COR 101: The Cortland Experience

Are you interested in being a COR 101 Student Facilitator for the Fall 2024 Semester? You can earn three credit-hours of free-elective credit, while developing networking connections and help new students transition to SUNY Cortland! Start your application today! If you have trouble with the link, email us at

Applicants may reach out to Advisement and Transition at for more information or questions.

COR 101 is a required one credit, graded seminar designed to facilitate the intellectual and social integration of  first-time college students into the SUNY Cortland academic community.

COR 101 Helps Students

  • Understand and negotiate the transition to college (transition)
  • Learn about SUNY Cortland, the campus, policies, and procedures (orientation)
  • Develop critical thinking and responsible decision-making skills (academic success)
  • Understand and value new viewpoints (diversity, equity and inclusion)
  • Utilize academic and campus resources (personal wellness)

COR 101 was initiated at SUNY Cortland in the fall of 1997. The course was developed from the growing field of research and practice regarding the first-year experience and previous initiatives at SUNY Cortland. First-year seminars are a nationwide initiative, developed in different formats, but they typically share common foundational themes such as developmental and meta-cognition theories, involvement, and integration themes.

The Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) consider the first-year seminar a high impact educational practice. The seminar lends itself to "critical inquiry, frequent writing, information literacy, collaborative learning, and other skills that develop students' intellectual and practical competencies".  We view COR 101: The Cortland Experience as a high impact practice that will assist our students not only with their transition into our community but connect students with faculty, academic departments, career closure, campus involvement and integration, as well as help the students make connections with their academic classes.

As a part of COR 101, students will have the opportunity to engage in a cohort of learning with their peers, as they explore campus, the surrounding Cortland community, and their own expectations and beliefs of College. 

Source: High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are, Who Has Access to Them, and Why They Matter, George D. Kuh, (Washington, D.C., AAC&U, 2008).

Advisement and Transition
Memorial Library, Room A-111

Phone: 607-753-4726

Fax: 607-753-5593
8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday