SUNY College--Cortland

2014 Quick Stats
PO Box 2000

Cortland, NY 13045

Phone: (607) 753-2011
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
rolling admission

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#69 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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SUNY College--Cortland is a public institution that was founded in 1868. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,345, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 191 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. SUNY College--Cortland's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 69. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,312 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,002 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

SUNY Cortland is a comprehensive college of arts and sciences offering undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts and a variety of professional fields. We are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, research, and service to the community. Quality teaching has been the highest priority since our founding in 1868. We are committed to a comprehensive curriculum, building on our traditional strengths in teacher education and physical education and enhancing our high-quality programs in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Our students gain skills, knowledge, and conceptual understanding in their discipline; furthermore, they grow intellectually and acquire fundamental life skills and values. Among these are a desire to learn, an ability to critically think, training in technology, an awareness of discovery, an appreciation of diversity, and a respect for physical and emotional well-being.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1868
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $21,145,532


When applying to SUNY College--Cortland, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due April 1. The application fee at SUNY College--Cortland is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 44.5 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 44.5%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by April 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at SUNY College--Cortland is 17:1, and the school has 41 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at SUNY College--Cortland include: Education; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; Social Sciences; Health Professions and Related Programs; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 82.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 48%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Education 42%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 16%
Social Sciences 15%
Health Professions and Related Programs 7%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 5%

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Student Life

SUNY College--Cortland has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,345, with a gender distribution of 42.9 percent male students and 57.1 percent female students. At this school, 50 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 50 percent of students live off campus. SUNY College--Cortland is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 7,098
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

SUNY College--Cortland offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. SUNY College--Cortland also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at SUNY College--Cortland, 30 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at SUNY College--Cortland.

Students who have cars on campus 30%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At SUNY College--Cortland, 60.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,277.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,312 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $17,002 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,790 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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