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Pre-Orientation programs are optional.

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 creating sculpture, learning about holisitc practices, Japanese drumming or doing community service, there are many ways to meet students with similar interests and goals. Below is a list of the ways new students can connect with one another and with the college experience. Participation in Pre-O is optional, and takes place just before Orientation for all first-year students. All programs are set up to be a fun bonding experience.

For any other questions or concerns please contact Mary Ann Toia in the Office of Campus Life at (518) 580-8335.

WAITLIST: please email with waitlist in the subject line and your name and program choice in the body of the email. Thank you.

You may register starting June 3rd at 12PM

A limited number of scholarships are available for high-need students on a first-come, first-served basis beginning May 1, 2013. Students may receive 50% to 100% off the program fee. If you would like to apply for a pre-orientation program scholarship, simply send your request as an email message to Mary Ann Toia, with the subject being Pre-O Scholarship request. Please include your student's name and program request with a phone number and email address. You will be notified of your scholarship award by the end of May. 

On Campus Programs


Are you an aspiring journalist? Do you want to be in the know at Skidmore and meet great people while learning to write, edit and produce an online news journal? Come check out Skid-News, who knows you may find your calling.
Record Club/ Writing Rock    
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.
Serving Self, Serving Society  
Community Service
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's theatre company opens their doors to First Year Students who would like to experience some stage, improv, a play in Lenox MA and meet new people in a fun environment for Pre-Orientation.
Wellness Retreat
This Pre-O has a size limit due to the personalized sessions including; an assortment of local chefs and holistic practitioners including a massage therapist, an acupuncturist, a Reiki master, a nutritionist, a life coach and others. 
Pre-orientation Experience for Agricultural Sustainability. While participating in PEAS students will explore initiatives at Skidmore and the surrounding community in agricultural and food systems sustainability. The program is led by the Skidmore Student Garden summer manager as well as two upper-class students.                    

Skidmore on the Radio WSPN 91.1 FM

Are you an aspiring radio DJ? Do you have a great radio DJ 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 DJ, taught by both student and professional DJs. Learn how to edit audio, create podcasts, book concerts, and have a great air personality and more!