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Skidmore College
Opportunity Program (OP)

Summer Academic Institute

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Supported by the Varian Ayers ’65 Summer Academic Institute Endowment Fund.

The Varian Ayers ’65 Summer Academic Institute Endowment Fund was named for a woman who was passionate about access to education.  Varian Ayers ’65 was a devoted alumna of Skidmore College and accomplished businesswoman who also wrote and published a newsletter and website about food and cooking.

Varian passed away in 2011, one year after a diagnosis of a brain tumor. Her husband Gary and his second wife, Jeanie Knigin Knisely, continue to be active supporters of Varian’s alma mater and chose to support the institute to keep alive Varian’s dream of access to a liberal arts education for all.

Welcome Class of 2026!

Summer Academic Institute Calendar - Summer 2022

Friday, July 1

Students from outside the northeast arrive to Skidmore

Saturday, July 2

All NYS students arrive to Skidmore. Orientation begins.

Tuesday, July 5 -
Friday, August 5


Friday, August 5
5 - 8 p.m.

Summer Academic Institute End of Summer Celebration-Location TBD

Saturday, August 6

Students travel home.


May 3
Create Skidmore Email Account
Upon receipt of IT information from Admissions. Email accounts MUST BE set-up by May 6 or you will miss the FYE email regarding Scribner Seminar selection, Academic Interest, Summer Advsing, etc.

May 10

Academic Interest form and Scribner Seminar selection form (Scribner Seminar Descriptions)

May 17

Expository Writing Directed Self-Placement

May 24

Quantitative Reasoning Diagnostic Placement

May 31 - June 10

OP Summer Advising - Course Selection

June 1 - July 6

Pre-Orientation Registration (optional)

June 6

Placement Exams Due (if required). See OP Checklist for details.

June 10 - June 17

ID Photo Submission

June 15

First month to enroll in installment payment plan (SCIP)


Housing Questionnaire

June 20

Dining Services Survey sent out via Skidmore email

July 5

Dining Services Survey Due

August 1

Health Forms Due

August 1

Health Insurance Forms Due (online enroll or waive form)

August 15

Fall semester bill due/last day to enroll in installment payment plan (SCIP)

August 31


August 31

Health Education Courses Due

  1. Alcohol Wise
  2. Marijuana Wise
  3. Consent & Respect


Enroll in online tuition E-Bill and add/authorize all users who will need access to your billing statement. Fall bills available July 19th.


Monday, August 29 - Thursday, September 1, 2022

Thursday, September 1 - Sunday, September 4, 2022

Pre-Orientation (optional)

Sunday, September 4 -
Friday, September 9, 2022

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Classes begin

Skidmore Urgent Notification System Registration (SUNS)

Skidmore's Department of Campus Safety offers staff and students the chance to receive text messages and e-mail notification in the event of an emergency via the Skidmore Urgent Notification System (SUNS).