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 online through the Student Health Portal in myRedDragon. Submit a paper copy of proof of immunizations 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 Form. Contact Disability Resources Office with questions.

As soon as possible

Housing

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 review the Financial Aid Checklist. Note that 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 Orientation through myRedDragon.

June 1

AP, IB, CLEP and college course credits Request your AP, IB and CLEP exam scores and college transcripts to be sent to the 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

Orientation

Attend Orientation to register for courses. International students will receive information from the International Programs Office about a separate mandatory orientation program.

Check your schedule


After Orientation 

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Email

Regularly check your SUNY Cortland email through myRedDragon. All official communication will be sent to this account, including your student tuition bill and course schedule updates.

Beginning in June

Meal plan

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

Aug. 14

 Bill

 Review and pay your student bill through myRedDragon.

Beginning on or about July 10; Complete by Aug. 18

Clubs Browse student clubs and organizations that may interest you. Before classes start on Aug. 31

What to bring

Start thinking about what you'll bring to campus. This list contains all the essentials for residence hall living, including the size of your bedding.

Beginning Aug. 1

Roommates

Contact your future roommate(s) to coordinate who will bring different items for your residence.

Beginning Aug. 1

Textbooks

Order your textbooks and course materials.

Beginning Aug. 1

Emergency contact

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

Before classes start on Aug. 31

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.

Bring with you to campus on Aug. 28

Code of Conduct

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

Before classes start on Aug. 31

Parking permit

Purchase a parking permit from the Parking Operations and Security Services Office if you plan on bringing a car to campus.

Before classes start on Aug. 31

Course schedule

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

Before classes start on Aug. 31


Upon Arrival to Campus 

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ID card

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

Aug. 28

Events

Attend welcome activities and other campus events to meet new people early in the semester.

Starting Aug. 28

myRedDragon

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

Frequently

Attend the first day of class on Monday, Aug. 31.

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