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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    C
SUNY Cortland is a public college located in Cortland, New York. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 6,218 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the SUNY Cortland acceptance rate is 44%. Popular majors include Elementary Education, Sport and Fitness Management, and Kinesiology and Exercise Science. Graduating 71% of students, SUNY Cortland alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,000.
Miller Building
Cortland, NY 13045
Branch of
SUNY System
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Empire 8 Athletic Conference

SUNY Cortland Rankings

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SUNY Cortland Admissions

Acceptance Rate
44%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1060-1200
ACT Range
22-25
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Considered but not required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$16,386/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$8,218/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
86%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
70%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.64 responses
44%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.73 responses
51%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.73 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    8%
  • On Campus
    91%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,218Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
125
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
32%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 36 responses
  • Friendly
    61%
  • Jocks
    22%
  • Long Islanders
    8%
  • Athletic Geeks
    3%
  • Flids
    3%
  • White Privileged Fox News Watchers
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
60%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.73 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.86 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 35 responses
  • Fantastic academics and tons of activities
    29%
  • Honorable and fun
    26%
  • Involved
    17%
  • You will never want to leave
    11%
  • Not diverse for learners or ethnically
    9%
  • Choice
    3%
  • Home away from home
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$47,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
71%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
72%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.32 responses
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SUNY Cortland has changed my college experience since I have transferred to this school. I did not visit or know much about the school, I just knew I had to get out of my previous university. My major is extremely competitive and it is so special to actually have relationships with your professors. It is special to have multiple classes with one professor so you really get to know them. I have really enjoyed my college experience here and plan to apply for the graduate program as well. The campus is pretty nice as well!
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So far, I have really enjoyed my time at SUNY Cortland. If you are looking for a college that has a great social atmosphere, dedicated professors, and great athletics, this is the place to go. There isn't much to do off of campus, but the school offers a lot of on campus activities that you can attend with your friends. The Kin program at Cortland is one of the best so if you are interested in that this would be a great school!
I personally have not attended Suny Cortland as a student, however have visited and viewed what the school has to offer and it impressed. There is a lot of praise surrounding Cortland and for good reason, the school is beautiful and full of people that come from different places all over the world. The professors appear to have a good relationship with the students and generally speaking academics seems to be very respectable. The dorms offer for opportunity for people to meet and experience new personalities. The food was overall pretty good and there was a wide variety of options for all types of different diets. The sports at Suny Cortland are one of the biggest highlights. Cortland is widely known for there sports programs and sports teams, and when i went to my first Cortland Red dragon lacrosse game i was very impressed. Overall the school seems to offer a lot top students who go and give a great experience to those who seek opportunity. I look forward to going myself.