Start Strong

Welcome to Start Strong!

Interested in getting a jump start on your academic career at SUNY Cortland through courses this summer? We welcome all incoming undergraduate transfer students to learn more about the Start Strong program!  Please note that incoming first year students are not eligible for the Start Strong program prior to their Fall admit term. 

Course Schedule

Public Course Schedule (full course details including course descriptions, seats available and search by attribute/general education functions)
Summer Session Course Listing (shows courses available by term)

Start Strong Process

Step 1: Visit the course schedule. Complete our online form and indicate your interest in Start Strong.

  • To allow for sufficient time for review, all necessary approvals and registration, please begin this process at least one week prior to the course beginning.
  • Tuition and fee information is available for Summer Session 2023.
  • Visit Summer Session for additional information on the term, services available and more.

Step 2: Advisement and Transition will contact you to set up a phone appointment to discuss specific courses, amount of credit, need for financial aid, and experience with online courses. Initial contact will be via e-mail.

Step 3: Advisement and Transition will approve your course(s) in prior to registration.

  • If you are interested in at least 6 credits and utilizing financial aid, we will provide additional information. You will be referred to Financial Aid to complete an application for summer aid and discuss how this will impact your overall aid package.  Students must have a 2023-2024 FAFSA completed by May 1. The student must initiate the conversation with Financial Aid, if directed.

Step 4: You will receive an email from the Registrar's Office with information on how to register. You will register for the courses yourself online, via myRedDragon.

Step 5: Accept your charges and pay your bill via myRedDragon. SUNY Cortland does not mail bills.

Step 6: Prepare for your course!

  • Be sure to verify the start date for your course(s)! Summer Session has multiple terms with courses beginning in May, June and July!
  • The Extended Learning Office will send multiple e-mails prior to and throughout the term with important reminders and helpful information for navigating Summer Session.

Summer Session 2023 Dates

To accommodate busy student schedules, Summer Session includes multiple terms and most courses are 5 weeks long. 

Full Summer Session (10-week)
May 17 - Aug 1

Summer Session I
May 17 - June 22

Term A
May 17 - June 5

Term B
June 6 - June 22

Summer Session II
June 26 - Aug 1

Term C
June 26 - July 13

Term D
July 17 - Aug 1

*No classes or assignments shall be due in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 29, Juneteenth on Monday, June 19 and Independence Day on Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4.

Office Contact  Information

Contact information is provided below for all offices that support the Start Strong program, as noted in the above steps.

Advisement and Transition

Financial Aid


Registrar's Office

Student Accounts

Extended Learning Office

Contact Us

Darci Contri
Director of Extended Learning

Athena Vunk-Moynihan
Program Aide

Phone: 607-753-5643
Fax: 607-753-2959
Miller Building, Suite 208

Extended Learning Office
Summer/Winter Sessions
SUNY Cortland
P.O. Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Intersession Hours
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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