Your Biggest Decision Yet

Why Cortland?

We asked the question. Our students answered.

Corey Morris

Corey Morris
Majors: international studies and economics
Hometown: Henderson, N.Y.

Why Cortland? “I come from a very small, rural town where my graduating class had 39 students. Cortland has provided me with a number of amazing opportunities, such as studying abroad in Belize, Germany and Mexico.”

Tariq Hussain

Tariq Hussain
Majors: chemistry and biomedical sciences
Hometown: Elmira, N.Y.

Why Cortland? “Bowers (the College’s science facility) is amazing, the professors motivate us and there are so many opportunities to get involved.” 

Allison Garver

Allison Garver
Major: exercise science
Hometown: Shortsville, N.Y.

Why Cortland? “I just loved the atmosphere. I’m all over the place and interested is so many different things ... Coming here was the best decision of my life.”

Xavier Campbell

Xavier Campbell
Major: political science
Hometown: Queens, N.Y.

Why Cortland? “Professors are involved and interested. And they work to keep you interested as a student. Just knowing they believe in you means a lot.”

Taylor O'Halloran

Taylor O’Halloran
Majors: communication studies and professional writing
Hometown: Staten Island, N.Y.

Why Cortland? “During my freshman year, I fell in love with the atmosphere, the people, and the town that now serves as my second home … If given the chance to go back and make my decision once again, I’d choose Cortland every time.”

Samantha Renieris

Samantha Renieris
Major: speech-language disabilities
Hometown: South Setauket, N.Y.

Why Cortland? “Cortland offered everything: an excellent speech pathology program, an on-site clinic, horseback riding and a beautiful campus on top of all that.”

Robert Galm

Robert Galm
Major: communication studies
Hometown: Pine Plains, N.Y.

Why Cortland? “I chose Cortland because of my love for sports. Through clubs like CSTV, WSUC and the Red Dragon Sports Network, my broadcast dreams have come to life.”

Crissana Christie

Crissana Christie
Major: biomedical sciences
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.

Why Cortland? “When I came in my freshman year, I was extremely introverted and shy. Being here opened my eyes to new opportunities. I’ve met so many new people.”

Fiona Hayden

Fiona Hayden
Major: inclusive special education
Hometown: Schenectady, N.Y.

Why Cortland? I felt like Cortland offered the best opportunities for me to become a teacher. Im so thankful for the C.U.R.E. program and incredible faculty for the support they offer.

Juan Rodriguez

Juan Rodriguez
Major: business economics
Hometown: East Rockaway, N.Y.

Why Cortland? “Cortland is the type of place where if you work hard and take advantage of academic opportunities, good things will follow.

Jennifer Scheu

Jennifer Scheu
Major: psychology
Hometown: Centereach, N.Y.

Why Cortland? “It provided the perfect balance of everything I wanted … the ability to play a club sport while still focusing on my education in psychology.”

McKenzie Teeter-Putney

McKenzie Teeter-Putney
Major: criminology
Hometown: Ithaca, N.Y.

Why Cortland? “I plan to pursue a career in law enforcement, and I chose to attend SUNY Cortland because of the reputation of the school’s criminology program.”

Matthew Spina

Matthew Spina
Major: musical theatre
Hometown: West Sayville, N.Y.

Why Cortland? “A vivacious commitment to excellence. Distinguished faculty and recently renovated performance spaces have cultivated a musical theatre program that encourages growth and propels creativity.”

Nicole Bello

Nicole Bello
Major: psychology
Hometown: Camillus, N.Y.

Why Cortland? “Cortland offered the opportunity to pursue an affordable education and play for one of the best lacrosse programs in the country. Winning a national title with some of my best friends is something Ill never forget.”

Connor Griffin

Connor Griffin
Major: sport management
Hometown: Cortland, N.Y.

Why Cortland?I knew SUNY Cortland gave me the chance to study sport management as well as the opportunity to be a part of a championship-caliber baseball team. It turned out to be the perfect fit.

Claire Leggett

Claire Leggett
Major: adolescence education: social studies
Hometown: East Aurora, N.Y.

Why Cortland? “They always say when you step on the right campus you’ll know. Cortland had everything I wanted. It was a teaching school. It had history ... I couldn’t have imagined when I took that campus tour my junior year that I’d be presenting at a national conference.”

Alex Graff

Alex Graff
Major: inclusive special education
Hometown: Apex, N.C.

Why Cortland? “Cortland has given me the ability to step outside my comfort zone, allowing me to expand my horizons in every area.”

Herrmann

Paul Herrmann
Major: English
Hometown: Baldwinsville, N.Y.

Why Cortland? “The student body really feels like one big family. I also love how there is always something happening on campus every day.”

Dickson

Druscilla Dickson
Major: athletic training
Hometown: Copiague, N.Y.

Why Cortland? “I knew that this would be the place that will help me to grow and blossom professionally, socially, and intellectually. It’s my dream school, and I only wanted to go here.”

Kane

Alexis Kane
Major: physical education
Hometown: Palatine Bridge, N.Y.

Why Cortland? “Cortland is one of the best schools for physical education and I knew by choosing to come here that I would get a great education that will help me be successful in the future.”

Maida

Caley Maida
Major: adolescence education: mathematics
Hometown: Danbury, Conn.

Why Cortland? “I really feel at home here. It’s a great atmosphere that has also given me so many wonderful opportunities to get involved and prepare for my career.”

Strassberg

Michael Strassberg
Major: physical education
Hometown: Bayside, N.Y.

Why Cortland? “I chose Cortland because I knew it was the best college to prepare me for the future. Its physical education program is second to none, the College has amazing assets and great advisors to make sure you are where you need to be.”

Lynch

Taylor Lynch
Major: communication studies
Hometown: Saint Johnsville, N.Y.

Why Cortland? “Because Cortland has become my home away from home.”

McWeeney

Peter McWeeney
Major: physical education
Hometown: Washingtonville, N.Y.

Why Cortland? “My uncle graduated from SUNY Cortland and always thought it would be a great fit for me. I liked the physical education program, athletic atmosphere and reasonable price.”

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