Accepted Students - SUNY Cortland

Accepted Students

Once you're accepted at SUNY Cortland, we encourage you to bookmark this page for reference as you progress toward the academic semester. We hope the following links and information will help you prepare to join the campus community.

Step 1: Submit your Admission Deposit

An admission deposit is required when you are accepted. The deposit secures a place in the entering class and a residence hall room for a specific semester.

If you are accepted for the fall semester, you must submit your deposit by May 1. If you are accepted after April 1 (or for the Spring semester), your deposit is due within 30 days of the date on your acceptance letter. Deposits are not refundable beyond the deposit due date. Billing and Payment Information

Step 2: Visit the Campus (Again)

We offer a variety of programs that allow you to experience our students, faculty, staff and campus facilities firsthand. Make plans now to attend one of our many visitation options being offered.

Step 3: Apply for Financial Aid

Submit the FAFSA for need-based federal and college based grants, work-study and loans. If you file your FAFSA by March 1, you will receive priority for campus-based federal funding. (December 1 for Spring semester)

The SUNY Cortland FAFSA code is 002843.

We encourage you to consult with our Financial Aid Office about opportunities for funding support and for assistance with the financial aid process.

Step 4: Research Scholarship Opportunities

We offer merit-based scholarships for both incoming freshman and transfer students.  All merit scholarship recipients are notified in their letter of acceptance to SUNY Cortland.  Additionally, accepted students can apply for a wide range of endowed scholarships which are funded by the Cortland College Foundation, SUNY Cortland Alumni Association, the College and other groups. Instructions on how to apply for these scholarships can be found here

Step 5: Consider signing up for Adirondack Trail Blazers

As an incoming freshman or transfer student at SUNY Cortland this fall, you have an opportunity to begin your SUNY Cortland experience by joining a small group of your peers on a fun and challenging trip to the beautiful Adirondack Mountains. Learn more

Step 6: Choose your Campus Housing

Housing assignments are based on the date the room deposit is received, the date the online housing preference form is submitted, and whether special-interest housing is indicated on the online housing preference form.

Spring 2016 Timeline after acceptance

December 1, 2015 Housing instructions sent for myRedDragon- Housing FAQ

January 4, 2016 Housing preference forms due

January 15, 2016 Hall assignment/roommate information available on myRedDragon

January 22/23, 2016 Move-in day for all freshmen and transfer students that have attended an Orientation or a Transfer Orientation and Advisement Program

Fall 2016 Timeline after acceptance 

April 18, 2016 Housing instructions will be sent for myRedDragon- Housing FAQ

May 1, 2016 Admission Deposit Due

May 31, 2016 Housing preference forms due 

August 1, 2016 Hall assignment/roommate information available on myRedDragon

August 26-28, 2016 Move-in days for all freshmen and transfer students who have attended an Orientation or Transfer Transition Seminar

Step 7: Complete your Health Forms

Please complete your health forms online at the Student Health Portal, which is accessed through myRedDragon. Instructions for completing the forms and what is required can be found on the Student Health Service New Student page. In addition to completing the online forms on the portal you MUST also submit an official paper copy of your Immunization records to SHS. This can be a copy of your prior school's record or your record from your primary care provider’s office. Completed records are due as soon as possible. If you are enrolling for the fall semester the health forms and immunization records are due July 1 (December 1 for Spring semester). For more information, visit the Student Health Service website or contact Student Health Service at Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-26, phone 607-753-4811, fax 607-753-2486.

Step 8: Attend Orientation and Register for your Classes

The Advisement and Transition Office coordinates Orientation for all new students. These sessions are designed to introduce you to services and programs that are vital to your successful transition to SUNY Cortland.  The Orientation program provides both students and parents a structured and holistic introduction to our College's environment.

Transfer students will attend a one-day Transfer Orientation and Advisement Program, and First-Year students will attend a one-and-a-half day Orientation session offered in either June or July (Mid-January for Spring semester).  Information about orientation will be sent to you via myRedDragon upon receipt of your Admission Deposit.

As a new student, you will meet with your academic advisor and register for classes during the Orientation Session (freshmen) or Transfer Orientation and Advisement Program (transfers) and leave the program with your schedule of classes. If you need to adjust your schedule after the program, you can do so during the drop/add period which takes place during the first week of the semester.

Step 9: Submit Final High School Transcripts

Do we have all of your high school and college transcripts yet? Please make sure you forward your final transcripts to SUNY Cortland, Admissions Office, P.O. Box 2000, Cortland, NY 13045.

Note: Final transcripts should clearly identify your date of graduation, if applicable.

Step 10: Receive College Credit for Advanced Courses taken while in High School

Credit for Advance Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), college courses and other proficiency credit is awarded following the receipt of your official Advance Placement or other proficiency transcript. We have established an advancement placement program to serve students who seek recognition for achievement acquired outside the conventional college classroom.

Advance Placement scores must be sent directly from the College Board to SUNY Cortland. To see how the scores transfer as credit to SUNY Cortland see the Equivalency Charts found on the Undergraduate Admissions web site.

Step 11: Begin Considering what Extracurricular Activities Appeal to you

SUNY Cortland has 25 varsity intercollegiate athletic teams (14 women's, 11 men's) that compete on the NCAA Division III level. The Red Dragons have won 23 national championship titles. More than 90 Cortland student-athletes have captured individual national championships. To learn more about our teams, the team schedules, and our coaches please visit the Athletics Department home page.

We also have a strong Recreational Sports Program that includes sports clubs, intramural sports and club recreation. There are outdoor and indoor recreation opportunities including swimming, rock wall climbing, ice skating, and basketball. Fitness facilities and aerobic/dance studios are also available.

You may also want to consider joining one or more of our 100 student clubs and activities.

Step 12: Order your Textbooks and Other School Supplies, including Computers

At the College Store, SUNY Cortland students have been our top priority for over 50 years. So when it comes to textbooks, they make sure that you’re always getting the best deal for your dollar...right on campus.

Simplify your life and avoid the hassles, crowds and lines. Let the College Store do the work for you by pre-packing your textbooks. They'll be ready and waiting for you when you arrive on campus.

Step 13: Familiarize Yourself with how the SUNY Cortland ID Cards Work

Your SUNY Cortland ID Card card has many uses. Your ID will allow you to purchase meals, make copies on a campus printer or copier, do your laundry and gives you access to your residence hall. 

Your ID picture will be taken at orientation. The fee for the card is included in your orientation fee.

Your ID Card will be available for you to pick up at Neubig Hall on move-in day. Please remember to bring a form of ID when you pick it up.

Step 14: Move into your Home Away from Home

Detailed move-in instructions will be provided in early August. Move-in days are August 26-28, 2016 (January 22-24 for Spring semester).

Step 15: Participate in the Welcome Week Activities

A variety of programs are offered the first week of school to acquaint you with the campus and activities available to you throughout the year.

Step 16: Begin your Academic Career at SUNY Cortland

Attend the Academic Convocation. Check out the Academic Calendar for other important dates and events. Fall classes begin August 29, 2016 (Spring classes begin January 25, 2016).

Campus Resources

The campus offers a variety of programs to support you at SUNY Cortland.

Contact Us

Undergraduate Admissions
SUNY Cortland
(Attn: Admissions Office)
P.O. Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045
Phone: 607-753-4711
Fax: 607-753-5998

Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.