Arrival Information

Moving into the Residence Halls:

Before You Get Here

Purchase what you need for your room.

Organize your items

  • Label all items you will move into your room with your name, residence hall and room number. To make this process easier we have created labels that you can download and print (PDF) onto your own label sheets (or just print them on regular paper and tape them on). You can use 2"x4" labels (Avery 5163). 

When You Get Here

When you arrive on campus SUNY Cortland staff will be available to make the move-in process one of the easiest you will ever experience. Here is what you can expect:

  1. A University Police officer will direct you where to go to move in.
  2. Once parked, one person will stay with the vehicle and the resident will visit the staff office to officially check in (retrieving their room key, learning more about their RCR, etc.).  
  3. The person at the car will complete the info card and place on the dashboard of your vehicle.
  4. After checking in, you'll begin to your unload vehicle immediately as instructed by staff.
  5. As soon as your vehicle is empty, you'll move it to the Park Center parking lot. Buses will be available to shuttle you back to the residence halls.


The following halls have elevators and require you to place your belongings in a pre-marked location to wait to use the elevator:

  • Alger Hall
  • Casey Tower
  • Cheney Hall
  • Clark Hall
  • College Suites
  • DeGroat Hall
  • Dragon Hall
  • Fitzgerald Hall
  • Glass Tower Hall
  • Higgins Hall
  • Smith Tower

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Fall 2023


Aug. 24-27

New & Transfer Students: Aug. 24-25

Returning Students: Aug. 26-27

*All students should plan to arrive after 9am each day*

Classes Begin Monday, Aug. 28
Fall Break

Oct. 16-17

Residence Halls & WCA remain open

Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 21-27

Residence Halls & WCA will close on Tuesday, November 21 @9pm

Residence Halls & WCA will open on Sunday, November 26 @1pm

Classes End Friday, Dec. 8
Study Days Saturday, Dec.9 and Sunday, Dec.11                     
Final Examination Period Monday, Dec.11 - Friday, Dec.15
Residence Halls Close Friday, Dec.15 at 9 p.m.

Campus Guidance/COVID-19 Information

Visit the COVID-19 Guidance webpage for more information about SUNY Cortland's COVID guidelines.