International Admissions

Why Tompkins Cortland?

By beginning your higher education with Tompkins Cortland Community College, you will enjoy affordable, small classes with personalized instruction that will help you ease into your United States education experience. 

You will study within reach of the cosmopolitan city of Ithaca, world-class Ivy League Cornell University, and a half-day’s travel from New York City, but have the benefit of the lower costs and safety of a rural community college. 

We will prepare you for whatever is next on your journey after Tompkins Cortland, from which you can choose to engage in practical training associated with your major or transfer to a Bachelor’s-granting institution. Tompkins Cortland students transfer to hundreds of universities throughout the United States, including all of the major SUNY schools, as Ivy League institutions.

So, what are you waiting for? Choose your major and apply online today

International Student Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance is an estimate of what you can expect to pay to attend Tompkins Cortland Community College for an academic year. The cost of attendance includes components that are charged by the college, like tuition, fees, room, and meals, as well as estimates for living expenses in the local college area.

Components of the cost of attendance are split between direct and indirect costs. Direct costs are charges billed to you by the college. These include tuition, fees, campus housing and meals. The housing component is listed for all students regardless of where you live. Students living on campus pay the college for housing and fees.

2023-24 Estimated Direct Costs

Tuition $11,455
Meal plan$2,704
Health insurance*$2,592
Total direct costs$27,058

*$216 per month; fall is five months ($1080) and spring is seven months ($1512)

2023-24 Estimated Indirect Costs

Indirect costs are expenses that are not billed by the college but are needed for general living expenses. Indirect costs include books, supplies, transportation, and personal expenses. Students living off campus should budget for housing and meals.

Personal expenses $2,00
Total indirect costs$2,600

Be One of Us Scholarship

International students who participate in the Be One of Us Scholarship program have the opportunity to reduce the amount of non-resident tuition. Students submit a scholarship commitment form and agree to engage in 15 community service hours each semester, fall and spring. 

To maintain the scholarship, students must adhere to the following criteria:
•    Maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.
•    Live in TC3 campus housing fall and spring the first year of enrollment at the college.
•    Perform and document 15 hours of community service each semester.



Applying online is free and easy. After you have completed the your application, submit the following documents to the Global Initiatives Office

  • TOEFL or IELTS score
    • If you're already in the United States at the time you submit your application, you may substitute the Accuplacer test.
    • If you have already taken the equivalent of college-level Freshman English composition course at a U.S. or Canadian 
      institution, the test score requirement may be waived.
    • Upon arrival, you will be required to undergo English and Math placement testing unless you are exempted through
      transfer credits. If you place into ESL courses, you will be required to complete those prior to enrolling in other academic courses.
  • Evaluated transcripts by WES (World Education Services).
  • A completed Affidavit of Support
  • Bank statement from your sponsor showing a minimum balance of $25,330 if you will live on campus and reserve your campus housing prior to the deadline. The statement will need to show $29,230 if you will live off campus.
    • If you have been awarded a government or other scholarship you may substitute documentation of the scholarship for the affidavit of support and bank statement, as long as it shows sufficient resources to cover all of your costs
  • A copy of your current passport identification page.
  • Transcripts from all schools, universities, and colleges attended
    • Certified translations of each transcript must be provided for transcripts not in English.
    • In order to be considered for transfer credit for your degree program, official, original transcripts must be sent directly from the other U.S. college or university via postal mail to:

      Tompkins Cortland Community College
      Admissions office
      170 North Street, P.O Box 139
      Dryden, NY 13053-0139

      OR via email directly from the other school to:

If you have any questions about the admissions process or Tompkins Cortland, please contact:
+1 607.844.8211, Ext. 4522

We look forward to welcoming you to Tompkins Cortland and Dryden!