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Before you apply to Skidmore, you’ll need to decide if you want to apply Early Decision I, Early Decision II, or Regular Decision. Then, you'll begin your application directly within the , the or the

Dates and Deadlines

Application Nov. 1 Jan. 8 Jan. 8
Supporting Materials* Within one week of deadline Within one week of deadline Within one week of deadline
Financial Aid** Nov. 8 Jan. 15 Jan. 15
Quarter Grades Nov. 22 Jan. 22 N/A
Mid-Year Grades March 1
if enrolling
March 1
if enrolling
Feb. 10
Decision Notification Mid December Mid February Mid March
Reply Deadline Early January Late February May 1
Final Transcript July 15 July 15 July 15
Verified Test Scores
if submitted 
July 15 July 15 July 15

Required supporting materials: school report, two academic teacher recommendations, official transcript

**Skidmore only requires the FAFSA upon enrollment, so the delayed release of the simplified FAFSA will not have a negative impact on our financial aid processes or decision release. Early Decision applicants will be reviewed using information on the CSS Profile. International students may either submit the CSS Profile or complete the International Student Financial Aid application form in their Skidmore Applicant Portal.

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Additional information

We offer two tools to help estimate your Skidmore costs and eligibility for need-based financial aid. Use the as a tool for general estimates. Use the for in-depth estimates. 

Skidmore has been test-optional since 2016 and we do not require SAT or ACT scores. 

Students may submit their SAT or ACT scores if they feel their test results best represent their academic potential. We will not make any assumptions as to why some students choose to submit scores while others do not. All applicants will be given equal consideration in our holistic evaluation approach.

Self-reported scores

Students who submit standardized testing may self-report their scores as follows at the time of application:

  • Include on the Common Application, the Coalition Application, or the QuestBridge Application. 
  • Send a screenshot or PDF of the Student Score Report to admissions@skidmore.edu (Name must be visible.)
  • Complete the self-reported scores form inside your applicant portal

Students who apply with self-reported scores must submit verified scores upon enrollment that match self-reported scores.

Prospective majors for Dance, Music, and Studio Art are not required to  submit a portfolio. If you choose to  submit a portfolio, it must be uploaded through your Skidmore Applicant Portal within a week of the application deadline for your round.  

Hungry for adventure? Consider applying for the First-Year Experience in London, an opportunity to spend your first semester immersed in the historical and cultural riches of England's capital city.



Once your application is submitted, you'll receive a confirmation email. When your application has been processed, the Office of Admissions will send login credentials for the Skidmore applicant portal which you can use to check on the status of your application and eventually receive your admission decision.