Parents/Families - SUNY Cortland


Dear Parents and Family Members:

Welcome to our new Red Dragon families and welcome back to our returning Red Dragons.  We have been busy on campus this summer wrapping up 2015-2016 and gearing up for 2016-2017. 

You should have received (or will shortly) a large postcard that lists important campus dates.  Also linked to this page (bottom right under Academic Advising) is a pdf of the parent calendar provided to parents of freshmen and transfers during orientation.  It has some helpful information for returning parents as well.

Transitioning to college ( or back to college) can be challenging.  Arizona State University Counseling and Consultation has put together a handout outlining some periods of stress for students.  And for those first-year parents as promised during Orientation, the College Academics handout provides some guidance regarding the academic transition to college.  We thought you might find these helpful.

Bills for Fall 2016 were available for viewing July 12 and are due August 15.  Visit the Student Accounts Web page for more information on bill paying including the monthly payment plan.

We encourage you to visit the Residence Life and Housing page for parents and families.  It contains some important information about moving in and living in the residence halls.  It also contains information on Fall 2016 arrival and tripled rooms.

Alumni Engagement, along with the Syracuse and Southern Tier Alumni Chapters, invite you to two events happening in the month of August -- August 12 (LI event) and August 20 (Binghamton event).  It's never too early or too late to join in the fun for alumni and guests.

And last but not least for this issue, registration information for Family Weekend (October 7-9, 2016) should be available the early part of September. 

We look forward to sharing the 2016-2017 academic year with you and your student.

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. Download the International Student Guide PDF 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. 3
Mid-semester estimates available – mid Oct.
Deadline to withdraw from a semester course – Nov. 15