Welcome to the Office of Admissions!

The college search can feel overwhelming, but we're here to help. Have a question about our application process, campus, or academic programs? We're just a call, email, or visit away. Our Admissions and Financial Aid Advisors look forward to sharing their enthusiasm for Tompkins Cortland with you and helping you find the program and plan for success that fits best. No two of our students are the same so we pride ourselves on three basic things: Accessibility, Affordability, and Flexibility. 

What does that look like?

  • Free easy online application
  • Rolling admissions policy
  • SAT/ACT optional
  • No minimum GPA

Visit our BEAUTIFUL campus during our Spring Open House!

Our next Open House takes place on Friday, April 3.

What can you do at an Open House?

  • Talk to our faculty about their degree programs
  • Tour the campus and see our residence halls and facilities
  • Meet other prospective and current students
  • Interact with representatives from Residence Life, Financial Aid, Athletics, and other student life offices  
  • Learn about four unique programs that prepare you for employment or transfer.

Open House Schedule

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Check In - Athletic Facility
9:00-  10:00 a.m. Financial Aid, Admissions, and Residence Life presentation - Gymnasium
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Campus Tours 
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Campus Life and Academic Program Tables - Field House
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Campus Tours (leaving from the gymnasium)
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Campus Tours (leaving from the gymnasium)

How to Enroll

First steps (in the following order)

    Apply online or, if you prefer, print the admissions application and mail it in.

    • Have your official transcript(s) sent. Include high school and any colleges you have attended in the past. Electronic transcripts should be sent directly from the institution to Note: students needing a Tompkins Cortland transcript for transfer to another institution visit Academic Records.

    Next steps (order is flexible)

    Final step

    • Attend Welcome Week events (extended Orientation) and go to class!

    Campus Tour

    Can't attend Open House? No problem. You can still visit us! To set up a visit, call the Admissions office at 607.844.6580, or email

    Individual campus visits include a tour with a student ambassador (Main Building and Athletics, with Housing optional) and a follow up with an admissions advisor.

    Interested in taking just one class?

    If you are not officially enrolling in a degree program and are not planning to receive financial aid, then you can register for a class. There are three ways to register: by mail, by fax or in person. Download and complete our registration form. For course information, visit our online course search.

    If you are a high school student interested in taking a class through your high school, CollegeNow will guide you through the process.