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Skidmore College
NYS Summer Young Writers Institute

Frequently Asked Questions

Young Writers on the Roof2018 NY State Summer Young Writers Institute

When do I have to arrive and what will happen when I get there?
Please plan to arrive and check-in at the Young Writers Institute Table on Sunday, June 24th, between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. in Case College Center on the 2nd floor. When you check-in you will receive a packet that will include a daily schedule and other valuable program information. You will also receive your room key and a photo ID. Your photo ID also serves as your dining hall meal card.

When do I have to depart?
Check-out is by 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 6th.

What are the living and dining accommodations?
Resident Assistants will be present on opening day to show you where your residence hall is and to help you get settled. Young Writers students live together in a residential hall. The Resident Assistants will live with you on the same floor. Each student will be assigned to a single or double room equipped with a bed, desk, chair, and dresser. We supply the following linens: a light weight thermal blanket, pillow and pillow case. Students are responsible for supplying their own twin extra-long fitted sheets and extra-long top sheets, towels and wash cloth. If feasible, it is recommended you bring a heavy blanket, comforter, or sleeping bag.

All meals will be served to the campus community in the Murray-Aikens Dining Hall. You will find a large assortment of foods, hot and cold entrees including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free selections at every meal. Cooking in residence hall rooms is prohibited.

When do classes begin?
Classes begin on Monday, June 25th. A daily schedule of classes and other activities will be provided in your packet of information when you check-in at the registration table. Classes will be held on July 4th. On Sunday, July 1st there will be a field trip to The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom amusement park. The cost for admission is included in the Institute’s tuition.

Will there be access to computers on-campus?
There are public computers in a number of locations on campus where you can access your email and browse the Internet. Every residence hall room has Wi-Fi. We will have a computer lab reserved for a few hours each day where you will have access to both computers and printers. Computers and printers are also available in the campus library. You should bring your own flash drive. You may bring a lap top computer.

What about telephones?
The College does NOT provide telephones in its residence halls.

Can I use the Sports and Recreation Center?
Yes. Program participants have access to an indoor pool, racquetball courts, and workout, fitness and weight rooms. Tennis courts are available on a court-available basis. An outdoor running track is also available.

How much spending money should I bring?
We suggest $50 to $75. Students should bring cash or traveler’s check issued in the student’s name. Parents should not send personal checks, as students are unable to cash them.

May I drive a vehicle to Skidmore?
Students may drive to Skidmore, but they have to surrender their keys to the Resident Assistant upon arrival. Students are not allowed to operate a car, motorcycle or motorbike while enrolled in the program unless accompanied by a parent. Students may not ride in cars of others, except by pre-approved parental consent.

What other items should I bring?

  • Personal toiletries including soap, shampoo, conditioner, small mirror, shower shoes and a small tote for carrying your bathroom products
  • Students are responsible for supplying their own extra-long fitted sheets and extra-long top sheets
  • Paper, pens/pencils
  • Flash drive
  • Small study lamp - high intensity - but NO halogen (remember dorm rooms can be dark)
  • Flashlight in case of power outages
  • Rain gear and umbrella
  • Sweater or light jacket, and workout gear such as sneakers, shorts, t-shirt
  • Clothes hangers
  • Alarm clock
  • Two trash bags for dorm room
  • Small fan
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Laundry detergent for the washing machines - all machines accept the Skidmore College Photo ID, which can also serve as a Declining Balance Card if you choose to deposit cash on it.
  • You may want to bring a bathing suit and towel as Skidmore has an indoor pool, and you may wish to have this with you at The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom amusement park.

Can I receive mail while I’m on campus?
Yes. Mail for all programs is distributed at the Skidmore Post Office located on campus. The correct address for incoming mail is as follows:

Your Name
c/o NY State Summer Young Writers Institute
Skidmore College
815 N. Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-1632

In the meantime, who do I contact if I have further questions about the Institute?
Christine Merrill: 518-580-5593 or You can also find more details on our website. Follow the link to Guest Information to review Getting to Skidmore-Travel Information, (directions by car, bus, train or air), a Campus Map, and the Summer Information Guide for even more information about the College and its services.