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Registering for Courses

Public Course Schedule

Course ScheduleAt SUNY Cortland, all continuing, new and visiting students may use the complete online course schedule to look up classes as you plan for your upcoming registration. This online "Real Time" access will enable you to select from a variety of searchable features when looking for courses. After selecting the semester or term you are planning to register for, you may search by course prefix, course number, course attribute, course status, and course title. Refer to the topics below for additional course related information.

Visiting and Cross-Registering Students

Are you a non-matriculated student (visiting student) attempting to register? Please access our alternate registration page for registration instructions.  Do not hesitate to contact the Registrar's Office if you have any questions about visitor registration or cross-registration.

Re-Admitted Students

Students who have been re-admitted to SUNY Cortland should contact their Associate Dean for re-admission information, and their academic advisor for class planning and program advising. The start date for re-admitted student registration is below.

Continuing Cortland Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Spring and Winter 2015 web pre-registration time tickets begin on November 6. Winter 2015 web registration ends for all students on November 21. After November 21, winter registration continues through the first day of the session using the alternate registration process. The alternate registration form is available on the Registrar’s site and the Winter Session site. Spring 2015 web registration closes on December 19 at 4:00pm.

SUNY Cortland students register during the 'pre-registration period' in the semester before the major term.  Students are assigned time tickets based on credit hours.  Spring 2015 time tickets are shown below:

Course Numbering

  • 100-199 courses are generally designed for freshmen but may be appropriate for sophomores, usually an introductory, survey, or first course taught in a sequence within a specific discipline.

  • 200-299 courses generally designed for sophomores but may be appropriate for freshmen, usually advancing in a progression as a second course which may require previous knowledge or training.

  • 300-399 courses generally designed for juniors and seniors, but may also be appropriate for sophomores. Prerequisites are often required for this course level.

  • 400-499 courses generally designed for juniors and seniors advancing well into upper division work with prerequisite knowledge base required.

  • 500-599 courses are considered graduate courses, but may be designed for graduate students and highly motivated undergraduate students. This level of course work is open to juniors and seniors in good academic standing (cumulative grade point average of 2.0). Certain 500-level courses are for graduate students only. Seniors may take 500-level courses for graduate credit in their final semester of undergraduate study, and must request permission to register to obtain graduate credit. Approval must be obtained from the school associate dean for the student's major before the start of the semester in which the course is being taken. Students are cautioned that graduate credits thus earned may not be transferred toward meeting the requirements for the master's degree at another institution.

  • 600-699 courses designed exclusively at the graduate level for graduate students only.

Section Numbering

  • 010, 020, 030, 040 middle number generally designates quarter courses
  • 400 courses are Honors program courses.
  • 500 courses require SPECIAL PERMISSION (see the department chair or program coordinator)
  • 600 courses for designated majors only
  • 700 courses for non-majors only
  • 800 courses for First Year Programs and Learning Communities 
  • 070 courses offered at off-campus locations
  • 090 courses taught at SUNY Institute of Tech.

Course Frequency Codes

Course frequency codes identify the semester or term in which a course is scheduled to be offered.

  • A - every semester
  • B - at least once per year
  • C - at least once every two years
  • F - fall
  • M - summer
  • O - occasionally
  • - spring
  • W - winter

Course Title Prefixes

  • WEB (formerly ASYN)
    Online or distance learning course. Online courses generally also require special permission for entry so departments may apprise students of the online course requirements and discuss the expectations for the course.
  • HYBR
    Hybrid (blended) online & traditional in-class course delivery.  Hybrid courses generally also require special permission for entry so department may apprise students of the online course requirements and discuss the expectations for the course.
  • TP
    Special Topics courses. Special topics course offerings and subject matter will vary from semester to semester. Please review the online course schedule and/or department descriptions for special topics courses.

myRedDragon Schedule Abbreviations

  • c/h: Credit hour of course
  • CRN: Course Reference Number
  • CAP: Capacity of Class
  • ACT: Actual Enrollment
  • REM: REM=Remaining Seats

Additional Common Attributes

  • CG #  Cortland General Education Category #
  • LASR  Liberal Arts Requirements
  • PRES  Presentation Skills
  • QTR    number identifies quarter
  • SI       Supplemental Instruction Available
  • SLRN   Service Learning
  • SRES   Shared Resources Course
  • WRIT   Writing Intensive Section

General Registration Information

  • Time Tickets and Registration Windows: Please view the dates and deadlines page to see current registration time ticket information and registration windows.

  • Holds: If there are any "holds" on your student record, those obligations must be resolved before registration will be permitted.

  • Advising: Undergraduate students will need to meet with their advisor to plan their schedule. Your advisor will give you your 4-digit registration pin number, once the 4-digit registration pin has been released, and the time ticket becomes active -- access to register on myRedDragon will be available. Graduate students do not need a 4-digit registration pin number, and will only be using the time-ticket for myRedDragon registration access.

  • Faculty & Academic Advisors: All advisee registration pin and time ticket information is located on myRedDragon, select the Academics tab, under Advisor Resources select "Advisee Contact List." Additionally on myRedDragon, advisors have the ability to directly contact advisees using the "e-mail my advisees" feature. CAPP is accessible under "Tools" and will be a valuable resource throughout the advisement process. You will be able to use CAPP as you discuss program requirements and plan for course registration.

Additional Registration and Drop/ Add Information

The following links will link you to important online registration information. Click on the links below for more information on each topic.