Not ready to declare a major? You’re not alone. Twenty percent of new students enroll at SUNY Cortland as pre-majors. You’ll find advisors and professional staff who will guide you on the journey toward finding the major that ignites your passion.
Strategies for the Pre-Major Student
- Take additional time to explore major options
- Continue to make progress toward your degree while completing General Education requirements
- Participate in pre-major Learning Communities that connect you with faculty and allow collaboration with other students
- Work with Career Services to gain a better sense of your interests, abilities and values
- Advisement and Transition provides academic and career guidance
- Career Services offers career counseling, workshops, mock interviews and internships
- ADV 200: Major and Career Exploration course
- Communities consist of two-four linked courses.
- Explore the link between your interests, experiences and academic opportunities when you take classes that address common themes with the same group of students.
- Topics range from science, to communication, to recreation, to service-learning.
- Experience greater satisfaction and success in your first year of college.
- Learn more about Learning Communities
Advisement and Transition
Office: Memorial Library, Room A-111
- Largest incoming major
- Work one-on-one with professional advisors who can help you explore
- Pre-majors are accepted based on the same general admissions requirements
“The pre-major provides you with enough resources to narrow in on your prospective career path while working with great advisors that help you find your way.”
– Angela DiGrazia, communication studies major
We recognize excellence in our students with awards and scholarships.
- Scholarships are awarded to high achieving students in select learning communities
- Pre-major students go on to successfully graduate in four years