Arrival Information

Fall 2018 Arrival Schedule

We assign a time frame for you to move in based on the floor you live on. Review our fall 2018 opening schedule (PDF) for more details.

Thursday, August 23

Halls open from 1 to 4 p.m. New students attending orientation may move in.

Friday, August 24

Halls open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. New students who attended orientation may move in.

Saturday, August 25

Halls open from 9 a.m. to  4 p.m. Both new and returning students may move in.

Sunday, August 26

Halls open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both new and returning students may move in.


Where to Check In

Report directly to your assigned residence hall. Visit the staff office to officially check in.

Early Arrival - Blaze's Opening Crew

Are you interested in moving in earlier than Friday, Saturday, or Sunday? Sign up for Blaze's Opening Crew!

Sign up between Aug. 1 and 19.

  • Greet students and their families.
  • Help families unload the car and move belongings into the residence hall.
  • Assist with traffic control.
  • Receive a “Blaze’s Opening Crew” t-shirt.
  • Get your organization out there!

New and Returning Students

Step One: Signing up for Blaze's Opening Crew

Available on myRedDragon between Aug. 1-19. Once logged into myRedDragon:

  1. Go to the student tab. Under Residence Life and Housing select "Housing Process and Information."
  2. Go to Forms and select "Early Arrival Form- Blaze's Opening Crew."
  3. Once submitted, you will receive a confirmation screen and email.
  4. You may make changes to your form through Aug. 19.

Step Two: New Students

Thursday, Aug. 23 arrival (already attended orientation):

  • Move in between 1-4 p.m. on Thursday and
  • Work a five-hour shift on Friday to help other students move in.
    • You will have the option to work 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or noon to 5 p.m.

If you will attend orientation, you are automatically approved to move in early. You do not need to do anything.

Step Two: Returning Students

Thursday, Aug. 23 arrival:

  • Move in between 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday
  • Work a five-hour shift on Friday and another five hour shift on Saturday.
    • You will have the option to work 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or noon to 5 p.m. 

Friday, Aug. 24 arrival:

  • Move in between 3 - 5 p.m. on Friday and will work a five hour shift on Saturday to help students move in
    • You will have the option to work 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or noon to 5 p.m.

Off-Campus Students

If you want to participate in Blaze's Opening Crew and you do not live on campus, you still can! We are open to full clubs and organizations sign up too. Please let us know by Aug. 19.

Off-Campus Residents Sign Up

  • Complete the Blaze's Opening Crew- Off Campus Student Volunteer Form on myRedDragon.
    • Go to the student tab. Under Residence Life and Housing select "Housing Process and Information."
    • Go to Forms and select "Blaze's Opening Crew- Off Campus Student Volunteer Form."
    • Once submitted, you will receive a confirmation screen and email.
    • You may make changes to your form through Aug.10.

We will do our best to keep your group together, but depending on the number of volunteers, we may need to split you between more than one residence hall.

Faculty/Staff

  • Dates: Aug. 24, new students and/or Aug. 25, returning students
  • Volunteer times: you choose the time between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sign up today 

Before You Get Here

Purchase what you need for your room. Coordinate with your roommate to decide who is bringing what shared items like the TV, refrigerator and rug. Refer to our “What to Bring and What Not to Bring” document and print off our suggested shopping list (PDF) to bring with you.

Label Your Items

Label all items you will move into your room with your name, residence hall and room number. To make this process easier we have created labels that you can download and print (PDF) onto your own label sheets (or just print them on regular paper and tape them on). You can use 2"x4" labels (Avery 5163). If you would like to receive assistance moving in your belongings, make sure your items are labeled (including your fan, refrigerator and any other loose items you have in addition to boxes and bags).

When You Get Here

When you arrive on campus SUNY Cortland staff will be available to make the move-in process one of the easiest you will ever experience. Here is what you can expect:

  1. A University Police officer will direct you where to go to move in.
  2. Once parked, one person must stay with the vehicle.
  3. Complete the info card and place on the dashboard of your vehicle.
  4. Check in and pick up your room key.
  5. Unload vehicle immediately as instructed by staff.
  6. As soon as your vehicle is empty, move it to the Park Center parking lot. Buses will be available to shuttle you back to the residence halls.

West Campus Apartments  

Students assigned to West Campus Apartments should go directly to the West Campus Recreation Center to check in.

Elevators

The following halls have elevators and require you to place your belongings in a pre-marked location to wait to use the elevator:

  • Alger Hall
  • Casey Tower
  • Cheney Hall
  • Clark Hall
  • DeGroat Hall
  • Dragon Hall
  • Fitzgerald Hall
  • Glass Tower Hall
  • Higgins Hall
  • Smith Tower