Tompkins Cortland Community College

Success & Advising

Get off to a great START at TC3


START - Student Transition Advisement, Registration and Testing

All new students at TC3 need to attend START (your Student Transition Advisement Registration and Testing appointment). At START, students gain access to their myTC3 online account, learn important information about the College, take any placement tests that are needed, meet individually with an academic advisor, and register for courses. Transfer students and students who have been to TC3 in the past but who have been away from the College for at least one year also need to attend START. For most students, START is a full-day commitment. It is important to plan ahead and ensure that you have time allocated to be on campus all 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 who live too far away to reasonably travel to TC3 will work with an advisor from the Student Success and Advisement office to complete enrollment requirements without visiting campus, usually via phone.

In order to set up a START appointment, students must have been accepted to the college, and must have sent in any transcripts from prior colleges as well as proof of high school graduation or receipt of a GED. In addition, students must have submitted immunization records as required by New York State. In preparation for your START appointment, those students taking placement testing should prepare in advance by reviewing sample questions and understanding what to expect on the tests. Students should also begin to review the requirements of their chosen degree program in the TC3 Catalog.

Students should not wait until they have come to campus for START to begin the financial aid process. The earlier that students complete their FAFSA and TAP, the sooner they can follow up on any additional information that is required to ultimately complete their financial aid package. Review the steps on the admissions home page for more information about steps to complete.

Once you have attended START, it is important that you regularly check your myMAIL account for important email updates and continue to review financial aid and billing updates through your myINFO account. Please make sure you are ready for the start of the semester by completing all steps on the checklist from your Academic Planning Guide that you received at START and plan to attend New Student Orientation.