Information for Parents

Tompkins Cortland Community College is one of 30 community colleges and 64 campuses in the State University of New York system. Located in Dryden, New York, the college serves more than three thousand students in credit programs and another three thousand in non-credit workshops and customized training.

A community college

A community college typically offers two-year degrees that prepare students for direct entry into the workforce, or for transfer to a four-year institution. Tompkins Cortland Community College offers more than 40 degree programs, and our students regularly transfer to four-year institutions in New York and around the country and world.

Home away from home

The College campus community is built with student success in mind. Our facilities are modern and exceptional, but our people truly define the College's community. Students are encouraged to work with their strengths, and, as part of the StrengthsQuest program, discover their particular areas of aptitude and learn how to utilize their strengths to succeed in any academic and professional field.

Students at the College also develop close relationships with our faculty and student advisers. The student advising page provides more detailed information about the advising relationship.

Student services

Our mission is student success, and the College's community is dedicated to helping students achieve their vision of success with the support of numerous people on campus. From the admissions office to the Dr. Lucille S. Baker Commons, the College offers an array of support services.

Student Visas

F-1 visas are the visa category in the United States that students come to study in the U.S. under.

J-1 is a different visa category that only applies to students who are coming under a U.S. Government sponsored program that is funding their stay in the U.S. (i.e. Fulbright).

If a future student is in B (visitor) or F-2 (F-1 student dependent child or spouse), they must change their visa status before coming to Tompkins Cortland in full-time student status.