; Hispanic, 9.2 percent; black, 3.8 percent; and two or more races, 4.2 percent.
- Nationality: Students have come to Skidmore from 59 countries outside the U.S., with the following making up the top five: China (126), Hong Kong (14), United Kingdom (14), Canada (11), and India (11).
- Geographically within the U.S.: Students come to Skidmore from 42 states and two territories, with the following making up the top five: New York (754), Massachusetts (400), New Jersey (202), Connecticut (197) and California (124).
- Gender: 60 percent of Skidmore students are female, 40 percent are male.
In Cocurricular Programs
Skidmore College integrates cocurricular activities with traditional academics to create a holistic experience of diversity, both as an intellectual ideal and as daily practice. Students may join numerous clubs and organizations or attend a full calendar of events such as festivals or retreats that support a diversity focus, from arts to politics, celebrating differences that range from race to gender identity. Students are encouraged to become informed, responsible citizens through student diversity programs, community engagement, and leadership activities.
In the Workplace
Skidmore’s community of scholars, professionals, and staff is intended to be inclusive of individuals of every race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or place of origin, providing equitable employment opportunities on a campus committed to ideals of diversity in the workplace and the classroom. A work culture in which employees believe they are respected is more productive and effective at achieving the goals and desired outcomes of the organization.
In Social Media