Skidmore College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Murray-Aikins Dining Hall at Skidmore College
Murray-Aikins Dining Hall at Skidmore College.

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Skidmore College is a private liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 27%. Located in Saratoga Springs, New York, just north of Albany, Skidmore was founded in 1903 as a women's college. The college moved to its current 850-acre campus in 1961, and in 1971 the college became coeducational. Skidmore has a low 8-to-1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 16. Business and psychology are the most popular undergraduate majors, and Skidmore's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. In athletics, the Skidmore Thoroughbreds compete in the NCAA Division III Liberty League, and the school is considered one of the top equestrian colleges.

Considering applying to this highly selective school? Here are the Skidmore college admissions statistics you should know.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Skidmore College had an acceptance rate of 27%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 27 students were admitted, making Skidmore's admissions process highly competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 10,796
Percent Admitted 27%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 23%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Skidmore College has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants to Skidmore may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 48% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 613 700
Math 610 700
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that of those students who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Skidmore College's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Skidmore scored between 613 and 700, while 25% scored below 613 and 25% scored above 700. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 610 and 700, while 25% scored below 610 and 25% scored above 700. While the SAT is not required, this data tells us that a composite SAT score of 1400 or higher is competitive for Skidmore College.

Requirements

Skidmore College does not require SAT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, note that Skidmore participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. Skidmore does not require the essay section of the SAT.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Skidmore has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 27% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Englis 27 34
Math 25 29
Composite 27 31

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Skidmore's admitted students fall within the top 14% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Skidmore received a composite ACT score between 27 and 31, while 25% scored above 31 and 25% scored below 27.

Requirements

Note that Skidmore does not require ACT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, Skidmore does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. Skidmore does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

Skidmore College does not provide data about admitted students' high school GPAs.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Skidmore College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Skidmore College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Skidmore College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Skidmore College has a highly competitive admissions pool with a low acceptance rate and high average SAT/ACT scores. However, Skidmore also has a holistic admissions process and is test-optional, and admissions decisions are based on much more than numbers. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. While not required, Skidmore strongly recommends interviews for interested applicants. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Skidmore's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that most successful applicants had high school averages of "B+" or better, combined SAT scores of about 1200 or higher (ERW+M), and ACT composite scores of 26 or better. Skidmore is test-optional, so qualified students with SAT/ACT scores below Skidmore's average my choose not to submit test scores.

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