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Skidmore College
Office of the Registrar

New Student Registration - Step by Step

Fall term registration information is emailed to all incoming students the last week of May

If you run into any difficulties, please call the Registrar’s Office at (518) 580-5710 during regular business hours (8:30 a.m.- Noon, 1-4 p.m.) Monday through Friday or email the office. A representative will assist you with either technical issues or academic questions.

Step 1: Getting organized and Creating a User Account

  • Review the material in your registration packet and familiarize yourself with the Master Schedule.
  • If you have not already done so, create a user name and password, which will be used to access email and the Skidmore Student System.  Create your account - here.

Step 2: Eligibility for Academic Accommodations

If you believe you are eligible to receive academic accommodations based on a documented disabling condition:

  • Complete the Application for Academic Accommodations, found on the Disability and Accessibility Services web site.
  • Submit as soon as possible with appropriate documentation to the Office of Student Academic Services (SAS).

Step 3: Summer Advising 

Your summer advisor will contact you in early June via phone or Skidmore email to assist you with course selection and identifying academic options.  Schedule a time to work together.  

Step 4: Review the Student System Features

Step 5: Placement Information

Calculus placement:
Skidmore offers several levels of calculus.  The placement exam is an important tool that helps the Mathematics and Computer Science Department advise students which calculus course is best suited for them.  Take this exam before selecting a calculus course

Chemistry placement:
Skidmore offers two pathways through the first–year chemistry curriculum. The Chemistry Department has developed the required online diagnostic ( to place you into one of these course sequences.  Based on your diagnostic score and previous chemistry experience, you will be allowed to register for either Foundations of Chemistry (CH 115) or Principles of Chemistry (CH 125). Please DO NOT study or review before taking the diagnostic. The diagnostic will take 45 minutes and you will need to have a calculator and scratch paper available.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kelly Sheppard, Chair of the Department of Chemistry (email:, phone: 518–580–5135).

Foreign Language:
If you plan to continue your previous study of French, German, Italian, or Spanish you must visit the Language Requirement and Placement page to determine which level of the course to take at Skidmore. You will need your Skidmore ID# located on the Placement Information sheet in your packet.

Music Ensembles/Private lessons:
Registration for music ensembles will be completed following an audition in September. Please use this web form to inform the Music Department of your interest in an Ensemble or if you will be signing up for Private Music Instruction.

Physics Placement Exam
If you are planning to take physics courses during your time at Skidmore, you might consider completing the Physics Placement Exam. This exam is optional, and you are not required to take the placement exam.

Skidmore offers two courses of Introductory Physics through the first-year physics curriculum. This placement test will determine whether or not you can enroll directly in the second course of the Introductory Physics course sequence (PY208) and skip the first course (PY207). If you plan to enroll in the first course of the sequence (PY 207), there is no need to take the Placement Exam.

Refer to the Placement Information sent to you in the registration email noting your placement in EN 103, EN 105, EN 105H, EN 110. 

Quantitative Reasoning Exam:
If you did not place out of the QR1 requirement, you will need to take the QR exam when you get to campus.  A practice exam and more information can be found on the QR website.

Step 6: Registering for Your Remaining Classes: June 19th and 20th

Last name A - K: Wednesday June 19 @ 8am
Last name L - Z: Thursday June 20 @ 8am

This information will also be available in the Student System

You may begin the process on that day/time or any day after the designated date through the end of the drop/add period in September. 

  • Login to the Skidmore Student System (using the user name and password determined in Step 1 above.)
  • Your Scribner Seminar will already be in place.
  • Begin registering for the other classes you have selected.
  • Follow the instructions in the Student Self Service Guide - use CRN numbers for faster enrollment.
  • The course(s) will go directly to your schedule unless you receive a warning or error message.
  • Between 14 - 16 credits is an ideal schedule.
  • If you need to search for additional offerings you should refer to the Master Schedule.

Please Note: Your schedule may be subject to change in rare but necessary situations. You will be contacted if a change needs to be made.

Important info about waitlists:

  • Some course sections will inevitably close. If you wish to put your name on a wait list, you may do so – but be sure to create a full backup schedule.  Also, please note that you may not waitlist in a class if you have a seat in another section of that same class.
  • Being on a waitlist does not constitute enrollment, you are simply waiting for a seat to become available.
  • You will be notified via Skidmore email if a seat becomes available.  You will have 48 hours to log into the system and enroll, so be sure to keep checking your email throughout the summer!