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State University of New York College at Cortland

Cortland, NY 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate60%

About SUNY Cortland

Located near the geographic center of New York state, SUNY Cortland prides itself on being a public university that stands out for strong academics across 68 majors, Division III athletic success and affordability. Case in point: SUNY Cortland ranked among the top 15% of the nation’s best universities and colleges on College Factual’s 2023 Best Colleges List — the highest of all 13 comparable SUNY campuses.

Reputations in teacher education and health-related programs have paved the way for 68 majors that cover the natural sciences, business and in-demand professional fields. More than 85% of students pursue career readiness experiences such as internships, research and field placements, with dedicated support from areas that include Career Services and the university’s Undergraduate Research Council.

Campus has transformed in recent years with more than $350 million in construction, bringing a one-of-a-kind recreation center and academic upgrades that include a renovated science facility and new space for business. Just a short walk from campus, the city of Cortland offers a safe and fun downtown as well as easy access to the outdoors. Cortland also has been named one of New York state’s top-five college towns.

SUNY Cortland is home to a powerhouse NCAA Division III athletics program with 131 national titles, approximately 50 study abroad programs and nearly 80 active student clubs. Our annual rivalry game in football — the Cortaca Jug game — was once referred to as “the biggest little game in the nation” by Sports Illustrated. The game recently has been hosted at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey and Yankee Stadium in the Bronx — setting the all-time Division III attendance record with more than 45,000 fans.

After graduation, students join a network of more than 80,000 Red Dragon alumni making a difference in education, business, government, fitness, medicine and many other fields.

State University of New York College at Cortland is a public, state university in the town of Cortland, New York. SUNY Cortland was founded in 1868. The college enrolls around 6,691 students a year, including 6,028 undergraduates.

SUNY Cortland Acceptance Rate 2022

It is moderately difficult to get into SUNY Cortland. In 2022, SUNY Cortland accepted 60% of applicants. In 2022, 11,711 students applied to SUNY Cortland and 7,001 were admitted.

State University of New York College at Cortland Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 60%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
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Average GPA 3.4
Test Optional May require tests

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State University of New York College at Cortland is located in Cortland, New York, near Syracuse.

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PO Box 2000 Cortland, NY 13045

Campus Setting: Small Town

SUNY Cortland Application Deadline

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to SUNY Cortland is Dec 1.

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Wondering what life at SUNY Cortland is like? There are approximately 6,691 students enrolled at SUNY Cortland, including 6,028 undergraduate students and 663 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 95% percent are from NY and 5% percent of students are from other states.


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