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Student Life

Student Life

Sit still? Not you. Not here.

At SUNY Cortland, you’re on the move, and you can feel the momentum everywhere. You’re part of our team — our family — and you’ll always find something to do.

From the classroom to the playing field to the community and beyond, the experiences you’ll enjoy here are rich, fun and fulfilling. Your SUNY Cortland education touches on all aspects of your life and well-being: intellectual, physical, emotional, cultural and social.

So what are you waiting for? Seize the moment. Join the momentum at SUNY Cortland.

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Get Involved

Dive right in. With more than 100 clubs and organizations and numerous activities, you’re sure to find a match for your interests and your enthusiasm for new experiences.

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Be Recognized

Apply for one of SUNY Cortland’s merit-based scholarships. Your efforts can also lead to a variety of awards at our annual Honors Convocation. In the classroom, through national honor societies, as a participant in Transformations or on the athletic field  — you’ll find many opportunities to gain recognition for your achievements.

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Be A Leader

You can do this! Step up into a leadership spot anywhere across campus — in the residence halls, in a variety of groups, during Orientation or on our athletics teams. Your success begins now.

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Change Lives

Build houses for Habitat for Humanity. Volunteer for the City of Cortland Fire Department or Emergency Medical Service crew. Lead after-school children’s activities at the local Salvation Army center. Your contribution changes lives.

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Live Well

Meet your new best friends for life when you live in one of our 17 residence halls — they’re safe, comfortable and convenient. Choose a high-rise or low-rise building, suites or double rooms, quiet floors, wellness floors or our international hall. You’ll find fabulous choices for your meal plan and a wide range of dining spots on campus. 

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Earn Extra Money

Check with our Student Employment Services for help in locating part-time work while you attend SUNY Cortland. Our DragonConnect free online job search database posts opportunities both on and off campus. And our campus food service provider, Auxiliary Services Corporation, may hire you to work in its campus dining facilities. You can also take advantage of our part-time and summer job fairs, the annual Student Employment Fair and the annual Summer Job and Internship Fair.