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SUNY College at Cortland

Cortland, New York

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SUNY College at Cortland overview
Location Cortland, New York
Online cortland.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Rural Fringe
SUNY College at Cortland overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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SUNY College at Cortland, located in the small city of Cortland in Central New York, is approximately 30 miles from Syracuse and Ithaca. Founded in 1868 as the Cortland Normal School, it has since evolved into a comprehensive college, offering a variety of bachelor's and master's degree programs. The campus, characterized by its red brick buildings and traditional collegiate architecture, spans 191 acres and facilitates on-campus living with several residence halls. Academically, Cortland is known for its strong programs in education, exercise science, and sport management. The institution maintains moderate selectivity in its admissions process. While the college supports a range of athletic programs, it is particularly recognized for its contributions to the field of physical education, rather than competitive sports achievements.

In the most recent statistical year 11,711 prospective students applied, and 7,001 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,341 enrolled in the school.  6,095 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 595 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $7,070 plus fees of $1,745. SUNY Cortland is ranked 399 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












SUNY Cortland is rated within the top 41% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

SUNY College at Cortland overview
SAT 1090/1240
ACT 22/27
GPA 3.7

Applications Accepted

SUNY College at Cortland overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend

New York Resident Tuition

In State Costs for SUNY College at Cortland
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,745
Room and Board $13,620
Budget for Other Expenses$2,935
Total One Year Cost$26,570

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for SUNY College at Cortland
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,745
Room and Board $13,620
Budget for Other Expenses$2,935
Total One Year Cost$36,480

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$47,300 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

67% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by SUNY College at Cortland students
Subject Percent of Class
Education 41%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 16%
Social Sciences 13%
Communication 7%
Health Professions 5%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=196149 IPEDS survey data for SUNY College at Cortland.

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