Dear Parents and Family Members:

With the Thanksgiving Break quickly approaching, we would like to take a moment to wish you a pleasant holiday.

For students living on campus, residence halls officially close at 6 p.m. on Tursday, November 24.  West Campus Apartments, however, will remain open during the break.  For more information, visit the Closing for Breaks and Checkout Process section of the Residence Life web page.

For students living both on and off campus, it is important that they remember they are leaving their residence for several days.  They should prepare for that by discarding food items that may spoil, lock their residences, and bring with them items that could be vulnerable in unoccupied rooms.  It is also a good opportunity to bring home summer attire and return with winter attire.  If a student has a car, it is also a good time to stock some extra windshield wiper fluid and a snow brush and scraper.

Safe travels.

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Stay Connected

Keep in touch with your student by sending Hugs from Home. Keep in touch with your student by sending Hugs from Home. Choose from gift cards, gift baskets, flowers or balloon bouquets. Or mail 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

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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 – Oct. 15
Deadline to withdraw from a semester course – Nov. 17