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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!!

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:

On Campus Programs Medical Form

Off Campus Programs Medical Form

Liability Waiver

Skidmore Code of Conduct

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!


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