Future Students


Students sitting outside on campus

SUNY Cortland offers exceptional value for the investment you make in your future. In 2019, Cortland was the highest-ranked of all SUNY comprehensive colleges on Money magazine’s best value list. You’ll be pleased to discover our reasonable costs for tuition, fees, living expenses, books and transportation.

Financial aid

A student meets with a financial aid advisor

The Financial Aid Office provides a range of financial aid services. Make this your first stop when looking for state or federal resources to help you fund an affordable education. Nearly 80 percent of SUNY Cortland students receive some form of financial aid.

Majors and minors

Students working out a problem in Bowers Hall

Undergraduate students can choose from strong academic majors and minors spanning the arts and sciences, education and in-demand professional fields. Graduate students can advance their careers through campus, online and hybrid learning options.

A kinesiology student and instructor collaborate at a computer

Academic life at SUNY Cortland emphasizes experience-based learning opportunities that include research, internships and other fieldwork. This hands-on approach is one reason why 98% of recent graduates are employed or pursuing a graduate degree. 

Intramurals and sport clubs

Cortland men's ice hockey in action

Sport clubs are offered across three levels: instructional, recreational and competitive. All are led by students and receive limited funding. Nearly 40 clubs include 1,200 participants. Options include everything from cheerleading to jiu-jitsu to ultimate frisbee.  

Students engaged in an intramural game

Intramural programs cover three categories: weekly leagues, single-day competitions and late-night events. More than 30 activities exist at competitive and recreational levels, offering T-shirts and bragging rights to champions.

Night life and downtown

RaeLynn in concert

Cortland Nites offers a weekly series of events during the semester sponsored by Campus Activities and Corey Union. They include mini golf, laser tag and $3 Movie Night plus visits from comedians, hypnotists and entertainers. You also can visit downtown Cortland for dining, entertainment and seasonal festivals.

Campus bus

SUNY Cortland Propane-Powered bus

The campus bus system runs continuously throughout the day, from early morning to late at night. You can take the weekend shopping bus to local grocery stores. Friday and Saturday schedules include a downtown shuttle, which offers transportation to Main Street. You also can consult the bus schedule or download a smartphone application to track the current location of buses.

Clubs for every interest

Endless opportunity defines student groups and organizations. More than 70 options cover everything from academics to service to culture. You can start new clubs with some effort and the interest of a handful of friends.

list of current clubs is available online.

Dining facilities

Nine dining facilities offer different experiences: unlimited residential dining, made-to-order hot meals or a quick cup of coffee and snack. These options cater to every appetite and budget.

Visit ASC Dining Services


All first-year students are allowed to have a car on campus. They must park in the Route 281 lot, which is easily accessible. The campus bus makes frequent runs between this parking lot and middle and upper campus.

Learn more about parking permits.


Summit Federal Credit Union logo

The Summit Federal Credit Union is the exclusive credit union for SUNY Cortland employees and students. The Summit is a not-for-profit financial institution owned and operated exclusively by its members, offering you more benefits such as lower or no fees, competitive loan rates and higher dividends on your savings.



Neubig Hall across from the College Store
Visit Summit's site for hours


Neubig Hall (24-hour access)
Student Life Center

Campus Safety

University Police Department

Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, the University Police Department looks out for your safety.

A SUNY Cortland police office inside a police vehicle.

Blue Light System

Across campus, 28 emergency blue-light phones make the reporting of serious incidents easier and quicker. Each emergency phone is attached to a light pole or building.