Application Decisions

Applications are reviewed individually. As part of the review process, we may request additional information from you to help clarify your academic background. If we determine you are academically qualified, we notify the International Programs Office so they can begin processing your immigration paperwork.

Freshman criteria

You are considered a freshman applicant if you have not attended a college or university after graduating from high school or completing the equivalent in your home country.

All admissions applications are individually reviewed. Decisions are based on a variety of factors; however, primary consideration is given to your academic background and how your performance may indicate your success as a SUNY Cortland international student. Your high school record or school leaving exam scores will be reviewed to determine if you meet the standards we seek in a student.

Admission criteria for freshman applicants are similar across majors.

Transfer criteria

If you have attended a college after high school, whether in the USA or in another country, you need to apply as a transfer student. Your academic performance at all of your previous institutions will be reviewed, and your high school record may also be considered depending upon the number of college credits you have completed. 

The minimum cumulative grade point average needed for admission is 2.50 (on the 4.00 scale). Transfer applicants must select a major of study. Some majors are more competitive so having the minimum GPA may not be enough to be admitted to the program.

Contact us

Phone: +1 607-753-4711
Fax: +1 607-753-5998