Cortland, NY
SUNY Cortland


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Recent Reviews

Samantha
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It is probably best known for its sports program. It is one of the best DIII schools in a lot of its athletic programs. It ...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It is probably best known for its sports program. It is one of the best DIII schools in a lot of its athletic programs. It also has a large education program, in particular Physical Education.

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

The main advice I would give myself as a high school senior would be to not slack off as much as I did, and as many did, during Senior year. I needed to better prepare myself mentally for the college lifestyle that I was entering into, and I did not feel as prepared as I thought I would be. So I would tell myself to mentally prepare for college and work on procrastinating less. Procrastination is still an issue that most students face today so it is important to change in high school so that one can go into college more prepared and deal with the large increase in workload. I would also tell myself to finish all of my work and put enought effort into my work so that it was always a product that I could be proud of. By caring about my work more in high school, it would have allowed me to easily put in the effort I needed once I got to college.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about my school is that it is a very sport-oriented campus. Many people on campus are athletic, enjoy working out, and play intramural sports if they are not on a varsity team. Students on campus have a lot of school pride and attend sports games to support our teams.

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

Agenda book, agenda book, agenda book. My school district used aenda books from 5th grade on. We were required to have them f...

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

Agenda book, agenda book, agenda book. My school district used aenda books from 5th grade on. We were required to have them filled in daily and signed by our parents in the early grades, but as we got older it was more of a choice. I got lazy in high school and didn't utilize it much. I wish it had become a habit because even though I was a diligent student, I learned early on in college that time management was crutial. After a while I needed to start using an organizer si I ws able to map out what I needed to accomplish for each week. Once I got in the habit of this I felt less stressed and work didn't seem so overwhelmng.

What kind of person should attend this school?

The kind of person that should attend SUNY Cortland should be self motivated and self disciplined with the ability to learn how to balance all the opportunities and experiences that Cortland has to offer. It is not a "party school", but a valuable stepping stone to life as an adult. Cortland has an awesome sports program, every club you could imagine, amazing academic opportunities and a super fun social atmosphere, so don't blow it. You become instantly independent when your parents say goodbye, so enjoy the freedom responsibily.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

My experience at Cortland to date has been really positive. I was a vey motivated student in High school so I thought the academics at college would be easy, I learned quickly that I needed to think differently. I needed to learn how to manage my time in a very different way then I was used to. Initially, I was frustrated that I had to take a 1 credit core class, which is mandated because it addresses the first year questions and problems that I faced, it ultimately made my adjustment to college life a succcessful one.

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

The teachers at, what we the students call, C-State really care about their students. All the teachers I had during my first ...

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

The teachers at, what we the students call, C-State really care about their students. All the teachers I had during my first semester made me feel like they were always available to talk if I had a problem; and they usually were. This quality assures me that I truly picked the right school.

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

Michelle, everything will be ok. You're out of "the city," you don't and shouldn't be putting on a front as everyone does when you're back home. There are going to be people that are extremely nice no matter what, so don't be so discouraged right away. Always be yourself, be open and don't be so shy or scared just because you aren't used to having this many classmates. STAY POSITIVE, don't give up hope. If things don't turn out the way you want them to, don't stress; have faith that something better will come along. Drop the somewhat negative mentality you have been coerced to have because of your upbringing; Cortland is the complete opposite of Manhattan and you need to prepare for the changes. Just remember, don't stress, stay positive, and do your readings!

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

How good the food is! It's better than decent, which is the word most of my friends use to describe their school's food.

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

Looking back at myself as a high school senior is like looking at a stranger. I was insecure about everything. Knowing what I know now about college life, there is a lot of advise I would give my high school senior self. I believe there are two key pieces of advise that has allowed me to grow and succeed thus far. My first piece of advise would be to figure out what your priorities are. Having your priorities set will make all of life's transitions less complicated. Acknowledging what's important makes decisions easier to make and lessens the inevitable stress in one's life. My second piece of advise is to be confident with who you are. As a child and throughout my high school years I was painfully shy. I was so focused on the possibility that people may not like me that I never gave them a chance to know me. Since making the transition to college, I realized the importance of liking yourself and not worrying about what others think. Accepting myself has allowed me to come out of my shell and enjoy life in a way I was too afarid to before.

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

If I were allowed to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school student, I would tell myself to stay truthful to who...

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

If I were allowed to go back in time and talk to myself as a high school student, I would tell myself to stay truthful to who you are and push yourself. I would tell myself that it is ok to study for a test while your friends are in the other room watching tv. College is for you and not anyone else. It doesn't matter if your friends at school think you study too much, because it doesn't affect their grades, their money, or their future. If you know that what you are doing is for your benefit then you should stick to your goals and try your best to make them happen. College is all about opportunity and the only way you can succeed is to do what you think is right. Do what you came to do in college and in the end everything will work out the way you planned.

