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

Helpful Links

Spring 2024


Jan. 18-21

New Students: Jan. 18 

Returning Students: Jan. 20-21

Classes Begin Monday, Jan. 22
Spring Break

Mar. 8-17

Residence Halls & WCA will close on Friday, March 8 @9pm

Residence Halls & WCA will open on Sunday, March 17 @1pm

Classes End Friday, May. 3
Study Days Saturday, May.4 - Sunday, May.5                         
Final Examination Period Monday, May 6 - Friday, May 10
Residence Halls Close

Friday, May 10 at 9 p.m.

Fall 2024


Aug. 22-25

New & Transfer Students: Aug. 22-23

Returning Students: Aug. 24-25

All students should plan to arrive after 9am each day

New students will be able to select a move in time frame via the housing portal on myRedDragon once they receive their housing assignment on August 1st. 

Returning students must select a move in time frame as well.

New students that need to attend orientation should plan to move in on Thursday, August 22nd.

Classes Begin Monday, Aug. 26
Fall Break

Oct. 7-8

Residence Halls & WCA remain open

Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 26- Dec.1

Residence Halls & WCA will close on Tuesday, November 26 @9pm

Residence Halls & WCA will open on Sunday, December 1

Classes End Friday, Dec. 6
Study Days Saturday, Dec.7 and Sunday, Dec.8                     
Final Examination Period Monday, Dec.9 - Friday, Dec.13
Residence Halls & WCA Close Friday, Dec.13 at 9 p.m.

Campus Guidance/COVID-19 Information

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