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Skidmore College

Motto: Scuto amoris divini (Latin: Under the shield of divine love)
Established: 1903 (as the Young Women's Industrial Club), 1911 (as Skidmore School of the Arts), 1922 (as Skidmore College)
Type: Private liberal arts college
Endowment: $255 million [1]
President: Philip A. Glotzbach
Faculty: 211
Undergraduates: 2,500
Postgraduates: 50
Location: Saratoga Springs, New York, USA
Campus: Suburban, park
Mascot: Thoroughbreds
Website: www.skidmore.edu

Skidmore College is a private, liberal arts college located in Saratoga Springs, New York, United States, and is ranked as the nation's 47th best liberal arts college by U.S. News & World Report[2]. The college currently enrolls approximately 2,500 students and offers B.A. and B.S. degrees in more than 60 areas of study. For the 2007-2008 academic year, 35% of applicants were offered spaces in the first-year class. In 2006, Newsweek/Kaplan identified Skidmore as a 'New Ivy,' an elite school providing an excellent education outside of the Ivy League.[3] Since 2007, Skidmore has decided not to participate in U.S. News & World Report rankings. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... For other uses, see Motto (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Latins and Latin (disambiguation). ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... For the film of this title, see Private School (film). ... Liberal arts colleges in the United States are institutions of higher education in the United States which are primarily liberal arts colleges. ... A financial endowment is a transfer of money or property donated to an institution, with the stipulation that it be invested, and the principal remain intact. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... A faculty is a division within a university. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Degree ceremony at Cambridge. ... Saratoga Springs redirects here. ... This article is about the state. ... Illustration of the backyards of a surburban neighbourhood Suburbs are inhabited districts located either on the outer rim of a city or outside the official limits of a city (the term varies from country to country), or the outer elements of a conurbation. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Liberal arts colleges in the United States are institutions of higher education in the United States which are primarily liberal arts colleges. ... Saratoga Springs redirects here. ... This article is about the state. ... U.S. News & World Report is a weekly newsmagazine. ... A B.A. issued from the University of Tennessee. ... B.S. redirects here. ... For other uses, see Ivy League (disambiguation). ... U.S. News & World Report is a weekly newsmagazine. ...



Since its founding in the early twentieth century as a women's college, Skidmore has undergone several transformations. The Young Women's Industrial Club was formed in 1903 by Lucy Skidmore Scribner with inheritance money from her father, Joseph Russell Skidmore, a prosperous 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. Womens colleges in the United States in higher education are American undergraduate, bachelors degree-granting institutions, often liberal arts colleges, whose student populations are comprised exclusively or almost exclusively of women. ... Scribner is a city located in Dodge County, Nebraska. ...

Charles Henry Keyes became the first president of the school in 1912, and in 1919 Skidmore conferred its first baccalaureate degrees under the State University of New York. By 1922 the school was independently chartered as a four-year, degree-granting college.

Skidmore was first located in downtown Saratoga Springs, but on October 28, 1961, the college began its move to the Jonsson Campus, an 850-acre (3.4 km²) plot of land on the edge of Saratoga. The Jonsson Campus was named for Skidmore trustee Erik Jonsson, the founder and president of Texas Instruments and a former mayor of Dallas, Texas (1964-1971). is the 301st day of the year (302nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN), better known in the electronics industry (and popularly) as TI, is an American company based in Dallas, Texas, USA, renowned for developing and commercializing semiconductor and computer technology. ...

Trustee Josephine Young Case delivered a charge on the development of the new campus, a speech which to this day guides Skidmore's development. For example, on Scribner Library she wrote, "And at the heart of the beating center, you must set the library where every book wanted is immediately at hand, and a thousand others wait beside them to be discovered."[4]

1971 was an important year for Skidmore. For the first time, the college began admitting men to the regular undergraduate program (a few dozen male World War II veterans were briefly enrolled in the late 1940s). Skidmore also launched an innovative program called University Without Walls (UWW), which allows nonresident students over age 25 to earn bachelors degrees. Finally, Skidmore established a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...

In 1988, Skidmore faculty formed the Collaborative Research Program, which provides students with opportunities to co-author papers and studies with professors. Skidmore began granting masters degrees in 1991 through its Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program. The Skidmore Honors Forum was founded in 1998.

2006 marked the start of the largest campaign in Skidmore's history, named: Creative Thought. Bold Promise. The goal of it is to raise $200 million for Skidmore, and as of November 2006 $121 million has already been raised.

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President Glotzbach.

