Skidmore Sees MASSIVE Increase in Freshman Applications

Written by Rowley on February 5th, 2013

Skidmore spreadshitting all over the competition

Remember back when you were applying to college and you came to visit Skidmore? You oohhed and aahhed at the palatial dorm room your tour guide brought you to (Your mom: “So much floorspace!”). You salivated at D-Hall’s myriad options, each unique in its own delicious way (Your mom: “They’ve got a GREAT salad bar here!”). You saw intrepid art majors, frazzled and hard at work in a wonderfully messy studio (Your mom: “Ceramics sure looks like it could be fun!”). Then, you marveled at the gleaming gymnasium and verdant athletic fields (Your mom: “Maybe you’ll be able to swim laps before class?”).

Ah, memories of a tranquil youth; dreams of what might have been.

According to The New York Times, Skidmore received 8,126 college applications for Fall 2013, a 42 percent increase from last year’s 5,706 applications. Those numbers mark the greatest percentage increase among the colleges listed in the article.


What’s going on here? Has Skidmore officially jumped the shark? Should we be scared? The way I see it, there are two possible reasons: admissions is REALLY lowering the bar (“Don’t like filling out the Common App, prospective student? WELL IT’S OPTIONAL”), or we’ve suddenly become the hippest school in the country. Either way, I think it’s clear that we’ll soon be inundated with morons or losers or both. It’s like the first step towards full-on gentrification.

(via The New York Times)

10 Comments so far ↓

  1. Kindly Professor says:

    A greater number of applicants is good because it ensures greater selectivity–it does not bode ill. It means good things for the next incoming class–which will not be larger–and good things for the reputation of the institution, and finally, better value for your Skidmore degree in the outside world. So lose the anxiety and accept your new-found popularity.

  2. Someone with school spirit says:

    I’m sorry you have little school pride that you feel the right to be negative and critical of this increase. This is an incredible record for your school, and will make your degree only look that much better. Unless you live under a rock with your computer and have absolutely no connection to your campus community, you should be happy to be a part of this progress. Otherwise, you’re the backwards minded person who doesn’t understand that increased number of applicants means increased number of unique, interesting people. Good try with your argument though. You missed the mark on this one.

  3. Someone with school spirit says:

    PS. Try to be a little more optimistic and happy. I think you’ll find life more pleasant and less ignorant/privileged.

    • Chill bro says:

      What do you work for the school or something? They’re jokes. Since we’re doling out unasked for advice: relax and you’ll live a whole lot longer.

  4. Name says:

    If you really wanted to know, the increase in applications was due to Skidmore getting rid of its supplement.

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