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Summer Academic Institute

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Welcome Class of 2022!

Summer Academic Institute Calendar - Summer 2018

Date & Time Activity
Saturday, June 30 Arrive at Skidmore College
Monday, July 2 - Friday, August 3 Classes
Friday, August 3
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Summer Academic Institute End of Summer Celebration-Tang Museum
Saturday, August 4 Students travel home.


Fall 2018 Arrival Dates

Monday, August 27 - Thursday, August 30 (by invitation) International Student Orientation
Thursday, August 30 - Sunday, September 2 Pre-Orientation
Sunday, September 2 - Friday, September 7 New Student Orientation 


Dates & Deadlines for 2018

Deadline Activity

Enroll in E-Bill

And authorize all users who need access to your billing statement.


Upon receipt of IT letter or FYE packet (whichever you receive first based on ED I, EDII, or Regular Admissions)

Skidmore, faculty and administrators will contact you via your Skidmore e-mail. It is imperative that you create your account and check your Skidmore e-mail. Faculty, staff, and student leaders will be sending e-mails to your Skidmore e-mail.

If you have difficulty setting up your account, please contact the IT Help Desk (requires Skidmore username to login).


Vehicle Registration

Beat the rush and register your motor vehicle online. By registering in advance, you can visit the Campus Safety table on opening day and pick up your vehicle decal without hassle. There is a fee of $110 for an academic year (or $55 per semester) to park a vehicle on campus. This fee is charged to your student account.


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).

May 16

Academic Interest Form

Once you have enrolled at Skidmore, you need to provide information regarding your academic interests to the Office of Academic Advising. Even if you are "undecided" about a major like most incoming first-year students, please identify three areas of interest. This information is crucial in assigning you a Summer Advisor who will contact you in early June.

Deadline: May 17

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May 16

Scribner Seminar Selection Form

Scribner Seminars are the centerpiece of the First-Year Experience. Based on faculty members' intellectual interests and passions, the Seminars help you explore ideas, challenge assumptions, and gain first-hand knowledge of Skidmore's expectations of academic rigor and excellence. Seminars change annually, so make sure to review this year's descriptions. 

Deadline: May 16 

Note:  If you plan to major in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, or Theater, or are on the Pre-Med track, please review the list of seminars for course conflicts. If you plan to play a varsity sport, please review the list of Seminars for course conflicts.

May 21

Expository Writing Directed Self-Placement (DSP) 

There are several levels of Expository Writing offered at Skidmore. The Directed Self-Placement (DSP) will provide important information on which level is most appropriate given students’ current skills. Click here for the DSP.

NOTE: If you experience any issues with this placement exam, please check the FAQ first. If the issue is not on the FAQ, please contact the IT Help Desk at or 518-580-5900. 

June 4 - 13

Summer OP Advising 

In late May, you will be contacted via by a member of the Opportunity Program Office who will serve as your Summer Advisor. You will be asked to make a phone appointment to talk with your Summer Advisor during this timeframe. The advisor will provide a brief introduction to Skidmore's curriculum and degree requirements, and will help you craft a first-semester schedule. Please be prepared to talk about your Scribner Seminar placement, preferred courses, and possible co-curricular activities (athletics, clubs, etc.). Prior to your conversation, please review the New Student Advising and Registration Guide available through the Summer Advising Hub (under Advising Related). Registration for fall courses occurs in mid-June.

June 1 - July 15 Pre-Orientation
June 4 - 15

Housing Questionnaire

The Residential Life program encourages and provides an atmosphere where serious academic study can take place; where friendships are formed; where healthy living is discussed and encouraged; where diversity is celebrated; where a variety of social and cultural opportunities are provided; and where students learn and apply the concepts of responsibility to one's self and the community.

Note: Residential Life Housing Questionnaire will be available until June 15

June 1 - 24

Student ID

Beginning June 1st, you will be able to upload a photo for your Skidmore ID. Your ID is essential for your first day at Skidmore, so be sure you upload your photo by June 24th. 

Please follow the guidelines when submitting your photo. Photos that do not follow these guidelines or are deemed inappropriate will not be processed, causing unnecessary delays when you arrive on campus. If you have difficulty meeting the guidelines, please contact the Skidmore Card Office (518) 580-5854.

The Skidmore Card is much more than a traditional I.D. Not only does it identify you as a member of the Skidmore community, it also allows you access to the dining halls and other campus facilities; operates on the basis of a declining balance account for various purchases on and off campus; and holds all the information concerning your meal plan.

June 30 - August 30

Reflection and Projection

We require new students to tell us about their current aspirations, academic and co-curricular aims, and overall educational goals. This "dialogue" begins with the Academic Reflection and Projection Project (RAP). You will be asked to answer one question; please take it seriously and give it some thought before responding. The question is quite broad, yet, we believe it is the primary question you must wrestle with during your college years. In essence, you are asked to reflect on your current place in the world and, imagining a wonderful intellectual and co-curricular life at Skidmore, where you'd like to go. The RAP is used by your Faculty Advisor to discuss future academic plans (only your advisor has access to your RAP). This form opens on June 30.

Deadline: August 30

Placement Exams

If you plan to take World Language, Calculus, Chemistry, and/or major or minor in music, please be sure to take the placement exam before you talk to your Summer Advisor and register for classes. This information is critical for setting up your fall schedule.

***The World Language Placement Exam is for students who have studied French, Spanish, Italian, and German and are planning on continuing. You do not need to take the exam if this will be your first course in French, Spanish, or German. Students interested in Greek and Latin should visit the Classics Department Web site and contact Michael Arnush, Professor and Chair, Department of Classics with any questions. 

August Music Ensembles
Students interested in participating in music ensembles and/or private instruction for voice or instrument should fill out the online interest form over the summer and contact the appropriate instructor as early as possible in September. Audition schedules will be in the orientation materials you receive when you arrive. 
June 14 - August 14 SCIP -Monthly installment plan enrollment dates
First month to enroll in installment payment plan (SCIP)
June 1 (Summer)

Health Forms (online enroll/waive form)

All students attending Skidmore are required to have/provide proof of U.S.-based health insurance. The College offers a reasonably priced, primary student insurance plan. During the month of July, the Bursar's Office will provide information about the health insurance plan. Additional information may be obtained by calling the Bursar's Office at (518) 580-5830.

Completion of the online waiver/enrollment form is required by June 1 for the Summer program.

 July 31  

Student Employment Forms

(Dining Services Questionnaire-due July 10)

August 15 Fall semester bill due/last day to enroll in installment payment plan (SCIP) 
Meal Plans Learn more about Skidmore Meal Plans Here

Part I -August TBA

Part II -October TBA 

Health Education Course

Each incoming student is required to take online health education courses. These courses must be completed by ALL incoming students. Course opens in early August. Instructions will be sent to your Skidmore email account in late July.

(Course opens August TBA)

June 15 - August 15 Skidmore College Installment Payment Plan (SCIP)
September 5 Traditional Semester Payments (TSP)