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Pre-Orientation Programs

On Campus Programs

Plant Your Roots!


One of the best ways of making the transition to college life is through participation in one of the many Pre-Orientation programs that Skidmore offers first-year students. Participating in a Pre-O has proven to ease anxiety by providing social benifits, personal growth and increased retention rates among college students. Whether its exploring community service opportunities, arts, music, theater or radio, there are many ways to meet students with similar interests and goals. Participation in Pre-O is optional, and takes place just before Orientation for all first-year students.

All programs are set up to be a fun, community building, non-academic experience.  
On-campus programs will have the opportunity to get to know campus as well as downtown Saratoga.

Often programs will take their first-year students downtown to dinners, parks, events and ice-cream (all inclusive in the cost)! We offer financial assistance based on student's financial need!


 The price of pre-orientation covers everything, food, housing, trips, events etc...




Please read the following information before you attempt to register for Pre-Orientation

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  • Student system quick reference: This general guide should help you navigate the registration process more easily (It is not specifically a guide to Pre-Orientation registration)

Student System -

 Guide -

Find the CRN# of the course you want to register for next to the course title on the On-Campus and Off-Campus program pages

  • Log into the Student System (have your username and password ready)
  • Click register for classes
  • Select "Summer 2020"
  • Skip down the form directly to the CRN#
  • Enter the CRN# of your program
  • Click “Search”
  • Click “Add”
  • Click on "submit" (lower right hand corner of screen)
  • If the status says "REGISTERED," you do not need to do anything else


Once you register, you can expect to hear from our Pre-Orientation coordinator toward the end of July with information regarding your program. In the meantime, please fill out these required forms:

  1. Medical Form and Dietary Restrictions 
  2. Liability Waiver
  3. Skidmore Code of Conduct

Please submit these by scanning (if you do take a picture and send it, please test it on your computer first to make sure it is clear and legible) and email to or send via snail-mail to Skidmore College, Attn: Pre-Orientation Case 309, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Once you have registered, you can expect to hear from our Pre-Orientation coordinator toward the middle to end of July regarding specifics.

For any other questions or concerns please contact or call Mary Ann Toia at 518-580-8338.

On Campus Programs Cost
Behind the Scenes at the Tang 
CRN # 60088
Art lovers (not just art majors) are invited to learn all about the Tang Teaching Museum. You’ll explore the exhibitions, take a look behind the scenes and make art. No previous art-making experience required, just an openness to new experiences and a willingness to have fun.
Serving Society-Finding Yourself   
CRN# 60086
Join us for a few days of self- reflection and community service. Learn how to become involved in one of the many community-service opportunities available in the Saratoga Springs area and beyond.
Record Club/Writing Rock 
CRN# 60087
A good excuse for the music-obsessed to get together and share, discuss, check out some local shows and record shops and write about songs we love.
CRN# 60085

Skidmore's Theater Company opens it's doors to first year students who would like to experience some stage, improv and a play in Lenox, Massachusetts. Meet new people in a fun environment. Come "play" with us!
Saratoga Sampler 
CRN# 60089
Saratoga Sampler is just that, a way to get to know your new home with excellent tour guides (your upperclassman peer advisors). Check out our page and please join us for a super fun Pre-O!