State University of New York at Cortland

Cortland, NY, US

Rating Score Valid Through Liaison Submitted Executive Letter
Silver - expired 48.81 Feb. 28, 2015 Beth Klein Feb. 29, 2012 Download


Full-time Equivalent Enrollment 6,652
Number of Undergraduate Students 6,310
Number of Graduate Students 1,048
Full-time Equivalent Employees 1,192
Institution type Baccalaureate
Institutional control Public
Endowment size 21,975,000
Percentage of students that are Residential 43.25
Percentage of students that are Full-time commuter 14.24
Percentage of students that are Part-time commuter 42.51
Percentage of students that are On-line only 0.0
Gross square feet of building space 2,249,922.0
Gross square feet of laboratory space 0.0
Acres of cultivated grounds 75.0
Acres of undeveloped land 5.5
Climate region Cold

Campus Features

Feature Is Present? Is Included in Report
Agricultural School No No
Medical School No No
Pharmacy School No No
Public Health No No
Veterinary School No No
Satellite Yes No
Hospital No No
Farm No No
Agricultural experiment station No No

Additional Details

The State University of New York College at Cortland was founded in 1868 as the Cortland Normal School, which included among its earliest student inventor and industrialist, Elmer A. Sperry of Sperry-Rand Corporation fame. Over the decades, the campus expanded; and in 1941, by an act of the Legislature and Board of Regents, the institution officially became a four-year college providing courses leading to a baccalaureate degree. In 1948, Cortland was a founding member of the State University of New York.

During the fall of 2010, approximately 7,358 students were pursuing degrees within the College’s three academic divisions -- Arts and Sciences, Education, and Professional Studies. Twenty-eight departments, with a faculty of more than 600, offer the SUNY Cortland student body 60 majors and 38 minors from which to choose.

The College’s main campus covers 191 acres and includes 38 major traditional and modern buildings. Seventeen of these structures are residence halls providing on-campus housing for over 3,000 students. SUNY Cortland also operates its Outdoor Education Center at Raquette Lake in the Adirondacks, the Hoxie Gorge Nature Preserve outside of Cortland, and the Robert C. Brauer Memorial Education Center on the Helderberg Escarpment near Albany.

Credit Status
Integrated Pest Management Complete
Native Plants Complete
Wildlife Habitat Complete
Tree Campus USA Not Pursuing
Snow and Ice Removal Complete
Compost Not Pursuing
Credit Status
Water Consumption Complete
Stormwater Management Complete
Waterless Urinals Not Pursuing
Building Water Metering Complete
Non-Potable Water Usage Not Pursuing
Xeriscaping Not Pursuing
Weather-Informed Irrigation Not Pursuing
Credit Status
Innovation 1 Complete
Innovation 2 Complete
Innovation 3 Complete
Innovation 4 Complete

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to