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First Year Experience
Starbuck Center 201A
Skidmore College
815 N. Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866


Janet Casey

Allie Taylor


Academics and Advising
Academic Interest Form
Once you have enrolled at Skidmore, you need to provide information regarding your academic interests to the Office of Academic Advising. Even if you are "undecided" about a major like most incoming first-year students, please identify three areas of interest. This information is crucial in assigning you a Summer Advisor who will contact you in early June. Deadline: May 22, 2013
Scribner Seminars
Scribner Seminars are the centerpiece of the First-Year Experience. Based on faculty members' intellectual interests and passions, the Seminars help you explore ideas, challenge assumptions, and gain first-hand knowledge of Skidmore's expectations of academic rigor and excellence. Seminars change annually, so make sure to review this year's descriptionsDeadline: May, 22, 2013


If you plan to major in Biology, Environmental Studies, or Theater, or are on the Pre-Med track, please review the list of seminars for course conflicts.

If you plan to play a varsity sport, please review the list of Seminars for course conflicts.  Conflict sheets will be available in early May.

Summer Advising Summer Advising occurs June 6-28, 2013. During these three weeks, you will be contacted via your Skidmore e-mail address by a faculty or staff member who will serve as your Summer Advisor. You will be asked to make a phone appointment to talk with your Summer Advisor during this timeframe. The advisor will provide a brief introduction to Skidmore's curriculum and degree requirements, and will help you craft a first-semester schedule. Please be prepared to talk about your Scribner Seminar placement, preferred courses, and possible co-curricular activities (athletics, clubs, etc.). Prior to your conversation, please review the New Student Advising and Registration Guide available through the Summer Advising Hub (under Advising Related). A print copy will also be sent to your home address. Registration for Fall 2013 courses occurs in late June.



If you are going to be away for the entire Summer Advising period of June 6-28, please contact the Office of Academic Advising (518-580-5720) to make alternative arrangements for advising and registration.

Course Registration First-year registration for fall courses begins on June 24, based on the assigned times on the red sheet in your registration and advising packet mailed in late May.  Please be sure you have talked with your summer advisor before your assigned registration date/time. You should register during your assigned time, but you can make changes to your schedule until the end of the Add/Drop period (Add: September 5/Drop: September 17).

If you are unable to register during your assigned time, please be sure to discuss this with your summer advisor.

Reflection and Projection We require new students to tell us about their current aspirations, academic and co-curricular aims, and overall educational goals.  This "dialogue" begins with the Academic Reflection and Projection Project (RAP). You will be asked to answer one question; please take it seriously and give it some thought before responding. The question is quite broad, yet, we believe it is the primary question you must wrestle with during your college years. In essence, you are asked to reflect on your current place in the world and, imagining a wonderful intellectual and co-curricular life at Skidmore, where you'd like to go. The RAP is used by your Faculty Advisor to discuss future academic plans (only your advisor has access to your RAP).

Deadline: August 30

Placement Exams If you plan to take Chemistry, Calculus, and/or a Foreign Language, please be sure to take the placement exam before you talk to your Summer Advisor and register for classes. This information is critical for setting up your fall schedule.
Music Ensembles Students interested in participating in music ensembles and/or private instruction for voice or instrument should fill out the online interest form over the summer and contact the appropriate instructor as early as possible in September. Audition schedules will be in the orientation materials you receive when you arrive.

Living on Campus
Skidmore, faculty and administrators will contact you via your Skidmore e-mail. It is imperative that you create your account and check your Skidmore e-mail. Faculty, staff, and student leaders will be sending e-mails to your Skidmore e-mail. If you have difficulty setting up your account, please contact the IT Help Desk.


Residential Life The Residential Life program encourages and provides an atmosphere where serious academic study can take place; where friendships are formed; where healthy living is discussed and encouraged; where diversity is celebrated; where a variety of social and cultural opportunities are provided; and where students learn and apply the concepts of responsibility to one's self and the community.

The Residential Life Housing Questionnaire will be available from June 4-14, 2013

Student ID Beginning July 1, you will be able to upload a photo for your Skidmore ID. Your ID is essential for your first day at Skidmore, so be sure you upload your photo between July 1 and August 1, 2013.  

