College Profile

Located in a small city in central New York, SUNY Cortland is a degree-granting comprehensive college offering undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts and a variety of professional fields. Nearly 6,400 undergraduate students are enrolled and choose from 67 majors and almost 100 minors and concentrations to study. In addition, there are 600 graduate students enrolled in one of the 33 graduate programs. The diverse student population comes from 28 states and 26 countries. Undergraduate students have the ability to live in one of 17 on-campus residence halls, and graduate students can choose to live in one of the on-campus apartment buildings or off-campus in private housing.

Class sizes average 28 students due to a low student-faculty ratio of 17:1. Outside of class, students enhance their college experience with more than 100 clubs and organizations. Many international students are active in the International Awareness Club or the Partner Conversation Program. They can also choose to participate in the 25 intercollegiate athletic teams, 34 sport clubs, and more than 60 intramural sports.

Some of the more popular majors for international students include: Business Economics, Exercise Science, International Studies, Sport Management, and Teaching English as a Second Language.


7,000 Total Enrollment
6,400 Undergraduate Enrollment
600 Graduate Enrollment
81 International Student Enrollment
43% Male
57% Female
17:1 Faculty-Student Ratio
294 Faculty: Full-Time
297 Faculty: Part-Time
26 Countries Represented
Top 5 Turkey, Germany, Canada, Japan, and India

English as a Second Language Program and Services

Does your institution have an Intensive English Program?

Can your institution issue an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 Student Status to a student who has been admitted only to the Intensive English Program?

Does your institution provide courses of English as a Second Language to admitted students?

Does your institution conditionally admit students to degree programs if they have not met the English proficiency requirement?

International Student Housing Options

As a residential campus, SUNY Cortland offers a variety of on-campus housing options for international students. More information is available here: International Student Housing

Collaborative Programs

  • University of Ballarat (Ballarat, Australia)
  • Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia)
  • Capital Normal University (Beijing, China)
  • Universidad Veritas (San Jose, Costa Rica)
  • American University in Cairo (Cairo, Egypt)
  • Universite de La Rochelle (La Rochelle, France)
  • Deutsche Sporthochschule (Koln, Germany)
  • University of Ghana (Legon, Ghana)
  • University College Cork (Cork, Ireland)
  • The Spanish Language Institute (Cuernavaca, Mexico)
  • London Metropolitan University (London, UK)
  • University of Cumbria (Lancaster or Carlisle, UK)
  • Venusa College (Merida, Venezuela)

First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students

SUNY Cortland admits international students at all of these levels. In most cases, students will need the equivalent of a strong “B” average during their secondary school experience if applying as a freshman. Transfers will need to have the same average during their college experience. More detailed information can be found on the International Admissions web page.

Graduate student applications are reviewed by each academic department and the admission standards vary from program to program. Information concerning those standards can be found here: Graduate Admissions Criteria

Financial Aid

Is financial aid available for international students?

However, SUNY Cortland does offer all accepted undergraduate students an International Student Award totaling $5,200 per year. The award is applied toward tuition and reduces annual tuition from $16,320 to $11,120. The same award is given to graduate students, but the amount will vary depending upon the number of credits a student is taking and whether or not a student is receiving a Graduate Assistant Position.

Student Activities and Campus Life

SUNY Cortland strives to make sure that students have plenty of opportunities to enhance their academic experience through participation in a wide variety of student life activities. With over 100 clubs and organizations, numerous athletic opportunities, concerts, theater productions, and more, students can be active members of the campus community. Plus, the college recently opened a new $56 million Student Life Center designed exclusively for student recreational activities.

Learn more here:
SUNY Cortland Campus Life
Student Life Center

In addition, international students have the opportunity to explore cultural events and historic sites in New York and throughout the United States. This can be done by participating in campus hosted excursions or traveling with new found friends made at SUNY Cortland. Those friendships can last a lifetime.


Finger Lakes

SUNY Cortland


Doug Langhans
Senior Admissions Advisor Graduate and International Admissions Coordinator

Visa Information

Does your institution issue I-20 for F-1 visa status and/or DS-2019 for J-1 visa status?
Yes, we offer both.

Cost of Attendance & Financial Assistance

Undergraduate International Full-time:
Tuition: $16,320
Fees: $2,633

Major Areas of Study

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies
Arts and Humanities
Arts, Visual, and Performing
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Communication and Journalism
Counseling and Social Work
Education, Teaching ESL
English Language and Literature
Health and Medicine
Health Sciences
Languages, Intensive English as Second Language
Languages, Literature, and Linguistics
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Math and Statistics
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies
Natural Resources and Conservation
Parks, Recreation, and Fitness
Philosophy and Religion
Physical Sciences
Public Administration and Social Services
Public and Social Services
Science, Math, and Technology
Social Sciences
Sports Medicine


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