New Student Checklist

For undergraduate first-year and transfer students 

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Congratulations on joining the SUNY Cortland community! Now that you have paid your admissions deposit, complete the following steps to make your transition here as smooth as possible.


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SUNY Cortland ID#

Know your SUNY Cortland ID#, or C# (C00….) and familiarize yourself with myRedDragon

Following acceptance

Immunization and Medical Information

Complete your health forms through the Student Health Portal in myRedDragon and submit an official immunization record to Student Health Service.

July 1 or as soon as possible after that for late admissions.

Students with disabilities

If you are a student with a disability, complete the Self-ID Form and return with the required documentation to the Student Disability Service Office.

As soon as possible


Complete your Housing Preference Form or the New Student Off Campus Approval Form in myRedDragon.

May 31

Financial Aid

Review and accept/decline your financial aid award letter through myRedDragon. Be sure to regularly review the financial aid checklist. (Note: only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for federal financial aid.)

You will be notified by the Financial Aid Office when your award letter is ready.

Orientation Registration

Register to attend and Orientation (first-year students) or Transfer Orientation and Advisement (transfer students) program through myRedDragon.

June 1

Course Registration

First-year students: complete the Course Information Form through myRedDragon.

June 1

Wilderness Adventure Program

After you have scheduled your summer orientation program, consider joining Adirondack Trail Blazers - an outdoor activity program that provides and exciting transition to college life. Participate in this five-day wilderness experience with some of your new classmates just prior to the start of the semester. Space is limited.

July 31

AP, IB, CLEP and College Course Credits

Request your AP, IB and CLEP exam scores and college transcripts to be sent to SUNY Cortland, Admissions Office, P.O. Box 2000, Cortland, NY 13045. Also bring copies to Orientation.

As soon as possible after final grades are posted


Submit your final high school transcripts to the Admissions Office, P.O. Box 2000, Cortland, NY 13045. Final transcripts should clearly identify your date of graduation, if applicable.

As soon as possible after graduation


Attend Orientation or Transfer Orientation and Advisement to register for courses. (International students will receive information from the International Programs Office about your separate, mandatory Orientation program.)

Check your schedule

After Orientation 





Regularly check your Cortland email account through myRedDragon. All official communication from SUNY Cortland will be sent to this email account (ex. student bill, course schedule updates, etc.).

Beginning mid-June


 Review and pay your student bill via myRedDragon.

Beginning on/about July 11; Complete by August 15

Meal Plan

Review your meal plan options and make any changes through your myRedDragon.

August 15


Contact your future roommate(s) about what they are bringing to avoid bringing two of everything.

 Beginning August 1


Complete the clubs and organizations survey so that you can learn about how to get involved and meet people.

August 1

What to bring

Check out what to bring. This list contains all the essentials for living on campus, including the size of your bedding.

August 25

Campus Employment

If you are considering working during your time at SUNY Cortland, be sure to bring your official passport or Social Security card or Birth Certificate for paperwork purposes.

 August 25

Code of Conduct

Become familiar with the Code of Student Conduct and understand your rights and responsibilities as a member of the campus community.

August 25

Complete Think About It activity

Complete Think About It, an interactive program that provides education about sexual assault, healthy relationships, and substance abuse prevention. You will be sent an email with a link to access the course.

August 28


Order your textbooks.

Before classes start on August 28

Emergency Contact

Add/Update your information for our campus emergency notification system through myRedDragon.

August 28

Parking Permit

Purchase a parking permit if you plan to have your car on campus.

August 28

Course Schedule

Reprint your semester course schedule in case of any course changes (locations, instructors, etc.).

August 25-28

Upon Arrival to Campus 




ID Card

Pick up your SUNY ID card from the ASC Office in Neubig Hall. Bring a photo ID and your SUNY Cortland ID number.

August 28


Attend Academic Convocation, Transfer Connect events and Welcome activities!

Starting August 25


Check myRedDragon for important messages, email, etc. This is SUNY Cortland’s primary method for communicating with students.


Attend the first day of class on Monday, August 28!

Be sure to view your schedule on myRedDragon prior to attending class in case of any location changes.