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People here are diverse in their ways of thinking and personalities, which was really important for me. Everyone has a different viewpoint, and it's really interesting to be around so many "thinkers." The "city" of Saratoga is great, too. You can walk downtown from campus and it's an event just to walk past all the huge old beautiful houses on Broadway. The community seems to have a good relationship with the school, and there are frequently members of the community at Skidmore events or even in classes. I think the feel of the school/town relationship is perfect.
Coming from a small town, Skidmore was just right for me. I didnt want to go to a huge University where no one knows who anyone is in their classes. My class at Skidmore is a little bigger then my graduating class in high school, but that allows for smaller class sizes, more one on one with teachers, and an opportunity to know everyone on campus and what ohters are doing. Saratoga is also a beautiful and supportive town. There are endless things to do and the people from town are very welcoming and supportive of the SKidmore community.
The best thing about Skidmore is the sense of community that you feel on campus. Since it's a relatively small school (only about 2,500 students), you really feel as though you know most people at the school. The small student population allows you to really recognize people on campus, and it makes you feel less like "just a face in the crowd". Saratoga Springs, the town that Skidmore is located in, is really nice. It has great restaurants and shops, and since it's a big racing town, there are tons of things to do there all throughout the school year. Most people don't leave campus for the weekends since there is so much going on. My favorite Skidmore experience so far was during a huge snowstorm. All the lights in the buildings went off except in the dining hall (which is located at the back of a huge lawn area) and the entire campus stopped doing work and just held a huge snowball fight. People were throwing snowballs at students they didn't even know; it was so much fun!
Skidmore has a little over 2,000 students, which is the perfect amount if you are looking for a small school. The campus was built as a college campus therefore it is small, but well thought out. It is a beautiful campus with a great downtown community. Saratoga Springs has a lot of great restaurants, community activities, and amazing scenic views of the lake and mountains. Most people spend their time either on the campus green near the campus Museum, or downtown on Broadway.
One of the best things about Skidmore is that the administration really makes the students their number one priority. Also - the location is great: 3 hours from Montreal, NYC, and Boston ( so a lot of road trips are easy to take). Having only 2400 students, I think Skidmore is a good size because I really feel like I have an identity on campus but at the same time, of course, there are people that I do not know. However, sometimes I do feel as if I am in a high school environment in that because there are so few kids, it feels like everyone knows everyone elses business. Most of the time students are found hanging out in the dorms with friends. That is, of course, if they are not in the newly renovated dining hall, the Case student center, or relaxing on the green. I find that because there are not too many residence halls, they are all very social. My favorite memory thus far about Skidmore was a pre-orientation program called SCOOP. We spent a few days at the Sagamore up in the mountains with some upper classmen and many other new students, none of whom knew eachother. It was a great way to meet people and learn about the philosophy of Skidmore and its student body.
The best thing about Skidmore is that you can get anywhere on campus with ease, or get 'lost' in the northwoods and enjoy the scenery. One thing I would change is that people, including myself, don't seem to have any school spirit, and because of that, no one cares too much of what is going on around campus (i.e. school sponsored events, unless it is a big event). I spend most of my time at campus at the library, dining hall or the gym. Saratoga is not a college town in the sense that the prices at restraunts and other places are expensive (becuase it is a resort type area) but downtown and target/wal-mart are easy to get to (either get a friend with a car or take the bus). Skidmore's administration is good, they respond to issues that the student's care about, but it takes them a while to come up with a decision. The latest controversy on campus was the ineffeciency of the housing selection, the matter was acknowledged by the adminsitration, but no changes have been made.
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