Application Process

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.

If you previously enrolled at SUNY Cortland and you would like to re-enroll, you may do so by completing the re-admission process.

Please complete and submit only one.

Apply via the Common App

The Common Application
is accepted by over 400 selective colleges nationwide and allows you to apply to any participating school with one application.

Apply SUNY

The SUNY Online application
is accepted by 57 of the 64 SUNY campuses and allows you to apply to any of the 57 SUNY colleges with one 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 Financial Information Form. (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 Financial Information Form

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 .

International Students are encouraged to view the International Admissions Undergraduate Applicants 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: Dec. 1 (Nov. 15 for Spring applicants)
Transfers: Nov. 1 (Spring applicants); March 1 (Fall applicants)

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.