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B-
Overall Niche Grade
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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
    B
  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 6,187 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the SUNY Cortland acceptance rate is 52%. Popular majors include Managerial Economics, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, and Sport and Fitness Management. Graduating 75% of students, SUNY Cortland alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,000.
About SUNY Cortland...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
State University of New York Athletic Conference
Address
21 Graham Ave.
Cortland, NY 13045
Branch of
SUNY System
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SUNY Cortland Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
52%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1020-1220
ACT Range
22-25
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$17,958/ 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
$6,323/ 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.72 responses
51%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.72 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,187Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
150
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
27%
Varsity Athletes
10%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 35 responses
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  • Friendly
    63%
  • Jocks
    23%
  • Long Islanders
    6%
  • Athletic Geeks
    3%
  • Flids
    3%
  • White Privileged Fox News Watchers
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
61%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.72 responses
Poll
59%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.85 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 34 responses
Report
  • Fantastic academics and tons of activities
    29%
  • Honorable and fun
    26%
  • Involved
    18%
  • You will never want to leave
    12%
  • Not diverse for learners or ethnically
    6%
  • Choice
    3%
  • Home away from home
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$47,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
75%
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 Reviews

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SUNY Cortland is a great school to excel academically and socially! The professors are willing to work with students to ensure that they are understanding the course material and getting the best grades possible. There are also resources such as tutoring, the library, and study sessions available to students who want to go the extra mile to do well. In addition, there are numerous amounts of clubs and organizations to become involved in on campus. One draw back is class space is limited, so when registering for classes, a lot of students may not get into the classes they need to take. Also, there is a lack of diversity, but it is going to increase with the incoming classes. I suggest visiting the school/ talking with the admissions office/visiting the school's website for more!
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As part of the executive board of the Student Government Association, I have have the opportunity to be involved as a leader on campus. This experience has highlighted SUNY Cortland's activate student body and campus pride. I transferred to the university two years ago and since then I have been supported by professors and peers to accomplish my goals. Additionally, I was placed on a 'transfer floor' within my dorm building which made my social life much easier. I feel safe on campus and the University Police make a huge effort to build relationships with the entire student body. Almost every student I know is actively involved on campus which motivated myself to join the Student Government Association last year. My position in the organization has given me self confidence, a sense of family, along with morals and values. The decision to transfer to SUNY Cortland was one of the best decisions I have ever made because I found my home away from home.
SUNY Cortland is an awesome college! I studied sport management and all the professors in my department have real-world experience in the industry which is important. We have a state of the art fitness center which has anything you can imagine, and probably more. Going to varsity games is fun and the dining halls are decent. If you like to party, youll love Cortland even more. There is always a reason to go out and drink with your friends and the bar scene is legit. If youre not a partier, thats cool too, there is always SO much going on campus youre sure to have fun without drinking. The city itself is a neat, they recently received a 10 million dollar grant to renovate downtown. Huge economy boost. Syracuse's Destiny mall is a half hour away and SUNY Cortland sponsors trips to go there so if you or your friends dont have a car, you’re good. Ithaca is 25 minutes away and is a very cool town, theres trails to hike and its great if you just want to get away from Cortland for the day