Honors Forum

Student Application Form

The application to become a member of Skidmore’s Honors Forum involves your on-line submission of a personal statement and a faculty recommendation. The student, faculty, and administrative members of the Skidmore Honors Forum Council will carefully review your personal statement, faculty recommendation, and Skidmore transcript. They are looking for students who have a passion for learning and who will use their Honors Forum membership to enrich the community. It is important that you treat your personal statement seriously and write it well. It is also important that you choose a faculty recommender whom you believe can speak first to your specific academic strengths and second to the personal qualities that will make you a contributing member of Skidmore’s Honors Forum.

Honors Forum membership is competitive and is limited to approximately ten percent of the first-year and sophomore classes. Please think carefully about your personal statement. In considering whether to apply, you should look at the Honors Forum website, especially the member's guide and past newsletters, to see whether Honors Forum membership is for you.

Personal Statement (section on form below):

Below is a copy of the mission statement for the Honors Forum. In a 250-word essay, explain how your own educational experience reflects these goals and how you will advance the goals of the Forum if you become a member.

Skidmore College is a small, highly selective liberal arts college that fosters academic inquiry and creative thought and expression. Honors Forum promotes these goals.  Skidmore founded the Honors Forum in 1997 as an inclusive community of highly motivated students who have promise to become student leaders and globally informed citizens. Our goal is to encourage students to take ownership of their academic and co-curricular education and to reflect meaningfully on their personal and professional goals. The Honors Forum invites all first- and second-year students with a 3.5 GPA to apply to the Forum.

Honors Forum introduces extraordinary rigor into academic programs as students consider complex questions and examine sophisticated materials. Honors Forum students develop what we refer to as “the life of the mind” by working alongside their faculty on research projects in labs, at field sites, in libraries, and in studios, often helping to shape the curriculum with which they engage. The Forum promotes and supports student-organized co-curricular activities (e.g. lectures and panel discussions) and leadership and civic engagement opportunities where students guide fellow peers, faculty, and staff within the Skidmore community and beyond. We also encourage all students at Skidmore College to take an Honors course, add-on, or independent study to become invested in a community of scholars and leaders.


Your application must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a Skidmore faculty member. Please ask your faculty nominator to use the Skidmore Honors Forum Recommendation form.

For more information on the Honors Forum, contact Professor Flagg Taylor, Director, Honors Council: x. 5244

Please list the contributions you have made to the academic and/or co-curricular life at Skidmore.