Parents/Families

Dear Parents and Family Members:

SUNY Cortland is excited that we had a great Cortaca and brought the Jug back.  Students are winding down for Thanksgiving break and it will be the end of the Fall semester before we know it!  It's been a great semester so far!

If you have any suggestions/comments regarding the Family page, or to subscribe or unsubscribe from the parent/family email list, please email Student Affairs.

Stay Connected

Keep in touch with your student by sending 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.

News More news

Class adds sensory equipment 

Dec. 5, 2023
Future physical educators showed off new play mats and stickers at a winter carnival for preschoolers. 

Students present research at conference in Cuba

Dec. 5, 2023
The trip was the first return to the country for SUNY Cortland after the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Arizona conference connects students with STEM careers

Dec. 5, 2023
The trip, organized through a SUNY Cortland program, helped students in historically excluded academic fields.

A note of appreciation before Thanksgiving break

Nov. 21, 2023
President Erik J. Bitterbaum shared a Thanksgiving message with the SUNY Cortland campus community.

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. Visit our International Students and Scholars page 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
607-753-4721
Email Student Affairs

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Academic Advising

Every student comes to college with a 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:

  • Academic Calendar
  • Drop/Add – first 5 days of classes.
  • Change of Major Deadline - Oct. 1 for spring major change) and March 1 for fall major changes.
  • Early semester feedback - Students will receive ongoing emails alerting them of their progress from Sept. 16 to Oct. 9.
  • Deadline to withdraw from a semester course is Nov. 15 for Fall and April 14 for Spring.