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SUNY Cortland welcomes 1,400 first-year students in Fall 2022

SUNY Cortland will welcome nearly 1,400 first-year students in Fall 2022 — the university’s largest first-year class in 33 years and a major achievement given enrollment challenges facing higher education institutions across the country.

The university expects 1,384 first-year students, the most in the more than three decades first-year attendance has been tracked. More than 11,700 students applied for admission for the fall semester, which officially begins Monday.

“This is an extraordinary milestone,” said SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum. “Students and their families realize that they can receive a world-class education at an affordable cost while enjoying the unique academic, athletic and social experience this university offers. SUNY Cortland is an amazing institution with faculty, staff and alumni who truly care about our students.”

Nationally, post-secondary enrollment declined 4.1% over a one-year span in 2022, according to National Student Clearinghouse data. Bitterbaum credited the efforts of the university’s Admissions Office, especially given challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic and inflation. 


Among the highlights that SUNY Cortland emphasizes in student recruitment:



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