We provide a well-balanced college experience at an affordable cost, one that sets Red Dragons up for lifelong success.


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: 48%

Central New York’s college town
Cortland is centrally located in New York State, which makes it very convenient for travel. The city of Cortland offers an upbeat downtown scene and easy access to the outdoors.

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Reasons to Apply

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Virtual Campus Tour


You’ll feel the momentum from the moment you step foot on our campus. We encourage campus visits. And if you want proof from your smartphone, use #TourCortland on social media. You’ll see our students in action, and likely some selfies too.

popular majors
Our students excel in 64 undergraduate majors housed in three academic schools: Arts and Sciences, Education, and Professional Studies.

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

For a full list, visit cortland.edu/majors

Distance and travel time to Cortland

Albany, NY 165 miles/3 hrs.

Edison, NJ 210 miles/4 hrs.

Hartford, CT280 miles/5 hrs.

New York, NY220 miles/4 hrs.

Philadelphia, PA220 miles/4 hrs.

The College’s 6,900 students represent 26 states and 21 countries. That’s because we’re committed to providing an affordable education. In fact, even students from outside New York automatically qualify for significant annual financial aid. Our students achieve academic excellence and experience the best in campus life.

21st-century learning
Our students are trained to push the creative boundaries in recently renovated facilities that include our science building and our center for the fine arts.

High-impact research
Two trademarks of our ambitious undergraduate research program are dedicated faculty members who serve as active mentors and opportunities to earn student funding early on.

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 and Diversity Office and its active clubs, students find strength in their similarities and especially in their differences.

Strong outcomes
Career Services prepares students for internships, interviews, and jobs: 98% of recent graduates are employed or pursuing a postgraduate degree.