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©Skidmore College

Motto: scuto amoris divini ("by the shield of God's love")
Founded 1903
School type Private coeducational
President Philip A. Glotzbach
Location Saratoga Springs, New York
Enrollment 2,200 undergraduates
National Champions Women's Tennis: 1998 ;Riding: 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1999, Reserve Champions 2004
Campus surroundings suburban, park
Campus size 850 acres
Admission highly competitive; last year received 5,900 applications for a first-year class targeted at 636.
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The Tang Museum

Skidmore College is a private four-year liberal arts college located in Saratoga Springs, New York in the USA. Founded in 1903 as a women's college, it is now a coeducational institution for about 2,200 students.

The college offers B.A., B.S., and M.A. degrees in many areas of study.

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About Skidmore

"Skidmore's history underscores a nimble spirit and adaptability to changing student needs that is still apparent. Founded in 1903 as a school for women, it was chartered as a four-year degree-granting college in 1922. As it grew and evolved, the college made the bold decision in the 1960s to build an entirely new campus. In the 1970s, Skidmore began admitting men, was chartered by Phi Beta Kappa, and launched its highly regarded University Without Walls, a nonresidential program for adult students. A program for the master of arts degree in liberal studies was added in 1993.

Skidmore's academic program is designed to promote creative thinking across the disciplines. Skidmore believes that creative thought matters and the curriculum emphasizes strong foundations in the liberal arts and interdisciplinary study, and builds upon the college's founding principle of linking theoretical and applied learning. It is not unusual for students to design cross-disciplinary double majors such as art history and business, or education and Spanish, and the curriculum's flexibility allows for self-determined majors as well.

The beautiful 650 acre (2.6 km²) campus has been upgraded and enhanced in the past decade with key renovations to the library, science center, athletic facilities, student center, and technology infrastructure. The spectacular Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, opened in 2000, enriches the campus scene with experimental programming closely allied with the college's interdisciplinary focus.


Co-curricular life on campus offers many options. The college's 89 student clubs and organizations run the gamut and include student government, a cappella singing groups, The Skidmore News (student newspaper), WSPN Radio, comedy and cabaret troupes, and a number of cultural awareness groups. Skidmore athletes compete at the NCAA Division III level, and the college fields 19 intercollegiate teams. The riding and women's tennis teams have won national championships in recent years. Students are very active in the intramural sports program and enjoy abundant opportunities for personal fitness and recreation, both on campus and in the nearby Adirondack Mountains." (From What Skidmore Says About...Princeton Review)


Skidmore's History

A Timeline of Skidmore History (http://www.skidmore.edu/centennial/timeline.htm) Skidmore's Centennial (http://www.skidmore.edu/centennial/)

Skidmore's Academic Departments

  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Asian Studies
  • Biology
  • Business (Management and Business)
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Economics
  • Education Studies
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Exercise Science
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • Geosciences
  • Government
  • History
  • International Affairs
  • International Affairs/Environment Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Law and Society
  • Liberal Studies 2
  • Management and Business
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Summer Six Art Program
  • Theater
  • Women's Studies

Skidmore's Athletics

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Skidmore's intercollegiate athletics program offers some of the nation's top sports opportunities for student-athletes. In 2003-2004, players from 12 Thoroughbred teams qualified for regional or national team and individual honors, and more than 95 Skidmore athletes earned league honors.

Athletic Director: Gail Cummings-Danson Athletics Home Page (http://www.skidmore.edu/athletics/athletics.htm)

Skidmore's Student Government

The Skidmore College SGA is the governing body of the almost 100 student run clubs and orgs on campus. It also acts as the official liaison between the students and the administration. The SGA is composed of an Executive Committee, Executive Board, Inter-Hall Board and a Senate.

Student Government SGA (http://www.skidmore.edu/studentorgs/sga/index.htm) Clubs & Orgs (http://www.skidmore.edu/studentorgs/sga/clubs_orgs.htm) Skidmore Student's Bill of Rights (http://www.skidmore.edu/studentorgs/sga/sbor.html)

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