COVID-19 Safety Information

First-Year Orientation

Signing Up for Orientation

Beginning in May, you can sign up for an Orientation session through your myRedDragon. You must have submitted your admissions deposit and be compliant with SUNY Cortland's COVID-19 policy. Go to the Admissions tab in myRedDragon to submit your COVID-19 vaccination information.

Follow these steps to sign up for an Orientation session:

  1. Select "Admissions" from the top header in myRedDragon.
  2. Locate the "Orientation" box on the right side of the page.
  3. Select the menu link "New Student Orientation Sign Up".
  4. Complete all of the required fields, including providing information about any courses completed for which you received college credit (AP, IB, courses offered through local college). For specific information, review First-Year Students with College Credit.
    PRE majors (undecided students): before signing up, review the Learning Community booklet and other Pre-major information. This will help you determine your preferences for your learning community options (required).
  5. Select your summer session date.
  6. Add information for up to 2 family member(s) who will be joining you to attend Family Orientation. (Please note that Family Orientation is only available for the in-person Orientation sessions.)
  7. Pay for any family members ($25/person) and confirm your reservation.

After you have selected your summer session date, you will complete the online student resource and success modules to learn about:

  • academics
  • paying for college
  • living on campus
  • safety and community expectations

Orientation sessions

Specific dates for these sessions are determined by your major. In-person sessions will be from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and online sessions from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. During this time you will:

  • learn about your major in a small group setting with a faculty member
  • individually discuss your schedule with a faculty member (a specific time will be assigned to you)
  • meet your Orientation Assistant and other new students in your major

View a draft PDF of the in-person Orientation schedule.

You will select your specific date through the Orientation Sign Up process in myRedDragon.

Lodging is available in Cortland or nearby areas for those interested in arriving in Cortland the night before your in-person Orientation session. If staying at an off-campus location presents a specific challenge, please contact our office (607-753-4727) concerning the possibility of a room on campus for students only. Availability is very limited and based on need and orientation session.

Welcome Week

All new students will arrive on campus and move into their assigned residence hall the week prior to classes starting. Welcome week activities will occur throughout the week. Schedule coming soon!

Details about the move-in process, including specific move-in dates and times, as well as your housing assignment will be available in myRedDragon beginning August 1.


The new student fee on your student bill covers the cost of orientation, advising and registration, your ID card, Student Planner and activities throughout Welcome Week.

Advisement and Transition
Brockway Hall
Jacobus Lounge
Phone: 607-753-4726
Fax: 607-753-5593
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.