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SUNY Cortland Overview

SUNY Cortland is a public institution located in Cortland, New York. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Cortland draws many to the area.

What Is SUNY Cortland Known For?

1,560 Undergraduate Awards
$27,998 Avg Cost After Aid
48% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at SUNY Cortland have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 4%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The post-master's certificate is the highest award offered at SUNY Cortland.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 57% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from SUNY Cortland makes roughly $47,000 a year. This is 15% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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SUNY Cortland Rankings

We have ranked SUNY Cortland as #327 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 149 colleges in New York, it is ranked at #29.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

SUNY Cortland has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#364 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at SUNY Cortland.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Outdoor Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Best Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#34 Best Health & Physical Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#59 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#63 Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#63 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#74 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards SUNY Cortland has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#11 Best Colleges for Special Education College Factual
#17 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#24 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific College Factual
#32 Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education College Factual
#57 Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#74 Best Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools Teaching Degree Search

Where Is SUNY Cortland?

Location of SUNY Cortland

Contact details for SUNY Cortland are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Miller Building, Cortland, NY 13045-0900
Phone: 607-753-2011
Website: www2.cortland.edu

How Do I Get Into SUNY Cortland?

You can apply to SUNY Cortland online at: www2.cortland.edu/admissions/undergraduate/application-process.dot

Admission Requirements for SUNY Cortland

Submission Required?
High School GPA considered but not required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL considered but not required

How Hard Is It To Get Into SUNY Cortland?

48% Acceptance Rate
58% Of Accepted Are Women
68% Submit SAT Scores
SUNY Cortland has a fairly low acceptance rate of 48%, which makes it more selective than most schools. Take time to make sure you submit all the requested materials and you prepare the application in full. You don't want to get denied right off the bat due to an incomplete application!

Approximately 42% of accepted students are men and 58% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 43%, and the acceptance rate for women is 52%.

Average Test Scores

About 68% of students accepted to SUNY Cortland submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 520 and 600. Math scores were between 530 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for SUNY Cortland  ( 520 to 600 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for SUNY Cortland  ( 530 to 600 )
200
800
SUNY Cortland received ACT scores from 27% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 25. Math scores were between 21 and 26. Composite scores were between 22 and 25.

ACT English Scores for SUNY Cortland  ( 20 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for SUNY Cortland  ( 21 to 26 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for SUNY Cortland  ( 22 to 25 )
1
36

Can I Afford SUNY Cortland?

$27,998 Net Price
70% Take Out Loans
3.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of SUNY Cortland is $27,998. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At SUNY Cortland, approximately 70% of students took out student loans averaging $7,423 a year. That adds up to $29,692 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SUNY Cortland is 3.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

SUNY Cortland Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,170 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,295 undergraduate students at SUNY Cortland, with 6,170 being full-time and 125 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  SUNY Cortland

There are also 539 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,170 full-time undergraduates at SUNY Cortland, 43% are male and 57% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  SUNY Cortland

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of SUNY Cortland students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of SUNY Cortland Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 75
Black or African American 393
Hispanic or Latino 829
White 4,445
International Students 35
Other Races/Ethnicities 393

Geographic Diversity

New York students aren't the only ones who study at SUNY Cortland. At this time, 18 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Online Learning at SUNY Cortland

154 Took All Classes Online
753 Took At Least One Class Online
61.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 753 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at SUNY Cortland has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 82nd most popular in New York for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of SUNY Cortland

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at SUNY Cortland was 61.2%. This is the #441 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at SUNY Cortland regardless of major.

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at SUNY Cortland ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at SUNY Cortland.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies #1
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #6
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #10
Health & Physical Education #10
Health Professions #119

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

SUNY Cortland Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Health & Physical Education 298 0 44 342
Teacher Education Subject Specific 186 0 62 248
Teacher Education Grade Specific 125 0 17 142
Business/Managerial Economics 119 0 0 119
Communication & Media Studies 112 0 0 112
Public Health 62 0 12 74
Communication Sciences 58 0 12 70
General Psychology 68 0 0 68
General Biology 61 0 0 61
Special Education 50 0 11 61
Criminology 54 0 0 54
History 48 0 4 52
Liberal Arts General Studies 35 0 0 35
Sociology 32 0 0 32
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 23 7 0 30
Political Science & Government 30 0 0 30
Educational Administration 0 15 10 25
General English Literature 17 0 5 22
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 4 0 16 20
Mathematics 15 0 0 15
Allied Health Professions 14 0 0 14
International Relations & National Security 13 0 0 13
General Visual & Performing Arts 13 0 0 13
Philosophy 12 0 0 12
Teaching English or French 10 0 0 10
Geological & Earth Sciences 10 0 0 10
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 9 0 0 9
Writing Studies 9 0 0 9
Romance Languages 8 0 0 8
Outdoor Education 7 0 0 7
Recreation Administration 7 0 0 7
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 6 0 0 6
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 5 0 0 5
Chemistry 5 0 0 5
Other Physical Science 0 0 5 5
Physics 5 0 0 5
Economics 5 0 0 5
Drama & Theater Arts 5 0 0 5
Fine & Studio Arts 5 0 0 5
Geography & Cartography 4 0 0 4
Anthropology 3 0 0 3
Community Organization & Advocacy 3 0 0 3
Archeology 2 0 0 2
Public Policy 2 0 0 2
Ethnic Studies 1 0 0 1
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,560 22 198 1,780

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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