Step 1: Apply Online
Recommended application dates
Freshmen: December 1 (November 15 for Spring applicants)
Transfers: December 1 (Spring applicants); March 1 (Fall applicants)
International students: April 1 (Fall applicants); November 1 (Spring Applicants)
Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible in order to receive the fullest possible consideration.
The Common Application
The SUNY Online application
Step 2: Submit Supplemental Form
All applicants should complete the appropriate supplemental form.
If you applied via the Common Application
Log-in to your application and complete the
If you applied via the SUNY Online Application
Applicants are encouraged to supplements electronically, however, the following PDFs are available for download:
- Common Application Freshman Supplement
- Common Application Transfer Supplement
- SUNY Supplemental Form
Step 3: Submit Transcripts
- High school transcript – may be sent electronically or by using SOAR (SUNY Online Academic Record)
- High school transcript
- College transcripts
International students are encouraged to view the International Admissions Process and Criteria page for any additional admission requirements.
Step 4: Submit all other requested items
Often, the admission process includes a review of letters of recommendation, mid-year or mid-semester grades, an audition or portfolio. Follow up with the Admissions office if you are asked to submit any additional items.
Submit one letter of recommendation or the Teacher/Counselor Evaluation Form (PDF) directly to SUNY Cortland at the address listed on the form (optional for transfers).
For consideration in the Alumni Admissions Program, candidates must submit a letter of recommendation from an Alumni sponsor as well as a completed Alumni Admissions Nomination Form (PDF).