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One college I’m applying to has a phys ed. requirement. Does Skidmore have anything like that?

Phew! No, we don’t. You have to take a quantitative reasoning class and a semester of foreign language and a few other required things, but you definitely don’t have to climb a rope or go through a Marines boot camp or whatever comprises the average physical education requirement.

That being said, Skidmore does offer some lovely fitness classes like yoga and mountain biking and racquetball, so if you WANT some physical education in your life (and want to get some academic credit for it) then that’s certainly something to think about. I’m taking the Dance Experience next semester, so I’ll be flailing about in tights and a leotard pretty soon. If that’s not physical education I don’t know what is.

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Do I have a shot at getting in?

I received a Formspring question from an ED applicant, and it didn’t fit in one box, so here’s the Q in full:

Alright so lemme give you the entire picture: I’m a senior in high school, and I just sent in my early decision application to Skidmore. I’ve got an unweighted 3.5, a 1950 on my SATs with an 800 in critical reading. I’ve excelled in the areas I’m strong in (humanities) and all of my first quarter grades (the ones sent to colleges) were really good (A’s and an 89) EXCEPT my honors precalc grade, which was a 67. Suffice it to say I’m a little panicked. As someone who’s been to Skidmore and who is familiar with the school, do you think I’ve still got a shot?

I totally understand your worries about the precalc grade — I wasn’t the greatest student in maths, as the British say.  The admissions process is a pretty complicated beast, and as you’re probably aware, lots of factors go into the decision to accept or reject a student.  I’d say you still have a shot because you sound like you’re really strong in the humanities and you’ve been working hard both this semester and all through high school.  Don’t let a single bad grade get you down.

I’d also suggest talking to a Skidmore admissions counselor (call them toll-free at 800-867-6007) about your concerns — it’s an individual process, so a counselor will be able to chat with you on an individual level about the concerns you have.  Thanks for your question, good luck with everything, and please update me if you’d like!

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Do you get to pick your roommate?

Howdy! Although you don’t get to pick your roommate, among the many things you’ll have to fill out upon getting accepted to Skidmore is a housing preference form. You’ll get to specify whether or not you want an all-female floor or gender neutral housing, whether or not you smoke cigarettes (all the res halls are smoke-free but it can still be an issue for roommates regardless), what kind of music you listen to, what time you go to bed, and other preferences that will help Skidmore figure out how to house you so you’ll be relatively compatible with your roommates. It turned out that one of my roommates played lacrosse, which I did in high school, and my other roommate was into musical theater, which was something we had in common; whether that was a coincidence or not, they do a pretty good job of trying to match roommates.

As for why you can’t pick your roommate, that’s probably owing to Skidmore’s First Year Experience program; Scribner Seminar classmates are generally housed together so you have a sort of “home base” of people in your res hall that you already know. Choosing a roommate yourself would disrupt that method of housing students. If you want to know more about the FYE program, check out their website ( or ask me about specifics. Thanks so much for your question!

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