Student Life

Something for everyone.

Endless opportunity defines everyday life at SUNY Cortland, with nearly 80 student clubs, dozens of recreational sport options and nine spots to enjoy food with friends.

Your Cortland experience will find its meaning outside of the classroom. You might present funded research at a professional conference. You could help line up a big-name musical act for Spring Fling. Or maybe you’ll study abroad and make lifelong friends halfway around the world.

Whether your passion is sports or service or social justice, you will quickly discover that Red Dragons arent passive. They’re energized by the world around them.

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Get involved

Go all in. With nearly 80 clubs and organizations, you'll find a match for your interests and your enthusiasm for new experiences.

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Be a leader

Step up into a leadership spot anywhere across campus — in a residence hall, in a variety of groups, during Orientation or on our athletics teams. Being Red Dragon strong means that you will find support from day one.

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Live well

Meet friends for life when you live in one of our 17 residence halls. Theyre safe, comfortable and convenient. Youll also find different meal plan options and a wide range of dining spots on campus. 

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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 academic awards at our annual Honors Convocation. In the classroom, through national honor societies or as a participant in Transformations, youll find many opportunities to gain recognition for your achievements.

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Change lives

Participate in the Big Event, an annual day of service in the spring. Volunteer for SUNY Cortland Emergency Medical Services crew. Contribute to youth programs at the nearby YWCA. Your work in the community can help change lives.

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Earn extra money

Consult Student Employment Services for help in locating part-time work on campus. Our campus food service provider, Auxiliary Services Corporation, also may hire you to work in campus dining facilities. You can take advantage of part-time and summer job fairs, the annual Student Employment Fair and the annual Summer Job and Internship Fair.