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SUNY College at Cortland

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Founded in 1848 as the Cortland Normal School, SUNY College at Cortland is located in Cortland, NY between Syracuse and Binghampton. The college’s main campus is situated on 191 beautiful acres and includes more than 30 modern structures, many of which are residence halls that provide student housing. In addition to the main campus, SUNY College at Cortland also operates its Outdoor Education Center at Raquette Lake, NY. Interestingly, the Outdoor Recreation facility is home to Camp Pine Knot, the first Great Camp of the Adirondacks and the only National Historic Landmark within the SUNY network.

SUNY College at Cortland offers numerous student organizations as well as an extensive athletics organization and the school’s colors are red and white. Their team mascot is Blaze the red dragon. There’s an active Greek life on campus as well as the opportunity to participate in community service activities. Students at SUNY Cortland will never lack either social or academic stimulation because there are activities and organizations to suit nearly every taste.


SUNY College at Cortland offers students over 100 undergraduate majors and more than 40 graduate programs. These programs are offered in more than 40 academic departments and vary widely in scope and topic. There are also numerous special programs including the Transformational Program that allows students the opportunity to become the people that they are meant to be via classroom learning, activities within the major and independent study. The school also offers an extensive study abroad program that offers students the opportunity to learn about their future careers in a global environment while learning about diverse cultures.

The Honors Program at SUNY Cortland allows academically advanced students the chance to participate in challenging courses, take advantage of small class sizes and earn the designation of “Honors” on their degrees.

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Applications to SUNY College at Cortland are considered on an individual basis but the primary determining criteria are course selection and grades. Students wishing to apply to any undergraduate program need to complete either the Common Application or the SUNY Application along with the Cortland supplemental form and application fee. Students also need to submit SAT/ACT scores, a personal essay, and a recommendation from either a teacher or a counselor.

Students wishing to apply to a graduate program at SUNY College at Cortland need to complete the online graduate applicaition and submit it along with the fee to the college. Other necessary forms may include letters of recommendation, proof of undergraduate degree relevant to area of graduate study, resumes, and standardized test scores such as the GMAT or GRE. Because different programs have different requirements, applicants should work closely with their chosen programs in order to ensure that all necessary documentation is submitted in a timely manner.

Financial Aid

SUNY College at Cortland offers financial aid to both undergraduate and graduate students in the form of need-based and merit-based scholarships, grants, federally-subsidized loans, work-study programs and payment plans. In order to apply for aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online beginning in January. Because many scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis, students are encouraged to apply for aid as soon as possible.

The FAFSA requires accurate financial information for both the student and the family so applicants need to have this information available prior to completing the form.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3003rd for the average student loan amount.
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The SUNY Cortland Red Dragons are an NCAA Division III athletics organization that competes in the State University of New York Athletic Conference for most of their sports. The organization offers several intercollegiate sports including men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, and track & field. Men may also participate in baseball, football and wrestling while women have the additional options of golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.

In addition to varsity sports, SUNY College at Cortland also offers intramural sports and various recreation programs so that there are athletic activities to suit the needs of every student.

Additional School Information

The State University of New York was established in 1948 and is a network of 64 unique colleges and universities throughout the state of New York that include all types of schools from small community colleges to one of the top veterinary schools in the country. The schools are spread throughout the state so that nearly every New York resident is within commuting distance to one and many of the schools offer educational and degree cooperation with one another. Combined, SUNY offers more than 7000 degrees and certificate programs. Many of the schools have top-notch research facilities and the system attracts expert faculty from a variety of fields. SUNY is committed to providing the highest quality education at affordable prices to students both in-state and from the rest of the country and around the world.


  • SUNY Cortland. State University of New York at Cortland. 2011. Web. 15 Sept 2011.
  • SUNY State University of New York. The State University of New York. 2011. Web. 15 Sept 2011.
  • Official Site of SUNY Cortland Athletics Red Dragons. SUNY Cortland Athletics. 2011. Web. 15 Sept 2011.

