One of New York State’s top public colleges stands out for academics, athletics, and affordability. Red Dragons dig deeper, reach higher, and achieve more.


At A Glance
Total Enrollment: 6,900
Average Class Size: 25
Student-Faculty Ratio: 16:1
Female/Male Percentage: 56% female, 44% male
Acceptance Rate: 49%

Central New York’s college town
Cortland is centrally located in NewYork State, which makes it convenient for travel. The city of Cortland offers a safe place to live, a fun downtown scene, and easy access to the outdoors.

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Reasons to apply

Scholarships and financial aid

Virtual campus tour


Seeing is believing, and it’s why we encourage campus visits. A wide range of programs offer you the opportunity to enjoy a student-led tour and have your questions answered. Register online at

popular majors
Our students excel in 67 undergraduate majors housed in three academic schools: Arts and Sciences, Education, and Professional Studies. New programsinclude Healthcare Management and Environmental Geoscience.

The most popular include:
• Biology
• Business Economics
• Childhood Education
• Communication Studies
• Criminology
• Exercise Science
• Physical Education
• Psychology
• Speech and Hearing Science
• Sport Management

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Approximately 6,900 students from 31 states and 45 countries study on our midsizecampus. They discover an affordable education across 67 strong academic majors. In fact, even students fromoutside New York State automaticallyqualify for significant financial aid.

SUNY Cortland is proud to be rec
ognized for emerging programs inscience and business, excellence inteacher education and athletics, anda student-life experience that is second to none.

21st-century learning
Our students tackle relevant topics outside the classroom and in recently renovated facilities that include a science building, home of professional studies, and center for the fine arts.

High-impact research
Two trademarks of our Undergraduate Research Council are dedicatedfaculty mentors and opportunities to earn funding across every discipline.

Tops in teacher education
We’re one of the nation’s most respected teaching colleges, home to the largest certified teacher education program in New York State.

A diverse student body
Through our Multicultural Life andDiversity Office and its active clubs,our students find strength in their similarities and differences.

Strong outcomes
Career Services prepares students for internships, interviews, and jobs. Ninety-nine percent of recent graduates are employed or pursuing a postgraduate degree.

Hands-On Experience

Our students learn by doing. Nearly all of them gain hands-on experience, whether the path is research, volunteer work, student teaching, or an internship.

Our Undergraduate Research Council affords opportunities to lead groundbreaking work and travel to national conferences. Each year, our students roll up their sleeves to provide more than 200,000 hours of volunteer service. And Career Services offers connections to competitive internships with pro sports teams, major finance companies, and national nonprofits.

Spectacular Student Life

Everyday life on campus underscores endless opportunity, with more than 100 student clubs, dozens of intramural sports leagues, and nine spots to enjoy food with friends.

Our state-of-the-art Student Life Center emphasizes a healthy balance too. It includes exercise equipment and courts reserved for basketball and indoor soccer, virtual golf simulators, a rock-climbing wall, an indoor running track, and special rooms for yoga and other activities.

At SUNY Cortland, student well-being takes a well-rounded approach.

Academic Excellence

Strong reputations in teacher education and health-related majors laid the foundation for exciting new programs, from the arts and sciences to specialized professional fields.

One thing stays consistent: dedicated faculty members who excel in their own teaching, scholarship, and service. They prepare students to be difference-makers in education, business, government, fitness, medicine, and many other fields. From the classroom to the laboratory to remote wilderness trails, our students succeed in all settings.

Red Dragons aren’t passive learners; they’re engaged and energized participants in an educational experience that transforms lives.

A Community of Champions

An attitude of excellence extends outside the classroom, to competition and the community, where Red Dragons become champions in every sense of the word.

SUNY Cortland remains proudly recognized as a powerhouse at the Division III level, home to 25 national titles and more than 100 individual national champions. Efforts off the field prove just as impressive. Our students are committed to causes that range from social justice to environmental sustainability.

They’re global thinkers who seek to change the world around them.