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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 close to 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.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$26,000
% of students who get any grants
61%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$19,200
Average price for low-income students
$11,820
admissions
Acceptance rate
48%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1130/24
SAT/ACT required?
No
Enrollment
6,333
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
72%
% of need met
67%
% of students who get merit* grants
5%
Average merit grant
$3,616
student success
Graduation rate
71%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$21,500
Average salary within 3 years
$44,900
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
30%
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.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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