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.