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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.


How to Register

Registration opens on June 1, 2015, at noon EST and closes on July 31.

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

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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.

Find the CRN# of the course you want to register for next to the course title on the On-Campus and Off-Campus program pages.
Log in to your student services account (have your username and password ready).
Once you log in, hover over the Registration button and choose "add/drop classes."
Select "Summer Term."
Enter the CRN# of your program.
Click on "submit changes."

Once you register you can expect to hear from our Pre-Orientation Coordinator towards the end of July with information regarding your programs. You can find packing lists currently on the SCOOP pages and you can email Mary Ann Toia anytime with questions at the email provided below.

If you were given a scholarship, that will automatically be reflected in your bill.


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 # 60175
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. 

PEAS  CRN# 60151
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  CRN# 60153 
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# 60150
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.


Skid-News CRN# 60154
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    CRN# 60155   
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# 60152
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!


Peer Advisor Schedule 2015