Presidents of Skidmore

  • Henry T. Moore (1925 - 1957)
  • Val H. Wilson (1957 - 1965)
  • Joseph C. Palamountain, Jr. (1965 - 1987)
  • David H. Porter (1987 - 1999)
  • Jamienne S. Studley (1999 - 2003)
  • Philip A. Glotzbach (2003 - present)

Academic Departments and Programs

  • 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
  • First-Year Experience
  • 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
  • Ninjutsu
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Summer Six Art Program
  • Theater
  • Women's Studies

Campus and facilities

Most of the buildings on Skidmore's 850-acre (3.4 km²) campus were constructed after 1960. Consequently, the grounds have a contemporary ambience that is enhanced by the numerous sculptures and murals that decorate the quads and other common areas.

The Tang Art Museum is the college's most prominent arts facility. In addition to the Tang, Skidmore has substantial 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 well-known music program and is currently building a large concert hall with state-of-the art facilities to replace its current music building.

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 16 (generally smaller in lab courses) and the typical student-to-teacher ratio is 11:1.

The Lucy Scribner Library, which houses approximately half a million volumes, is notable for both its function and beauty. Its five floors contain a large computer lab, approximately sixty open computers on the main floor, classrooms, private offices for seniors who are working on theses, and many areas for individual and group study. A substantial collection of rare books is kept in the second floor Pohndorff Room. The third floor is home to a children's library which is used by Saratoga residents. Also present is the Help Desk where students can get help with their computers. A helpful service offered by the library is the inter-library loan; students can put in a request for a book found at another college and have it sent to Skidmore free of charge.

Skidmore maintains nine on-campus residence halls (the off-campus Moore Hall was finally sold so that all students have the option to live on campus). The college recently constructed the North Woods Apartments which are available to juniors and seniors and can hold 380 people in 3- and 4-person apartments. Scribner Village are the older apartments on campus available to most students except incoming freshmen. They house from 4 to 7 people and can be themed. Most residence hall rooms at Skidmore are quite large and the college usually appears on the Princeton Review's "Dorms Like Palaces" list. Most residence halls are arranged in suite style with 3 or 4 bedrooms sharing one common bathroom. All suites are single sex. Gender-neutral housing can be found in Wiecking Hall, the only hall-style building on campus. Scribner Village and Northwoods apartments are also gender-neutral.

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 extensive hiking trails that are open to the general public.

Tang Museum

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery was opened in 2000, and was designed by the world-renowned architect Antoine Predock. Predock's striking, innovative 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 publications.

The Tang has a private collection of over 4,500 works, including pieces by Rembrandt van Rijn, Albrecht Dürer, Francisco de Goya, William Hogarth, Roy Lichtenstein, Gary Winogrand, W. Eugene Smith, Eugene Atget, and Nan Goldin. The museum also maintains extensive collections of African, Indian, Chinese, and South American art.

An ambitious program of relevant, scholarly exhibitions is perhaps the Tang's greatest draw. Artists who have shown at the Tang include Kara Walker, Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler, Trisha Brown, and Richard Pettibone. Among other recent exhibitions are "Brushing the Present: Contemporary Academy Painting from China", "From Pop to Now: Selections from the Sonnabend Collection", "The World According to the Newest and Most Exact Observations: Mapping Art and Science", "Work: Shaker Design and Recent Art", and "Molecules that Matter".

The Tang is an educational center as well as a museum. Skidmore classes regularly meet in the galleries and classrooms, and groups from other schools visit to view exhibits, hear lectures, and participate in workshops. Tours, demonstrations, and other events are generally open to the general public. In addition to visual arts exhibitions, the Tang often hosts plays, musical performances, and dance recitals.

Arthur Zankel Music Center

Because of a record breaking donation made by the estate of Arthur Zankel, Skidmore will receive $42 million dollars, a portion of which will be used as a lead gift to make the state of the art Arthur Zankel Music Center. Designed by Ewing Cole the building has already won awards even though it has not been constructed. Most notably, it is lauded for its environmentally friendly nature. For example, rain water will be collected on the roof and turned into usable water in restrooms.[5]

Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater

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 Festival.[6] the Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater was named the #17 Best College Theater by princeton review.

Dining facilities

A new dining hall was opened in Fall 2006 with futuristic architecture and a new kitchen which has greatly improved food quality. The new dining hall offers a variety of food selections including 8 food sections; The International, Pasta, Garden, Hot Food, Sandwich, Dessert, Vegan, and Pizza sections. 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 "Cook-your-own-food" section where patrons can use a large griddle or waffle machines.

Campus Plan

Lo-Yi Chan, architect and campus planner, and apprentice of famous architect I M Pei has created Skidmore's next major Campus Plan. The expansion of the campus will provide Skidmore with the growth needed to continue as a top academic institution in the years to come.

Saratoga Springs

The small city of Saratoga Springs (pop. 30,000) is home to independent restaurants, cute boutiques and houses an Amtrak station, a Greyhound Bus depot and a small airport. Students can take a free Skidmore bus to and from town periodically through the day. After 11 pm, students can take a free Saratoga Taxi back to campus. Saratoga Springs is also about a 45 minute drive from Albany where students can get flights home if they do not live within driving distance. A shuttle to and from the airport is offered for winter break, spring break, and the end of the school year.

