With a diverse student body of 2,500 from 67 countries and 44 states and a faculty of more than 300 dedicated teacher-scholars (student-to-faculty ratio: 8 to 1), Skidmore offers 43 majors in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, as well as in career-specific fields such as business, social work, education, and exercise science. Add to this the prominence of the performing and visual arts, which have long set Skidmore apart. Faculty have earned recognition from Guggenheim, Pulitzer, and Emmy awards to fellowships and grants from Fulbright, MacArthur, and the National Science Foundation, among others.Academics
Skidmore is known for its interdisciplinary approach to learning, collaborative faculty-student research, and off-campus study program (60% of students study abroad). The college's rigorous academic regimen begins with the First-Year Experience, which integrates the curricular and cocurricular aspects of a student's first year. Students select a Scribner Seminar from among 40 offerings. Seminar faculty take seriously their role as advisors and mentors, serving as each of their students' advisors until they have selected a major. An upperclass student serves as a peer mentor in each seminar. The college's curriculum emphasizes foundations in the liberal arts and interdisciplinary study.
Approximately 40% of students carry two majors or add a related minor to their major. Students can choose from 120 study-abroad programs located in 45 countries, including Skidmore programs in London, Paris, Alcalá, and Madrid -- and 60% of our students study abroad. Other academic features include Skidmore's Periclean Honors Forum, which sponsors the annual Academic Festival, funded internships, and service-learning courses.
Skidmore offers cooperative bachelor’s and master’s programs with other leading institutions in areas such as business, engineering, nursing, and physical and occupational therapy. Dedicated assistance is also available for students preparing for medical, dental, veterinary, and other health schools through the Health Professions Advisory Committee.