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Study Names SUNY Cortland 4th “Best College in New York for Jobs”

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SUNY Cortland was recently named the 4th “Best College for Jobs in New York” on an annual list from Zippia.com.

Cortland was the highest-ranked SUNY college in the study with a 94.44% employment rate, trailing the No. 1-ranked Siena College (95.13%) by less than one percentage point.

The study used data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard.

Cortland’s Career Services department compiled a “First Destinations and Graduate Outcomes” report for the Class of 2018, which found that 50% of the 1,598 undergraduates between August 2017 and May 2018 were employed in a related field.

Thirty-three percent were continuing their education and 15% were employed in an unrelated field.

Of those graduates, 73% had secured employment within six months of graduation, including 20% who had lined up a job before they graduated.

“These results reflect the quality of our graduating students as well as the dedication of our talented staff, who work with students and alumni to help them strategically develop their career potential,” said Nan Pasquarello, SUNY Cortland’s director of Career Services. “We are fortunate to have campus, community and alumni partners committed to helping Cortland graduates develop their knowledge and skills.”

The Class of 2018 had a self-reported full-time average starting salary of $42,801.

Most graduates about 86% remained in New York state, but others found jobs in 32 other states or countries after leaving Cortland.

See the full report here.


Cortland students often benefit from the college’s Career Services department, which offers resources to prepare for their future employment while they are still on campus.

These include resume and cover letter tips, connections to internships and career fairs, along with a clothing closet that provides students with professional attire for job interviews.

Learn more about Career Services at Cortland.edu/offices/career-services.

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