Student Excellence

Your hard work and dedication will pay off at SUNY Cortland. You can be recognized for your efforts in many ways — through scholarships, academic department awards, election to honors societies and participation in Transformations: A Student Research and Creativity Conference, to name a few.

Honor Societies

At SUNY Cortland, you'll have the opportunity to join a wide selection of honor societies.

University-Wide Honor Societies

Discipline-Specific Honor Societies

Transformations: A Student Research and Creativity Conference

Transformations is a daylong series of presentations highlighting faculty, staff and student scholarship. This annual celebration of research and inquiry will give you a chance to showcase your academic work.

About Transformations


You may be eligible for a wide range of scholarships. See what's the best fit for you.

Scholarship Opportunities


As a SUNY Cortland student, you can be acknowledged for your academic excellence in a variety of ways.

SUNY Chancellor's Award

Student Leadership Awards

Academic All-American

Leadership in Civic Engagement Award Winners

SUNYAC Academic Award

Honors Program

If you are a highly motivated student with outstanding ability and varied interests, the Honors Program may be for you. It brings together high- achieving students and accomplished teachers in a program that provides challenging opportunities.

More information can be found at Honors Program.

Academic Hall of Fame

Take your academic success seriously, take advantage of all SUNY Cortland has to offer, and you may find yourself in the auspicious company of your peers who are members of the Academic Hall of Fame. As an academically strong alumnus of 10 years or more who has made a significant contribution to society through your chosen profession, you may be recognized for your achievements and awarded with this distinctive honor.

Student Research

You have the opportunity to participate in research projects under the sponsorship and guidance of a professor in your major, allowing you to put into practice what you've learned in your classes in the pursuit of new insights. 

Honors Convocation

You may be honored for your academic achievements at the annual Honors Convocation, where the top five percent of each class is recognized and awards and scholarships are presented.

Academic Honors

Dean's List

Dean’s List, the highest ranking for undergraduate students in their respective academic areas of the university, is earned with a 3.3 semester grade point average. Students also must meet additional criteria.

President's List

President’s List is a university-wide honor given to students who achieve grades of A- or better in each of their courses for a given semester. Students also must meet additional criteria.

Part-time Student Award for Academic Achievement

The Part-time Student Award for Academic Achievement recognizes academic excellence among part-time undergraduate students.

Athletic Championships

The Red Dragons have a history of success with multiple team championships and 100 individual national titles.

National Championship Teams

Other NCAA/SUNYAC awards