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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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Action

Details

Dates/Deadlines

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 History Report (PDF), Tuberculosis Screening Form (PDF) 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.

Preferably one month before classes.

Housing

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 Transfer Transition Seminar through myRedDragon.

June 1

Course Registration

Complete the Transfer Information Sheet and return to Advisement and Transition.

June 1

Wilderness Transition Program

First-year students, 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 your Transition Seminar.

 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

Orientation

Attend Orientation or Transfer Transition Seminar 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 

Action

Details

Dates/Deadlines

Email

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.

August 12

Bill

Review and pay your student bill via myRedDragon.

Beginning on/about July 9; Complete by August 12

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.

Beginning mid-July; Complete by August 25

Textbooks

Order your textbooks.

Before classes start on August 25

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 21

Roommates

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

Beginning August 1

Emergency Contact

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

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 21

Clubs

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

Beginning June 2; Complete by August 1

Parking Permit

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

August 25

Course Schedule

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

Before classes start on August 25


Upon Arrival to Campus 

Action

Details

Dates/Deadlines

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 25

Events

Attend Academic Convocation, Transfer Connect and Welcome activities!

 First week of classes

myRedDragon

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

Frequently

Attend the first day of class on Monday, August 25!

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