President's Welcome - SUNY Cortland

President's Welcome

Something for Everyone

SUNY Cortland prides itself on being flexible to the needs of our students. We offer 66 undergraduate majors, 33 graduate programs, one certificate program with four areas of emphasis in a beautiful small town setting. The average class size is 27 students, with a student faculty ratio of 17:1. Our personal size allows you to become more fully involved in your classroom studies, while providing an opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with other students and professors.

Our students have the opportunity to choose from an impressive list of more than 120 clubs, organizations, and activities. Concerts, films, picnics, lectures, and other cultural events come to the campus throughout the year.

The campus also has one Olympic-size swimming pool, an ice arena, a field house with an indoor track, several basketball gyms,  20 outdoor tennis courts, 10 racquetball courts, eight squash courts, a stadium complex with two turf fields and outdoor track, and numerous grass practice fields.

The Recreational Sports program also offers students two state-of-the-art fitness facilities and associated programs, an outstanding intramural sports program with 60 different intramural sports and special events, and a sport club program with 35 clubs and more than 1,000 participants. In order to better fulfill our Recreational Sports mission and to significantly improve the quality of life for all students, we are currently building a new Student Life Center at SUNY Cortland, with the target opening date of January 2015. This facility will have a vast array of physical recreation components as well as a variety of social spaces and will be operated on an open recreation concept, which means that it will always be available for our students' recreational use.


SUNY Cortland's challenging curriculum is composed of a rich blend of liberal arts and professional courses. Classes are highlighted with involving discussions, intriguing explanations and firsthand knowledge, as related by professors who have practiced what they teach.

One of the outstanding features of Cortland is the attitude of friendship, trust and respect that exists between students and faculty. The faculty see learning as a lifelong enterprise. They want each student to have a rewarding general education experience as well as pursue success in a major field of study.

In meeting the challenges of change in today's world, SUNY Cortland strongly encourages the technological education of its students. We have open access computer facilities and several special purpose computer labs featuring both Windows and Macintosh computers. In addition, there are several email express stations available for email and Internet access. All computing facilities are wheelchair accessible.

Co-op Education and Internships

Learning at SUNY Cortland is not limited to the lecture hall. Valuable on-the-job experience through experiential programs supplements classroom learning. Qualifying students have access to internship and cooperative education opportunities in New York and around the world. This voluntary program broadens educational opportunities and may help to pay college expenses. Internships enable students to apply classroom theory in actual work situations.

Honors Program

Highly qualified students are invited to apply for admissions to the Honors Program, an academically rigorous program designed to challenge the academic potential of intellectually and creatively talented students. Honor program students attend seminar-style classes and have special access to speakers and visiting scholars.


SUNY Cortland has one of the most extensive NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletic programs in the United States. We have 14 women's and 11 men's teams. Cortland is indeed proud of its winning athletic legacy. During the 2012-13 season, we had 35 All-Americans, 18 teams participated in NCAA or similar post-season competition, and we finished 11th in the NACDA Directors' Cup Division III standings. We are one of only four schools nationally to finish in the top 20 in each of the 18 years that the standings have been compiled on the Division III level.

Cortland teams have won 23 national titles and have also finished as national runners-up 26 times. In addition, Cortland student-athletes have impressively won 98 individual national championships. In 2012-13, our softball team finished as national runner-up, our men's and women's lacrosse teams each tied for third nationally, our women's gymnastics team placed third nationally, and four other teams finished in the top 10.  Red Dragon teams also won 11 of a possible 20 State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) titles as we won the SUNYAC Commissioner's Cup for the 16th time in the last 17 years. 

We are also proud of our student-athletes' accomplishments in the classroom. In 2012-13, Cortland had 11 Academic All-District selections and two SUNYAC Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Award winners.  We also had 289 student-athletes earn SUNYAC all-academic and/or commissioner's list honors. 

Financial Aid

SUNY Cortland is concerned that all well-qualified students have access to the College and all it has to offer, regardless of financial circumstances. During the 2012-13 academic year, more than 86 percent of our undergraduate students received grants, scholarships, student loans and/or other financial assistance totaling more than $63 million.

Additionally, our Financial Aid Office worked extensively with our students to help them learn about financial aid, personal finance and credit management. Visit the Financial Aid Office or call 607-753-4717.

Come See for Yourself

Your SUNY Cortland experience will prepare you for the challenges of a career and equip you to enjoy a full and productive life. I encourage you to come to our campus and talk with our students, faculty members and staff; for only then will you know that the Cortland experience is for you.

For an application, information or to arrange a campus visit, please go to Admissions Office or call them at 607-753-4711.

Things are happening at Cortland!


Erik J. Bitterbaum