Application Process

Step 1: Apply Online

The easiest, fastest and most secure way to apply is online. SUNY Cortland accepts the Common Application and the SUNY Online Application. Choose just one way to apply; both require a $50 non-refundable application fee.

Interested students are encouraged to submit either the Common Application or the SUNY Application as well as the appropriate supplemental form.

Students who previously enrolled at SUNY Cortland and would like to re-enroll can start the re-admission process.

Please complete and submit only one.

Apply via the Common App

The Common Application
is accepted by more than 800 colleges nationwide and allows you to apply to any participating school with one application.

Apply SUNY

The SUNY Online application
is accepted by 57 of the 64 SUNY campuses and allows you to apply to any of the 57 SUNY colleges with one application. 

Step 2: EOP Applicants Only

SUNY’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides access, academic support and financial aid to students who show promise for succeeding in college but who may not have otherwise been offered admission.

To be eligible for admission to EOP, students must:

  • Be a New York state resident for 12 months prior to enrollment;
  • Require special admissions consideration; and
  • Qualify as economically disadvantaged according to the guidelines. In selecting students for the program, priority is given to applicants from historically disadvantaged backgrounds.

All freshmen applying for EOP through the SUNY Application or the Common Application must complete the EOP Financial Information Form online. Applicants may find it helpful to use the EOP Financial Information Form Worksheet prior to completing the online form. Transfer students do not need to complete this step.

Information and requirements for EOP eligibility can be found on the SUNY EOP website. Students who incorrectly apply for EOP admission but do not meet the criteria should notify the Admissions Office immediately so that their application for regular freshmen admission.

Transfer Students: All transfer students applying for EOP should complete and submit the Transfer Verification form. Learn more about EOP at SUNY Cortland.

Step 3: Submit Academic Information

Freshmen and transfer applicants must submit a high school transcript, and transfer applicants are required to submit transcripts from all colleges attended. High school transcripts may be submitted electronically or via mail.

International students are encouraged to view the International Admissions Undergraduate Applicants page for any additional admission requirements.

Step 4: Submit Other Requested Items

The admission process often includes a review of recommendation letters, mid-year or mid-semester grades or an audition or portfolio for students interested in the fine arts. Please contact the Admissions Office if you are asked to submit any additional items.

Please submit one letter of recommendation or the Teacher/Counselor Evaluation Form (PDF) directly to SUNY Cortland at the address listed on the form. This is optional for transfer students.

For consideration in the Alumni Admissions Program, candidates must submit a letter of recommendation from an alumni sponsor as well as a completed Alumni Admissions Nomination Form.

Recommended Application Dates

Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible in order to receive full consideration.

Freshmen: Dec. 1 (Nov. 15 for early action consideration)
Transfers: Nov. 1 (spring applicants); March 1 (fall applicants)

State University of New York (SUNY) policy prohibits SUNY Cortland admission applications from inquiring into an applicant's prior criminal history. After acceptance, the College shall inquire if the student previously has been convicted of a felony if such individual seeks campus housing or participation in clinical or field experiences, internships or study abroad programs. The information required to be disclosed under SUNY policy regarding such felony convictions shall be reviewed by a standing campus committee consistent with the legal standards articulated in New York State Corrections Law.

Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. Students who have concerns about such matters are advised to contact the dean's office of their intended academic program.

Contact us

Undergraduate Admissions
SUNY Cortland
P.O. Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045
Phone: 607-753-4711
Fax: 607-753-5998

Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.