Skidmore College: Narrative Description

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815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-1632
Tel: (518)580-5000
Free: 800-867-6007
Admissions: (518)580-5570
Fax: (518)581-7462
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1903. Setting: 800-acre small town campus with easy access to Albany. Endowment: $176.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $959,000. Educational spending 2003-04: $14,846 per student. Total enrollment: 2,691. Faculty: 328 (232 full-time, 96 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 9:1. 6,032 applied, 48% were admitted. 49% from top 10% of their high school class, 81% from top quarter, 97% from top half. Full-time: 2,387 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 250 students, 67% women, 33% men. Students come from 41 states and territories, 28 other countries, 70% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 3% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 0% 25 or older, 76% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 90% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts; social sciences and history; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: semesters plus optional 6-week internship period. Advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at members of the Hudson-Mohawk Association of Colleges and Universities. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 11/15 for early decision plan 1, 1/15 for early decision plan 2. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision plan 1, 2/15 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $60. Comprehensive fee: $39,818 includes full-time tuition ($30,800), mandatory fees ($308), and college room and board ($8710). College room only: $4860. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $1030 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $25 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 80 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, student radio station, Student Volunteer Bureau, Outing Club, Skidmore News. Major annual events: Fall Convocation, Spring Convocation, Homecoming/Oktoberfest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, well-lit campus. 1,700 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Scribner Library plus 1 other with 352,802 books, 65,608 microform titles, 984 serials, 140,927 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.6 million. 173 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

This resort is famous for the beauty of its setting, the reputed health-giving properties of its water and the gaiety of its summer life. It is also gaining popularity as a winter sport center with downhill and cross-country skiing available nearby. The area has rail, bus, and airline service. Activities to be found within the area include Saratoga Performing Arts Center (summer home of the New York Ballet, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Acting Company), thoroughbred racing, night harness racing, Yaddo Artist's Colony, Congress Park, Newport Jazz Festival, Petrified Sea Gardens, State Tree Nursery, Grant's Cottage on Mount McGregor, and the Saratoga Historical Museum in the Canfield Casino. Saratoga has churches representing the major denominations. Part-time employment is available.

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