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State University of New York at Cortland

State University of New York College at Cortland
Motto Seize the Moment, Feel the Momentum
Established 1868
Endowment $11.7 million[1]
President Dr. Erik Bitterbaum
Provost Dr. Mark Prus
Students 7,110[2]
Undergraduates 6400
Postgraduates 710
Location Cortland, New York, USA
Campus 211 acres (0.85 km2)
Colors red and white
Nickname Red Dragons
Mascot Blaze
Website www.cortland.edu
Dragon Statue in College Library, Fall 2006

The State University of New York College at Cortland, also officially called SUNY Cortland or informally known as Cortland State, is a coeducational college located in Cortland, New York, United States. In each of the four years to 2010, SUNY Cortland was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and ranked by Kiplinger's among its 100 Best Values Among Public College and Universities.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Campus 2
  • Organization and administration 3
  • Academic profile 4
  • Student life 5
    • Athletics 5.1
  • Notable people 6
    • Alumni 6.1
    • Faculty 6.2
    • Other 6.3
  • References 7
  • External links 8

History

The State University of New York College at Cortland was founded in 1868 as the Cortland Normal School, which included among its earliest students inventor and industrialist Elmer A. Sperry of Sperry Rand Corp.

Over time, the campus continually grew, and in 1941, by an act of legislature and the Board of Regents, the institution officially became a four-year college providing courses leading to the bachelor's degree and soon was widely acknowledged as Cortland State Teachers College. In 1948, Cortland was a founding member of the State University of New York.

Campus

Cortland is located off of Interstate 81, between Helderberg Escarpment near Albany.

The U.S. Department of the Interior in 2004 designated Camp Pine Knot, now known as the Huntington Memorial Camp and part of its Outdoor Education center at Raquette Lake, N.Y., as the first and only National Historic Landmark within the State University of New York (SUNY). Camp Pine Knot was the first Great Camp of the Adirondacks and the birthplace of what is now known as the Adirondack style of architecture. SUNY Cortland has 55,000 alumni living in all 50 states and in more than 40 countries.

Organization and administration

Cortland is a university college within the State University of New York system.

Academic profile

Today, approximately 7,200 students are pursuing degrees within the College's three academic divisions — arts and sciences, education and professional studies. Twenty-eight academic departments with a faculty of more than 600 offer the SUNY Cortland student body 64 majors and 38 minors from which to choose, plus 33 graduate majors and four certificates of advanced study. Cortland has the largest teacher education program in the Eastern United States and the fourth largest in the United States, along with one of the largest US undergraduate programs in physical education.

Student life

SUNY Cortland has over 100 student clubs.

Athletics

The Cortland Red Dragons are the athletic teams for SUNY Cortland. The college competes in NCAA Division III in the State University of New York Athletic Conference for most sports. Football played in the New Jersey Athletic Conference from 2000-14 and will be moving to the Empire 8 in 2015. Wrestling competes in the Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference, the women's ice hockey team competes in the ECAC West, women's gymnastics is an National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) East member, and women's golf is an independent, as those sports are not offered by the SUNYAC.

SUNY Cortland has had the most nationally successful men's and women's intercollegiate athletics program in New York over the past two decades. In 1995, the Sears Directors' Cup was established to gauge and recognize the most successful intercollegiate athletics programs in the nation. SUNY Cortland is one of only six colleges and universities in the U.S. to have finished every year among the Top 25 NCAA Division III programs. Cortland placed 23rd out of approximately 440 schools during the 2014–15 competition that is now known as the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. The competition is sponsored by USA Today, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, and Learfield Sports. The standings are based on schools' national finishes in different sports.

The Cortland Red Dragons annually play Ithaca College Bombers for the Cortaca Jug, which was added in 1959 to an already competitive rivalry. The match-up is one of the most prominent in Division III college football. It was called the "biggest little game in the nation" by Sports Illustrated in 1991.

Cortland snapped Salisbury University's 69-game win streak to capture the 2006 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Div. III National Championship. The team reached the 2007 and 2008 national championship in rematch games against Salisbury University. The lacrosse team cemented its spot as a premier team with its second Division III national championship in 2009, defeating Gettysburg in the finals.

In 2006 as part of its Silver Anniversary of sponsoring women's sports, the NCAA named the SUNY Cortland women's cross country program as its top cross country program of the past 25 years. The Cortland women captured seven NCAA Division III national championships in a nine-year span between 1989 and 1997 (1989, 1991–95, 1997). In addition, the Cortland men's cross country team won the 2008 NCAA Div. III championship.

In all, Cortland teams have won 25 national titles, including 18 NCAA crowns. Along with the titles mentioned above, the field hockey team won NCAA Div. III titles in 1993, 1994 and 2001, the women's outdoor track and field team won an NCAA Div. III title in 1985 and the women's indoor track and field team was the 1991 NCAA Div. III champion. The men's lacrosse squad won the NCAA Div. II title in 1975 and the USILA College Division championship in 1973. The women's soccer won the 1992 NCAA Div. III tournament and captured the first-ever U.S. National Women's Soccer Championship in 1980, defeating UCLA in the finals. The men's gymnastics team won USGF Div. II-III titles in 1986, 1987, 1989 and 1990. The men's baseball team won their first ever Div. III title in 2015. Also in 2015 the women's lacrosse team captured their first ever NCAA crown.

Cortland began hosting the summer training camp of the NFL's New York Jets in 2009.

Notable people

Alumni

Faculty

Other

Cortland University campus
SUNY Cortland campus

References

  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ As of Fall 2013. "5-year Enrollment". SUNY Cortland. SUNY Cortland. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Tamdan McCrory UFC Profile". 
  4. ^ Marcus, Steven (May 26, 2012). "Senk Loves Being Big Fish in SBU's Small Pond". Newsday.com. Archived from the original on July 5, 2014. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Aljamain Sterling UFC Profile". Retrieved 2014. 

External links

  • SUNY Cortland
  • SUNY Cortland Athletics
  • Google Map of SUNY Cortland campus buildings (note: best viewed in Satellite view)


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