Information for Parents and Families

Welcome to the Parents and Family Page!  Here you can find information you may need about Residential Life.

Do you have a question?  Check out our FAQs listed below for answers to a variety of common questions.  If you have a specific question not answered there, contact us at by email or by phone 518-580-5765.

As our Philosophy states, we view your student as a maturing individual responsible for their experience here at Skidmore.

Our office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.  We check our email and voicemail daily and will respond to concerns within 48 hours.  In the case of any emergencies please contact Campus Safety at 518-580-5566.

Important Information:

   - 2017-2018 Residential Life Important Dates
   - 2017-2018 College Academic Calendar
   - Apartment Packing List
   - Residence Hall Packing List
   - Residential Life and Housing Handbook
   - Student Handbook

Helpful Information:

   - Parent Relations
   - Helping Your Student with Roommate Concerns
   - Seasonal Student Concerns

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Can my student bring a fridge to campus?

What sorts of cooking appliances are allowed in the residence halls?

Will my student have access to a land line in their room?

How do I address mail to my student?

Is there a place on campus where my student may cash checks, do banking, etc.?

How will my student get their laundry done?

Will my student be assigned a roommate their first year?  When will we receive that information?

Who should my student reach out to for help with _____?

My student doesn't get along with their roommate, what should I do?

If I am having trouble contacting my student, is there an office I can call to check in on them?

My student was caught with alcohol/drugs, what are the ramifications of this?

May my student remain at Skidmore over breaks?

Where can I stay locally if I want to visit?


What housing options are available on campus?

Will my student be in a triple their first year?

My student needs to live in specific circumstances due to health issues, how do we go about getting the accommodations?

My student has a light out, clogged drain, or temperature issue, who takes care of this?

My student needs a room change.  How does that process work?

My student will be selecting housing soon, what do I need to know?

My student needs to take a leave of absence, what is the procedure for moving out?

My student is moving out of the building, what do we need to know?

My student is moving out.  What should we do for storage?

My student will be living in the apartments, are dishes and pans provided?

Joining Res Life:

Should my student become an RA?

When is the selection process for RAs?