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 medical forms: Medical History Report, Tuberculosis Screening Form and Under 18 Consent Form (PDF, if needed) and return them to the Student Health Service Office.

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 in myRedDragon or complete the New Student Off Campus Approval Form (PDF).

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 a First-Year Orientation or Transfer Orientation and Advisement session through myRedDragon.

June 1

Course Registration

Complete and submit your Course Preference Form (first-year students) or your Transfer Information Sheet (transfer students).

June 1

Wilderness Transition Program

After you have scheduled your summer orientation program, consider joining Adirondack Trail Blazers - our wilderness transition program. Participate in a 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 your 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 in June

Meal Plan

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

Aug. 17


Review and pay your student bill via myRedDragon.

Beginning on/about July 9; Complete by Aug. 17

Think About It activity

Complete Think About It, an interactive program that provides education about sexual assault, healthy relationships, and substance abuse prevention. This online course will better prepare you about these topics before you begin your life in college. You will be sent an email with a link to access the course.

Aug. 31


Order your textbooks.

Before classes start on Aug. 31

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. 28


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

Beginning Aug. 1

Emergency Contact

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

Aug. 31

Code of Conduct

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

Aug. 28


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

Aug. 1

Parking Permit

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

Aug. 31

Course Schedule

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

Before classes start on Aug. 31

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. 28


Attend Academic Convocation, Transfer Connect events and Welcome Week activities!

First week of classes


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, Aug. 31!

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