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President’s Welcome

SUNY Cortland is a special place where the faculty care about each and every student. Cortland is a place of unique charm, a place to be safe and to grow, a place where you can be at home. Cortland is large enough to provide an outstanding array of academic majors and resources, yet small enough for the president to know your first name.

Cortland is a place where teaching is taken seriously, and students are encouraged to take their place as confident young adults. Spend time doing original research with a faculty member at Raquette Lake in the Adirondacks or study for a semester or summer in one of our 28 programs abroad.

Cortland is a fun place with exceptional opportunities for recreation and social interaction. Spend time skiing at Greek Peak or visiting the sights in the Finger Lakes. If this sounds like what you are looking for, SUNY Cortland is the place for you!

Something for Everyone

SUNY Cortland prides itself on being flexible to the needs of our students. We offer 60 undergraduate majors, 32 graduate programs, one certificate program with four areas of emphasis and one advanced certificate program with five areas of emphasis in a beautiful small town setting. The average class size is 22 students, with a student faculty ratio of 16:1. Our personal size allows you to become more fully involved in your classroom studies, while providing an opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with other students and professors.

Our students have the opportunity to choose from an impressive list of more than 93 clubs, organizations, and activities. Concerts, films, picnics, lectures, and other cultural events come to the campus throughout the year.

The campus also has one Olympic-size swimming pool, an ice arena, a field house with an indoor track, several basketball gyms, two outdoor basketball courts, 22 tennis courts, 10 racquetball and eight squash courts, a stadium complex with two turf fields and outdoor track, and numerous practice fields.

The Recreational Sports Program also offers students two state-of-the-art fitness facilities, an outstanding intramural sports program with 60 different intramural sports and special events, and a sport club program with 32 clubs and more than 800 participants.


SUNY Cortland's challenging curriculum is composed of a rich blend of liberal arts and professional courses. Classes are highlighted by involving discussions, intriguing explanations, and firsthand knowledge, as related by professors who have practiced what they teach.

One of the outstanding features of Cortland is the attitude of friendship, trust, and respect that exists between students and faculty. The faculty see learning as a lifelong enterprise. They want each student to have a rewarding general education experience as well as pursue success in a major field of study.

In meeting the challenges of change in today's world, SUNY Cortland strongly encourages the technological education of its students. We have 16 open access computer facilities and 29 special purpose computer labs featuring both Windows and Macintosh computers. In addition, there are several e-mail express stations available for e-mail and internet access. Also, many of the computing labs offer printing and copying capabilities. All computing facilities are wheelchair accessible.

Co-Op Education and Internships

Learning at SUNY Cortland is not limited to the lecture hall. Valuable on the job experience through the cooperative education program supplements classroom learning at Cortland. Qualifying students have co-op opportunities in New York and throughout the country. This voluntary program broadens the educational opportunities available at Cortland and helps to pay college expenses. Internships enable students to apply classroom theory in actual work situations.

Honors Program

Highly qualified students are invited to apply for admissions to the Honors Program, an academically rigorous program designed to challenge the academic potential of intellectually and creatively talented students. Honor program students attend seminar style classes and have special access to speakers and visiting scholars.


SUNY Cortland has one of the most extensive NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletic programs in the United States. We have 14 women's and 11 men's teams. Cortland is indeed proud of its winning athletic legacy. During the 2007-08 season, we had 39 All-Americans, 14 teams participated in NCAA or similar post-season competition, and we finished ninth in the NACDA Directors' Cup Division III standings (our 13th straight top 20 finish).

Our men's lacrosse and men's outdoor track and field teams both finished as national runners-up for the second straight year in 2008. Sprinter Amaan Siddeeq won the NCAA Division III outdoor track and field titles in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, impressively giving us at least one individual national champion each of the last 22 years.

Financial Advisement

SUNY Cortland is concerned that all well-qualified students have access to the College and all it has to offer, regardless of financial circumstances. During the 2007-08 academic year, more than 89 percent of our undergraduate students received grants, scholarships, student loans, and/or other financial assistance totaling over 52 million dollars.
Additionally, our Financial Advisement Office worked extensively with our students to help them learn about consumer banking, personal finance, and credit management. Visit the Financial Advisement Office Web site or call the Financial Advisement Office at (607) 753-4718.

Come See for Yourself

Your SUNY Cortland experience will prepare you for the challenges of a career and equip you to enjoy a full and productive life. I encourage you to come to our campus and talk with our students, faculty members, and staff; for only then will you know that the Cortland experience is for you.

For an application, information, or to arrange a campus visit, please go to the Admissions Office Web site or call them at (607) 753-4711.

Things are happening at Cortland!


Erik J. Bitterbaum