Skidmore College is a private, independent, liberal arts college in Saratoga Springs, New York. Approximately 2,500 students are enrolled at Skidmore pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in one of more than 60 areas of study.
Skidmore College has undergone many transformations since its founding in the early twentieth century as a women's college. The Young Women's Industrial Club was formed in 1903 by Lucy Ann Skidmore (1853ï¿½1931) with inheritance money from her husband who died in 1879, and from her father, Joseph Russell Skidmore (1821ï¿½1882), a former coal merchant. In 1911, the club was chartered under the name "Skidmore School of Arts" as a college to vocationally and professionally train young women. Charles Henry Keyes became the first president of the school in 1912, and in 1919 Skidmore conferred its first baccalaureate degrees under the authority of the State University of New York. By 1922 the school had been chartered independently as a four-year, degree-granting college. Skidmore College was first located in downtown Saratoga Springs, but on October 28, 1961, the college began to move to the Jonsson Campus, 850 acres (3.4 km2) of land on the outer edges of Saratoga Springs. The Jonsson Campus was named for the Skidmore trustee Erik Jonsson, the founder and president of Texas Instruments and a former mayor of Dallas, Texas (1964ï¿½71). In 1971, the college began admitting men to its regular undergraduate program (a few dozen male World War II veterans had been admitted in 1946 - 49). Skidmore also launched a program called the "University Without Walls" (UWW), which allows nonresident students over the age of 25 to earn bachelors degrees. The program closed in May, 2011. Finally, Skidmore established a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Skidmore faculty formed the Collaborative Research Program in 1988, which provides students with opportunities to co-author papers and studies with professors. Skidmore began granting masters degrees in 1991 through its Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program. The Skidmore Honors Forum was founded in 1998. In 2003, Philip A. Glotzbach became the College's seventh president. He has since remained in this role. 2006 marked the start of the largest campaign in Skidmore's history, named Creative Thought. Bold Promise. The goal was to raise $200 million, which was reached and surpassed in 2010, and celebrated at Celebration Weekend.
The principal mission of Skidmore College is the education of predominantly full-time undergraduates, a diverse population of talented students who are eager to engage actively in the learning process. The college seeks to prepare liberally educated graduates to continue their quest for knowledge and to make the choices required of informed, responsible citizens. Skidmore faculty and staff create a challenging yet supportive environment that cultivates studentsï¿½ intellectual and personal excellence, encouraging them to expand their expectations of themselves while they enrich their academic understanding. In keeping with the collegeï¿½s founding principle of linking theoretical with applied learning, the Skidmore curriculum balances a commitment to the liberal arts and sciences with preparation for professions, careers, and community leadership. Education in the classroom, laboratory, and studio is enhanced by cocurricular and field experience opportunities of broad scope. Underpinning the entire enterprise are faculty membersï¿½ scholarly and creative interests, which inform their teaching and contribute, in the largest sense, to the advancement of learning. The college also embraces its responsibility as an educational and cultural resource for alumni and for a host of nontraditional student populations, and for providing educational leadership in the Capital District and beyond.
Some of the most notable alumni of Skidmore College include: Graduates Actor Jon Bernthal, most notably from The Walking Dead and The Wolf of Wall Street (Class of 1999) New York State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno (Class of 1952) Educator Lisa Raskin, John William Ward Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Amherst College (Class of 1975) Film producer Michael Nozik, "Crossing Delancey", "Love in the Time of Cholera", "The Legend of Bagger Vance", "Motorcycle Diaries" (BAFTA award winner), and "Quiz Show" (Academy Award-nominated for best picture, 1994) (Class of 1976) Businesswoman Cynthia Carroll, CEO of Anglo American PLC (Class of 1978) Journalist Arwa Damon (Class of 1999) Socialite Dina Lohan, mother of Lindsay Lohan Writer Grace Mirabella, former editor-in-chief of Vogue (Class of 1950) Actor Micah Sloat, actor and star of Paranormal Activity (Class of 2004) Members of Ratatat (Class of 2001) Lobbyist Anne Wexler (Class of 1951) Actor Michael Zegen, most known for his role in Rescue Me (Class of 2001) Actor Justin Henry, most known for his role in "Kramer vs. Kramer" and "Sixteen Candles". Attendees Actress and filmmaker Lake Bell Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream
850 Acres (3.4ï¿½Km2)