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Skidmore College is a private, independent liberal arts
college in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Approximately 2,500 students are enrolled at Skidmore pursuing a
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in one of more
than 60 areas of study.
Skidmore College has undergone many transformations since its
founding in the early twentieth century as a women's college.
The Young Women's Industrial Club was formed in 1903 by Lucy Ann Skidmore
(1853–1931) with inheritance money from her husband who died
in 1879, and from her father, Joseph Russell Skidmore
(1821–1882), a former coal merchant. In 1911, the club was
chartered under the name "Skidmore School of Arts" as a college to
vocationally and professionally train young women.
Charles Henry Keyes became the first
president of the school in 1912, and in 1919 Skidmore conferred its
first baccalaureate degrees under the authority of the University of the State
of New York. By 1922 the school had been chartered
independently as a four-year, degree-granting college.
Skidmore College was first located in downtown Saratoga Springs, but on
October 28, 1961, the college acquired the Jonsson Campus, 850
acres (3.4 km2) of land on the outer edges of
Saratoga Springs. The Jonsson Campus was named for the Skidmore
trustee Erik Jonsson, the founder and president of
Texas Instruments and a former mayor of
(1964–71). The first new buildings on the campus opened in
1966, and by 1973, the move was mostly complete. The old campus was
sold to Verazzano College, a new institution that did not prove
successful, and its buildings have since been put to other
In 1971, the college began admitting men to its regular
undergraduate program (a few dozen male World War II veterans had been admitted in 1946
- 49). Skidmore also launched a program called the "University
Without Walls" (UWW), which allows nonresident students over the
age of 25 to earn bachelor's degrees. The program closed in May,
2011. Finally, Skidmore established a Phi Beta Kappa
Skidmore faculty formed the Collaborative Research Program in
1988, which provides students with opportunities to co-author
papers and studies with professors. Skidmore began granting
master's degrees in 1991 through its Master of Arts in Liberal
Studies (MALS) program. The Skidmore Honors Forum was founded in
In 2003, Philip A. Glotzbach became the College's
seventh president. He has since remained in this role. After his
presidency was announced, to welcome him to Skidmore, students
rallied and drummed up support for his presidency by writing
slogans in chalk on sidewalks around the campus. A notable favorite
slogan was, "My bologna has a first name, it's
2006 marked the start of the largest campaign in Skidmore's
history, named Creative Thought. Bold Promise. The goal was
to raise $200 million, which was reached and surpassed in 2010, and
celebrated at Celebration Weekend.
Academic departments and
Nearly all departments offer only a B.A. A B.S. is given to
those students majoring in Art (Studio), Dance, Dance-Theater,
Education, Exercise Science, Business, Social Work, and Theater.
The distinction rests in the number of hours of "non-liberal arts"
courses allowed toward the 120 credit hours needed for graduation,
60 for a B.S. and 30 for a B.A. These "non-liberal arts"-designated
courses are considered by the college to be of a professional
For the Class of 2018 (enrolling fall 2014), Skidmore received
8,669 applications and accepted 3,237 (37.3%).
The number enrolling was 724; the yield rate (the percentage of
accepted students who enroll) was 22.4%.
The mean SAT scores for the Class of 2018 were 616 for
critical reading, 623 for math, and 620 for writing, while the
middle 50% range of SAT scores was 560-670 for critical reading,
570-680 for math, and 563-680 for writing.
The mean ACT Composite score was 28; the middle 50% range
Most of the buildings on Skidmore's 850-acre
(3.4 km2) campus were constructed after 1960.
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery is the
college's main arts facility. In addition to the Tang, Skidmore has
undergraduate studio space as well as several smaller galleries.
The Saisselin Art Building houses studios for animation, ceramics,
communication design, drawing, fibers, metals, painting,
photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Skidmore has a music
program housed in the Arthur Zankel Music Center, which contains a
large concert hall and facilities.
Most humanities classes are held in one of four academic
buildings: Palamountain, Tisch, Bolton, and Ladd. Harder Hall
houses math and computer science; geology, chemistry, physics, and
biology operate out of Dana Science Center. Almost every classroom
at Skidmore is equipped with a computer and a projector, and many
contain other audiovisual equipment such DVD players and slide
projectors. The average class size is 17 (generally smaller in lab
courses) and the typical student-to-teacher ratio is 8:1.
The Lucy Scribner Library houses approximately half a million
volumes. Its five floors contain a large computer lab,
approximately sixty open computers on the main floor, with
classrooms and private offices. A collection of rare books is kept
in the third floor Pohndorff Room. The third floor has a children's
library which is used by Saratoga residents.
