Welcome parents of new students and hello to parents of returning students. I hope this finds you well and enjoying what is remaining of summer.

Move-in is in just days away. If it hasn’t started happening yet, there will likely be a “staging” area somewhere in your home full of what your student believes they will need. Please take a moment to visit the residence life and housing page if your student is moving into a residence hall and look at the “suggested shopping list” pdf. It also contains a list of things not to bring.

If your student is living off-campus, please visit our off-campus living page Students should complete a housing conditions checklist upon move-in as well as familiarize themselves with local ordinances and services.

As you may know, Family Weekend is October 2-4 this year. Our staff have been working diligently on preparing a special weekend and getting the online registration operational.   The schedule of events and registration should be available soon.

With the new school year often comes the need to verify a student’s enrollment for a variety of purposes including health care coverage. This the student can do themselves. Please visit the “Verify Enrollment. . .” page for more information.

Also linked on this page under Academic Advising is the Parent Calendar.  Although it is designed for parents of new students, parents of returning students find much of the information helpful. 

Thank you for visiting the Parents/Family page. Your feedback on what you like or dislike about this page and what you would like to see here is important to us. 

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Stay Connected

Keep in touch with your student by sending Hugs from Home. Keep in touch with your student by sending Hugs from Home. Choose from gift cards, gift baskets, flowers or balloon bouquets. Or mail a package from home and we’ll be sure your student receives it promptly.

Check schedules for the weekend and break buses so your student can make arrangements to travel home and return to campus.  For other transportation needs within and to/from Cortland, visit the Way 2 Go Cortland site.

Your Student's Success

Your student’s success stems from the care, concern and support you and your family provide, as well as what we offer at SUNY Cortland.

Our campus benefits include everything from that all-important Internet and email connection to an enjoyable and safe residence life, a variety of social and recreational activities, health and wellness resources, academic support and career services.

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

Make a Gift

For many students, SUNY Cortland is a gateway to educational opportunities and professional success that otherwise might have been out of reach. We invite you to contribute to our mission by taking advantage of the many opportunities for giving.

READ MORE about making a gift to SUNY Cortland

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. Download the International Student Guide PDF to learn more about helping your student prepare for a successful experience.

Plan Ahead

Plan ahead for the many events that you and your student may be attending during the year.

Learn more about parking for these events.

Contact Information

Division of Student Affairs
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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 – Oct. 15
Deadline to withdraw from a semester course – Nov. 17