FAQ


When is Winter Session at SUNY Cortland?

Winter Session includes two terms.

Winter Session I is a five-week session beginning on December 19, 2017, and ending on January 19, 2018.

Winter Session II is a two-week session beginning on January 3, and ending on January 17, 2018.

Review the Course Preview or the Course Schedule to see the list of courses available in each session.

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I am a SUNY Cortland student. When and how do I register and pay for classes?

As a SUNY Cortland student, you can begin registering for Winter Session when you register for your Spring Semester courses. Undergraduate students need to meet with their academic advisor to receive a PIN to register. Time tickets for Spring/Winter registration will begin on the following dates:

Student Group Registration Start Date
Graduate students November 6
Seniors November 8
Juniors November 10
Sophomores November 14
Freshmen November 16

We encourage you to register for courses online through myRedDragon. Online registration will remain open until a few days before the start of each session. At that time, the Alternate Registration process will be utilized. More information on this process can be found on the Registrar's website.

Registration ends at 4:00 p.m., on the first day of each session. Please note the following important dates:

Winter Session I  Winter Session II 
Online registration begins  See the date above related to your class year.
Registration temporarily down December 6 (4:00 p.m.) to December 13 (8:00 a.m.)
Online registration ends December 15 (4:00 p.m.) December 22 (4:00 p.m.)*
Alternate registration begins December 18 (8:00 a.m.) December 27 (8:00 a.m.)
Alternate registration ends December 19 (4:00 p.m.) January 3 (4:00 p.m.)

*Alternate registration forms submitted after online registration ends and before December 27, will be processed on the 27th.

You may be deregistered from your Winter Session course if payment is not submitted on time. You can view your bill and pay your tuition and fees on myRedDragon. If you register before November 18, your bill will be available on November 19.

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I am not a SUNY Cortland student. When and how do I register and pay for classes?

Visiting student registration for Winter Session will begin on Monday, November 13. We encourage visiting students to register early for courses using the online registration process. Formal admission to SUNY Cortland is not required to take courses as a visiting student.

A brief overview of the registration steps is outlined below. For more detailed information, including screen shots of important steps, consult the Visiting Student Guide.

  • Begin the process by completing the Visiting Student Form.
    • The information on this form will be used to establish you as a student at SUNY Cortland. If you have taken courses with us in the past, you will need to resubmit the form to access Winter Session registration.
    • Within 1 to 3 business days, you will receive an email with a username, password, and other important information. Once you have this, you can register for your course.
  • Register for your course.
    • Online registration through myRedDragon will be available until a few days before the start of each session. The Visiting Student Guide includes a detailed overview. Please note the following important dates:
      • Winter Session I - Online registration is available from Monday, November 13, to Friday, December 15.
      • Winter Session II - Online registration is available from Monday, November 13, to Friday, December 22.
      • Both Sessions - Online registration will be down temporarily from 4:00 p.m. on December 6, to 8:00 a.m. on December 13. You can submit your Visiting Student Form during this time, but course registration will not be available.
    • Alternate Registration will be used in the final days leading up to the start of each session. More information on this process can be found on the Registrar's website. Please note the following important dates:
      • Winter Session I - Alternate registration will be used on December 18 and 19.
      • Winter Session II - Alternate registration will be used from December 27 to January 3.
  • Pay your tuition and fees online.
    • You can view and pay your tuition and fees online through myRedDragon.
    • Students who do not provide payment by their due date will be deregistered.
    • The Visiting Student Guide also includes helpful information on how to submit payment.
    • Contact the Student Accounts Office with any questions about your bill or payments.

Registration ends at 4:00 p.m., on the first day of each session. Please note the following important dates:

Winter Session I Winter Session II
Online registration begins  November 13
Registration temporarily down
December 6 (4:00 p.m.) to December 13 (8:00 a.m.)  
(The Visiting Student Form can be submitted during this time.)
Online registration ends December 15 (4:00 p.m.) December 22 (4:00 p.m.)*
Alternate registration begins December 18 (8:00 a.m.) December 27 (8:00 a.m.)
Alternate registration ends December 19 (4:00 p.m.) January 3 (4:00 p.m.)

*Alternate registration forms submitted after online registration ends and before December 27, will be processed on the 27th.

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Is financial aid available?

Financial aid is not offered specifically for Winter Session.  However, Winter Session charges can be included in a SUNY Cortland student’s cost of attendance to allow for additional loan eligibility for the academic year.  Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

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I am an Excelsior Scholarship recipient. If I take a Winter Session course, will it help me fulfill the requirement of completing 30 credit hours each year?

Credits earned during Winter (and Summer) Session can help you meet the Excelsior Scholarship requirements. We highly recommend consulting with your academic advisor and the Financial Aid Office before committing to a Winter Session course. Your advisor can help you choose the best course to fulfill your degree requirements. And, the Financial Aid Office will work with you to ensure that you are on track with this, and all other Excelsior Scholarship requirements.

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How many credit hours can I take during Winter Session?

You can register for a maximum of 5 credit hours during Winter Session.

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If I decide not to complete a course, can I get a refund?

Information regarding refunds is available on the Student Accounts website. Please contact the Student Accounts Office with any questions.

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Will taking a winter course allow me to improve my GPA?

If you are a matriculated SUNY Cortland student, Winter Session classes will be included in your GPA and on your transcript. However, no academic decisions from the Fall term will be changed for Spring because of a Winter Session grade. For example, if your GPA at the end of the Fall term was too low for student teaching, to get into a major, or go on an internship, a Winter course grade will not be reported and computed in time to change that decision.

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What campus services are available during Winter Session?

Campus services are available during Winter Session, with reduced hours or availability. Please visit the Available Services page for more specific details.

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I have questions about a course. Whom should I contact?

You are welcome to contact the academic departments or schools with course-specific questions. If you are unsure of whom to contact, you can start with the Extended Learning Office or the Associate Dean for the specific school.

Extended Learning/Winter Session Office
607-753-5643 or winter@cortland.edu 

Associate Dean, Professional Studies
607-753-2702

Associate Dean, Education
607-753-5431

Associate Dean, Arts and Sciences
607-753-4314

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Contact Us

Phone: 607-753-5643
Fax: 607-753-2959
Miller Building, Room 230
winter@cortland.edu

Extended Learning Office
Summer/Winter Programs
SUNY Cortland
P.O. Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Intersession Hours
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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