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Skidmore College
Information Technology

New Student FAQ      

It is imperative that you create your official Skidmore account and check your Skidmore email. Your Skidmore email is the primary way Skidmore, faculty, staff, and student leaders will be in contact with you.  These emails will only be sent to your Skidmore email address.  

Creating your official Skidmore account:

Password  Rules

For your security, Skidmore requires that your password be between eight (8) and sixteen (16) characters in length. It must contain at least two (2) letters, with a minimum of one (1) upper case and one (1) lower case, and at least one (1) numeric character. The following are the five (5) acceptable characters to be used as part of the password:

! # : . , (exclamation point, hashtag or pound sign, colon, period, comma)
The password may not match three consecutive characters of your user name, nor may it be an exact reversal of your user name.
Avoid using consecutive characters of your first, middle or last name in your password. Doing so will cause your password to fail for email.
You may not reuse passwords; a different password is required each time. You are not able to rearrange or reverse the current password in order to create a new password. 

Ready to create your official Skidmore account?

Once you receive notification via the Admissions portal, create your account.



How do I access my Skidmore email account?
 Learn about managing your email.

What technology training opportunities are available?
Training classes are held on a variety of topics. Find more information and a schedule.

Does the college provide antivirus software?
Yes, antivirus software is provided for students at no cost. More information.


Other useful IT information:

Should i buy a computer before coming to Skidmore? 

Skidmore has approximately 170 public computers available to students, 103 of which are located in Scribner Library. That being said, we find that many of our students bring a computer to campus. If you are planning on buying a computer, Skidmore students can take advantage of our purchasing relationships with Apple, Dell, and HP, who all offer small educational discounts. More information More information.

Network and Printing

 Wireless Internet connectivity is available for students in each dorm room and throughout the campus. Also, the college does not charge students for printing at this time. Students will find printing available in most of the public computing areas.

Please note: Please do not bring a personal wireless access point as it will not work at Skidmore. Also, wireless printing is not permitted in the residence halls. If you are bringing a wireless printer to campus, please bring the appropriate USB cable to connect your wireless printer directly to your computer.

Help Desk

The Skidmore IT Help Desk offers limited support for students. It is located on the first floor of Scribner Library and is open during normal library hours. Students can get help and instruction on a range of technologies. The IT Help Desk can also be reached by phone Monday-Friday between 8:30AM-4:30PM EST at 518-580-5900. In addition, assistance with multimedia production is offered through our Media Services department.