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How Well Is SUNY Cortland Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

SUNY Cortland was awarded 63 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is education.

Overall Quality

SUNY Cortland landed the #446 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Out of the 132 colleges in New York, SUNY Cortland is ranked at #48.

See all of the rankings for SUNY Cortland.

Is It Hard to Get Into SUNY Cortland?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to SUNY Cortland you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 48%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 68% 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 520 and 600. Math scores were between 530 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for SUNY Cortland  ( 520 to 600 )

SAT Math Scores for SUNY Cortland  ( 530 to 600 )
SUNY Cortland received ACT scores from 27% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for SUNY Cortland  ( 22 to 25 )

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SUNY Cortland Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At SUNY Cortland, this ratio is 16 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

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 57%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  57 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at SUNY Cortland

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 53%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  53 out of 100

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Average Overall Diversity at SUNY Cortland

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,343 undergraduates at SUNY Cortland with 6,218 being full-time and 125 being part-time.

SUNY Cortland Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

SUNY Cortland scored 52.69 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  52.69 out of 100
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How Much Does SUNY Cortland Cost?

The overall average net price of SUNY Cortland is $18,591. 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 +
$11,946 $14,617 $17,586 $19,955 $23,431

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At SUNY Cortland, approximately 70% of students took out student loans averaging $7,423 a year. That adds up to $29,692 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from SUNY Cortland make around $47,000 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future SUNY Cortland graduates since it is 18% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at SUNY Cortland make the most money.

Location of SUNY Cortland

SUNY Cortland is a public institution located in Cortland, New York. Cortland is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.

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Location of SUNY Cortland

Contact details for SUNY Cortland are given below.

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

SUNY Cortland Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 46 majors graduated from SUNY Cortland. Of these students, 1,560 received undergraduate degrees and 198 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 298 $29,900
Teacher Education Subject Specific 186 $35,100
Teacher Education Grade Specific 125 $32,100
Business/Managerial Economics 119 $37,600
Communication & Media Studies 112 $31,900
General Psychology 68 $27,300
Public Health 62 NA
General Biology 61 $33,500
Communication Sciences 58 $23,300
Criminology 54 $31,400

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

Online Learning at SUNY Cortland

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 753 students took at least one online class at SUNY Cortland. This is a decrease from the 801 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 753 154
2016-2017 801 132
2015-2016 842 113
2014-2015 689 32
2013-2014 544 55

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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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