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What Students Need to Know/Dates and Deadlines

What Students Need to Know: Academics and Advising | Living on Campus | Computers | Health | Safety  | Expenses | Getting Involved

Dates and Deadlines: General  | Financial Aid/BillingArrival Dates  |  Mailings

Note: While we are very excited for our ED 1 and 2 students to join the class, we will not accept forms on this page until the Class of 2019 is fully enrolled in May (unless otherwise noted in the description below).  Thank you for your patience!  


 

 

Academics and Advising

Academic Interest Form

Deadline: May 20, 2015

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 20, 2015

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Scribner Seminars   

Deadline: May 20, 2015

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 descriptions when they become available. 

Deadline: May 20, 2015

Note:If you plan to major in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, or Theater, or are on the Pre-Med track, please review the list of seminars for course conflicts.  Conflict sheets will be available in the spring.

Summer Advising   

From June TBA

Summer Advising occurs in early June

In early June, 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 courses occurs in late June.

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

Course Registration 

Begins June 23 or 24, 2015

First-year registration for fall courses begins on June 23 or 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 11 /Drop: September 22).

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

Reflection and Projection 

Deadline: August 30, 2015

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, 2015

Placement Exams 

Deadline: prior to talking to summer advisor

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.

Foreign Language Placement *

Calculus Placement

Chemistry Placement 

*The Foreign Language Placement Exam is for students who have studied French, Spanish, and German and are planning on continuing.  You do not need to take the exam if this will be your first course in French, Spanish, or German. Students interested in Greek and Latin should contact Michael Arnush, Professor and Chair, Department of Classics.

Music Ensembles 

Deadline:  August TBA

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.
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Living on Campus

E-mail 

Upon receipt of IT letter in May

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 (requires Skidmore username to login).

 

Residential Life 

Questionnaire available early June TBA

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.

Wondering what it's like to live in a Skidmore residence hall? 

Need to know what to bring?

Note: Residential Life Housing Questionnaire will be available early June TBA

Student ID 

Submit photo between July 1 and August 1, 2015

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, 2015.  

Please follow the guidelines 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:

Questions about nutrition

Menus

Special diets

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 2019
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.

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Health

Health Forms

Deadline: July 13

Health forms are mailed in May and the deadline for their return is July 14, 2014. Please be sure to schedule an appointment for a physical and/or immunizations to make the deadline.

Deadline: July 13, 2015

Proof of Insurance

Deadline: August 1, 2015

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

Deadline: Part I-August TBA; Part II-October TBA

Each incoming student is required to take an online alcohol education course (Alcohol Edu).  This course must be completed by ALL incoming students.  Course opens in early August.  Instructions will be sent to your Skidmore email account in late July.
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Safety

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.
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Expenses

Tuition                        

Housing Costs 
Meal Plans 
Financial Aid 
Student Employment 
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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 130 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.
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Computers

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, Dell, and HP 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.

Please note: Printing wirelessly is not permitted in the residence halls.  If you are bringing a wireless printer to campus, please bring the appropriate USB cable to connect your wireless printer directly to your computer.    

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. 

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Dates and Deadlines

General  | Financial Aid/BillingArrival Dates  |  Mailings

Deadline

Activity

ASAP: Enroll in E-Bill E-Bill
Upon receipt of IT letter or FYE packet (whichever you receive first based on ED I, EDII, or Regular Admissions)  Create Email 
Ongoing Vehicle Registration
Ongoing SUNS Registration
May 20, 2015 Academic Interest Form
May 20, 2015 Scribner Seminar Selection Form
TBA Pre-Orientation Registration
June TBA Housing Questionnaire
June TBA Summer Advising
July 31, 2015  (Dining Services Questionnaire-due July 10) Student Employment Forms
June 23 or 24, 2015 Registration
July 1-August 1, 2015 ID Photo Submission
July 13, 2015 Health Forms 
August 1, 2015 Health Insurance Forms
Mid August Interest in Music Lessons/Ensembles Form
Part I-August TBA; Part II-October TBA  (Course opens August TBA) Alcohol Education Course

August 30, 2015

RAP

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Financial Aid and Billing

Deadline/Due Date Activity
ASAP Enroll in E-Bill
June 15-Aug 15 SCIP
September 2 TSP

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Arrival Dates - 2015

Arrival Date

Group

August 24-26 London Orientation
August 24 (by invitation) Early Fall Athletes
August TBA By invitation. International Student Orientation
Thursday, September 3 - Sunday, September 6 Pre Orientation
Sunday, September 6- Friday, September 11 New Student Orientation 

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Mailing Dates - 2015

Month

Mailings to Expect

May

• Bursar's Office Information about Skidmore's payment plans

• Office of the First-Year Experience Packet

• Summer Reading

June

• Registration and Academic Advising Packet

• Health Insurance Information

July

• Housing assignments (late July via email)

• Work Study Information

August

• Post Office box assignments (via email) 

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