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Pre-Orientation Programs

Frequently Asked Questions Pre-Orientation

Do I move in to my assigned housing for Pre-O or will I have to move again?

At Pre-Orientation you move into the assigned housing that you will be in all year.

Do my parents have to come back for New Student Orientation, or will they get the same information the day I arrive?

Parents do not have to come back for general New Student Orientation; it is their choice if they wish to. We have two opening days for the college due to the number of students arriving back on campus at different times. The programming and information for parent orientation is the same at both sessions; the only difference is the bagpipers and the president's Convocation speech during general New Student Orientation.

For more information, please go to First Year Experience.

What time do we check into my housing assignment?

There are two different times for check in.

  • Off-campus program participants check in at 8:30 a.m.
  • On-campus program particpants check in at 10 a.m.

Can we arrive on campus the day before?

No, you cannot arrive early. Skidmore does not allow any first-year students on campus prior to the start of their program.

How do I register, pay and apply for a scholarship?

The registration link and information will be posted to the home page once registration opens.

You will be billed directly through your Skidmore account.

Scholarship requests can be made through this link: SCHOLARSHIP REQUEST

When will I say goodbye to my parents and meet with my program?

We recommend that you say your goodbyes before your program is scheduled to start, between 12:45 and 1:30 p.m.

  • SCOOP off-campus programs will meet in front of Case Center on Porter Plaza at 12:45 for departure from campus promptly at 1:30 p.m. 
  • On-campus programs will meet at 1 p.m. on the second floor of Case Center, where there will be tables set up with signs for each program.

Will I have time to set up my room?

You will have time to move your things into your assigned room and possibly get some things set up. If you are doing an on-campus program, you will be living in your room and will certainly have more time to set up over the course of the program.

Do most first-year students participate in a pre-orientation program?

We usually have more than half of the class participating each year. Taking into consideration students who are not able to participate (i.e. athletes, London FYE students), our numbers are up there!