Please follow the guidelines below when submitting your photo. Photos that do not follow these guidelines or are deemed inappropriate will not be processed, causing unnecessary delays when you arrive on campus. If you have difficulty meeting the guidelines, please contact the Skidmore Card Office (518) 580-5854.

The Skidmore Card is much more than a traditional I.D. Not only does it identify you as a member of the Skidmore community, it also allows you access to the dining halls and other campus facilities; operates on the basis of a declining balance account for various purchases on and off campus; and holds all the information concerning your meal plan.

Registering Your Vehicle Beat the rush and register your motor vehicle online. By registering in advance, you can visit the Campus Safety table on opening day and pick up your vehicle decal without hassle. There is a fee of $110 for an academic year (or $55 per semester) to park a vehicle on campus. This fee is charged to your student account.
The Skidmore Shop The Skidmore Shop is Skidmore's official store for Skidmore apparel, art supplies, and textbooks. The Shop is also an authorized Apple Campus Store with full Apple inventory and Apple hardware/software support.
Dining Services Skidmore's dining services does more than just provide food. It provides students with quality food, convenient locations, and a variety of options.

Look to Dining Services for:

Mailboxes Mailbox assignments and combination information will be available on the Skidmore Post Office page in mid-August. Please be on the lookout for the exact date in the FYE newsletter.  

Students who need to ship packages to themselves for the fall semester should address packages as follows:
John E. Doe- Class of 2017
Mailbox Number
815 N. Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-1632

For all packages, please write your last name (in large, bold letters) on all four sides of the package. Packages will be available for pick up during Orientation.

Forms Health forms are mailed in May and the deadline for their return is July 15, 2013. Please be sure to schedule an appointment for a physical and/or immunizations to make the deadline.

Deadline: July 15, 2013

Proof of Insurance All students attending Skidmore need to have proof of U.S.-based health insurance. The College offers a reasonably priced, primary student insurance plan. During the month of June, the Bursar's Office will provide information about the health Insurance plan. Additional information may be obtained by calling the Bursar's Office at (518) 580-5831.
Online Alcohol Education Course Each incoming student is required to take an online alcohol education course (My Student Body). Instructions and the course link will be e-mailed to you in early June.
Skidmore Urgent Notification System Skidmore's Department of Campus Safety offers staff and students the chance to receive text messages and e-mail notification in the event of an emergency via the Skidmore Urgent Notification System (SUNS).
Campus Safety
The Department of Campus Safety provides key links to information pertaining to emergency preparedness and a wide range of safety and security issues.
Blue Light Phones
Blue emergency lights are located all across campus. Click the blue phone icon on the online campus map to discover where they are.
Getting Involved
Student Government
The SGA strives to establish and maintain conditions of student life conducive to good scholarship, intelligent citizenship, benevolent service, and individual growth.
Clubs & Organizations Extra-curricular activities add value to your academic experience. Choose from nearly 100 student clubs and organizations.
Leadership Activities The Leadership Activities office enhances the educational experience at Skidmore through co-curricular opportunities and leadership development.
Community Service The Office of Community Service Programs coordinates volunteer and service-learning opportunities that help students become informed, responsible citizens.
Religious and Spiritual Life The Skidmore College Office of Religious and Spiritual Life provides opportunities for members of the Skidmore community; students, faculty and staff, to develop their religious and spiritual lives, which are an important part of the educational experience.

Buying Computers Skidmore has approximately 170 public computers available to students, 103 of which are located in Scribner Library. That being said, we find that many of our students bring a computer to campus. If you are planning on buying a computer, Skidmore students can take advantage of our purchasing relationships with Apple Computer and Dell computer, both of whom offer educational discounts. For more information, click here.
Network and Printing
Internet connectivity is available for students in each dorm room and wireless throughout the campus. Also, the college does not charge students for printing. Students will find printing available in all of the public computing areas.
Help Desk The Skidmore IT help desk offers support for students. It is located on the first floor of Scribner Library and is open during normal library hours. Students can get help and instruction on a range of technologies. Formal training on a variety of software is available through our Academic Technologies department. Assistance with multimedia production is offered through our Media Services department.