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State University of New York College at Cortland

Cortland, NY 4-Year Public

SUNY Cortland Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to SUNY Cortland, the fee for the application costs $50.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

SUNY Cortland Admissions Stats at a Glance

SUNY Cortland 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 12%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 68%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 13%
Waitlist Yes

Considering Applying Early to SUNY Cortland?

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

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 15, which is coming up fast! SUNY Cortland will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 1.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to SUNY Cortland?

Getting into SUNY Cortland is moderately difficult. SUNY Cortland evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, SUNY Cortland accepted 52% of students, around 6,469 of the 12,392 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like SUNY Cortland, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

SUNY Cortland has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does SUNY Cortland Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at SUNY Cortland

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Not Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Not Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

SUNY Cortland Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to SUNY Cortland must submit the following items. Double check with SUNY Cortland's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.3 3
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1 3
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into SUNY Cortland?

Students admitted to SUNY Cortland have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

Out of all students that were admitted, 38% submitted a class rank. At SUNY Cortland 12% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 44% were in the top 25% and 89% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At State University of New York College at Cortland, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 38%
3.75 and 3.99 18.2%
3.50 and 3.74 29.7%
3.25 and 3.49 25.6%
3.00 and 3.24 18.3%
2.50 and 2.9 4.5%
2.00 and 2.49 0%

SUNY Cortland considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

SUNY Cortland is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 68% of SUNY Cortland's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 13% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for SUNY Cortland?

To be competitive with other SUNY Cortland applicants, you should strive to earn between 1110 and 1210 (or higher!) on the SAT. At SUNY Cortland 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1210 and 25% of scored lower than 1110, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of SUNY Cortland students scored 610 or higher and 75% of students scored 550 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of SUNY Cortland students scored 610 or higher, and 75% scored a 550 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for SUNY Cortland?

To be most competitive at SUNY Cortland, you should strive to earn between 22 and 26 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for SUNY Cortland's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 on the ACT.

A 22 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for SUNY Cortland students. Only one out of every four students scored below 22.

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Transferring to State University of New York College at Cortland

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to SUNY Cortland.

Transfer students can enroll in SUNY Cortland during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

SUNY Cortland Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to SUNY Cortland?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to SUNY Cortland.

Does SUNY Cortland accept transfer credits?

SUNY Cortland accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does SUNY Cortland accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

SUNY Cortland accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to SUNY Cortland?

SUNY Cortland is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is SUNY Cortland's acceptance rate?

SUNY Cortland's acceptance rate is 52%.

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SUNY Cortland Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into SUNY Cortland? SUNY Cortland is a somewhat selective institution. The SUNY Cortland acceptance rate is 52%. This means that the institution accepts 52 out of every 100 applicants.



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SUNY Cortland Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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SUNY Cortland ACT Scores


ACT Range

22 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

26 and Above


22 to 26


22 and Less


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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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At SUNY Cortland, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.42. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

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