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Inclement Weather Update

Due to current weather conditions, Skidmore College will suspend operations tomorrow, Sunday, January 20, 2019.

Residence halls and the dining hall will remain open for students on campus and those who are able to return to campus on Sunday. However, all other scheduled activities have been cancelled.

Essential staff should report as scheduled. Facilities Services will continue to work throughout the storm. Read more at

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Information on this page relates to Housing Selection for the current 2018-19 academic year.  Information for the next academic year 2019-20 will be posted in January 2019.

Housing Selection for 2018–19

It's housing selection time!

This year, the housing selection process is kicking off with apartment selection on March 20 and will complete on April 27 with the conclusion on residence hall room selection.

Students are encouraged to prepare for this process by taking the time to learn everything they can about our housing process and options. Please take the time to review the information found on this and the other housing selection webpages. This information should prove helpful in your preparation for the selection process. 

Additionally, you are encouraged to also view the housing selection section of the Residential Life and Housing Handbook. This is a comprehensive guide to the selection process and also includes additional information not found on the housing selection webpages, such as information on the housing accommodations and housing policy appeals process. The guide can be accessed by the following link:  Residential Life and Housing Handbook: Housing Selection Edition.

We will provide further updates to this page and to students directly by way of their Skidmore email about this process as it progresses. Be sure to check back here in the lead-up to the various processes for additional information.


General selection dates

  Date Location
Apartment housing selection March 20–29 Second floor dining hall
Off-campus housing selection April 2–13 Online
Special-interest housing selection
April 19–20 Online
Residence hall room selection     April 24–28 Online

See the various sections for more specific dates and times.




Many steps of the housing selection process take place online using the Odyssey Housing Management System (HMS). Students can access this system though the link below.

Skidmore College Odyssey HMS

Lottery numbers

Every student will receive a lottery number in their Skidmore email. Lottery numbers will be released to all students eligible for housing selection during the business week of February 12–18, 2018.

Creation of lottery numbers

All lottery numbers are random other than for two factors: class year and prior year's third.

Class year factors into how far from zero their classes' range of numbers may be. Rising seniors will be closest to zero and rising sophomores the furthest.

Prior year's third refers to the ordering of number within your class. Lottery numbers are split into thirds to ensure that no student gets the best or worst lottery number each year. Lottery numbers will move yearly in circular reverse order from top third to bottom third. (Once the bottom third is reached, the next number will be in the top third.)

Lottery number range

Lottery numbers for each class will fall into a range of numbers. This range is larger than the actual class size. Unused numbers in this range are invalid. For 2016–17, the ranges are as follows:

  • Rising seniors: 1–750
  • Rising juniors: 751–1,500
  • Rising sophomores: 1,501–2,250


In order for a student to be eligible for housing selection, a student must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete housing application
  • Complete any outstanding student conduct sanctions
  • Pay any outstanding charges on student account
  • Not be registered to study abroad in the fall semester

Failure to meet any of these requirements will result in a hold being placed on a student's account, which will prohibit housing selection.

Holds must be cleared at least 24 hours prior to your selection time. Failure to do so will prevent selecting housing at your assigned selection time.


Housing selection is not an excuse for missing class! If a student is unable to select at their designated time (i.e. abroad, in class, working, otherwise away from campus or a computer), they should assign a proxy.

The proxy signup process is different depending on what process you are participating in. Please see the section on your process for further instructions.



Do I need to participate in housing selection?

All student in the classes of 2019, 2020 and 2021 who will be returning to study on campus at Skidmore College in fall 2018 must participate in housing selection. What process you participate in depends on what your plans are for the fall. Be sure to complete all the steps for your process.

Students who are not returning to campus in fall 2018 (students in class of 2018, studying abroad in fall 2018, taking a leave for fall 2018 or withdrawing from Skidmore) should not participate in this process.

I am abroad or on leave and will be returning in the fall. How do I select housing?

How you select housing will depend on what process you are participating in and your access to computers. With the exception of the apartment housing selection process, we expect all of our processes will be fully online for the 2018–19 selection process. As a result, if you have access to a computer and internet, you may complete the process yourself; just be careful to watch your selection time, as they will all be in Eastern Standard Time.

If you are planning on participating in the apartment housing selection process, you will need to select a proxy, as this selection process will be in person. Further information on this process can be found in the apartment housing selection part of this website.

I am planning on selecting on-campus housing at selection. Can I move off campus later if I change my mind?

No. If you select on-campus housing, you will not be permitted to move off campus during the 2018–19 academic year. Students who select on-campus housing are expected to live on campus until the completion of the academic year until such a time that they reduce to below full-time status (less than 12 credits), graduate, go abroad, take a leave or withdraw from the college.

I am living off-campus in the fall. Do I need to participate?

Yes. If you are living off-campus for the fall, you still need to participate in housing selection, specifically the off-campus housing selection process. Please review the section on off-campus housing selection for more information.

I am applying to be abroad for the fall. Do I still participate?

No. If you have applied to be abroad for the fall and have already been accepted or are waiting on approval, you may not select housing for the fall.

If you apply for study abroad and are not approved, you will be permitted to participate in housing selection after this is confirmed. Please know that under most circumstance this will be after apartment selection. Students that find themselves in this situation who still hope to be housed in an on-campus apartment will need to select a room in a residence hall and then apply for a room change to the apartments. The room change applications will become available after the close of residence hall room selection on April 31.

If I change my mind after selecting housing, can I give up my space and select another option? 

No. Once you select housing you are done with housing selection for the 2018–19 academic year. You cannot give your space and then select another option. The only method of changing your housing assignment after selecting is to apply for a room change. The room change process for the 2018–19 academic year will begin April 31, 2018.