Skidmore maintains nine on-campus residence halls (Howe Hall,
Jonsson Tower, Kimball Hall, McClellan Hall, Penfield Hall, Rounds
Hall, Wait Hall, Wiecking Hall and Wilmarth Hall) and three
on-campus apartment complexes (North Woods Village, Sussman
Village, and the Hillside Houses).
Residence Hall rooms at Skidmore are quite large and the college
usually appears on the Princeton Review's "Dorms Like Palaces"
Most residence halls are arranged in suite style with 3 or 4
bedrooms sharing one common bathroom. Most suites are single sex.
housing is available in Wiecking Hall, the Scribner Village,
Hillside, and North Woods apartments. The North Woods Apartments
can hold 380 people in 3- and 4-person apartments. The Sussman
Village apartments are available to most students except incoming
freshmen. They house from 4 to 7 people.
Built in 1986 as a student pub, Falstaff's is now a venue for
student sponsored musical performances.
Much of Skidmore's property is taken up by North Woods, a
530-acre (2.1 km2) forest that adjoins the academic
campus and reaches up to the bottom of the Adirondack mountains.
The woods contain hiking trails that are also open to the general
Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery was
opened in 2000, and was designed by the architect Antoine Predock. Predock's design includes
two major gallery wings (the Wachenheim Gallery and the Malloy
Wing), two smaller galleries (the State Farm Mezzanine and the
Winter Gallery), digitally equipped classrooms, and several event
spaces. The Tang is nationally known for both its architecture and
its holdings, and its excellence has been recognized by the
New York Times,
Art in America, and Architectural Digest, among other
Arthur Zankel Music Center
Arthur Zankel Music Center
Because of a record-breaking donation made by the estate of
Arthur Zankel, Skidmore received $46 million, a portion of which
was used as a lead gift to make the state-of-the-art Arthur Zankel
Designed by Ewing Cole, the building has won awards even before it
was built. Most notably, it is lauded for its environmentally
friendly nature. For example, rain water is collected on the roof
and turned into usable water in restrooms.
Janet Kinghorn Bernhard
Janet Kinghorn Bernhard '26, while a senior at Skidmore, became
the first editor of the Skidmore News. In the 1960s, she and her
husband, Arnold, (a Skidmore trustee) committed themselves to
building a theater on the new campus. They were both present in
1987 to see their long-awaited dream come true, at the dedication
of the Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater. The facility has a main
theater, with 300 seats, that is the site of most major
productions, as well as a convertible black-box space. The main
theater is also the home of the annual National College Comedy
the Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater was named the #16 Best College
Theater by the Princeton Review.
The renovated The Murray-Aikins Dining Hall was opened in Fall
2006. It offers a variety of food selections including 7 food
sections; The Global Café (foods from around the world),
Semolina (pasta), Emily's Garden (salad bar and Vegan options), The
Diner (more typical college foods), The Corner Deli (custom made
sandwiches and wraps), Bake Shop, and Supremo's (pizza). The Pizza
section has a brand new wood burning oven that is warm and earthy,
contrasting with the rest of the dining hall's modern design. Also
available is a "do-it-yourself" station where patrons can use items
such as a juicer, a large griddle and waffle machines. Before the
renovation, the rather dilapidated cafeteria was referred to as the
"D-Hall," where burritos were sometimes served as an unexpected
Lo-Yi Chan, architect and campus planner, and apprentice of
famous architect I. M.
Pei created Skidmore's latest Campus Plan in 2007. Among other
proposals it envisions expanding the campus with the addition of
another academic quad.
The Skidmore College Student Government Association (SGA) is the
governing body of the roughly 130 student-run clubs and
organizations on campus. In addition to being the official liaison
between students and the administration, the Skidmore Student
Government Association advocates for college policies that benefit
the short - and long-term - interests of the student body. The
primary functioning and operation of the SGA is done by an
Executive Committee. The Student Senate is the largest and final
body in most matters. If an issue arises that the Student Senate is
unable to solve, then the Executive Board meets to discuss the
issue and come to some conclusion. The Class Council are primarily
responsible to be the voice of the Students to Staff, Faculty and
Administrators for all issues that do not require a Student Senate
vote. There are other SGA Committees and many other individual
students appointed to Faculty Committees, All-College Committees
and adjudicatory bodies. The current SGA President is Addison
Bennett, a junior. Charles Tetelman, a rising Senior, is the
Salmagundi is a quarterly journal that focuses on the
humanities and social sciences. Founded by Robert Boyers, a
long-time faculty member in the English department, it has been
published at Skidmore since 1969 and now has an international
subscriber base of several thousand readers.
