About Us

Momentum Defines SUNY Cortland

You can’t miss the momentum that’s everywhere on the SUNY Cortland campus, whether it's through our active student body involved in research projects, clubs and organizations or the energy and spirit of the crowds who cheer on our Red Dragon athletic teams.

You will love collaborating with your faculty on everything from scholarly pursuits to community service activities. 

Our devoted alumni participate in programs designed to connect them with current students and return to campus for reunions, athletic events or to be honored by the College.

The momentum is in the air. You can feel it!

Uniquely SUNY Cortland

The inspiration to be a champion in every aspect of life — that’s the value of the experiences and education at SUNY Cortland. It’s what makes us unique as a college; it’s what contributes to our success in the classroom, on the field and in the wide range of careers our students choose.

Quality of Student Life

Two students laugh together You can make plenty of friends and engage in activities, including clubs, organizations and sports from intercollegiate athletics teams to intramurals or recreation. Our active and fulfilling student life supports and encourages well-being.

Hands-On Learning

A student in a lab environment Opportunities to apply classroom knowledge while exploring career choices exists in every major. Internships, co-ops, volunteer options, student-teaching placements, field trips, study-abroad research collaborations more provide you with experiences that build professional skills.


A team holding up an NCAA trophy Outstanding academic programs, award-winning athletics and high-impact learning opportunities create champions in the classroom, in athletic competitions, in serving the community and in preparing you for a profession and rewarding life.

Athletic Excellence

Cortland Lacrosse player in motion Success for our 25 Red Dragon intercollegiate athletic teams about intercollegiate athletic team shows up in multiple national team championships and nearly 100 individual national titles — at least one each year since 1986. Our winning momentum continues!

Teacher Education

A Cortland student interacting with a school-age student We offer the largest nationally accredited program on the East Coast, where you'll benefit from extensive teacher observation and early field experiences. Our teacher education program prides itself on a 99 percent pass rate for assessment tests, as well as options for certification in nearly every subject area imaginable. 


Green and blue recyling binsFrom composting to solar panels to geothermal energy, SUNY Cortland is committed to reducing energy use. Find out why the CEO of New York Power Authority called SUNY Cortland's commitment to sustainability about sustainability and energy efficiency, "Nothing short of extraordinary."

President's Honor Roll 

Logo: The President's Higher Eduation Community Service Honor Roll

For the eighth consecutive year, SUNY Cortland has received federal recognition for its community service by being named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

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The SUNY System

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SUNY Cortland is one of 64 campuses in the State University of New York system. The State University of New York is a quality public university that combines world-renowned faculty, dedicated staff, and a truly diverse body of talented students to pursue its mission in every corner of the state: "to learn, to search, to serve."