Registration Information and Help
Public Course Schedule
At SUNY Cortland all continuing, new and visiting students may use the online course schedule to search for classes as you plan for registration. The online schedule gives you the ability to use a variety of search features and filters when looking for courses. After selecting the semester you are interested in, you may search by course prefix, course number, course attribute, course status, and course title.
Visiting and Cross-Registering Students
Are you a visiting student (non-matriculated student) attempting to register? Please access our visiting student page for policies and registration instructions. You may also review our cross-registration instructions if you are planning to attend using the SUNY cross-registration agreement. Please do not hesitate to contact the Registrar's Office if you have any questions about visitor registration or cross-registration.
- Winter and Spring pre-registration opens for current students on November 1.
- View the registration calendar page for registration windows, and detailed registration information.
Re-Admitted Student Registration
Students who have been re-admitted to SUNY Cortland must contact their Associate Dean for re-admission information, and their academic advisor for class planning and program advising.
The following information is provided to be a helpful aid when performing online registration. Additional registration guidance, FAQs and information is published on the Advisement and Transition site as well.
- Time Tickets and Registration Windows: Please view the registration calendar 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.
- Undergraduate 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.
- For 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 and DegreeWorks audits are accessible under "Tools" and will be a valuable resource throughout the advisement process. You will be able to use CAPP and DegreeWorks as you discuss program requirements and course registration.
Connected Courses (Lectures and Labs/Recitations)
Many courses will have multiple elements associated with them. For example, many of the science courses offered at Cortland have a lecture and a lab component. When viewing the public schedule, the lecture will appear at the top of the list, with the labs appearing below and indented.
This indicates that these courses are linked, and you must register for the lecture, and the lab (or one of multiple lab options). The section identification guide below will help you identify section types.
Course Numbering Guide
- 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 some sophomores. Prerequisites are very often required at this course level.
- 400-499 courses generally designed for juniors and seniors, and represents upper division work with a 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).
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.
(Note: Certain 500-level courses are reserved for graduate students only.)
- 600-699 courses designed exclusively at the graduate level for graduate students only.
Section Identification Guide
- LXX: lab section
- MXX: secondary meeting location section
- RXX: recitation section
- SXX: second meeting day(s) section
- 010, 020, 030, 040: middle number generally designates a quarter course
- 400: courses are Honors Program courses.
- 500: courses requires manually granted special permission to enter (Contact the department.)
- 600: courses for designated majors only
- 700: courses for non-majors only
- 800: courses for First Year Programs and Learning Communities (Contact the department or Advisement and Transition.)
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
- S - spring
- W - winter
Course Title Prefixes
Hybrid online & infrequent traditional in-class course delivery: Blended courses meet infrequently - generally a few times during the semester - and features an online component that constitutes the majority of the course. Blended courses will generally require special permission for entry so department may apprise students of the online course requirements and discuss the expectations for the course. Most SUNY Cortland blended courses are offered at the graduate level.
Online or distance learning course: Online courses will generally require special permission for entry so departments may apprise students of the online course requirements and discuss the expectations for the course.
Hybrid online & weekly traditional in-class course delivery: Hybrid courses meet weekly, and have an online component. Hybrid courses will generally require special permission for entry so department may apprise students of the online course requirements and discuss the expectations for the course.
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 and Headers
- c/h: Credit hour of course
- CRN: Course Reference Number
- CAP: Capacity of Class
- ACT: Actual Enrollment
- REM: REM=Remaining Seats
Additional Common Attributes
- ACTV: Activity Course
- CG #: Cortland General Education Category #
- CPSN: Capstone Course
- CTGS: Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies Course
- HNRS: Honors Course
- LASR: Liberal Arts Requirement
- LRNC: Learning Community Course
- NCRT: Non-Cortland Course (Offered by Other Unit/Agency - Example: ROTC)
- PRES: Presentation Skills
- SLRN: Service Learning
- SRES: Shared Resources Course (UG and GR meet together)
- WRIT: Writing Intensive Section
- XLST: Cross Listed Course
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.