Tompkins Cortland Community College

Success & Advising

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For most students, the enrollment process has several steps. Students who need placement testing must test first. All students must complete the Pre-Advising Questionnaire prior to scheduling their Orientation session. Once testing (if needed) and the Pre-Advising Questionnaire are complete, students may schedule their Orientation.

Planning ahead and starting early leads to success!

It is best to complete the enrollment process as soon as possible for the semester you plan to attend. Students who need placement testing must complete testing at least one week before they can schedule Orientation. The sooner you complete testing, the more options there will be at the time your course schedule is developed. We recommend checking your email regularly, testing early, and scheduling Orientation as soon as possible, once you are eligible. Getting the courses you need at the days and times that work best for you is a great way to plan for a successful first semester.

Taking the Placement Tests

New students must meet certain Admissions criteria to take their placement tests and will receive email communication from the college when they are ready to test.

Placement Testing Options

For students planning to begin in the Spring 2018 semester (which begins in January), there are four options that allow you to easily complete your placement testing:
1. Test at the Dryden Main Campus – Testing is available on a walk-in basis most weekdays beginning Monday, October 2, 2017 on the following schedule. Walk-in testing will continue through Friday, December 22, 2017. Please note, Tompkins Cortland is closed for the holiday break from Monday, December 25, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018. Placement Testing will resume on a walk-in basis on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

  • Mondays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. *
  • Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. *
  • Wednesdays, Thursdays, from Fridays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. *

* To ensure you have enough time to thoroughly complete the test and not feel rushed, you must arrive no later than 2 or 4 p.m. (depending upon the day of the week).

PLEASE NOTE Testing is not available on the Main Campus in Dryden on the following dates: October 10, November 23, November 24.

2. Test in the evening at one of our Extension Centers –
Testing is available on select dates in the evening at our Ithaca and Cortland Extension Centers. You must call to reserve your spot for an evening test and space is limited. All evening test sessions begin at 5 p.m. Please call the Extension Center directly at the number listed below to schedule an evening test.

Cortland Extension Center evening test dates (all tests begin at 5 p.m. sharp, please call 607.756.5275 to schedule)

  • Thursday, October 12
  • Tuesday, October 24
  • Thursday, November 16
  • Tuesday, November 21
  • Tuesday, December 5

Ithaca Extension Center evening test dates (all tests begin at 5 p.m. sharp, please call 607.272.3025 to schedule)

  • Tuesday, October 3
  • Thursday, October 19
  • Thursday, November 2
  • Tuesday, November 21
  • Thursday, December 7

3. Test closer to home by finding a proctor
Tompkins Cortland students who are unable to come to one of our locations to test have flexible options to test closer to home.

If you would prefer to take your placement tests at another location closer to where you live, you must make arrangements to find an approved proctor. Students may check with a local high school, college or university, or library to see if the staff there can proctor your tests. Please note that some offsite testing locations may charge a fee to administer your test.

To test offsite, students MUST find a proctor (cannot be related to you) who has a .gov, .edu, or .org email address. Once you have found a proctor who meets these criteria, you must a complete the Offsite Placement Test Request Form. NO LATER THAN three (3) business days prior to the date you have scheduled/would like to take your test. Tompkins Cortland staff will set up an account for your proctor and will communicate with you and your proctor via email to send instructions for your tests.

4. Test at the SUNY Welcome Center in New York City
If you live near or can easily get to New York City, you may take your placement tests at the SUNY Welcome Center on select dates. Testing at the Welcome Center for Spring 2018 accepted students begins in November 2017.

To test at the SUNY Welcome Center, students MUST complete the Offsite Placement Test Request Form. NO LATER THAN three (3) business days prior to the date you have scheduled/would like to take your test.

Tompkins Cortland staff will create a voucher for your test at SUNY in NYC. Once you have your voucher number, you need to call the SUNY Welcome Center at 212.364.5821 to schedule your test date.

Scheduling Orientation

New students who have completed placement testing (if required) and the Pre-Advising Questionnaire are eligible to schedule their Orientation session. Students will receive an email from the college when they are ready to schedule their session.

Orientation sessions take place on selected dates from November 14 through December 18 for students entering in the Spring 2018 semester. Welcome Week events (extended orientation) takes place on January 22-23, 2018 and spring courses begin on January 24. Students must have completed orientation by January 23 to attend in the spring semester.

Students who will begin their studies in the summer may complete their orientation anytime between November and May (or in June if you only plan to take second session courses, but please be aware course offerings are limited).

All students must attend an Orientation session at the Dryden main campus prior to the first day of classes and the beginning of their first semester, unless they are fully online students. 

At your Orientation you will:

  • Learn how to use your myTC3 account
  • Meet with an academic advisors to discuss your degree program, first-semester schedule, and degree completion plan
  • Understand important information about college costs and financial aid
  • Learn about resources available to support your success (including housing, if applicable)
  • Take a campus tour (strongly recommended for all students)

Orientation is a three-hour program. It is important to plan ahead and ensure that you have time allocated to be on campus for about half of the day, and that you make appropriate travel arrangements if you are coming from a distance.

Students who are completing a fully online degree program at the College and live too far away to reasonably travel to Tompkins Cortland will work with an advisor from the Student Success and Advisement office to complete Orientation without visiting campus, usually via phone. Email to request an exemption from the required on-campus session.

Rescheduling Orientation

Attending Orientation is a key step in the transition to Tompkins Cortland. All students must attend orientation and should attend the earliest date possible to allow the most time to prepare for a successful semester. There are limited number of Orientation sessions offered. Space is limited in each orientation to 40 students. You must register to attend orientation and need to prioritize this important step.

If an emergency arises and you cannot attend your scheduled orientation date, you must contact us at 607.844.6580 or at least 24 hours in advance.

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