New Student Registration - Step by Step

Fall term registration packets mailed to your home address include:

  • Welcome Letter
  • Registration Step by Step
  • New Student Advising & Registration Guide
    • Including:
      • Calculus Placement Information
      • Chemistry Diagnostic Exam Information
  • Registration Timeslot Assignment (Lava/Red Colored Sheet)
  • Placement Information Sheet
  • Quick Web Registration Guide
  • Disabilities Letter

Step 1: Getting organized and Creating a User Account

  • Review the material in your registration packet and familiarize yourself with the First Semester Student 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:

Step 3: Summer Advising Begins June 6th
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

  • Registration Technical Resources: Student Self Service Guide
  • Review the suggestions for first semester schedules made by each department in the New Student Advising and Registration Guide.
  • Review course descriptions in the College Catalog.
  • Draft a list of courses that you might include in your schedule.
  • Fill out the Registration Worksheet, including the call number for each section.  This will expedite the enrollment process.

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.  The exam is located at http://cms.skidmore.edu/mcs/calcplacement.cfm.

Chemistry placement:

  • Skidmore offers two levels of first year (general) chemistry. Choosing the appropriate course from the catalog descriptions can be difficult.  It is very important for all students planning to enroll in a general chemistry course to first take the online Chemistry Diagnostic Exam.  Based on their exam score and previous chemistry experience, students are advised to enroll inCH-105 (Chemical Principles I) or CH-106 (Chemical Principles II). The exam takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, and students should take the exam without studying for it to provide the most accurate results. The exam can be accessed by visiting the homepage of the Chemistry Department at http://cms.skidmore.edu/chemistry/.  More information about the exam can be found by visiting the Chemistry website or contacting Kimberley A. Frederick, Chair of the Chemistry Department (e-mail: kfreder1@skidmore.edu, phone:518-580-5132).

Foreign Language:

  • If you plan to continue your previous study of French, Spanish, or German, you must take the online placement exam 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 the following web site to inform the Music Department of your interest in an Ensemble or if you will be signing up for Private Music Instruction:  http://www.skidmore.edu/fye/students/music_form.php

Writing:

  • Refer to the Placement Information sheet in your packet noting your placement in EN 103, EN 105, EN 105H, EN 110. Click here for EN 105 topic descriptions (you'll find Fall 2013 course listings in the box on the upper-right).

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 24th and 25th
Check your registration timeslot, which was included in your Registration Packet (lava colored sheet).  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.  Your Scribner Seminar will already be in place.
  • Begin registering for the other classes you have selected.

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.

  • The Skidmore Student System access point is located on the Registrar's Office site.
  • Click on the "Student System Login" and enter the user name and password determined in Step 1.
  • 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 First Semester Student Master Schedule.

Always verify your schedule

Important info about waitlists:

  • Some 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!

If you run into any difficulties, you may call the Registrar’s Office at (518)580-5710 during regular business hours (8:30AM-Noon, 1-4PM) Monday through Friday or email registrar@skidmore.edu. Someone will assist you with either technical issues or academic questions.

You can find additional resources on the Registrar's Incoming Students page.


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