Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies

When you major in one of our recreation programs, you follow in the footsteps of a long line of leaders in the field.

Our faculty are highly respected teachers and scholars who will give you the personal attention you need to succeed. You’ll have the opportunity to do internships and fieldwork in parks, hospitals, recreation departments and other settings in the U.S. and abroad.

Our definition of “classroom” is extremely broad — you can get academic credit for kayaking, backpacking, rock climbing and other outdoor adventures.

Cortland has the longest-running and most comprehensive recreation program in New York and is one of only three U.S. colleges with national accreditation in all four of its recreation majors.

Our alumni network of accomplished professionals, combined with your Cortland degree, will put you on the path to a rewarding career.

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William H. Parks Family Center for Environmental Outdoor Education

Located in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, SUNY Cortland’s educational facilities on Raquette Lake include the Antlers lodge, Kirby Camp and Huntington Memorial Camp, the only National Historic Landmark in the SUNY system. This unique learning environment is great for research activities, teacher workshops and high school classes. Learn More. Get Directions.

Inclusive Recreation Resource Center

Check out the Inclusive Recreation Resource Center at SUNY Cortland Funded in part by the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. Watch this short video about the IRRC here.

Coalition for Education in the Outdoors

Housed at SUNY Cortland, the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors is a national leaders in outdoor education. Check out CEO

66th Annual Cortland Recreation Conference

The 66th Annual Cortland Recreation Conference was amazing! Visit the site to learn about more about the longest run student conference in the nation. 

Community Bike Project

Visit the Community Bike Project site to learn more about the SUNY Cortland Community Bike Project.

New Online Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Recreation

The Therapeutic Recreation Online Graduate Certificate Program is now accepting applications for Spring 2017. Learn more about the online certificate and how to apply.

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Spring ‘Wellness’ Series Begins Feb. 1

'Wellness Wednesday' seeks to foster lifestyle of well-being for campus.

Senior Skates Toward Recreation Therapy Career

Tamara Shannon believes lacing on a pair of roller skates is an ideal therapy.

Recreation Conference Planned for Nov. 3 and 4

Keynote speaker John de Graaf studied the value of leisure to wellbeing.

Cortland Memorials Planned for Jack Jakubek '16

Family, friends and teammates will celebrate the life of the late champion swimmer

Try Something New During Healthy Campus Week

Students can win prizes by helping SUNY Cortland prove it's one of the nation's healthiest campuses


Rho Phi Lambda Honor Society, An Honorary Fraternity for Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services



SCRA is Cortland's recreation major's club.

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