COR 101: The Cortland Experience

COR 101 is a required one credit, graded seminar designed to facilitate the intellectual and social integration of  first-time college students into the SUNY Cortland academic community. 

COR 101 is designed to help students:

  • Understand and negotiate the transition to college
  • Learn about SUNY Cortland, policies, and procedures
  • Develop critical thinking and responsible decision-making skills
  • Understand and value new viewpoints
  • Utilize academic and campus resources

For questions regarding COR 101, contact Advisement and Transition: 607-753-4726

Students, to apply for the COR 101 Teaching Assistant Internship, you must access an online application tool. Before you start it is best to have the following items completed and ready for upload to the application portal:

1. Resume
2. Names and phone numbers of two SUNY Cortland Faculty or Professional Staff who will serve as a reference
3. Statement of Interest that addresses the following items (in a typed essay format, 12 pt. Calibri or Ariel font, double-spaced with a minimum of 500 words):
Why are you interested in being a COR 101 teaching assistant?
What is your most memorable experience as a new student at SUNY Cortland and why?
How do you show others that you respect their culture and beliefs?
Describe a time you had to adjust your communication style to accommodate the style of others. What was the outcome?
What skills and experience would you bring to this position?
Application is due by 4:30 on March 10.

     COR 101 was initiated at SUNY Cortland in the fall of 1997. The course was developed from the growing field of research and practice regarding the first-year experience and previous initiatives at SUNY Cortland. First-year seminars are a nationwide initiative, developed in different formats, but they typically share common foundational themes such as developmental and meta-cognition theories, involvement, and integration themes.

     The Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) consider the first-year seminar a high impact educational practice. The seminar lends itself to "critical inquiry, frequent writing, information literacy, collaborative learning, and other skills that develop students' intellectual and practical competencies".  We view COR 101: The Cortland Experience as a high impact practice that will assist our students not only with their transition into our community but connect students with faculty, academic departments, career closure, campus involvement and integration, as well as help the students make connections with all their academic classes.

Source: High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are, Who Has Access to Them, and Why They Matter, George D. Kuh, (Washington, D.C., AAC&U, 2008).

Advisement and Transition
Memorial Library
Room A-111
Phone: 607-753-4726
Fax: 607-753-5593
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.