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Pre-Orientation Programs

On Campus Programs


One of the best ways of making the transition to college life is through participation in one of the many Pre-Orientation programs that Skidmore offers first-year students. Whether its Japanese drumming, learning about holisitc practices, sustainability or doing community service, there are many ways to meet students with similar interests and goals. Participation in Pre-O is optional, and takes place just before Orientation for all first-year students. All programs are set up to be fun, easy going and bonding experiences. On-Campus programs will have the opportunity to get to know campus as well as downtown Saratoga. Often programs will take their first-year students downtown to dinners, parks, events and ice-cream!!

Peer Advisor Schedule 2016 

How to Register

Registration opens on June 1st at noon EST and closes on July 15

Please read the following information before you attempt to register for Pre-Orientation

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Pre-Orientation Checklist                                                                                                                                                

General Instructions

You will register for Pre-Orientation as a summer class, and your Skidmore account will be billed directly. You will need your student username and password and the CRN# of the program in which you wish to participate.


Once you register you can expect to hear from our Pre-Orientation Coordinator towards the end of July with information regarding your program, in the meantime please fill out REQUIRED forms:

  1. Medical Form
  2. Liability Waiver
  3. Skidmore Code of Conduct
  4. Dietary Restrictions

Please submit these by scanning (if you do take a picture and send it please test it on your computer first to make sure it is clear and legible) and email to or send via snail-mail to Skidmore College Attn: Pre-Orientation Case 309, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Once you have registered you can expect to hear from our Pre-Orientation Coordinator towards the middle to end of July regarding specifics. 
For any other questions or concerns please contact or call Mary Ann Toia at (518) 580-8338


On Campus Programs


Behind the Scenes at the Tang  CRN # 60141 FULL
Art lovers (not just art majors) are invited to learn all about the Tang Teaching Museum. You’ll explore the exhibitions, take a look behind the scenes and make art. No previous art-making experience required, just an openness to new experiences and a willingness to have fun. 


Serving Society-Finding Yourself  CRN# 60129 FULL
Join us for a few days of self- reflection and community service. Learn how to become involved in one of the many community-service opportunities available in the Saratoga Springs area and beyond.


Skidmore on the Radio WSPN 91.1 FM  CRN# 60126 
Are you an aspiring radio DJ? Do you have a great radio D.J. name but don’t have a radio show? Join the WSPN pre-orientation program to learn everything you need to know about being a radio D.J. This program is led by both upperclass students and professional DJs.


Record Club/ Writing Rock    CRN# 60131   
A good excuse for the music-obsessed to get together and share, discuss, check out some local shows and record shops and write about songs we love.


 Theater CRN# 60128 
Skidmore's Theater Company opens it's doors to first year students who would like to experience some stage, improve and a play in Lenox MA. Meet new people in a fun environment. Come "Play" with us!