The entire Class of 2016 will arrive Sunday for orientation, but about half already have arrived to participate in any of 16 pre-orientation programs – venturing to the Adirondacks for white water rafting, hiking, and canoeing or staying on campus to learn the essentials of Taiko drumming, perform community service, explore the Tang Museum through digital technology, work on the semester's first issue of the Skidmore News, and get an introduction to the theater department. Nearly 60 of the new arrivals – the most ever at Skidmore -- are international students; they arrived early for an orientation specially designed for them.
Skidmore's entering fall class — 658 students from 33 states, the District of Columbia, and 34 countries — is the most diverse in the College's history. Twenty-four percent of the class consists of domestic students of color and eight percent come from foreign countries. Last year's figures were 20 percent and 6 percent, respectively. Skidmore's student body as a whole hails from 45 states and 51 countries.
Thirty-eight members of the new class started their Skidmore experience in the College's London First-Year Experience program, now in its ninth year.
(Photos by Andy Camp, Jenn Crewell, and Peter MacDonald)