Step 1: Apply Online
The easiest, fastest and most secure way for you to apply is online. We accept The Common Application and The SUNY Online application. Choose just one way to apply; both require a $50 non-refundable application fee.
Interested students are encouraged to submit either the Common Application or the SUNY Application as well as the appropriate supplemental form.
Please complete and submit only one.
The Common Application
The SUNY Online application
Step 2: EOP Applicants only
Freshmen: All freshmen applying for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) via the SUNY Application or the Common Application must complete the EOP Supplemental Application. (Transfer students need not complete this step.)
Information and requirements for EOP eligibility can be found on the SUNY EOP website. If you feel you do not meet the criteria for EOP admission, you should notify our office immediately so that we may consider your application for Regular Freshman Admission.
Complete my EOP Supplemental Application
Transfer Students: All transfer students applying for EOP should complete and submit the Transfer Verification form. Learn more about the EOP Program.
Step 3: Submit Academic Information
Freshman and transfer applicants must submit a high school transcript, and transfer applicants are required to submit transcripts from all colleges attended. High school transcripts may be sent electronically, and freshman applications also have the option of completing the SOAR (SUNY Online Academic Record) in lieu of mailing a paper transcript. Information and instructions for completing your SOAR can be found at https://www.suny.edu/student/app_suny_soar.cfm.
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. Please follow up with the Admissions office if you are asked to submit any additional items.
Please 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).
Recommended application dates
Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible in order to receive the fullest possible consideration.
Freshmen: December 1 (November 15 for Spring applicants)
Transfers: December 1 (Spring applicants); March 1 (Fall applicants)