SUNY Cortland


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.

Information Summary

Ranks 61st in New York and 575th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 85.7
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $25,220
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 25 / 1200
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 19 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 80% / N/A
Enrollment Total (all students) 6,858


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

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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.


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  • 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.

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