Student Excellence

Your hard work and dedication will pay off at SUNY Cortland. You can be recognized for your efforts in many ways — through Dean’s or President’s lists, academic department awards, induction into honors societies or participation in events dedicated to research and creative activities.

Academic Honors

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.

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.

Part-time Student Award for Academic Achievement

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


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 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.

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

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

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. 


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

Scholarship Opportunities

Honors Program

If you are intellectually curious, this opportunity brings together high-achieving students and dedicated professors in a rewarding program.

Learn more about the Honors Program.