SUNY Cortland is guided by three primary institutional values:
- 1. Focus on the Students: All decisions, plans, and actions revolve around students' academic, personal, social, and cultural development and wellness.
- 2. Integrity: Dedication to honesty, hard work, high personal and professional standards, and respect for people, perspectives, and the environment.
- 3. Intellectual Life: Commitment to inquiry, academic rigor, creativity, lifelong learning, and contribution to discipline, profession, and the greater good.