Tompkins Cortland Community College

Success & Advising

Using Strengths

Tompkins Cortland Community College is committed to helping each student at the College explore the unique talents and abilities that make student success possible.

The College uses Gallup's StrengthsQuest (SQ) program to help discover their specific strengths, and can also help students learn how to apply those strengths to their academic, social, and professional lives.

As a strengths-based college, Tompkins Cortland believes each student has unique talents that they bring to our community. Understanding your own talents and developing them into strengths can help you reach your goals, understand yourself and those around you, and become your best self.

All new students should complete StrengthsQuest prior to New Student Orientation.

Please plan about 30 uninterrupted minutes to complete the SQ inventory. Go with your gut reaction to the questions when answering for the most effective assessment of your talents.

There is a timer on the items in the inventory; if you are concerned about this, please contact Khaki Wunderlich ( or 607-844-8222 ext. 4375 so she can determine whether the timer needs to be turned off. If English is not your first language, we recommend taking the SQ inventory in your native language (many language options are available).

To take the StrengthsQuest inventory, please follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to myTC3
  2. Go to myINFO
  3. Select the StrengthsQuest link on the left menu
  4. Select the link to "Request a StrengthsQuest code"
  5. Copy the access code you are given
  6. Select the StrengthsQuest website link and paste your access code into the box. Be sure to use your College email address when you register ( Keep your username and password somewhere safe – you will need to get back into the site later.
  7. Download your Strengths Insight Report and read it.

For detailed instructions, access the StrengthsQuest instructions.

For continuing students who take StrengthsQuest and want to learn more about how to understand their strengths, workshops are offered throughout the semester. Sign up to attend a StrengthsQuest workshop here.

To continue learning more about your Strengths, check the Panther Passport calendar for upcoming specialized StrengthsQuest workshops. We offer Strengths Spotlights which focus on certain SQ themes, as well as workshops on using your strengths in relationships, academics, and your career.