Students and Parents

Concurrent enrollment courses are college-level courses offered in the high school through which students earn transferrable college-credit while simultaneously fulfilling high school graduation requirements. The courses are taught by approved adjuncts of Tompkins Cortland Community College – high school faculty with the credentials to teach college coursework. Concurrent enrollment instructors teach to Tompkins Cortland's master course syllabi, use college-level texts, and require students to meet college-level expectations.

Concurrent enrollment allows high school students:

  • To prepare for college by starting the transition to college level work;
  • To strengthen their college applications;
  • To earn advanced standing once accepted to college. Some students have graduated high school with more than 30 college credits;
  • To shorten the time to complete their college degree, or to take a lighter course load in their first two college semesters;
  • To explore career interests. CollegeNow Online courses are particularly useful for exposure to potential career paths.

Read what former students have to say about the benefits of concurrent enrollment.

Currently, 70 participating high schools offer a total of almost 100 concurrent enrollment courses. Course offerings differ by school district. Visit the Course Offerings by School page for a list of the courses offered at each participating high school.

College-Level Coursework and Expectations

Concurrent enrollment instructors are held to high standards to ensure their students have a college-level experience. They teach their courses to the same college Master Course Syllabi and college-level texts used in college courses on campus. College faculty provide oversight and guidance to instructors to ensure their courses meet the college’s academic standards.

Just as instructors are evaluated according to the College's faculty standards, so too are concurrent enrollment students subject to the same Academic and Grading Policies as traditional College students. Parents and students should read and understand the college’s Grading Policies and Student Rights and Responsibilities, including the College’s Attendance Policy. Of particular importance at the college level is a thorough understanding of academic integrity, including plagiarism, and the consequence of violating the college's Academic Integrity Policy. Students planning to attend Tompkins Cortland Community College after high school should also understand the Academic Standards they will be expected to meet once they matriculate.

Beginning a College Transcript

When a student enrolls in his/her first college-level course, he/she is initiating a new academic permanent record, his/her college transcript. Low or failing grades earned while still in high school can have a permanent impact on a student’s academic future. For students planning to continue their education at Tompkins Cortland, poor performance can also put Academic Standing and Financial Aid eligibility in jeopardy. Before registering for courses, students and parents should read the Implications of Beginning a College Transcript.

Dropping or Withdrawing from a Concurrent Enrollment Course

A student should talk to his guidance counselor as soon as he/she realizes that he/she cannot be successful in a course. If the student drops the course before the drop deadline, there will be no record of the course on the transcript. After the drop deadline has passed, a student may withdraw from the course. Withdrawals do appear on the transcript and can affect the GPA, depending on the date the withdrawal is processed and whether or not the student was passing at the time.

Students should pay special attention to the Concurrent Enrollment Timeline for the drop and withdrawal deadlines as well as the College's Grading Policies. In addition, students should familiarize themselves with the Implications of Beginning a College Transcript.  

Certificates of Residence

A Certificate of Residence is required of any New York State resident taking a course at a community college and must be submitted annually. Applications for Certificates of Residence are processed through the CollegeNow Office. A student’s teacher or guidance counselor will collect the application and supporting documentation at the beginning of the semester.

Students residing in Tompkins County, foreign exchange students, and students who have not been a New York State resident for the past full year do not need to submit an application. Students who already have a valid certificate on file do not need to submit an application.

If you need assistance completing the application, please contact CollegeNow at 607.844.8222, Ext. 4311.

Library and Academic Support Services

High school students taking college-level courses through CollegeNow have access to the College's Library resources and services. Students can take advantage of the wide array of Library Resources available at the college, including academic article databases, on-demand video streaming, and the College’s E-book collection. Librarians support students with reference help via text or chat and can mail books and other resources to the student’s home with a pre-paid return label. Learn more by visiting the LibGuide for CollegeNow students.

Research can be a requirement in many college courses. Some courses have research guides to help guide students in their assignments. Cornell University's College of Arts and Sciences has also developed an online tutorial and quiz to help students understand plagiarism, as well as how to use and cite sources.

Tompkins Cortland’s Library provides tutoring in several subjects, both in person and online. Information about tutoring schedules, locations, and how to access online tutoring, is available on the Baker Center’s site. Helpful resources on the writing process, grammar, citations, and essay formats are available in the online Writing & Research Center's Go2Guide.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Students with documented disabilities are entitled by law (ADA/504) to have necessary academic adjustments, such as modifications and/or auxiliary aids and services. Academic adjustments may not lower academic standards nor substantially alter a course's essential requirements. A student's access plan is designed to provide equal access to course and related activities; academic adjustments do not confer an advantage to the student or guarantee academic success. The College has policies on accommodations.

Accommodations must be based upon current and appropriate documentation of the disability. For concurrent enrollment courses, academic adjustments and other accommodations for identified disabilities are provided by the school district or BOCES rather than directly by the College. Some Assistive Technology may be available from the College, as appropriate to the student's individual access plan. Students are encouraged to meet with their instructors before or early in the semester to discuss specific needs and method(s) for implementing their access plan within the course.

For questions and concerns about appropriate academic adjustments, contact the Director of CollegeNow or reach out directly to the College's Coordinator of Access and Equity Services, Carolyn Boone at clb@tompkinscortland.edu.

CollegeNow Online Courses

Through CollegeNow Online, high school juniors and seniors are offered access to the College's regular online courses. Interested students should talk to their guidance counselor about appropriate courses and expectations. A full list of available courses is published in the CollegeNow Online Catalog.

Transferring College Credit

Concurrent enrollment allows students to earn college credit documented on a college transcript. Tompkins Cortland Community College is an institution of the State University of New York (SUNY), making our credits highly transferable to colleges and universities across the country. The transcript does not specially mark concurrent enrollment courses.

To ensure that credits are transferred and applied to their degree program, students must request that an official transcript be sent to the college they will be attending. It is recommended that students wait until after last semester grades have been posted to order the official transcript so that it will include all grades. Including an unofficial transcript in college applications will demonstrate the student’s enrollment in college coursework and grades to date. For important information about the credit transfer process, read Transferring Your College Credit.

For more information on Concurrent Enrollment contact Rhonda Kowalski at rmk@tompkinscortland.edu.