What's unique about your campus?

What I think is the best thing about my school, is that for the most part everyone that goes there is interested in the same things. Cortland is a very althletic school, and I enjoy working out and dealing with sports. The programs they offer there are benefical to my interests and my major. I feel that I can be in whatever major I want and still confident that the classes I had previously taken will still help me graduate and wont be wasted.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing about the school I attended, would be the amount of options to choose from. My school has so many interesting classes, and different career pathes to choose from that at times I am unsure what route I should take. It can be overwhelming at times but I figure it is better to have more options and opportunities than to be limited to on what you can do.

Jessica
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates would be considered driven for the future with a party drive

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates would be considered driven for the future with a party drive

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Cortaca: The biggest little game in America.

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

I would tell myself not to go with what would make you money and what would make you happy. At the end of day, being happy is what is going to make life meaningful. Also, I would tell myself to not bullcrap and work HARD. My GPA is suffering a little because I cruised through high school with As and Bs without doing work and thought that would work for college. It didn't . I just started working hard now and the way I felt after I got those As and Bs was amazing because I actually earned them. Also, not academically, I would tell myself to stay away from sweet talking men because they only want one thing and also to enjoy your friends in college, because they are you're life long friends

Mikayla
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are just as dedicated and motivated as I am.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are just as dedicated and motivated as I am.

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

Knowing what I know now, I would tell my high school self to learn time management skills. College is meant to be a challenge, but it doesn't have to be so hard that you feel like a failure. Managing your time is the key to success in college. I've learned that in order to succeed, I must know when to study and when to go out with friends. You must balance party time and school time, but you musn't just forget about play time. All work and no play make for a very stressful semester. I would tell my high school self writing down assignments and actually reading the syllabus is another key factor in doing well in college. Develope a good relationship with your professor and do not be afraid to ask questions. Learn to manage your free time and focus on success.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I brag mostly about the fact that I was accepted. My program at Cortland is fairly small and the number of applicants for the Spring 2010 semester was one of the largest Cortland has seen in a long time. Cortland is a wonderful school that many people have hopes of getting into. The fact that I was chosen makes me proud and more determined.

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

It is a very psotive environment and everyone is very friendley and helpful around campus from students to teachers.

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

It is a very psotive environment and everyone is very friendley and helpful around campus from students to teachers.

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

I would tell myself that it is alright to not know what you want to do. Being a Liberal Arts major for your first couple semesters can help you get many of the required courses out of the way so even if you do change your major, you do not need to stay that many more semesters. Also, when moving on to college life, don't stay in your dorm all the time. You want to get out and meet new people. Another very important thing is to not 'bite off more than you can chew.' Don't get overly involved in a multitude of different activities in your first semester. You need to give yourself time to adjust to the different workload without overloading yourself too much. After you experience the heavier workload, then you have an idea of how many activities you can involve yourself in while still being able to succeed in your courses.

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

The parking, its very hard to find a spot at certain times. However, I think that is the same with many other campus's.

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

I would tell myself that just becuase I didn't have to try as hard in high school to get good grades I really do have to read...

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

I would tell myself that just becuase I didn't have to try as hard in high school to get good grades I really do have to read everything and teach myself sometimes in college, and to apply to more scholarships, and get more involved right away.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The weather is the most frustrating thing, and sometimes the lack of variety of food selections, and some dining spots not being open at times when I would like to go there.

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

SUNY Cortland can be described as a social, academic and epic experience.

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

SUNY Cortland can be described as a social, academic and epic experience.

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

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, the most important thing I would advise myself is to take full advatange of my college experience. What I mean is to participate in several club sports and extra-curricular activities that the school provides. I would advise myself to be positive in what I want to further my education in and be sure to take it seriously. College is the foundation of your career and I would stress that the grades I recieve in all my classes are exretmely important and can determine where I go in life. I would describe how important it is to always meet new people and be up for anything new and exciting, experience is key. The friends you meet in college and the skills that you possess will take you far in life.

What kind of person should attend this school?

SUNY Cortland offers a variety of opportunities for students. This school is known for it's education program, which I am currently pursuing. Not only are you able to take a variety of education classes but the community provides hands on experiences for working with students. Someone who is athletic would really enjoy this school, SUNY Cortland is a division three sports school and they also have club sports. This college also has a great program for physical therapy. Someone who is looking for a small population in their college would really enjoy this school!

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  • Tuition & Fees
  • $8,106
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