Accepted Students

The college decision-making process should be filled with anticipation and excitement, not worry or stress.

With that in mind, this page is meant to be a helpful checklist for our future Red Dragons. We encourage all accepted students to bookmark and refer to it regularly.

Step 1: Submit Your Admission Deposit

An admission deposit is required from accepted students who plan to attend SUNY Cortland. The deposit secures a place in the entering class and a residence hall room for the upcoming semester.

Students accepted for the fall semester must submit their deposit by May 1. Students accepted after April 1 or those who will start in the spring semester must submit their deposit within 30 days of the date on the acceptance letter. Deposits are not refundable beyond the deposit due date.

Read more about Billing and Payment Information

Step 2: Visit Campus (Again)

Even if students and families have visited our campus in the past, we recommend seeing it in person again.

We offer a variety of visit programs, from daily tours to mini Open Houses during high school breaks to our Spring Open House for accepted students. Register to attend one of our many campus visit options.

Step 3: Apply for Financial Aid

The FAFSA process considers students for need-based federal and college-based grants, Work-Study and loans. Students who file their FAFSA by February 1 (or Dec. 1 for spring semester enrollees) receive priority for campus-based federal funding.

SUNY Cortland’s 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

The College awards merit-based scholarships to incoming freshman and transfer students. All merit scholarship recipients are notified of their awards their acceptance letters.

Accepted students also can apply for a wide range of endowed scholarships funded by the Cortland College Foundation, the SUNY Cortland Alumni Association and other groups. Many list class year, academic major or grade point average requirements.

Instructions on how to apply for these awards can be found on the SUNY Cortland Scholarships page

Step 5: Consider Adirondack Trail Blazers

Incoming freshmen and transfer students are encouraged to begin their SUNY Cortland experience by joining a small group of peers for an unforgettable trip to the College’s one-of-a-kind outdoor campus in the Adirondacks. It’s an excellent way to build friendships before the semester. No prior outdoors experience is necessary. 

Learn more about the Adirondack Trail Blazers program.

Step 6: Choose Your Campus Housing

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

For more information, refer to the Housing FAQs page.

Fall 2017 Timeline

April 2018 Housing instructions for myRedDragon sent

May 1, 2018 Admission deposit due

May 31, 2018 Housing preference forms due 

Aug. 1, 2018 Hall assignment/roommate information available on myRedDragon

Aug. 24-26, 2018 Move-in for freshmen and transfer students who have attended Orientation 

Step 7: Complete Your Health Forms

Complete health forms online through the Student Health Portal, which is accessed by logging in to myRedDragon. Instructions and requirements can be found on Student Health Services New Student page.

In addition to completing the online forms, students MUST also submit an official paper copy of your Immunization records to Student Health Services. This may be a copy of a prior schools records or those from a primary care provider’s office. Completed records are due as soon as possible.

Students starting in the fall semester must submit their health forms and immunization records by July 1. Spring semester attendees must complete them by Dec. 1.

For more information, visit the Student Health Services website or contact the office, located in Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-26, at 607-753-4811. The office fax number is 607-753-2486.

Step 8: Attend Orientation and Register for Classes

Advisement and Transition coordinates Orientation for all new students. These sessions are designed to introduce the services and programs that are vital to a smooth and successful transition. Orientation provides both students and parents with a structured introduction to our campus environment.

First-year students will attend a one-and-a-half day Orientation session offered in either June or July (or mid-January for students starting in the semester). Transfer students attend a one-day Transfer Orientation and Advisement Program. Orientation information is sent through myRedDragon upon receipt of an admission deposit.

Students can plan to meet with their academic advisors and register for classes during Orientation. If students need to adjust course schedules after the program, they can do it during the drop/add period, which takes place during the first week of the semester.

Step 9: Submit Final High School Transcripts

All final high school and college transcripts should be sent to SUNY Cortland, Admissions Office, P.O. Box 2000, Cortland, NY 13045.

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

Step 10: Transfer College Credit

Credit from Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and outside college coursework is awarded following the receipt of an official AP or other proficiency transcript. AP scores must be sent directly from the College Board to SUNY Cortland.

To see how test scores or college coursework transfers to SUNY Cortland, consult our Transfer Equivalency Chart.

Step 11: Browse Extracurricular Opportunities

Red Dragons appreciate countless ways to stay engaged on campus.

More than 100 student clubs and organizations welcome new members. These groups are rooted in culture, academic interests, performance, social causes, Greek life ... almost anything you could imagine.

Our Undergraduate Research Council offers opportunities for students to do original, scholarly research under the guidance of respected professors from any discipline. Student researchers present at professional conferences and they author peer-reviewed research papers.

And approximately 2,500 people per day pass through our state-of-the-art Student Life Center, which houses an active Recreational Sports program. Students can enjoy an array of fitness and recreation opportunities, more than 60 intramural sports leagues and unlimited outdoor pursuits opportunities.

Step 12: Order Textbooks and Supplies

The College Store sells everything our students need, from Red Dragon merchandise to residence hall essentials. Staff members will even pre-pack textbooks so they’re ready upon arrival to campus.

Step 13: Prepare for Move-in

Move-in days are Friday, Aug. 24, to Sunday, Aug. 26, for the fall semester and Friday, Jan. 19, to Sunday, Jan. 21, for the 2018 spring semester.

Detailed move-in instructions are finalized in early August. Arrival information also will be published online.

Step 14: Pick Up Your SUNY Cortland ID Card

SUNY Cortland ID card is used in many ways – to purchase meals, print or make copies, use laundry facilities and provide access to the residence hall in which a student lives. 

ID pictures are taken at Orientation. The fee for the card is included in the Orientation fee.

SUNY Cortland ID cards will be available for pick-up at Neubig Hall on move-in day. Students should remember to bring another form of ID when they pick it up.

Step 15: Participate in Welcome Week Activities

Many special programs are offered during the first several weeks of school students to familiarize themselves with campus opportunities and meet new friends.

Welcome Week activities are finalized in August.

Step 16: Start Your Successful Academic Career

New students should attend Academic Convocation and make note of the complete 2018-2019 Academic Calendar (PDF), which includes important dates and events throughout the year. Fall classes begin Monday, Aug. 27.

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Contact Us

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

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