Admission to SUNY Cortland as an undergraduate international student is a two-stage process. First, your previous academic background is reviewed to determine if you are academically qualified for admission to the college. If you are, your application is then reviewed to determine if you meet the qualifications to receive the Form I-20 (Student F1 Visa). If you meet the requirements for both, you will be fully accepted to the College.
Applicants should submit the application and supporting documents to the college by the following deadlines:
Fall admission: April 1
Spring admission: November 1
Applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis, so decisions may occur prior to the deadlines. We continue to review applications until we fill our class quota. In addition, some programs have limited enrollment and may “close” for admission prior to others.
SUNY Cortland does not offer an English Language Institute, so international applicants whose primary language is not English must show English proficiency by submitting test scores. Listed below are the acceptable tests and preferred scores:
TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language: iBT 79
IELTS International English Language Testing System: Band 6.5
EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency: Pre-1
Some other forms of English proficiency may be used on a case-by-case basis. Such forms include attending an English Language Institute in the USA and completing a certain level of coursework or completing two 100 level or higher English courses at a college or university in the USA while attending as a full-time student.
One way to develop English proficiency prior to being admitted to SUNY Cortland is to attend ONCAMPUS SUNY. Based at SUNY Morrisville, ONCAMPUS SUNY provides value-added education to first year international students seeking to complete undergraduate degrees in the United States. If successful in the program, students can make an easy transition to SUNY Cortland without having to submit English Proficiency test scores.
If you have questions concerning English proficiency, you can contact the international admissions coordinator.