Skidmore College

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Skidmore is a private liberal arts college with a core belief that “creative thought matters.” A small school with an enrollment of approximately 2,500 students, the suburban campus is spread across 890-acres. Skidmore is located in Saratoga Springs, NY, a charming, historic town with a main street filled with shops, restaurants, galleries and parks.


Stay: Pavillion Grand Hotel |  Breakfast: Uncommon Grounds

Lunch: Esperanto  | Dinner: Max London

Visitor Information: Tour Skidmore

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Transportation: The closest airport is the Albany International Airport, about 30 miles south of the Skidmore campus. You can also take Amtrak which stops at Saratoga Springs Amtrak station about 2.5 miles from campus, or Rensselaer (Albany) Amtrak station the Rensselaer Amtrak station which is  36.5 miles south of the Skidmore campus. Alternatively, Greyhound offers daily service to Saratoga Springs.

Stay: Skidmore’s campus is just a half a mile away from the Saratoga Arms, Saratoga’s premier boutique hotel housed in a historic building dating back to 1870. The Pavilion Grand Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown, an all suite style hotel with spacious rooms containing a living area and small kitchen. Alumni owned and operated Longfellows is just a short drive away. The Saratoga Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn are other good options as well. One parent of an incoming freshmen called to tell us “We just stayed at the Embassy Suites. It was great with an added bonus of a complimentary breakfast buffet.” 

Coffee: Everyone gathers at eclectic Uncommon Grounds, a long time student and neighborhood favorite serving the best coffee and bagels in town. This is a dream of a coffee house also good for a quick lunch with signature bagel sandwiches and daily soups.

Breakfast: Tiny Country Corner Cafe is popular for a cozy, quaint breakfast where the fried oatmeal is a must order! Other student favorites include Spot Coffee and Mrs. London’s Boutique Bakery.

LunchScallions is a lively lunchtime spot known for their creative menu of salads and soups and a dedicated selection of vegan choices. Esperanto offers a plethora of options from pizza to quesadillas to their infamous creation—the Dough Boy - a blend of chicken and cheese wrapped in pizza dough. You’ll see many Skidmore students eating lunch (and breakfast) at the Triangle Diner. Don’t have much time? Grab a soup or sandwich at Putnam Market, a gourmet market right on Broadway.



Casual: For Spanish fare and tapas head to Boca Bistro. Forno Toscano Bistro showcases authentic Italian cuisine and excellent wood-fired pizzas. Hattie’s menu is influenced by traditional southern specialties and is also a good spot for brunch.


A Step Up: California style Max London’s is everyone’s first choice when his or her parents come to visit. They don’t take reservations but as one student states: “you’ll know why everyone waits after your first bite of their homemade bread.” (Max London’s is also extremely popular for brunch for their breakfast pizzas, challah french toast, and chicken hash.) New to the Saratoga dining scene and garnering early praise is Taverna Novo showcasing wood-fired pizza, risottos, and pasta, plus more substantial entrees such as a wood-roasted porchetta. For upscale Italian cuisine book a table at Chianti Il Ristorante.  Located in a beautiful, restored historic building dine at 15 Church.

Sweets: Indulge in frozen yogurt or sorbets at Plum Dandy Frozen Yogurt. Satisfy your sweet tooth with chocolates, caramels and ice cream at Kilwins open till 10 during the week and 11 on the weekends. With 18 flavors of homemade fudge and an array of old-fashioned ‘penny candy ‘its no wonder Saratoga Candy Co. has been a town favorite for 20 years.  

Local Attractions: Saratoga comes alive in the summer with world-class performances at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, commonly known as SPAC, and horseracing at the Saratoga Racetrack, the oldest thoroughbred racetrack in America. Off-season you can still explore the history of racing at the National Museum of Racing. As Saratoga is the summer home of the NYC ballet it’s not a surprise it’s home to the National Museum of Dance, the only museum in the states devoted to the history of dance. On a nice day, have a picnic in scenic Congress Park with duck ponds, mineral pools, and a wooden carousel. The park is home to the Saratoga Springs History Museum.


Skidmore College is small enough that you actually get to know almost everyone in your graduating class. That is something that is truly special.
— Morgan
Saratoga Springs is a charming historic town. I love that for a small town there’s a lot of good restaurants and shops.
— Madeline
I love going to a small school where I really get to know my teachers. There always something to do -being so close to the Adirondacks there’s good skiing and snowboarding in the winter and rafting in the summer.
— Jeremy






School Colors

Yellow, White & Green

Acceptance Rate


Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Decision 1 and 2


Average - 1320


Average - 28




Small - 2660 Undergraduates




Admissions Office

954 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

(p) (800) 867-6007

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division III

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Jane Roberts
Grace Mirabella
Joseph Bruno

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