Guide to Student Success


Student working with advisor

Be Informed

Advisement and Transition Offers services and support regarding transition to college, academic planning, major choice and academic decision-making

College Catalog Contains admission information, academic policies, requirements for bachelor’s degrees, descriptions of courses and requirements for majors and minors

Degree Works A multi-use academic tool where you can view your degree audit, which you will use for advisement and to track your academic progress through graduation

Library Where you go for research and reference assistance, interlibrary loan and instruction in computer and library information

myRedDragon Online portal that you use to register for classes, monitor your degree progress, pay bills, view grades or access other campus functions

Starfish An online communication tool that offers early and ongoing feedback regarding a student's academic progress

The Registrar's Office Provides services and support that involve all facets of your academic record, including fulfilling requests for official college transcripts

Transfer Credit Services Conducts transfer credit evaluations for new students and is a resource if you are looking to take a summer or winter session class at another institution

Get Connected

Academic Advisor A faculty member in the department of your major who is available to answer academic questions and offer guidance about your academic program

Associate Dean Administrator in each school who assists you with academic issues that include withdrawing from a class or from college, leaves of absence and academic probation:

COR 101 and 201 Courses that help you integrate into campus life

Faculty They are here to support you. Get to know them and build relationships by visiting them during office hours, asking about research and inviting them to lunch

Be Successful

Career Services Provides career counseling, assistance with internships and resumes, and enables exploration  of interests connected to a potential career as well as practical experience

Disability Resources Office Facilitates educational and personal development in a welcoming, diverse and accessible college community

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Supports students with strong academic and personal potential who would otherwise be excluded from higher education

Extended Learning Office Schedules summer and winter courses to help with getting ahead, catching up or exploring something new

International Programs Offers more than 600 different programs for study abroad and campus support for international students

The Learning Center (TLC) Provides Professional Tutoring in writing, math and study skills, Nightowl Online Tutoring, and peer-led programs for various courses to help students to build and hone successful academic behaviors. Students who regularly use TLC services often demonstrate increased academic confidence, stronger learning skills and improvement in their coursework.

Writing Center Assists with any stage of the writing process in a collaborative and supportive environment

Student Life

Students showing school spirit at Cortaca game

Be Engaged

Alumni Engagement Alum from Day One and Student Alumni Association programs connect you with alumni to learn about life at Cortland and beyond

Athletics Fun and competitive events where you can cheer for fellow Red Dragons

Institute for Civic Engagement (ICE) Partnerships between you, community leaders, faculty and staff through service and involvement in the greater Cortland community

Get Involved

Campus Activities and Corey Union Home to the Student Activities Board and many campus events such as concerts, lectures and a variety of performances

Clubs and Organizations

  • Student Government Association (SGA) provides many opportunities for you to get involved and be a leader. SGA-recognized clubs range from academics-based groups to cultural to volunteer-focused groups.
  • Greek organizations offer opportunities for community service, fundraising and leadership development while also emphasizing academic success.
  • Sport clubs are a great way to further your knowledge and skill in an activity through participation and/or competition.

Outdoor Pursuits Organizes trips, rents gear and offers workshops where you can learn skills to create your own adventure

Residence Life and Housing Fosters on-campus communities and helps you get to know the people in your building, especially your residence hall director, resident assistant and green rep

Express Yourself

Campus Ministries Supports interfaith activities, special events, religious observances and student groups

Dowd Gallery Provides exhibitions, artists’ talks and discussions about the visual arts right on campus

Multicultural Life and Diversity Encourages creating an inclusive campus community through programs and training

Performing Arts Provides opportunities for you to sing, dance and play instruments or appreciate the performances of others

Health and Wellness

Student in a cycling class

Be Fit

Alumni Arena Ice rink where you can enjoy skating or playing hockey from October through February

Community Bike Program Free bikes that you can check out and ride during the fall and spring semesters

Recreational Sports Multiple opportunities from intramural sports to sport clubs to personal trainers and events to help you make the most of your leisure time

Student Life Center Fitness and recreation facility that includes aerobic exercise areas, strength training and free weights, indoor track, mind/body room, pool, bouldering and climbing walls

Be Healthy

SUNY Cortland Auxiliary Services Delivers a variety of dining options and employs a nutritionist to help you with your dietary needs

Counseling Center Creates a safe and confidential place for you to explore your concerns and find your personal path to self awareness

Health Promotion Provides programs on current health topics, illness and disease prevention and how to stay healthy and well

Student Health Service Offers care for short-term medical conditions, information about emergencies and insurance, illness and disease prevention, education about healthy lifestyles and resources for health-related topics

Substance Abuse Prevention and Education Facilitates educational workshops and resources to help you understand the connection between substance abuse and your future success, identify your personal risk profile for chemical dependency and explore your options for coping with stress

SUNY Cortland Cupboard Addresses food insecurity by providing non-perishable food items and personal care products at no cost.

Be Safe

Emergency Notification System Sends emergency alerts by phone or text message

Student Conduct Office Develops and administers the Code of Student Conduct and strives to create an environment that fosters personal integrity and promotes justice, equality and diversity on campus

Title IX Office Offers prevention education and response regarding acts of discrimination, harassment and violence that are gender-based. In addition, the Title IX Office ensures institutional compliance with state and federal laws.

University Police Department (UPD) Promotes a safe and secure environment as officers perform all service and law enforcement-related functions on a 24-hour-a-day basis

Additional Resources

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Campus Technology Services Delivers computing and printing services, information about available software and the WEPA printing system on myRedDragon

The Help Center Provides assistance with the various technologies on campus and in the library


Weekend Escape Bus Services downstate locations at a reduced student rate for trips home during breaks or to visit friends on the weekend

Campus Busing Stops at key locations on campus, offers weekend shopping trips and a late-night campus shuttle

Parking Operations and Security Services Issues parking permits and monitors all on-campus parking


SUNY Cortland Auxiliary Services Offers a variety of services, including textbooks, ID cards, laundry, microfridge rentals and package pickup as well as on-campus jobs

Financial Aid Provides advice, education and financial services to make your education more affordable

Student Accounts Coordinates billing, posts payments, manages the monthly payment plan, processes refunds and determines residency status

Student Employment Services Lists information about part-time, on- and off-campus jobs and seasonal positions

CFCU Community Credit Union Offers convenient banking services on campus during the academic year