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  • Writer's pictureNancy Adis

SUNY Cortland - Prioritizing Fitness, Wellness & Sustainability

When I visited the 191-acre State University of New York - Cortland campus in upstate NY, I was impressed with their 150,000 square foot Student Life Center - a recreation hub with many different fitness options (indoor track, swimming pool, rock climbing wall, workout rooms, and more), social spaces and a 300-seat dining hall with healthy meal options.  The university’s focus on physical and mental health and wellness is a good fit for some of their most popular majors - Physical Education Teaching and Coaching, Sport and Fitness Management, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Outdoor Recreation, and many other health-related majors.

The campus can also boast about their achievements in focusing on sustainability.  They operate all facilities using 100 percent renewable electric energy, have a certified LEED Platinum Residence Hall, and their College Store recycled 28,000 textbooks last year!  They have 2,443 solar panels on campus, have been designated as a Tree Campus USA, and hire a team of 16 student "Green Reps" each semester to educate the campus on sustainability.

The 6,000+ undergraduate students who study at SUNY Cortland can choose from over 65 majors, as well as an array of 60+ study abroad programs if interested.  The campus also offers a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio, an honors program, and merit-based scholarships for new students. 

Another shout out:  The William H. Parks Family Center for Environmental and Outdoor Education which coordinates special programs and manages the university's many outdoor/environmental facilities throughout New York state.  These sites provide students with unique opportunities to participate in classes, meetings, outdoor education, retreats, weekend getaways or special events at some really interesting facilities.

At Raquette Lake (in the Adirondack Mountains) they have the Antlers Lodge, Kirby Camp and Camp Huntington for research activities, teacher workshops and high school classes. The rustic log cabin conference center, Brauer Field Station, includes 33 acres at the Helderberg Escarpment, near Albany, for field study in geologic landscape and fossils. Closer to campus, the Hoxie Gorge is a nature preserve where nearly 1,000 students participate in academic field study annually. 

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