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Diversity Profile

SUNY Cortland educates champions at an affordable cost, taking an active, hands-on approach to learning.

The College’s 7,000 students represent 28 states and 18 countries. That’s because we’re committed to providing an affordable education. In fact, students from outside New York automatically qualify for significant annual financial aid. At SUNY Cortland students achieve academic excellence and experience the best in campus life.


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


High-impact research
Involved faculty members serve as active mentors. Opportunities to earn grant funding exist from the start. These are just two trademarks of our ambitious research program.


Strength in study abroad
The numbers speak volumes: 27 programs in 15 countries on six continents, plus 600 programs available through other SUNY institutions. Nearly 20% of our students will study overseas.


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.


Study help from the start
You’ll have study questions, and we’ll help you discover the answers with peer mentors in every residence hall and a committed support center for math and writing.



At A Glance

Total Enrollment: 7,000

Average Class Size: 25

Student-Faculty Ratio: 17:1

Female/Male Percentage: 56% female, 44% male

Acceptance Rate: 51%

Central New York’s college town
Our college town is in the middle of everything, centrally located in New York State. The city of Cortland offers an upbeat downtown scene and easy access to the outdoors.


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popular majors

Our students excel in nearly 70 undergraduate majors housed in three academic schools: Arts and Sciences, Education, and Professional Studies.

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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The instant you step foot on our campus, you’ll feel the momentum. And if you want proof from your smartphone, use #TourCortland on Instagram and Twitter for an insider’s view of campus. You’ll see our students in action and likely some selfies too.