Mission: 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 students' intellectual and personal excellence, encouraging them to expand their expectations of themselves while they enrich their academic understanding.
Programs: Instruction and research: includes all expenses for all activities that are a part of the college's instructional program. The college provides liberal arts education to approximately 2650 students and maintains a student to faculty ratio of approximately 9:1.
student aid: includes expenses for scholarships in the form of grants to students, resulting from selection by the institution from a needs-based program. Currently, approximately 49% of skidmore students are receiving scholarships, grants, loans, and/or work awards which are offered singly or in various combinations.
institutional support: includes expenses for central administrative level activities concerned with management of the entire institution. Organizational units include fiscal operations, planning and budgeting, human resources, purchasing, campus safety, information technology, etc.
higher education: other: includes student services, academic support and other auxiliary enterprises. Student services includes expenses for organizational units that provide support to students. These units include health services, counseling center, athletics, interfaith programs, etc. Academic support includes all expenses for all activities that are part of the college's academic mission. Auxiliary enterprises includes expenses for organizational units that exist to furnish goods or services to students, faculty and staff, and that charge a fee directly related to the cost of the goods or services. Facilities include eleven dorms and apartment complexes providing housing to approximately 2150 students, two dining halls, a bookstore, snack bar, child center, and telephone services.