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SUNY Cortland Data & Information Overview

129 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
60% Acceptance Rate
This overview covers the essential stats on SUNY Cortland, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more.
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How Well Is SUNY Cortland Ranked?

#700 Best Colleges in Nation
#45 Best Colleges in NY
Special Education Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

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SUNY Cortland was awarded 129 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is special education.

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Overall Quality

SUNY Cortland landed the #700 spot in College Factual's 2024 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,217 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

SUNY Cortland also holds the #45 spot on the Best Colleges in New York ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into SUNY Cortland?

60% Acceptance Rate
64% Of Accepted Are Women
12% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

SUNY Cortland has an acceptance rate of 60%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for SUNY Cortland.

Average Test Scores

About 12% 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 540 and 620. Math scores were between 550 and 620.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for SUNY Cortland  ( 540 to 620 )

SAT Math Scores for SUNY Cortland  ( 550 to 620 )
SUNY Cortland received ACT scores from 1% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for SUNY Cortland  ( 22 to 27 )

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SUNY Cortland Faculty

15 to 1 Student to Faculty
59% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1, SUNY Cortland is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at SUNY Cortland is 59%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  59 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at SUNY Cortland

80% Freshmen Retention
55% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

SUNY Cortland has a freshmen retention rate of 80%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  80 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at SUNY Cortland for first-time, full-time students is 55%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  55 out of 100

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SUNY Cortland Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,093 Full-Time Undergraduates
23.3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
56.8% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,256 undergraduates at SUNY Cortland with 6,093 being full-time and 163 being part-time.

How Much Does SUNY Cortland Cost?

$19,273 Net Price
68% Take Out Loans
$29,468 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of SUNY Cortland is $19,273. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for SUNY Cortland

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,654 $14,525 $18,700 $19,429 $23,213

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of SUNY Cortland, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At SUNY Cortland, approximately 68% of students took out student loans averaging $7,367 a year. That adds up to $29,468 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.

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How Much Money Do SUNY Cortland Graduates Make?

$53,711 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from SUNY Cortland with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $53,711 in their early years. This is good news for future SUNY Cortland graduates since it is 26% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of SUNY Cortland

New York State
6,093 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
Located in Cortland, New York, SUNY Cortland is a public institution. Cortland is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.

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Contact details for SUNY Cortland are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Miller Building, Cortland, NY 13045-0900
Phone: 607-753-2011

SUNY Cortland Majors

47 Majors With Completions
1,747 Undergraduate Degrees
180 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 47 majors graduated from SUNY Cortland. Of these students, 1,747 received undergraduate degrees and 180 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Health & Physical Education 265 $27,460
Teacher Education Subject Specific 256 $39,326
Teacher Education Grade Specific 171 $39,955
Business/Managerial Economics 121 $36,555
General Psychology 91 $30,182
Communication & Media Studies 86 $36,536
Special Education 82 $43,864
Criminology 81 $31,567
General Biology 69 $29,796
History 66 $40,363

Learn more about the majors offered at SUNY Cortland along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at SUNY Cortland

32% Take At Least One Class Online
6% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 2,142 students took at least one online class at SUNY Cortland. This is a decrease from the 6,624 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 2,142 405
2019-2020 6,624 1,180
2018-2019 1,117 171
2017-2018 753 154
2016-2017 801 132

Learn more about online learning at SUNY Cortland.

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Notes and 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.


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