Dear Parents and Family Members:

I hope this finds you well and adjusting to your days without your student at home. We talk a great deal about student adjustment, but it is an adjustment for families and friends as well whether it is the first semester or the last one.  One thing I know I struggled with as the parent of a college student was when to intervene. As much as we are proud of our student growing into an adult, it is sometimes difficult to know how much, if at all, we should help them handle challenging situations. We want them to be able to navigate and advocate for themselves independently, but resisting the urge to take care of a situation for them is a struggle. And it can depend upon the student. I had one student who, although I offered guidance, was confident in his ability to handle his own affairs. His brother, however, needed more coaching and often unburdened his frustration by calling home leaving us feeling like we needed to rush to his rescue. That was a challenging transition for all of us. College, among other things, can be a test of resiliency both on the part of the student and the family.

That said, Family Weekend is a great opportunity to come to the campus and enjoy Cortland with your student. The link to the schedule and registration information can be found on the right panel. We would love to share this special weekend with you.

Believe it or not, we are already getting inquiries and activity for off-campus housing for next year. At some point in a student's career they are likely to consider moving off campus. This is where a parent or family member can really offer guidance. First, your student needs to make sure they do not have an on-campus living obligation. New and current first year students have a four semester (two-year) on campus housing requirement as does all new transfer students with freshman credits. Having signed an off-campus lease does not release a student from their on-campus requirement. Families can help with the off-campus decision by assisting the student with reading through the lease terms, advising that they need their own (versus a group) lease, knowing how utilities are handled, furnishings, parking, groceries, trash, etc. Please take a few minutes to look at off-campus housing information as your student considers living off campus.

It is also hard to believe that it is time for flu vaccination. There are three clinics set up for students at no charge, they just need to bring their id: September 19, September 27, and October 5, all from 1:30-5 p.m. in the Student Health Service facility in the Van Hoesen Building.

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

Marie Blanden
Secretary to the 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

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