Parents/Families - SUNY Cortland


Dear Parents and Family Members:

I hope this finds you and your student well.  A few things to think about as we approach the Spring 2016 semester:

  • As a result of growing safety concerns published by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, SUNY Cortland has instituted a ban on the use and storage of "hoverboards" in all College buildings.  A statement regarding the safety concerns of "hoverboards" can be found on the USCPSC at .  The new policy takes effect immediately.  The College will monitor the safety status of "hoverboards" as determined by the USCPSC to determine if there is a need to adjust this policy in the future.
  • General Information regarding education credits related to income taxes can be found through the Student Accounts Web page.
  • There are several SUNY Cortland scholarships available, including some that are not based on financial need.  Two such scholarships that are based on campus life participation and leadership are the VP for Student Affairs Merit Scholarship and the Michael C. Holland Memorial Scholarships. Students should visit to see what scholarships might be available to them. Students must apply online, and the deadline is February 1 for the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Siblings Weekend is scheduled for February 26-28. It is a long-standing tradition to welcome younger siblings to the SUNY Cortland campus.  Visit the Siblings Weekend Web page for details.
  • Although we have been enjoying relatively mild weather for this area, it is not likely to last.  Students are reminded to bring back cold-weather apparel.

Wishing your student safe travel back to Cortland.

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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 - March 1
Mid-semester estimates available – after March 4
Deadline to withdraw from a semester course – April 15