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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 is a public, state school in an 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 up to 0 students.

There are 15 undergraduate students for every full-time SUNY Cortland professor.

2021 SUNY Cortland Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 52%
Average GPA 3.4
In-State Tuition $7,070
Out-of-State $16,980

SUNY Cortland Regular Decision Deadline 2022

SUNY Cortland Early Admission

State University of New York College at Cortland does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

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The deadline to apply early to SUNY Cortland is on November 15, 2021, which is coming up soon!

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SUNY Cortland Acceptance Rate 2021

It is moderately difficult to get into SUNY Cortland. In 2021, SUNY Cortland accepted 52% of applicants. Last year, 12,392 students applied to SUNY Cortland and 6,469 were admitted.

SUNY Cortland Waitlist

SUNY Cortland reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

How Do I Get Into State University of New York College at Cortland?

SUNY Cortland is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to SUNY Cortland, applicants must submit the following items.

SUNY Cortland Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0.3 3
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1 3
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for SUNY Cortland

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to SUNY Cortland is 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to SUNY Cortland.

Is SUNY Cortland Test Optional?

SUNY Cortland does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 68% submitted the SAT. 13% submitted the ACT.

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Does SUNY Cortland Have On-Campus Housing?

Yes! SUNY Cortland provides on-campus housing for students.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at SUNY Cortland.

Financial Aid at SUNY Cortland

SUNY Cortland meets 69% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $15,527 a year.

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

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-serve 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! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

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 selective a school is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and Graduation Rates at SUNY Cortland

About 80% of students who start at SUNY Cortland return for their second year of college. Out of the 1,196 students who started at SUNY Cortland as first-time freshman, 618 graduate within four years.

Around 67% of students who started at SUNY Cortland earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

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

Based on this information, how does SUNY Cortland sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit 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.

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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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SUNY Cortland SAT Scores


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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Student Life

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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