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 Health History Forms

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 for late admissions

Students with disabilities

If you are a student with a disability, complete the New Student Accessibility Request. Contact Disability Resources Office with questions.

As soon as possible


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

Submit by May 31

Financial Aid

Review and accept or decline your financial aid package on 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 package is ready.

Orientation Registration

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

June 1

Wilderness Adventure Program After you schedule your Orientation session, consider joining Adirondack Trail Blazers - an outdoor program that provides an exciting transition to college life. You'll participate in this five day experience with some of your new classmates just prior to the start of the semester. Space is limited. Aug. 2
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
Transcripts 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 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 will be sent to this email account, including your student bill and course schedule updates.

Beginning in June


 Review and pay your student bill via myRedDragon.

Beginning on or about July 11; Complete by Aug. 13

Meal Plan

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

Aug. 13


Contact your future roommate(s) to coordinate who will bring different residence hall essentials.

Beginning Aug. 1


Visit to learn more about student clubs and organizations at SUNY Cortland. Complete the interest in Greek Life survey, if you are considering joining a fraternity or sorority!

Beginning June 1; Complete by Aug. 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.

Aug. 23

Campus Employment

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

Aug. 23

Code of Conduct

Familiarize yourself with the Code of Student Conduct. Understand your rights and responsibilities as a member of the campus community.

Aug. 23


Order your textbooks.

Before classes start on Aug. 26

Emergency Contact

Add or update your information for our campus emergency notification system on myRedDragon.

Aug. 26

Parking Permit

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

Aug. 26

Course Schedule

Reprint your semester course schedule in case of any changes in classroom location or instructor.

Before classes start on Aug. 26

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.

Aug. 23


Attend Academic Convocation, Transfer ConnectWelcome activities and other campus events early in the semester!

Starting Aug. 23


Check myRedDragon for important messages and updates. This is the College’s primary method for communicating with students.


Attend the first day of class on Monday, Aug. 26!

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