School Spotlight: Skidmore College

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY

Though Skidmore has long been known for its stellar studio arts programs, some of its most popular majors at the moment are in social services and business. Not many small colleges can boast of strengths in such diverse specialties. Perhaps that’s because Skidmore has long followed a “creative thought matters” approach to learning, where students and faculty across disciplines find ways to incorporate the arts and culture into everything they do. Within the studio arts program, even non-arts majors can try their hand at coursework in animation, jewelry, and wood carving. Located in the historic and trendy city of Saratoga Springs, Skidmore offers its 2,600 undergrads as many options for on-campus activities as it does off. Dozens of museums, coffeehouses, and restaurants make Saratoga a quintessential college town. And as a nod to the city’s famous racetrack, the Skidmore athletes compete as the Thoroughbreds in 19 DIII sports. Men’s and women’s tennis, men’s golf, and equestrian are among the college’s most successful teams. Freshmen and sophomores with strong GPAs who seek additional academic challenges can apply for the Periclean Honors Forum program, which requires that all participants complete a citizenship project and capstone experience prior to graduation.

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Written by Emily Toffelmire
Emily Toffelmire is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Prior to joining College Coach, Emily worked as an admissions officer at University of Southern California as well as a college counselor at high schools in the US and Thailand. Visit our website to learn more about Emily Toffelmire.