State University of New York College at Cortland: Narrative Description

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PO Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045
Tel: (607)753-2011
Admissions: (607)753-4711
Fax: (607)753-5999
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of State University of New York System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1868. Setting: 191-acre small town campus with easy access to Syracuse. Total enrollment: 7,331. Faculty: 512 (267 full-time, 245 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 9,773 applied, 47% were admitted. 6% from top 10% of their high school class, 36% from top quarter, 76% from top half. Full-time: 5,733 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 217 students, 64% women, 36% men. Students come from 26 states and territories, 2% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 3% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.3% international, 8% 25 or older, 50% live on campus, 11% transferred in. Retention: 77% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; social sciences and history; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at other units of the State University of New York System. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.3 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, 3 recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 11/15 for early decision. Notification: continuous, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $4350 full-time, $181 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,300 full-time, $442 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $950 full-time. College room and board: $7290. College room only: $4228. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 100 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local sororities; 4% of eligible men and 9% of eligible women are members. Major annual events: sporting events, Scholars' Day. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 2,953 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Memorial Library with 82,257 books, an OPAC, and a Web page. 832 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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