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The mission of Tompkins Cortland Community College begins with student strength and ends with student success. The first step in fulfilling that mission is to identify talents and learn how they will apply to the college experience. Tompkins Cortland Community College is committed to student goals and student success.

TC3 is one of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, and is located in Dryden, on a scenic 220-acre campus. The main campus building was recently renovated and features The Dr. Lucille S. Baker Commons, a learning center housing the library, student support services, and more. The campus building also includes a pool, computer and biology labs, a child care center, classrooms, and a new student center. The College also recently built a new athletic facility connected to the main building. It houses a 1,500-seat arena, a multipurpose field house, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

TC3 also is an innovator in residential housing amongst community colleges, offering about 820 beds in seven buildings on campus. The TC3 residence experience is complete with a strong core of student activities, meal service, and an active campus police.


While the TC3 campus is modern, picturesque, and the community is welcoming and warm – the core strength of the TC3 experience is the quality of academic experience. We have a strong foundation of traditional academic programs that offer numerous transfer opportunities. And because of the strength of that foundation, we also are able to offer innovative programs that respond to and anticipate community economic opportunities and needs on a local, national, and global scale.

TC3 offers 40 degree programs ranging from nursing to biotechnology to business administration to outdoor recreation and wine marketing. And TC3 students transfer to a number of regional and national institutions, including Cornell University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Ithaca College Niagara University, Binghamton University, and various other SUNY and private institutions. Our graduates have an exceptional fall-to-fall retention rate of about 76 percent following transfer.

Fast Facts

Opened: 1968 in Groton
Moved: to Dryden in 1974
Enrollment: 3,699 (Fall 2009)
Average class size: 18

Student Profile

78 percent full-time and 22 percent part-time
55 percent female and 45 percent male
more than 40 different countries represented