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Skidmore College
First-Year Experience

What Families Need to Know

With all the activity happening between high school graduation and the first day of Skidmore, your student may be occupied with things other than the logistics of getting to Skidmore.  This page is meant to give families an overview of what to expect on the first day of Orientation; who to contact with questions; what forms are needed and when; etc.

If you have questions that are not found on this page, please feel free to contact the Office of the First-Year Experience by email or by phone 518-580-8111.

Dates and Deadlines

What to Expect on Arrival Day

Whether your student is coming for Pre-Orientation or New Student Orientation, staff will be on hand to help you get settled.  As you arrive on campus, be on the lookout for Scribner Seminar Peer Mentors to point you to the correct residence hall. Once at the residence hall, you'll be greeted by Residential Life Staff, Athletes,  Peer Mentors, SGA members, and other volunteers who will help you find your room, unload your car, and answer any questions. Please be aware that there is a move-in procedure to help all students get equal time and resources to move in.

Please visit the FYE Orientation page  for schedules.

Students flying into Albany airport: Taxis are available at the airport to take you to campus. Please plan on a 45 minute ride to campus and budget approximately  $65 for the fare.

Getting Settled

The following links should help you navigate some of the basics to help your student get settled.  From the dining hall to purchasing a computer and/or software, the following pages should get you started.