Student life

Student Government Association

The Skidmore College Student Government Association (SGA) is the governing body of the 100+ student-run clubs and organizations on campus. In addition to being the official liaison between students and the administration, the Skidmore SGA advocates for college policies that benefit the short- and long-term interests of the student body. The SGA is composed of an Executive Committee, an Executive Board, an Inter-Hall Board, a Senate, an Academic Council, a Class Council, and countless other individual students appointed to campus policy committees and adjudicatory bodies.

Student media


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", "Twinkletoes: In Theory, In Practice", "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. Nadine Gordimer (born 20 November 1923) is a South African novelist and writer, winner of the 1991 Nobel Prize in literature and 1974 Booker Prize. ... Christopher Eric Hitchens (born April 13, 1949) is a British-American author, journalist and literary critic. ... Image needed Susan Sontag (January 16, 1933 – December 28, 2004) was an American essayist, novelist, filmmaker, and activist. ... Benjamin R. Barber (b. ... Joyce Carol Oates (born June 16, 1938) is an American author and the Roger S. Berlind 52 Professor in the Humanities with the Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University, where she has taught since 1978. ... Carolyn Forché is an American poet and human rights advocate. ... Martin Jay (born 1944) is the Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. ... Benjamin R. Barber (b. ... Mario Vargas Llosa in his youth. ...

Salmagundi's website is located at http://www.skidmore.edu/salmagundi/.

Skidmore News

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 attacks. [7] Skidmore News is the official campus newspaper of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. It is fully student managed and published, and is distributed around campus and downtown Saratoga Springs every Friday throughout the academic year. ... The Associated Collegiate Press (official site) is the largest and oldest national membership organization for college student media in the United States. ...

National College Comedy Festival

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. [8] [9]

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, School of Visual Arts, Skidmore, SUNY Binghamton, Swarthmore, Tufts, University of Arizona, University of Maryland, University of Southern California, USC, Vassar, Wesleyan, William & Mary, and Yale.

A Cappella

Skidmore currently has 5 a cappella groups: 1 all male, 2 co-ed, and 2 female. The Sonneteers, the first of the all female groups, are Skidmore's first and oldest a cappella group--they are having their 60th anniversary in 2007.The Bandersnatchers are the only all male a cappella group on campus. The Dynamics (Dynos) are Skidmore's oldest a cappella group. The Drastic Measures (Drastics) are the newest co-ed a cappella group and are Skidmore's only charity a cappella group. The Accents are 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".


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 is an FM radio station located at 91. ...

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 the country. The Princeton Review (TPR) is a for-profit U.S. company that offers private instruction and tutoring for standardized achievement tests, in particular those offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), such as the SAT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, and MCAT. The company was founded in 1982 and is based in...

Alcohol and drugs

Like many colleges and universities, Skidmore has had problems with students abusing drugs and alcohol. In 2004, an intoxicated student was injured when he fell from a third-story window. This incident compelled Skidmore's students and administration to rework the college's policy on alcohol & illegal drugs. As a result, the school went from being ranked first on the Princeton Review's "reefer madness" list in 2003 to not appearing on the list at all in 2005; however, in the 2007 release of the annual list, Skidmore ranked eleventh. View List. Beginning in Fall 2006, most on-campus housing is officially "dry." However, alcohol will be permitted in Scribner Village and the North Woods Apartments, which primarily house upperclassmen who are over 21. Furthermore, students of legal age will still be allowed to serve and consume alcohol at on-campus social events like dances and parties.

Secret Societies

Skidmore has one secret society known as the The Wizard's Guild (more commonly referred to as the Guild). It is unknown what their activities consist of and, as of 2008, the group has still not been sanctioned by the College itself. Next to nothing is known about the Wizard's Guild admissions process or its criteria for admission, although it is purported that membership is open to all class years. There are numerous collegiate secret societies at American and Canadian colleges and universities. ...


Skidmore's intercollegiate athletics program offers some 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. In 2005 the Skidmore Men's Baseball and Lacrosee teams won their conference championships and appeared for the first time in the NCAA Tournament. The current Athletic Director is Gail Cummings-Danson. Skidmore also has a very diverse and accomplished athletic staff, including Head Swimming and Diving Coach Jill Belding Greenleaf and Head Women's Soccer Coach Sarah Cooper.

Skidmore is a member of the Liberty League. The Liberty League is an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA’s Division III. Member institutions are all located in the State of New York. ...

Notable Alumni of Skidmore

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External links

  • Skidmore College
    • Tang Museum
    • University Without Walls, Skidmore's Distance Learning Program
    • Skidmore Athletics
    • The Skidmore News
  • CollegeFair.tv: Skidmore College Admissions Video

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