Skidmore College Visits: A Guide For Freshmen, Families, and First Timers

Is it your first time planning a Skidmore College visit? Whether you’re a parent, family member, or aspiring student, there’s plenty to love about Skidmore College. The campus is set upon 1,000 acres of natural beauty, less than a mile from downtown Saratoga Springs NY.


Over the years, we’ve welcomed many Skidmore families to our Saratoga Arms hotel. In fact, most return year after year and call our hotel their Saratoga Springs “home away from home.” If it’s your first time visiting Skidmore College, here’s what you can expect.


What to expect when visiting Skidmore College

Above all else, expect beautiful, natural surroundings. The Skidmore College campus is situated within 1,000 acres of manicured lawns, serene gardens, and forest trails leading into the scenic Adirondack Mountains. Talk about a breath of fresh air!


Though the school dates back to 1903, most of the campus’ academic buildings were constructed after 1960. This highly ranked, liberal arts college is a hub of creativity. You’ll find multiple student art galleries and performance venues throughout the campus. Some of the highlights for visitors include the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and the Arthur Zankel Music Center.


Another unexpected highlight is the Murray-Aikins Dining Hall. D-Hall, as it’s affectionately known, is the center of student life on campus. Stop by for lunch or simply grab a famous chocolate chip cookie. There’s no better way to introduce your student to everyday life at Skidmore College!


Scheduling a Skidmore College campus tour

When it comes to choosing a college, students (and their family members!) should feel comfortable with both the campus and location. That’s why it’s so important to plan a visit.


Scheduling a Skidmore College campus tour can help potential students picture themselves at the school. For parents and family, a campus tour helps you also feel connected to the place and secure with your loved one’s choice. It’s all about peace of mind.


During the typical academic year, you can also get a feel for the Skidmore experience by shadowing a class. High school juniors or seniors can sign up for the Skidmore College day-hosting program to shadow a current student and attend a class.


In 2020, visiting the Skidmore College campus can even be done online! Take a virtual tour of Skidmore College here.


How to get to the Skidmore College campus

Planning an overnight visit to Saratoga? You’ll want to choose the best hotel near Skidmore College — oh, we can help with that!


Our hotel guests love that the campus is just a short walk or easy drive away. The leafy, tree-lined streets of North Broadway are home to our Saratoga Arms hotel near Skidmore College. You’ll also find the best things to do in Saratoga Springs right at our doorstep.


What to do in Saratoga Springs during your campus visit

Speaking of things to do in Saratoga Springs… where do we even start? If it’s your first time visiting Skidmore College and the Saratoga area, we recommend booking a hotel downtown like the Saratoga Arms. From our central location on Broadway, you’re well placed to enjoy all of Saratoga Springs’ top attractions, restaurants, shopping, and more.


We’re a family-owned hotel and local Saratogians for two generations. We’re delighted to help guide you through your first time visiting Skidmore College and Saratoga Springs. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions at all. We love to recommend Saratoga Springs’ best restaurants, locally-owned shops and boutiques, the best walking and hiking trails nearby, and so much more. Just ask!


If you’re ready to plan your first or next college visit in Saratoga Springs, book your hotel near Skidmore College today.