Students who choose to enter SUNY Cortland as pre-majors will complete required coursework while assessing their opportunities.
Many students enter their first year of college with a number of exciting ideas about their potential major. The pre-major option allows students to learn about themselves, understand our wide array of academic majors, and make decisions with confidence.
SUNY Cortland offers a pre-major option to those students who have yet to commit to one particular field of study. Pre-major students work on the same set of college wide requirements that all other first year students are completing.
Pre-major students often use their general education requirements and electives to explore academic disciplines. This option allows the pre-major to make progress toward their degree while they decide upon their major. The majority of these students declare their major in their sophomore year and then begin their concentrated major coursework.
Strategies for the Pre-Major Student
We encourage all pre-majors to develop a strategy for effective decision making and academic planning. This strategy includes:
Resources to help you along the way
There are many campus resources to support pre-major students at SUNY Cortland: