Cortland, NY
SUNY Cortland


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Recent Reviews

Sabria
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Advice that I would give to parents and students beginning to research potential college choices would be to analyze and take...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Advice that I would give to parents and students beginning to research potential college choices would be to analyze and take note of the you or your child's interests. It could range from needing the resources that will aid them in becoming an active participant of learning about their culture, as well as wanting to educate others, down to their need for extra teacher student interaction. It is important for both students and parents to realize that visiting a school and taking the campus tour doesn't provide you with the reality that students attending this school face on a daily basis. I think it's important to speak to the students on that campus, but not just one or two students, many. Speak to as many students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds, majors, club affiliations and staff positions. It is likely that honesty will come from those who aren't being paid to tell you what you want to hear. The students are the core of a college; they hold all the answers you need to know about making your college experience an enjoyable learning experience.

What's unique about your campus?

In the speech-language disabilities department student's receive a lot of one on one time with their professors. The major consists of a small close-knit family of very intelligent and considerate professors and students. Cortland also offers a scholarship called, Cortland's Recruitment of Urban Educators, which focuses on putting quality teachers back in the classrooms of urban areas. It aims in providing them with new innovative ideas, first hand experience and supplemental educational courses. Cortland is a place where you see familiar faces everyday.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known the severity in lack of diversity education in this school. Latinos, Blacks, African Americans, Asian Pacific and many other cultures are extremely underrepresented in both the student and faculty populations.

Janina
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

My school is very small but they have a lot of things, like one small community. Cortland is very friendly and a great school...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

My school is very small but they have a lot of things, like one small community. Cortland is very friendly and a great school to go to. The only proble i have with it is that it gets really cold here and that upsets me becuase I am used to warm temperature. Besides that its really great. I made life-time friends here, i got a lot experience and I can't thank my professors enough for the work they have done for me. I really wouldn't be where I am if I haven't accepted Cortland. It great!

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

My advice would be to be very open minded and willing to change to a new place. Cortland is a really great school but it has its ups and downs. Also, make sure you know what you want to do because as a SUNY College, sometimes credits do not count and tranfering stuff over is difficult sometimes and it may delay the graduating process. Also, with tuition going up, it might not be the best place to go to if you are looking into saving money. Once again, its part of the SUNY system so expect the same things any other suny school will have. This place is full of athletics stuff so its thats something that you are intrested in then you should come here. If you want to be a teacher then come here too because this is the place for you. This school has a great relationship with many entities and even though its small, it might just get you the connection that you need to get that job. Its really great and even though at first i wasn't a fan, it really grew on me and now as a junior i love it even more.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A closed minded, very negative person should not attend cortland. It takes some adjusting to do and its not easy to get used to going to walmart for everything and stuff like that. If you are used to the good life-the stay away from Cortland. If you are humble person who can adjust to a new environment then this is the school for you. The weather is also an issue with people. So if you are used to California like weather then don't come to Cortland. Its really really cold here and it never really gets nice. Oh

Heather
Describe the students at your school.

Very hard working and determined

Describe the students at your school.

Very hard working and determined

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell parents and prospective students to go visit the colleges they are interested in. Another recommendation would be to visit when there is not a tour planned so you could see how the campus really is. Try and explore the town around the campus and look at all different Statistics including crime rates, academic rates, transfer rates. All these factors can help make your decision a bit simpler. Also, if you know what major you are interested in try setting up an interview with some faculty so you can get to know your future professors and develop a relationship. Once a college is selected, the biggest piece of advice to is to get involved on campus. To get the best experience from college, you need to get involved. Stay out of trouble you attend college to get an education, not a record. Keep parents updated and call them frequently they are your biggest support and they like to know what is going on. Do your best work that is all anyone should strive for.

Kendall
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

I miss Cotland everyday and wish that I could go back. It was the best time of my life! Such fun people and great teachers!

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

I miss Cotland everyday and wish that I could go back. It was the best time of my life! Such fun people and great teachers!

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would definatly think about the envoronment that you see youself in first. If you don't like snow, don't go to a college where it snows most of the time. You will find yourself depressed and miserable. If you are a big city person, don't go to a little school in upstate New York. As soon as I stepped onto the SUNY Cortland Campus while visiting schools, I knew that this was definatly the school for me. It was just a feeling that I had. I loved the campus, the students, and the whole spirit of the school. I do not think its the campus for you if you don't find yourself in love with the the first time you see it. I met many transfer students who hated the entire transfer process. I would do a lot of research and visiting before you choose your school. Otherwise you may find yourself in a bit of a perdicament. Don'tworry about meeting new friends as a freshman, Its not like high school where you have a little click. You can be and hang out with whomever you wish!

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The town located around the school had some scary people. It is a very poor town and the people that live there can be strange.

Elizabeth
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It had the variety of academic and extra cirricular programs I was looking for while at the same time beibg small enough got ...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It had the variety of academic and extra cirricular programs I was looking for while at the same time beibg small enough got studnets to get the attention from professors that they need to better academic growth. The people here were also incredibly friendly which wasn't the case at some of the other schools I looked at.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If you know what you want to study, the most important thing is finding the best program offered out there. But you also have to find a school that you think you can fit into. You don't want to be overwhelmed by the sheer size of everything, but you don't want to be bored on the weekends. You need to choose something that you think will work for you. And to maximize your experience, you need to be willing to get out there, meet new people, try new things. But don't forget to learn how to balance all the fun and the social stuff with the academics.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

I think anyone who attends Cortland will be able to find a way to fit in. But the main reason for cominghere should be the academics. So if Cortland doesn't have the program you want, you shouldn't attend.

Brendan
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The school is just right for people who don't want a really large school with tens of thousands of people, but it is still la...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The school is just right for people who don't want a really large school with tens of thousands of people, but it is still large enough where you won't know everyone there.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

A very strong athletic program and being very selective in their admissions. It is also well known for the CORTACA football game every year with Ithaca College. The school spirit here is pretty high as well as most everyone has some sort of Cortland attire they wear everyday.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

You are never too early to start shopping around for what college will be the best fit for you or your child. Sometimes it's best to go to a school completely opposite of how you grew up. If you are from a small town, maybe a big college is the place where you can start experiencing what the world has to offer. If you are from a big city, maybe a small college is where you can slow down and put things in perspective. When it really comes down to it, you have to choose for yourself only. The next 4+ years of your life will revolve around your school so make sure you know exactly that this one or that one is the perfect fit for you.

Melissa
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

SUNY Cortland has charm and appeal (when it is not under construction).

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

SUNY Cortland has charm and appeal (when it is not under construction).

Describe the students at your school.

Some of my classmates actually have intellegent thoughts when they are in the classroom. However there is a large percentage of students who are only here becase they feel like they should be doing the college "thing." Expecially in lower lovel classes, it is easy to get frustrated with the level of a sheer lack of caring.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

In my experience the best advice when looking for a college is to really figure out who you are and what you are looking for in a school before you even begin the search. Many students go into the college hunt with no idea of what they are looking for. This results in students getting to their final choice school and deciding that it is ot for them. There is nothing wrong with making a few mistakes in your college hunt, but wouldn't you rather find a good fit the first time around? I know that for me I was looking for a medium sized school that offered my unique major. Once I found one I stuck with it and this was really the best thing I think I ever could have done. Before you even get to your school begin to look up some activities or clubs that might be available to you. The best thing you could do during your first few awkward days is get involved in some activities and take the chance to get to know your new roommate. After all, you are going to be spending an awful lot of time with them!

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  • 6,304
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  • $8,106
  • Acceptance rate
  • 52%

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