Tompkins Cortland Community College

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170 North St, P.O. Box 139, Dryden, NY 13053

Regular Hours

8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
8:30 a.m.–3 p.m
9 a.m.–4 p.m
8:30 a.m.–4 p.m

Room 101
607.844.6538 (fax)
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Connections for New Students

New Student Orientation and Welcome Week
For all new and transfer students

Fall 2016 New Student Orientation will take place August 21-23, 2016. Welcome Week activities continue through August 31, 2016.

Fall 2016 courses begin on Wednesday, August 24. The Academic Calendar contains important dates for the semester, including deadlines.

Questions? Email or call 607.844.8222, Ext. 4521.

Parents, spouses and other sponsors

In addition to activities for students there are programs for parents, spouses and other sponsors.

New Student Orientation Schedule

Orientation information and a schedule of events has been mailed to all new students who have already attended START (Student Transition Advisement, Registration, and Testing). Students attending START later in August will receive orientation information at their START appointment. Download a copy of the Orientation mailing here.

Please note that the schedule below is tentative and all students will receive a final schedule with detailed information including session locations at Orientation Check-in.

Orientation Check-In will take place on Monday, August 22 from 9:15-9:45 a.m. at the BorgWarner MorseTEC Field House (located inside the Athletic Facility) on Tompkins Cortland main campus in Dryden. At Orientation Check-in, new students will receive a Tompkins Cortland bag, student planner, and more.

New Resident Students living on campus will move in to the Residence Halls on Sunday, August 21 between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be a required floor meeting on Sunday evening. Resident student have required new student orientation activities to attend on Monday, August 22 and Tuesday, August 23 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Many College offices have extended open hours during Orientation and Welcome Week so that you can take care of everything you need prior to the start of classes.

The following schedule is subject to change. Students will receive the final orientation schedule when they check in on Monday, August 22. Attendance at events marked with * required for new students living in the Tompkins Cortland residence halls.

Sunday, August 21

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

New Resident Move-In*

Tompkins Cortland Residence Halls

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Offices Open (Enrollment Services Center, TC3 Card, Health Center, and more)

Academic Building

noon - 1:30 p.m. OR
2 - 3:30 p.m.

Parent, Family, and Sponsor Orientation
For parents, family members & sponsors of new students living in the residence halls

Student Center

1 - 4 p.m.

StrengthsQuest Open Lab*  If you haven’t already done so, take SQ now!

Room 101 (Enrollment Services)

8 p.m.

Residence Life Floor Meetings*

Residence Halls (TBD)

Monday, August 22

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Orientation Check-In*
Get your orientation schedule, Tompkins Cortland bag, and student planner at check-in

BorgWarner Morse TEC Field House

8:30 - 10 a.m.

Parent, Family, and Sponsor Orientation
For parents, family members, and sponsors of new commuter students

Sprole, Room 204

8:30 - 10 a.m.

College and Community Resource Fair*
Discover the many College offices and resources available in the local community

BorgWarner Morse TEC Field House

10 - 10:45 a.m.

College Welcome and New Student Convocation*
Your official Tompkins Cortland Welcome from the College administration and student leaders   


11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Academic Program Orientation*
Meet the faculty in your academic program and learn more about your degree

Various Locations

12 - 1 p.m.

Lunch with your academic program (Lunch tickets will be provided at Check-In)

TC3 Eatery (Cafeteria)

1 - 2:30 p.m.

Adult Student Orientation
(For students 24 and older or students who have been out of school for five or more years)

Sprole, Room 204

1 - 2:30 p.m.

Commuter Student Orientation                               
(For students 18-23 living at home and students in off-campus housing, including College Suites)

Forum, Room 163

1:30 - 3 p.m.

Resident Student Orientation*
(For all new and transfer students living in the Tompkins Cortland residence halls)

Various Locations

3 - 4:30 p.m.

International Student Orientation
(Required for all new international students. Placement testing will follow from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.)

Room 228

3 - 4 p.m. AND
4 - 5 p.m.

Student Success Sessions and Special Population Orientations

Various Locations

3 - 6 p.m.

StrengthsQuest Open Lab*  If you haven’t already done so, take SQ now

Rooms 215B and 215C


Evening Activities: Vans to Walmart/Price Chopper, Open Recreation

Student Center and Field House

Tuesday, August 23

8:45 a.m.

Orientation Team Check-In*

Student Center

9 - 10 a.m.

Team Meeting*

Various Locations

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Rotating Sessions:  
Safety on Campus*
Tompkins Cortland FYI*
Our CommUNITY*
Lunch **
Your Health and Success*
StrengthsQuest and Your Success*
(The StrengthsQuest inventory must be completed by Friday, August 19)

Various Locations

7 p.m.

Evening Activity: Grocery Bingo

Student Center

** Meal plan swipe required for resident students for lunch on Tuesday 8/23. Meal passes are provided for commuter students who register to join a team

Tompkins Cortland FYI – This session informs new students about important Tompkins Cortland academic and student conduct policies. In this session you will learn about our College's community standards, including important information about academic integrity, student rights and responsibilities, and more.

Safety at Tompkins Cortland -- Tompkins Cortland prides itself on being a safe and supportive campus community. This session will also introduce students to important safety practices they should follow on and off campus, and will allow students to meet the Campus Police staff.

Our CommUNITY – This session will introduce the College’s community value of diversity. The session will provide students active opportunities to better understand the strengths each of us brings to our community, and how these strengths and unique characteristics impact how we see, experience, and participate in the world around us.

Your Health and Success – Staying healthy is important to your success as a college student. Learn about how five important health and wellness practices can impact your academic success and start your first semester on the right track.

StrengthsQuest and Your Success – Research indicates that investing more effort in your strengths, rather than your weaknesses, will produce significantly greater results. Find out your strengths using Gallup's StrengthsFinder® and start learning how to use those strengths for success in academics, career, and your personal life.

Welcome Week Activities

Monday, 8/22

4, 5, 6, and 7 p.m.

Van Trips to Walmart & Price Chopper

Tuesday, 8/23

6 p.m.

Grocery BINGO

Wednesday, 8/24

7 p.m.

Hypnotist Wayne Hoffman

Thursday, 8/25

6 p.m.

Shot of Reality Comedy Show

Friday, 8/26

9 p.m.

Outdoor Movie: The Jungle Book

Saturday, 8/27

6 – 8 p.m.

Video Game Night

Monday, 8/29

6 p.m.

Welcome Week BBQ and Tie Dye T-shirts