Each issue generally includes poetry, fiction, interviews, and
essays. Salmagundi's editors often devote large sections of
an issue to a timely special subject. Recent theme issues include
"The Culture of the Museum", "Nigerian Mathematics",
"Homosexuality", "Art and Ethics", "The Culture Industry",
"Kitsch", and "FemIcons."
Nadine Gordimer, J. M. Coetzee, Tzvetan Todorov, George Steiner,
Orlando Patterson, Norman Manea, Christopher Hitchens, Seamus Heaney, Mary Gordon, Susan Sontag, Benjamin Barber, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Howard, Carolyn Forche, Martin Jay, and David Rieff are among the writers
who have contributed to Salmagundi. Regular columnists
include Benjamin Barber, Tzvetan Todorov, Martin Jay,
Charles Molesworth, Marilynne Robinson, Carolyn Forché, and
Mario Vargas Llosa.
The Skidmore News is the college's official
student-run newspaper. Its staff is composed entirely of students,
and it is published on a weekly basis during the academic year. In
2002, the Associated Collegiate Press
awarded the newspaper first place for a four-year college weekly
for special coverage of the community reaction to the September 11
In 2010 The Skidmore News stopped printing physical copies
and moved entirely online.
SkidTV is the college's official student-run closed-circuit
television station. The club is dedicated to promoting top quality
programming while covering events on campus and in the surrounding
WSPN 91.1 FM is Skidmore's radio station. It is
administered by a board of directors composed entirely of
undergraduates. Students, college employees, and residents of the
local community are eligible to host shows, but they must apply to
the board in order to win timeslots. Competition for high-profile
slots is fierce.
WSPN's staff strives to create a cutting-edge mix of musical
programming and talk shows. Although it is a small station with a
small broadcast area, it has built up a reputation for innovative
programming. The Princeton Review
consistently ranks it among the nation's top college radio
stations, and its internet broadcast reaches listeners throughout
Skidmore Unofficial is a popular on-campus news and humor blog,
documenting undergraduate life from an alternative perspective. It
is completely student-run and unaffiliated with the
National College Comedy
The National College Comedy Festival is an annual not-for-profit
festival of student sketch and improvisational comedy that takes
place each winter on campus. The festival, which first was held in
February 1990, includes professional workshops.
Among the colleges and universities that regularly participate
are Bard, Bates, Brandeis, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard,
Emerson, George Washington, Haverford & Bryn Mawr, Kenyon,
Manhattan, Marist, NYU, Oaksterdam University, School of Visual
Arts, Skidmore, SUNY Binghamton, Swarthmore, Tufts, University of
Arizona, University of Maryland, University of Southern California,
Vassar, Wesleyan, William & Mary, and Yale.
Each spring as classes wind down, the Student Government
Association hosts an all-day holiday known as "Fun Day" on the
green, featuring bounce-tents, bounce-slides, hot dogs, snow cones,
body paint and live music. Students spread blankets out on the lawn
where they spend the better part of the day eating, drinking,
playing guitars, napping, jumping or riding the tender gypsy in
Haupt Pond, and generally living up to the nature of the event.
Skidmore currently has 6 a cappella groups: 1 all male, 3 co-ed,
and 2 female. The Sonneteers, the first of the all female groups,
is Skidmore's first and oldest a cappella group (founded in 1947).
The Bandersnatchers is the only all male a cappella group on
campus. The Dynamics (Dynos) is Skidmore's oldest co-ed a cappella
group (founded in 1995). The Drastic Measures (Drastics) is the
second oldest co-ed a cappella group. It was founded as an
all-inclusive charitable a cappella group; while it is no longer
all-inclusive, the group retains its charitable mission to this
day. The Accents is the final female a cappella group. All groups
perform on and off campus throughout the semester, holding
auditions at the beginning of each semester and concluding each
semester with a "Jam." The newest a cappella group, the
Treblemakers, is Skidmore's third co-ed a cappella group. Chartered
in 2010, the Treblemakers is the college's only remaining
all-inclusive a cappella group. They constantly perform with many
of the other all-inclusive performance groups on campus. In
addition to the a cappella groups, Lift Every Voice, Skidmore's
Gospel Choir, was established in 2008 and chartered in 2009 as an
Skidmore's Strategic Plan reflects the college's commitment to
sustainability and includes a pledge to deepen connections with the
local community, emphasize planning for sustainable operation, and
reduce the college's environmental footprint. Three of Skidmore's
buildings have geothermal heating and cooling systems, and the
college has recently hired a sustainability coordinator to assist
with efforts to "green" the campus.
