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SUNY Cortland

Sports dominate the culture at the State University of New York at Cortland. Students decked out in the school colors of red and black turn out en masse to support the Red Dragons teams during Division III games, and the town's streets, lawns, and bars fill up early for the annual "Cortaca Jug" football game, a match-up with longtime rival Ithaca. All together, SUNY Cortland's athletic program has garnered about two dozen national team titles. Of course, students at Cortland find time for academics, too. The school has one of the top education departments in the SUNY system, and, not surprisingly, fitness-related majors such as athletic training, exercise science, and fitness development are popular, as are majors in the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies department. About half of the roughly 6,000 undergraduates live on campus. The college town of Cortland can feel isolated, especially during the winter months, when three-foot snow drifts often line the streets. Fortunately, students craving more action can find it in Syracuse just 45 minutes north or Ithaca 30 minutes south.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: To accommodate in-person classes, SUNY Cortland has spread students across its over 100 instructional spaces, which will only be filled to 50% capacity. Classes with 60 or more students are being taught remotely. For those facing hardship due to the pandemic, SUNY Cortland has established an emergency fund, in which eligible students may get up to $500.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$25,900
% of students who get any grants
62%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$17,100
Average price for low-income students
$12,500
admissions
Acceptance rate
44%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1130/24
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
6,330
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
74%
% of need met
68%
% of students who get merit* grants
4%
Average merit grant
$2,460
student success
Graduation rate
71%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$21,500
Average salary within 5 years
$43,900
% earning more than $28,000
80%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
N/A

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: To accommodate in-person classes, SUNY Cortland has spread students across its over 100 instructional spaces, which will only be filled to 50% capacity. Classes with 60 or more students are being taught remotely. For those facing hardship due to the pandemic, SUNY Cortland has established an emergency fund, in which eligible students may get up to $500.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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