One of New York state's top public universities stands out for academics, athletics and affordability. At SUNY Cortland, students discover an affordable education across 67 strong academic majors. Cortland is proud to be recognized for emerging programs in science and business, excellence in teacher education and athletics and a campus experience that is second to none. Red Dragons dig deeper, reach higher and achieve more.

Academic Programs

  • Engineering
  • Research
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Communication
  • Art & Design
  • Economics
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science
  • Exercise Science
  • Physical Education
  • Sport Management
  • Psychology
  • Criminology
  • Speech and Hearing Science

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Greek Life
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • Night Class Offerings
  • On-Campus Housing
  • ROTC Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


Along with their completed online application, first-year students must submit their high school transcript. The non-binding early action deadline is Nov. 15 and all students are encouraged to apply by Dec. 1 for full consideration. Additional materials such as mid-year grades may be requested by email before a final admissions decision is made. All official admissions decisions are communicated exclusively by mail.


At SUNY Cortland, a transfer student is considered to be anyone who has attended a post-secondary institution for any length of time after high school. Along with their completed online application, transfer students should submit their most recent college transcript, a transcript from every college where credit has been earned and a high school transcript. Additional materials such as mid-semester grades may be requested. Preference is given to students who have completed a higher total of college credits. Visit to learn more about credit transfer.

Visit us

SUNY Cortland offers a variety of visit programs, from daily tours to large Open House events. Weekday tours are offered throughout each semester and on a limited basis during the summer and winter. A student-led, 90-minute walking tour brings visitors through academic buildings, a residence hall and recreational facilities. Students and families also learn more during an information session led by an Admissions Office staff member. In 2019, Fall Open House events take place Oct. 14 and Nov. 11. These popular visit days provide a closer look at specific academic programs and student life.

“Students are central to everything we do at SUNY Cortland. The university exists to help them reach their greatest human potential — not only academically, but socially, physically, spiritually and emotionally. That’s what we’re all about as an institution.”

Erik Bitterbaum, SUNY Cortland President

Admissions office

Visit us

School location

22 Graham Avenue
Cortland, NY 13045, United States of America

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