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State University of New York College at Cortland

Cortland, NY 4-Year Public

About SUNY Cortland

State University of New York College at Cortland Overview

State University of New York College at Cortland is a public, state school in a small town setting in Cortland, New York. SUNY Cortland was founded in 1868 and now enrolls around 6,832 students a year, including 6,256 undergrads. SUNY Cortland offers housing for students.

There are many ways for students to get involved at SUNY Cortland! Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of SUNY Cortland's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? SUNY Cortland students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Planning to play sports? SUNY Cortland has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at SUNY Cortland on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at SUNY Cortland on the Student Life page.

2021 SUNY Cortland Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 52%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.4
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 68%
In-State Tuition $7,070
Out-of-State $16,980
Percent of Need Met 69%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $15,527

Is SUNY Cortland a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a university is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a closer look at all of these areas to get a better sense of what SUNY Cortland offers and if it might be a good choice for you.

SUNY Cortland Acceptance Rate 2021

It is moderately difficult to get into SUNY Cortland. Around 52% of applicants get into SUNY Cortland each year. Last year, 12,392 students applied to SUNY Cortland and 6,469 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at SUNY Cortland

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 80% of students who start at SUNY Cortland return for their second year of college.SUNY Cortland's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 67%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook SUNY Cortland Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with SUNY Cortland directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at SUNY Cortland

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. SUNY Cortland meets 69% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend SUNY Cortland full-time are awarded $15,527 a year in financial aid, on average.

Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $31,504 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at SUNY Cortland. Based on this information, how does SUNY Cortland sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is SUNY Cortland a good school for you?

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Where is SUNY Cortland?

SUNY Cortland is located in the small town setting of Cortland, New York, less than an hour from Syracuse.

If you want to see SUNY Cortland for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 81 to Cortland, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Tompkins County.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what SUNY Cortland and Cortland are like without leaving home.

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College Info

PO Box 2000 Cortland, NY 13045

Campus Setting: Small Town

SUNY Cortland Application Deadline

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SUNY Cortland ACT Scores


ACT Range

22 - 26

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Composite SAT Range

1110 - 1210


Math SAT Range

550 - 610


Reading SAT Range

550 - 610

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SUNY Cortland Tuition & Fees

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Wondering what life at SUNY Cortland is like? There are approximately 6,832 students enrolled at SUNY Cortland, including 6,256 undergraduate students and 576 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 97% percent are from NY and 3% percent of students are from other states.


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