Students who wish to pursue a degree program must apply for admission. An application is available online, or by contacting the admissions office. Students who have been accepted to the College are termed “matriculated." You must be matriculated to receive financial aid.
Tompkins Cortland Community College is fully accredited by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 267-284-5000. Copies of these documents are on file in the Office of the President.
Admission of New Students
If you wish to enroll as a new student in a degree program at Tompkins Cortland, either full-time or part-time, you will need to apply for admission. Enrolling in a degree program is called matriculation. Matriculation is required for financial aid eligibility. In other words, you must be enrolled in a degree program to be eligible for financial aid. In order to be accepted for matriculation you must submit an official high school transcript or GED/TASC score report.
Although the College has an open enrollment admissions policy, admission to the nursing program is selective. Visit the nursing admissions page for detailed information.
Admission of Transfer Students
Students who have attended another college should follow the same admissions procedures as listed for new students and, in addition, provide an official academic transcript from all colleges attended since graduating from high school (even if no college credit was earned). All official transcripts must be requested by you and sent directly from the former college or university to the admissions office. A student will not be admitted and transfer credit cannot be granted unless all official transcripts are provided.
Transfer credit will be granted for course work completed with a minimum grade of 2.0 (C) at a regionally accredited college. If you attended any other college or university, request that your previous college send an official academic transcript to the admissions office. Transfer credit is not calculated into a student’s grade point average at the College.
Admission of Non-High School Graduates
As of July 1, 2012, Federal and State regulations changed and no longer allow students who are not high school graduates (or equivalent) to be admitted at SUNY community colleges. However, students may still be admitted if they had earned 6 college credits prior to July 1, 2012. To meet state requirements, a student must also have met “ability to benefit” on our Accuplacer test. If they do not meet this criteria, their options are to enroll at Tompkins Cortland as a non-admitted student to pursue the 24-credit hour equivalency diploma (but students will have no financial aid and must pay for all expenses) or to pursue a GED. Once a student has earned their GED, he or she may reapply and be admitted at Tompkins Cortland.
Admission of Home-Schooled Applicants
Students who have been home-schooled may apply for admission at the College if they have reached compulsory age (the school year during which they turned 16 has ended). Documentation of a valid and in-effect individualized home instruction plan (IHIP) pursuant to section 100.10 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education must be submitted. A student may also submit a letter of substantial equivalency from their home district Superintendent of Schools (or comparable chief school administrator) verifying that their program was substantially equivalent to a four-year high school program. Home-schooled students unable to obtain this documentation must receive a high school equivalency diploma by passing the TASC or by completing the 24-Credit Hour Program. In all cases, home-schooled students must complete the College's assessment testing.
Admission of Students from Non-Registered NYS High Schools
Students who have attended a non-registered high school in New York State must receive a letter of substantial equivalency from their home district Superintendent of Schools (or comparable chief school administrator) verifying that their program was substantially equivalent to a four-year high school program. If they cannot get this letter, they must follow the requirements for admission of non-high school graduates.
Admission of Students from non-New York State Correspondence Schools
According to the New York State Education Department, when a student has completed a non-New York State high school program through correspondence study, the correspondence school must be recognized, authorized, or approved by the state educational entity where the correspondence school is located, and the student must be a resident of that state. Residents of New York state may not use a high school program of correspondence study to meet the requirements for a secondary education in New York state - these students must follow the requirements for the admission of non-high school graduates.
Admission of Students Previously Dismissed from a College for Disciplinary Reasons
Deadline for Fall: July 15
Tompkins Cortland will consider an application for admission from these students, however, the College reserves the right to admit or deny any application. After applying, students must submit a detailed summary of the violations, a personal statement, and a letter of recommendation, however, certain situations may require additional information and, in most cases, a meeting with the ex-offender committee.
Admission of Ex-offenders
Deadline for Fall: July 15
Tompkins Cortland will consider an application for admission from ex-offenders, however, the College reserves the right to admit or deny any application. After applying, ex-offenders must submit a conviction record indicating all felonies, a personal statement, and a letter of recommendation, however, certain situations may require additional information and, in most cases, a meeting with the ex-offender committee.
Students admitted to a degree or certificate program will be academically assessed before registration. Academic assessment includes a review of high school and college (if applicable) transcripts and usually includes placement testing in reading, writing, and math to determine skill levels. In some cases, you may be required to register for skill building courses as a result of these initial placement tests. Non-native speakers of English may be required to take an English language proficiency test. Following assessment, an academic advisor will help you choose courses that suit your skills and interests. The admissions office evaluates credentials on a rolling basis. You will be notified of your status soon after we receive a completed application. If you’re applying during your senior year of high school, follow up with your guidance office to ensure that your final high school transcript is submitted upon graduation.