Skip to Main Content
Skidmore College
First-Year Experience

Summer Reading

A central feature of Skidmore’s First-Year Experience is the Summer Reading program. Its purpose
is twofold. 

  • First, we want to highlight that intellectual engagement and education is not confined to the classroom or to academic calendars. On the contrary, learning is ongoing and transcends campus boundaries.
  • Second, we want to provide the first-year class, as well as the broader campus community, with a common intellectual experience centered on an engaging topic. The summer reading helps us accomplish both of these goals.


Professor Rachel Roe-Dale 
Director of the First-Year Experience and Professor of Mathematics and Statistics

2023 Selection

2023 Selection

We're excited to announce that the summer reading for the Class of 2027 is Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro. This text explores what it means to be human, curiosity, learning, and knowledge, as well as artificial intelligence. It also looks at our rapidly changing modern world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator to explore a fundamental question: what does it mean to love?

Learn more about the 2023 selection here!