SUNY Cortland welcomes students back to our community after time away from campus. Whether you are returning after an academic suspension or dismissal, disciplinary suspension or just from time away, we look forward to helping you be successful at Cortland and reach your academic goals.
The Registrar’s Office, the associate deans’ offices, and Advisement and Transition collaboratively support students through the readmission process.
By adhering to the below guidelines, your readmission application is enhanced but not automatic. While Cortland welcomes your application, readmission is not guaranteed. The circumstances under which you left Cortland, the length of time away, previous academic achievement at Cortland and grades earned in coursework while away all factor into your readmission decision. All students seeking readmission must file the application and send official transcripts from all colleges attended during the time away from Cortland. See the application and process section below for details.
Students who 1) filed an official Withdrawal from College form, or 2) who initially were approved for a Leave of Absence but have not registered at Cortland again within a year, or 3) who stopped attending and did not register at Cortland for one semester or more need to apply for readmission in order to resume taking classes.
Students who planned on transferring their remaining credits for graduation and have not completed all degree requirements within one year of leaving Cortland need to apply for readmission. Readmission does not require you to physically return to campus or to register for courses. If you completed final degree requirements while away from Cortland, readmission re-establishes you as an active student again after an extended time away and allows for the transfer of credit and degree conferral.
SUNY Cortland Registrar’s Office
P.O. Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045
You must submit the completed readmission application and pay the non-refundable readmission fee by the below deadlines for consideration:
The decision on your readmission application is made by your associate dean. You will be notified of your readmission decision in writing to the address on your application from the associate dean's office.
Upon successful readmission, Advisement and Transition will evaluate your completed coursework from other colleges and award transfer credit for courses in which you earned a grade of C- or better. You will be notified via email that your transfer credit evaluation is complete.
If you have courses still in progress, you will need to request an additional transcript to be sent to Cortland when your final grades are posted. Your credit evaluation will then be updated to include your final semester courses. We can provide assistance with requesting additional transcripts and test scores.
If you plan to complete courses while away from Cortland, here are some helpful tips:
Readmitted students re-enter SUNY Cortland under the College Catalog at the time of readmission. You are, therefore, responsible for meeting all the program, degree, general education and teacher certification requirements in effect at the time of readmission.
Since programs change over time, you may face new requirements upon readmission. The longer the gap between periods of enrollment the more likely it is that you will need additional coursework. Students should consult the latest College Catalog to see the requirements for their desired program.
Once you have been successfully readmitted, contact your academic department to connect with your academic advisor. Your academic advisor will advise you on coursework for the upcoming semester as well as provide your time-ticket and registration PIN. Readmitted students are not eligible to waive additional general education requirements.
Depending on the timing of your readmission, you may have access to register on the web for courses via myRedDragon. The Registrar's Office can provide registration information and help.
To register for classes after web registration is closed, you may register on paper through the alternate registration process.
If you plan on using financial aid services at Cortland, you are encouraged to reach out to the Financial Aid Office to discuss your specific situation and plan for your return. Each student will be assigned a financial aid advisor to work with throughout their time at Cortland.
Students who are accepted for readmission to Cortland and have filed for aid will be reviewed by the Financial Aid Office and receive a financial aid award package.
While you are not a new student to Cortland, you may find it helpful to review student account/payment information through the Beginner's Guide to Student Accounts. Questions regarding payment procedures and options can be directed to the Student Accounts Office.
As a reminder, we do not mail bills. Your myRedDragon account is the official location where your billing statement is posted.
Once you are accepted for readmission, all communication from the Financial Aid and Student Accounts offices will be directed to your Cortland email address. It is important that you begin to check your Cortland email again regularly. If you need assistance in re-establishing your Cortland email address and myRedDragon access, contact The Help Center.
As a readmitted student, we encourage you to take advantage of the benefits of living on campus to support your academic success: close access to your classes, campus resources and campus activities. If you would like to live on campus again, you will need to complete the housing wait-list form with Residence Life and Housing. If you are readmitting with freshman or sophomore class standing, you are guaranteed housing. If you are readmitting at junior or senior class standing, you are not guaranteed housing, but will most likely be able to be housed.
To Access the Housing Wait List Form
Housing Form Availability
All on-campus students, except for students living at West Campus Apartments or the Taylor Leadership House, must have a meal plan and are automatically signed up and billed for a Silver Plus plan. To review/adjust your meal plan or to purchase an off-campus meal plan, contact Auxiliary Services Corporation (ASC).
myRedDragon is an online portal which pulls together important processes and resources for students. You will use myRedDragon to register for classes, pay your bill, review your degree audit, access course materials, receive your grades and link to many other important resources.
You will access your myRedDragon account with your campus NetID — your username and password. Your username is typically "firstname.lastname."
If you need assistance to establish or re-establish access to myRedDragon after you are accepted for readmission, contact The Help Center at 607-753-2500 or THC@cortland.edu. You will need your Cortland ID number (C00XXXXXX), which you can find on your readmission letter.
All students will be assigned a Cortland email address. After you are readmitted, you will be expected to check your Cortland email address since this is where official College communication will be sent. Your email address typically is firstname.lastname@example.org and can be accessed through your myRedDragon account.
Your Degree Works audit outlines all your requirements for your Cortland degree, tracking your completed courses and GPA and showing what you still need to complete. You will use your audit to assist with academic advisement and registration throughout your time at Cortland. You can access your Degree Works audit on the Student Tab in your myRedDragon account. For first time assistance, review the Overview for Students (PDF).
You will need to obtain a Cortland ID card again to access resources on campus. Your Cortland ID is not only required as your official campus identification but also serves as your library card and provides access to your residence hall front door, your meal plan, the Student Life Center and more. ID cards cost $15 and can be obtained from ASC in Neubig Hall.
Visit our Guide to Student Success for additional resources.