Dear Parents and Family Members:

I hope this finds you well and looking forward to an exciting and successful academic year.

If you attended new student Orientation, you are well aware of the campus construction inconvenience experienced. We are happy to report that the construction around campus and specifically in Fay Corey Union is making great progress, and new and returning students should be able to enjoy a fully renovated student social space in the lower level of Fay Corey Union if not when they return, shortly thereafter.  This new space will feature the Union Station coffee shop, Grains and Greens salads and sandwiches, and an Italian and pizza-focused eatery, Pomodori, complete with a campus "living room," study nooks, and performance spaces.

If you are going to be new to campus, please continue to review on-campus living information and the frequently asked questions page for information on housing assignments and room details. For information on moving into the residence halls, see the Arrival Information section of the Residence Life and Housing page.

If your student will be living off campus, there is some very helpful information on the Off-Campus Living page including a move-in check list. Students should have a copy of their lease agreement with them when they arrive, they should take pictures/video of the apartment/house for move-in conditions, and if the landlord promises to do things like repairs/painting, get it in writing. Remember that there is no overnight parking on City of Cortland or Homer streets, and parking on lawns is not allowed. Landlords are required to provide parking space for tenants. Know that some Cortland fire and/or police officers may be visiting residences at the start of the semester with the intent to share some information and to start off the semester on a positive note.

Other frequently asked questions by students include having a vehicle on campus. Parking on campus can be a challenge to put it mildly.  While having a car on campus is not encouraged, there are some real reasons for doing so. Please see the Parking Operations and Security Services Office page for more detail. Student permits purchased before August 11 will be mailed to the home address of record for their account. Otherwise they will be available for pickup at the Parking Operations and Security Services Office in Whitaker Hall (same building as University Police).

There is news in the student and alumni career arena as SUNY Cortland transitions to "Handshake" -- a platform for students and alumni to connect with employers. Please encourage your student to take advantage of this resource.

Family Weekend this year will be October 5-7, 2018. More information on those details and how to register will be posted soon.

Finally (for now), SUNY Cortland Parents and Families have a facebook page!

If you have any suggestion/comments regarding the Family Page, or to unsubscribe from the parent/family email list, please email

Stay Connected

Keep in touch with your student by sending a package from home and we’ll be sure your student receives it promptly.

Check schedules for the weekend and break buses so your student can make arrangements to travel home and return to campus.  For other transportation needs within and to/from Cortland, visit the Way 2 Go Cortland site.

Your Student's Success

Your student’s success stems from the care, concern and support you and your family provide, as well as what we offer at SUNY Cortland.

Our campus benefits include everything from that all-important Internet and email connection to an enjoyable and safe residence life, a variety of social and recreational activities, health and wellness resources, academic support and career services.

You can count on SUNY Cortland’s dedicated faculty and staff members to help your student succeed.

Make a Gift

For many students, SUNY Cortland is a gateway to educational opportunities and professional success that otherwise might have been out of reach. We invite you to contribute to our mission by taking advantage of the many opportunities for giving.

READ MORE about making a gift to SUNY Cortland

For Parents of International Students

Supporting your student’s education, especially at a college located in a different country and culture, can be exciting and concerning. You can rest assured that SUNY Cortland faculty members, staff, students and programs are focused on your student’s well-being. Visit our International Students and Scholars page to learn more about helping your student prepare for a successful experience.

Plan Ahead

Plan ahead for the many events that you and your student may be attending during the year.

Learn more about parking for these events.

Contact Information

Division of Student Affairs
Email Student Affairs

More Contacts

Academic Advising

Every student comes to college with his or her own distinct set of talents, experiences and goals. There are some shared experiences among students, but your student’s experience will be a unique journey.  Because you are important to your student’s success, we see you as a part of the SUNY Cortland community and welcome you along with your student. 

New students are assigned to academic advisors from their major department early in the fall semester. For students who are undecided about what they eventually will choose for a major, the College has a Pre-Major Program with special advisement. Advisors for the Pre-Major Program are assigned through Advisement and Transition.  Students can view their academic advisor (name and contact information) through myRedDragon.

Resources and important dates:

Drop/Add – first 5 days of classes.
Recommended Change of Major Deadline - Oct. 1
Mid-semester estimates available – mid Oct.
Deadline to withdraw from a semester course – Nov. 15