Dear Parents and Family Members:

I hope this finds you well. As students complete their final exams and prepare to move out of Cortland, we would like to remind everyone of some of the important aspects of moving out of the residence halls . We also want to remind those moving out of off-campus housing that there are a few things to keep in mind. Students should:

  • Reasonably clean their apartment before they leave (including emptying and cleaning the refrigerator);
  • Don’t celebrate too hard and damage any furniture, walls,etc.;
  • Take home all personal belongings;
  • Take out the trash (and the recyclables);
  • Get some money – bring back all those soda cans/bottles;
  • Consider donating unopened non-perishable food to the SUNY Cortland Cupboard or Cortland’s Loaves and Fishes (makes more room in your car for other things);
  • Make sure the landlord knows when they plan to leave;
  • Return all keys per landlord’s instructions;
  • Make sure house/apartment is locked as last person leaves;
  • Make sure all windows are closed and locked;
  • Mail . . . Complete a forwarding address form (can be found on USPS website); and
  • Consider taking photos or a video before you move out . . . just in case

 (Don’t give the landlord a reason not to return the damage/security deposit)

Safe travels and congratulations to all who are graduating.

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You can count on SUNY Cortland’s dedicated faculty and staff members to help your student succeed.

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For Parents of International Students

Supporting your student’s education, especially at a college located in a different country and culture, can be exciting and concerning. You can rest assured that SUNY Cortland faculty members, staff, students and programs are focused on your student’s well-being. Visit our International Students and Scholars page to learn more about helping your student prepare for a successful experience.

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Academic Advising

Every student comes to college with his or her own distinct set of talents, experiences and goals. There are some shared experiences among students, but your student’s experience will be a unique journey.  Because you are important to your student’s success, we see you as a part of the SUNY Cortland community and welcome you along with your student. 

New students are assigned to academic advisors from their major department early in the fall semester. For students who are undecided about what they eventually will choose for a major, the College has a Pre-Major Program with special advisement. Advisors for the Pre-Major Program are assigned through Advisement and Transition.  Students can view their academic advisor (name and contact information) through myRedDragon.

Resources and important dates:

Drop/Add – first 5 days of classes.
Recommended Change of Major Deadline - Oct. 1
Mid-semester estimates available – mid Oct.
Deadline to withdraw from a semester course – Nov. 15