Skidmore received a grade of "B+" on the Sustainable Endowment
Institute's "College Sustainability Report Card 2011."
Transportation planning and sustainable investment priorities
helped the college to earn this relatively high mark.
In 2013 Skidmore was rated #1 for "Reefer Madness" on the annual
Princeton Review school ranking list. Although Skidmore is
frequently listed among the top schools for marijuana usage, this
was the first time it had taken the top spot.
Skidmore's main campus residential halls are substance-free;
however, the Northwoods Apartments and Sussaman Village –
upperclassmen housing – are not substance-free, and those who
are of legal age may consume and keep alcohol in their
Skidmore's Athletic Department currently funds and supports 19
Varsity teams ranging from Basketball to Riding, Rowing to Ice
Hockey. The intercollegiate athletics program offered by Skidmore
College is considered to be one of the nation's top sports
opportunities for student-athletes. In 2003–2004, players
from twelve Thoroughbred teams qualified for regional or national
team and individual honors, and more than 95 Skidmore athletes
earned league honors. Currently lead by Athletic Director is Gail
Cummings-Danson Skidmore is a member of the Liberty League and run out of the recently
dedicated Williamson Sports Center.
In 1998 the Women's Tennis Team won the Division III National
Title and have been ranked in the Division III top 25 and competed
in the NCAA Tournament since 2006. In 2005 the Skidmore Men's
Baseball and Lacrosse teams won their conference championships and
appeared for the first time in the NCAA Tournament. In 2008 the
Women's Crew team was invited to the Eastern Collegiate Athletics
Conference in Massachusetts and the Women's Varsity Eight finished
the season ranked 10th in the nation. The women's Field Hockey team
are four time consecutive Liberty League Champions (2008, 2009,
2010, 2011, and 2013), appeared in the Division III Final Four in
2010 and 2013, as well as in the NCAA tournament 13 times.
The Skidmore Golf team was the first team to participate in an
NCAA Championship in 1987 and has continued to do so for the past
From 1971 until 1982, Skidmore athletic teams were nicknamed the
"Wombats". In 1982 the team
nickname was changed to "Thoroughbreds" because it was felt that
the wombat "lacked the image of an athlete."
Skidmore College EMS
Sidmore College Emergency Medical Services, SCEMS for short, is
a student-run New York State-certified
Basic Life Support
first response agency. The staff includes 30 Emergency
Medical Technicians and 10 First Air/CPR/AED. SCEMS utilizes a
Escape as a BLS Flycar. SCEMS is in service during the academic
year from 4:30pm to 8:30am on Monday through Friday and 24 Hour
service on Saturdays and Sundays. SCEMS is funded through the
Skidmore Student Government (SGA). SCEMS works closely with the
Saratoga Springs Fire
Department, who provides Advanced Life
Support First Response and Transport, Wilton EMS and Skidmore College Campus
- Actor Jon Bernthal, most notably from The Walking Dead and
The Wolf of Wall
Street (Class of 1999)
- Former New York State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno (Class of 1952)
- Businesswoman Cynthia Carroll, former CEO of Anglo American plc (Class of
- Chef and cookbook author Helen Corbitt (Class of 1928)
- Journalist Arwa
Damon (Class of 1999)
- Graphic Designer Louise Fili (Class of 1973)
- Actor Justin Henry, most known for his roles in
Kramer vs. Kramer and Sixteen Candles (Class of 1993)
- Musician Jason Keyser of death metal band Origin (Class of 2013)
- Writer Grace Mirabella, former editor-in-chief of
Vogue (Class of 1950)
- Film producer Michael Nozik, known for Crossing Delancey, The Motorcycle
Diaries (BAFTA award
winner), and Quiz Show (Class of 1976)
- Richard Laxer, CEO & President of GE
Capital (Class of 1983)
- Zoologist, animal trainer and journalist Dr. Jordan Schaul, most known for his contributions
to National Geographic
(Class of 1996)
- Shep Murray, co-founder of the Vineyard Vines clothing line (Class of
- Members of Ratatat
(Class of 2001)
- Lobbyist Anne
Wexler (Class of 1951)
- Actor Michael Zegen, most known for his role in
Rescue Me (Class of
- Celtic American singer Kyle
Carey (Class of 2008)