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State University of New York College at Cortland

Cortland, NY 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate60%
Acceptance Rate60%

SUNY Cortland Admissions

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

SUNY Cortland Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of SUNY Cortland's admissions stats.

SUNY Cortland 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 13.2%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are not considered
Waitlist Yes

State University of New York College at Cortland Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for State University of New York College at Cortland.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes November 15 January 1

Considering Applying Early to SUNY Cortland?

SUNY Cortland does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 15. SUNY Cortland will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 1.

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

More on State University of New York College at Cortland Admissions

Is SUNY Cortland Challenging To Get Into?

SUNY Cortland is a moderately difficult school to get into. 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 60% of all applicants, about 6,909 from the 11,420 applicants.

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.

Transferring to State University of New York College at Cortland

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

For Students Waitlisted to SUNY Cortland

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

What's Most Important for Getting Into SUNY Cortland?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at SUNY Cortland

Wondering what factors are considered by SUNY Cortland during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Talent/Ability Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
State Residency Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with SUNY Cortland for more information on admission factors.

SUNY Cortland Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1 3
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.3 3

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into SUNY Cortland?

Students admitted to SUNY Cortland have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 33% submitted a class rank. At SUNY Cortland 13.2% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 41.9% were in the top 25% and 85.9% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At State University of New York College at Cortland, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 2.95%
3.75 and 3.99 16.74%
3.50 and 3.74 22.31%
3.25 and 3.49 28.47%
3.00 and 3.24 20.84%
2.50 and 2.9 8.04%
2.00 and 2.49 0.57%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to SUNY Cortland directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

SUNY Cortland does not consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

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.

More Information on 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. Test scores will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.

What is SUNY Cortland's acceptance rate?

✅ SUNY Cortland has an acceptance rate of 60%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at SUNY Cortland?

❌ SUNY Cortland does not offer early decision.

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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 60%. This means that the institution accepts 60 out of every 100 applicants.


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


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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 3.7. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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