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| Academics: Small size means small classes and access to faculty is possible and encouraged. However, because of its small size there are limited teaching facutly. So, emphasis in many departments is on required courses and very limited electives offered. Course work often felt too easy and not particularly engaging. The students ARE smart (they got in..right?), but they seem to go through the motions. Do not be affraid to challenge your professors and ask questions! Or else you will not capitalize on your investment and best possible experience.|
Campus/Town: The campus is beautiful, no dobut. You better love brick, because there is a ton of it on this New England, grassy campus. Buildings and dorms are kept in fine condition. Be advised, housing has been an issue here (over enrollment), yielding much angst among the students. The dinning hall is by far, the trophy of the school's architecture.
Saratoga is an active town with plenty of bars and shops, but more important in my opinion: great food! You'll be able to find something to do, at least you aren't in the middle of nowhere.
Social Life: Students are mostly middle-upper class and the dominant ethnicity is White. Effort in recent years has been made to increase the school's diversity from 5-8%, but the international students tend to stem from the same upper socio-economic class. Student are nice, but most have lived very comfortable lives and the environment here does not challenge this fact. This is a safe place to spend your college years around moderate drinking and recreational substance use. Unfortunately, the students seem to do their school work, but only with the intention of getting to the next weekend, rather than for the intrinsic fun of learning. Personal Thoughts: Skidmore is a good school. I had the opportunity to try courses in many disciplines with mostly supportive and excited faculty and among friendly students. However, read my review carefully, because as with any place, there is good and bad.
|May 02 2013|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2015 |
| Going to Skidmore was one of the best decisions I ever made. Students and faculty are really passionate and creative people. Also, Saratoga Springs is an incredibly fun town for its size. |
|Jan 31 2013|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2006 |
| I am half way through my Sophmore year and planning to transfer. In no way do I hate Skidmore; I am just not happy here. At the end of freshman year I felt very lost. I felt like I hadn't made any headway since I graduated high school (especially when it came to my major). Then I received a terrible concussion at the beginning of fall semester sophomore year in a class; I am still dealing with it two months later. I went to student academic services and they said there was nothing they could do. That was either a lie or they didn't care enough to check. There were multiple accommodations I ended up getting that saved me from failing this semester completely. I got these accommodations through the counseling center. They told me about them and contacted student academic services for me which was wonderful because I was exhausted and could barely remember anything for more than ten seconds. Now that I am better I have decided to transfer out of Skidmore. There is a definite "bubble" here that is impossible to thrive in once you are aware of it. I also don't really care about partying, drinking or random hookups. I want to get my degree and start making a difference in the world as soon as I can. Skidmore is great if you want the "college experience" everyone talks about. If you want to grow up and be a real person as quickly as you can, I suggest looking at schools with your focus less on campus life and more on academics. I plan to go to a school with almost no social life, but everything I need to graduate with the degree I need in a timely manner. |
|Nov 25 2012|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2015 |