Dear Parents and Family Members:

Welcome Back and Welcome New Cortland Parents and Families!

Whether your student is returning (or has returned) or is joining campus life for the first time this week, there is a lot going on at home and on campus.

We would like to point you to topics on our website that may be of particular interest to you at this time including move-in information, Welcome Week activities, sending mail/packages to your student, and student employment.

Move-in Information such as what to (and not to) bring and the arrival schedule by hall and room: Move-in information

Welcome Week

Sending mail/packages

Student Employment: Students cannot work on campus without a completed I-9. Please see page 4 of the Student Assistant Appointment Policies and Procedures that list what is acceptable documentation and that the documents presented must be originals. Photocopies cannot be accepted.

For parents of new students, please make sure that your student has completed and submitted all of the required health forms available through the Student Health Service portal in myRedDragon. We have an unusually high number of students who have not done so at this point and it could jeopardize their enrollment and their health.

Please travel safely.

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

C. Gregory Sharer
Vice President for Student Affairs

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. 1
Mid-semester estimates available – mid Oct.
Deadline to withdraw from a semester course – Nov. 15