Tompkins Cortland Community College

Success & Advising

Student Success Workshops and Special Population Orientations

Tompkins Cortland Community College offers a variety of Student Success Workshops and Special Population Orientations during New Student Orientation. These workshops are a great way to get connected on campus and to meet fellow students, all while learning more about Tompkins Cortland. These sessions are offered on Sunday, August 21, Monday, August 22 and Tuesday, August 23 (see times below). Please read the schedule and descriptions below, then choose the sessions you feel would benefit you the most.

Sunday, August 21 (Move-in Day)

6 p.m. ALANA Student Welcome Event (Student Center)

Monday, August 22

1:30 – 3 p.m. Adult Student Orientation
1:30 – 3 p.m.

Resident Student Orientation* (required for all students living in on campus housing)

3 – 5 p.m. International Student Orientation
Times TBD

Online and Web-Enhanced Course Orientation
Veteran Student Orientation
Pathways Orientation (Pathways students choose one)
Student Employment Opportunities
Students With Disabilities Orientation

International Student Orientation

All new International Students are required to come to this session where we will discuss important immigration requirements. New students will learn more about Tompkins Cortland and American culture from current International students. During this orientation you will have the opportunity to meet fellow international students and connect with the staff from Global Initiatives. This session will take place in Room 228. Placement Testing will follow for those international students who need tests to determine appropriate course placement.


This social is open to all LGBTQA students (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and Allies) as well as the rest of the campus community. Come to learn more about the TC3 Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) and meet current TC3 students and the GSA advisors. This session will meet in Room 280C.

ALANA Student Welcome

This is an opportunity for students from underrepresented groups (ALANA - African, Latino(a), Asian, and Native American), first generation college students, and students from the general campus community to connect with one another in an inclusive and equitable space. Come  learn more about the Office of Diversity Education and Support Services and how you can participate in our events around campus.

Online and Web-Enhanced Course Orientation (Web Courses Orientation)

Learn how to successfully navigate your online or web-enhanced courses in this hands-on session in our computer lab where we will show you how to use Web Courses (Blackboard). Students will learn more about how online courses in BlackBoard work and will meet staff from Campus Technology who are here to help. This session will meet in the Baker Commons Classroom (Second Floor).

Pathways Orientation

Students selected as Pathways Scholarship recipients must attend one of the three Pathways Orientation sessions. The Pathways Scholarship assists adult students who are entering college for the first time or coming back to college after a long absence. Recipients will learn more about the Pathways program and requirements during this session. Registration for this session is required. Please call 607-844-8222 ext 4261 or email to select your session. This session will meet in the Student Center.

Students with Disabilities Orientation

Did you have a 504 plan or an IEP in high school? Learn more about navigating Tompkins Cortland as a student with a disability (no more "special education")! Things are very different from high school and this is your opportunity to make connections that can assist you in creating your own success. This session will meet in the Baker Commons Quiet Study Area (Room 130).

Student Employment Opportunities

Do you want to find a job on campus? Come to this session to learn more about work-study and non work-study job opportunities at Tompkins Cortland and explore new online job search tools available through myTC3. This session will take place in Room 280A.

Veteran Student Orientation

Have you served in the Armed Forces and are now coming to school? Come to this session to get connected with other veteran students and with the veteran's benefits coordinator. This session will take place in Room 227.

“Get Connected!” Student Activities Fair

Thursday, September 8 from 3-5 p.m. in the Student Center

There’s so much more to college life than just the classroom. Learn about leadership and volunteer activities and see how being involved in a student club or organization can provide you with skills that you will use throughout your life. Group decision making, compromise, listening, budgeting and finance, how to organize and conduct meetings, promoting and publicizing events are just a few of the opportunities available to you when you choose to get involved. Think your schedule is too busy or you don’t have time? That's not an excuse! Take the time and make the choice to get involved; we guarantee it will be rewarding learning experience!

This interactive event with games, prizes, and more will allow you to connect with representatives from special interest clubs and organizations, student government, athletics, and recreation sports. If you don’t find what you like, find out how you can start a new club. This program is all about opportunities and is sponsored by Student Activities, Student Government Association and Orientation – be there!

For a list of current student clubs, please visit

Anytime Orientation


Do you know how to use myTC3 to access and print your schedule and grades, update your records, register online, access your web courses as well as lots of other great stuff? Visit Technology Support in room 208.