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Skidmore Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Skidmore College, the regular decision application deadline is January 15 and the fee for the application costs $65.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from Skidmore College by March 15.

Skidmore College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Skidmore College 2021 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 33%
Mean SAT Score 1312
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 49%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 24%
Waitlist Yes

Considering Applying Early to Skidmore College?

Skidmore College offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Skidmore College is 6%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 32%. In 2021, Skidmore College admitted 411 of the 685 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into Skidmore College

Skidmore College is a very difficult school to get into. Skidmore College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Skidmore College accepted 32% of all applicants, around 3,356 of the 10,433 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Skidmore College, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

In 2021, Skidmore College waitlisted 1,595 students. Of those, 595 eventually received an admissions offer.

What Does Skidmore College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Skidmore College

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Important

Skidmore College Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Skidmore College must submit the following items. Double check with Skidmore College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Skidmore College?

Out of all students that were admitted, 21% submitted a class rank. At Skidmore College 33% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 70% were in the top 25% and 93% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Skidmore College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 21%

Skidmore College considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Skidmore College has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 49% of Skidmore College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 24% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Skidmore College?

To be competitive with other Skidmore College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1250 and 1390 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Skidmore College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1390 and 25% of scored lower than 1250, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Skidmore College student is 1312.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Skidmore College students scored 702.5 or higher and 75% of students scored 610 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Skidmore College students scored 700 or higher, and 75% scored a 610 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Skidmore College?

To be most competitive at Skidmore College, you should strive to earn between 27 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Skidmore College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 27 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Skidmore College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 27.

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Transferring to Skidmore College

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Skidmore College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is April 1. Applicants should hear back by April 21.

Transfer students can enroll in Skidmore College during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

Skidmore College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Skidmore College?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Skidmore College.

Does Skidmore College accept transfer credits?

Skidmore College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Skidmore College accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests

Does Skidmore College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Skidmore College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Skidmore College?

No, Skidmore College is test optional, so you can make the call if you want to to send your ACT or SAT scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application..

What is Skidmore College's acceptance rate?

Skidmore College's acceptance rate is 32%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Skidmore College?

Skidmore College's early decision acceptance rate was 6% in 2021.

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Skidmore Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Skidmore? Skidmore is a very selective institution. The Skidmore acceptance rate is 32%. This means that the institution accepts 32 out of every 100 applicants.



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Skidmore Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Skidmore is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Skidmore is Apr 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Skidmore ACT Scores


ACT Range

27 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above


27 to 31


27 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Skidmore is 29. Students with an ACT score of 31 and above have a good chance of getting into Skidmore. Students with an ACT score that falls between 27 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 27 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Skidmore SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1250 - 1390


Math SAT Range

610 - 703


Reading SAT Range

610 - 700

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SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1390 and Above


1250 to 1390


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Skidmore students is 1312. Applicants with SAT scores of 1390 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Skidmore, while applicants with SAT scores between 1250 to 1390 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1250 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Skidmore.

Skidmore GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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