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SUNY Cortland Admission Requirements

Cortland, New York

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Chances of getting into SUNY College at Cortland

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
52%
Admission Difficulty for SUNY College at Cortland
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Average 
Applicant Competition Average 
How hard is it to get into SUNY Cortland and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at SUNY Cortland is 52%.  It ranks #37 in New York for lowest rate of acceptance. SUNY Cortland is a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 6,469 out of 12,392 applicants were admitted.

The school has average admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 39 percent (SAT 1100/1220 ACT 22/26). SUNY College at Cortland typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.42. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The SUNY Cortland application fee is $50 and applications are due by Jun 1.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to SUNY College at Cortland. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 74% of students submitted SAT scores and 20% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

SUNY Cortland SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1100-1220
Applicants Submitting SAT 
74%
SAT Scores for SUNY College at Cortland
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 550
SAT Math 25th 550
SAT Composite 25th 1100
SAT Scores for SUNY College at Cortland
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 610
SAT Math 75th 610
SAT Composite 75th 1220
Average SAT Score 1160

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to SUNY College at Cortland?

SUNY College at Cortland typically prefers applicants to be in the top 41 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1100 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1040. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1160 out of 1600. SUNY Cortland ranks #42 in New York for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 74 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SUNY College at Cortland admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1220 and Above Good >67%
1160 to 1220 Avg + 52%-67%
1100 to 1160 Avg - 36%-52%
1040 to 1100 Reach 23%-36%
Less than 1040 Low <23%
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SUNY Cortland ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
22-26 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
20%
ACT Scores for SUNY College at Cortland
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 20
ACT Math 25th 21
ACT Composite 25th 22
ACT Scores for SUNY College at Cortland
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 24
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 26
Average ACT Score 24

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into SUNY Cortland?

Admission data indicates that SUNY Cortland regularly accepts students with ACT's of 22 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 37 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 26 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #56 in New York for highest average ACT composite score. 20 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to SUNY College at Cortland.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

SUNY College at Cortland admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
26 and Above Good >67%
24 to 26 Avg + 52%-67%
22 to 24 Avg - 36%-52%
20 to 22 Reach 23%-36%
Less than 20 Low <23%
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SUNY Cortland GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.42
Typical High School Grades 
B+

What GPA do you need to get into SUNY College at Cortland?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into SUNY Cortland. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at SUNY College at Cortland was 3.42 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #53 in New York for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as SUNY Cortland accepts 52% of students who apply.

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High School GPA's for admitted SUNY College at Cortland students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 3.7% Good
3.75 to 3.99 18.2% Good
3.50 to 3.74 29.7% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 25.6% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 18.3% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 4.5% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0% Reach
less than 1.00 0% Reach

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

89% of SUNY College at Cortland freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted SUNY College at Cortland students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 12%
Top 25% of class 44%
Top 50% of class 89%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

SUNY College at Cortland admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 7,073 5,319 12,392
Accepted 3,980 2,489 6,469
Acceptance Rate 56% 47% 52%
Enrolled 752 534 1,286
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 21% 20%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jun 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
182

Applicants have 182 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jun 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to SUNY College at Cortland is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to SUNY College at Cortland and what student information is used for admission decisions?

SUNY College at Cortland Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Considered but not required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at SUNY College at Cortland
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

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

FAQs

Does SUNY College at Cortland prefer SAT or ACT?

74% of students submit their SAT scores to SUNY Cortland. 20% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into SUNY College at Cortland?

52% of those who apply are granted admission to SUNY Cortland. Admission competition is low and the college has average admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for SUNY College at Cortland?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1100 and 1220. 74% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for SUNY College at Cortland?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 22 and 26. 20% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.