Information Summary

Ranks 64th in New York and 575th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in New York and 299th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.04
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 16 0.22
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 49 0.67

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 33 0.17
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 10 0.05
Robbery 5 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 96 0.50
Larceny 277 1.44
Vehicle theft 9 0.05

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Cortland, NY 13045-0900
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population29,174 (22,408 urban / 6,766 rural)
Households10,973 (2.38 people per house)
Median Household Income$30,732
Families6,305 (2.96 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3622

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1174th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,870 $5,870 $15,320
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,457 $1,457 $1,457
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $245 $245 $638
FT Graduate Tuition $9,870 $9,870 $18,350
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,457 $1,457 $1,457
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $411 $411 $765
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $22,634 $22,634 $32,084
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $8,327 $8,327 $17,777
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,244 $11,244 $20,694

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,574 $6,942 $6,574 $6,942 $15,624 $16,192
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,210 $11,430
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,422 $2,468
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$65
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 11,518 (5,158 male / 6,360 female)
Admitted 5,394 (2,153 male / 3,241 female)
Admission rate 47%
First-time Enrollment 1,207 (484 male / 723 female)
FT Enrollment 1,206 (483 male / 723 female)
PT Enrollment 1 (1 male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment7,110

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference New Jersey Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference State University of New York Ath Conf
NCAA Baseball Conference State University of New York Ath Conf
NCAA Track & Field Conference State University of New York Ath Conf

ACT Test Admission

734th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 19%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 25

SAT Test Admission

740th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 87%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 550
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 500 / 580
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 980 / 1130

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity3,404
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$7,430
Board Fee$4,660

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 15 41 96 17 7 1,719 56 1,973
African-American/Black Studies 1 1
Anthropology 1 4 5
Art/Art Studies, General 6 8
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 3 15 19
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 1 43 1 45
Biochemistry 1 1
Biology Teacher Education 9 9
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 37 4 43
Biomedical Sciences, General 1 1 2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 11 1 12 24
Business/Managerial Economics 1 5 1 87 1 95
Chemistry Teacher Education 3 3
Chemistry, General 4 4
Commercial and Advertising Art 1 2 13 17
Community Health and Preventive Medicine 1 53 3 57
Community Organization and Advocacy 4 4
Conservation Biology 1 1 2
Criminology 1 8 31 2 42
Curriculum and Instruction 24 24
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 1 13 14
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 14 14
Economics, General 1 2 3
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities 1 26 27
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Speech or Language Impairments 8 8
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching 2 9 6 186 5 211
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship 24 1 25
English Language and Literature, General 2 25 2 30
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other 1 9 1 11
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 4 26 32
Fine/Studio Arts, General 2 2
French Language Teacher Education
French Language and Literature
General Studies 1 16 2 19
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 1 6 7
Geography 1 1
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 7 8
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Health Teacher Education 2 1 77 1 81
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other 4 4
History, General 2 45 1 49
International Relations and Affairs 2 1 1 6 11
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1 3 6 4 1 88 6 112
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 1 1 46 1 51
Mathematics, General 17 2 19
Medical Staff Services Technology/Technician 1 1 1 3
Music, Other 3 3
Organizational Communication, General
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 11 11
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 1 22 1 24
Philosophy 3 1 4
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 10 8 1 209 6 235
Physics Teacher Education 2 2
Physics, General 2 1 3
Political Science and Government, General 2 4 20 2 29
Psychology, General 2 4 58 2 67
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Reading Teacher Education 1 1 87 89
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 4 4
Social Studies Teacher Education 27 1 29
Sociology 1 1 33 1 37
Spanish Language Teacher Education 3 2 5
Spanish Language and Literature 8 5 13
Special Education and Teaching, General 3 23 27
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 4 1 2 65 7 81
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 1 3 5 1 110 1 121
Superintendency and Educational System Administration 3 3
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other 3 3
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 1 1 1 17 20
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy 1 1 13 16

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1727th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $65,256 ($69,946 male / $60,923 female)
Number of FT Faculty 295 (134 male / 161 female)
Number of PT Faculty 582
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $16,979,857

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