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Pre-Orientation Programs

On Campus Programs


All programs run from September 3-6, 2015

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, 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, bonding experiences.

For any other questions or concerns please contact or call Mary Ann Toia at (518) 580-8335.


You may REGISTER HERE  To check if a program is full, please hit register here and click on SCOOP or On-Campus programs and this will show how many seats are available.

Scholarships are available upon request.

On Campus Programs


Behind the Scenes at the Tang
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. 

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.
Can Ya Dig It?

Serving Society-Finding Yourself
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
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.


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.


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!