Testing and Scheduling START

Get ready to enroll!

  • For most students, the enrollment process has several steps.
  • Students who do not have prior college credit in English and/or Math must take a placement test first.
  • All students must complete the Pre-Advising Questionnaire prior to their START session.
  • Next, students meet with an advisor at a START session to register for classes.

Planning ahead and starting early leads to success!

  • Complete the enrollment process as soon as possible.
  • This helps you get the courses you need at the days and times that work best for you.
  • Check your email regularly, test early, and schedule START as soon as possible. 

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 January for the Spring 2019 semester, there are five options for placement testing: 
1. Test at the Dryden Main Campus – To schedule your placement tests, please use the link in your email or call 607.844.6580.

PLEASE NOTE   Beginning November 13th, 2018, students have the option of completing their required START session (2 hour time commitment) directly after completing their placement test.

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 schedule online using the link in your email or call 607.844.6580 to set up your test. Space is limited. All evening test sessions begin at 5 p.m.

Cortland Extension Center evening test dates (all tests begin at 5 p.m. sharp)

  • Thursday, November 15

Ithaca Extension Center evening test dates (all tests begin at 5 p.m. sharp)

  • Thursday, December 6

3. Test closer to home by finding a proctor

  • Tompkins Cortland students who are unable to come to one of our locations to test can test closer to home. 
  • To do so 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 - 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 complete the Distance Proctor 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 2019 accepted students begins in November 2018.
  • Tompkins Cortland staff will create a voucher for your test at SUNY in NYC. Once you have your voucher number, you need to schedule your test online through the link provided in your voucher.

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.

5. Test at the Brooklyn Educational Opportunity Center (BEOC) in Brooklyn

  • If you live near or can easily get to Brooklyn, you may take your placement tests at the Brooklyn Educational Opportunity Center on select dates. Testing at the BEOC for Spring 2019 students will take place on November 16, December 14, and January 11.
  • Tompkins Cortland Staff will schedule you for your test in Brooklyn after you complete the Offsite Placement Test Request Form. Please note, we must receive your completed request at least one business day prior to your preferred test date. 

Scheduling START

  • Students will receive an email from the college when they are ready to schedule their session.
  • START sessions take place on selected dates from November 13 through January 18 for students entering in the Spring 2019 semester.
  • Students must have completed START by January 18 to attend in the spring semester.

All students must attend a START 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 START, students will:

  • Learn how to use their myTC3 account
  • Meet with academic advisors to discuss their degree program, first-semester schedule, and degree completion plan
  • Understand important information about college costs and financial aid
  • Learn about resources available to support their success (including housing, if applicable)

START is a two-hour commitment. We offer morning, afternoon, and early evening START sessions on select dates. It is important to plan ahead and ensure there is time allocated to be on campus, and that appropriate travel arrangements are made for students coming from a distance.

Space is limited in each START session and students must sign up to attend START using the personalized link received by email.

We cannot accept walk-ins.

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 START without visiting campus, usually via phone. Email success@tompkinscortland.edu to request an exemption from the required on-campus session.

Rescheduling START

There are a limited number of START sessions offered. Space is limited in each START. Students must register to attend START and need to prioritize this important step.

If an emergency arises and a student cannot attend your scheduled orientation date, they must contact us at 607.844.6580 or success@tompkinscortland.edu at least 24 hours in advance.