Skidmore College


Skidmore College is a highly selective private liberal-arts university that attracts a diverse student body from all over the world. Due in part to its nationally recognized Opportunity Program (HEOP/AOP), the College has long been dedicated to the outreach and support of talented students from New York and beyond who would otherwise be excluded from higher education due to academic and economic disadvantage. The College provides more than $44 million annually in financial aid, and is committed to meeting the full need of every accepted student. The graduation rates of first-generation students at Skidmore are consistently around 90%, a figure higher than the College's overall student population.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Skidmore’s Partnership with College Bound Initiative (CBI)

Since 2001, 30-plus students from high-need public schools in New York City have attended Skidmore, thanks to College Bound Initiative (CBI)—and to Skidmore aid and scholarship packages totaling nearly $9 million. Virtually all of the CBI students came to Skidmore through the College’s nationally recognized Opportunity Program (Higher Education Opportunity Program or Academic Opportunity Program). Recently, CBI presented Skidmore with an award for its commitment to increasing access for underserved populations: Learn more about Skidmore’s Partnership with College Bound Initiative (CBI)

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Discovery Tour

Each April, Skidmore invites accepted students from traditionally under-represented backgrounds and those who are first-generation students for a three-day campus program to really get to know Skidmore. Skidmore pays transportation costs for all invited students, including providing buses from New York City to campus and back. One hundred or more students usually attend and one-third or more end up enrolling. Learn more about Discovery Tour

Special Admissions Policy Opportunity Program (HEOP/AOP)

Opportunity Program (HEOP/AOP): For over 40 years, Skidmore’s Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) has been one of the most successful in New York State. HEOP recruits talented and motivated students from New York State whose academic and financial circumstances might make them otherwise unable to attend Skidmore. The Academic Opportunity Program (AOP), Skidmore’s own program, recruits similar students who reside out of state and/or whose family income slightly exceeds HEOP guidelines. Both programs, HEOP and AOP, are collectively referred to as the Opportunity Program at Skidmore. Learn more about Opportunity Program (HEOP/AOP)

Scholarship & Financial Aid Scholarships & Financial Aid

Skidmore annually offers more than $40 million dollars in financial aid and supports the full financial need of those students it accepts. 53% of students receive some form of financial aid. The average 2014-15 first-year aid package (grants/loans/workstudy) is $41,000, ranging from $2,000 to $58,000. For an alumni magazine article on financial aid at Skidmore and its commitment to and success in enrolling a diverse student body, see pages 11-17: Learn more about Scholarships & Financial Aid

Student Diversity

  • 2,655
  • 40/60
  • 13%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 5%
  • 4%
    Black or African American
  • 9%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 64%
  • 4%
    Two or more races
  • 3%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 11%

Student Success

  • 91%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 89%
    Six-year graduation
  • 87%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 89%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 313
    Full-time faculty
  • 48
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 8:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Business, English, Psychology, Art, Environmental Studies

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Asian Cultural Awareness, Chinese Culture Club, HAYAT, Hip Hop Alliance, El Club Español, French Club, International Student Union, Lift Every Voice Gospel Choir, Raices, Ujima
, NihonGo!, Skidmore Pride Alliance, African Heritage Club


Cost of Attendance

  • $49,716
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $968
    Required Fees
  • $13,530
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $44,000,000
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $39,990
    Average aid package
  • $23,000
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 13%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 40%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 100%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 9,200
    # of applicants
  • 29%
  • n/a
    Average HS GPA
  • 29
    ACT Composite
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Critical Reading
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • yes
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 01/15
    Regular application closing date
  • $65
    Application Fee
  • $65
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/15, 01/15
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • na
    Early action application closing date