Tompkins Cortland Community College

Success & Advising

Student Success Workshops and Special Population Orientations

Tompkins Cortland Community College offers a variety of Student Success Workshops and Special Population Orientations during New Student Orientation and Welcome Week. These workshops are a great way to get connected to campus and meet fellow students, all while learning more about Tompkins Cortland. Please read the descriptions below, then choose the sessions you feel would benefit you the most.

International Student Orientation

Monday, August 21, 2:30-4 p.m. in Room 280A
All new International Students are required to come to this session where we will discuss important immigration requirements. New students will learn more about Tompkins Cortland and American culture from current International students. During this orientation you will have the opportunity to meet fellow international students and connect with the staff from Global Initiatives. Testing will follow for those international students who need tests to determine appropriate course placement.


This social is open to all LGBTQA students (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, and allies), as well as the rest of the campus community. Come to learn more about the queer community at Tompkins Cortland including information about the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) student club and other resources available on campus for queer and questioning students.

Farm to Bistro Orientation (CULI, HRMG, and WINE)

Tuesday, August 22, 1 p.m. Meet at the Circle near the Main Entrance
This session is for all Culinary Arts and Hotel Restaurant Management students to learn more about the Farm to Bistro program. This
interactive trip will take students on the TCAT bus from the main campus in Dryden to downtown Ithaca for a tour of Coltivare (Tompkins Cortland’s Farm to Bistro restaurant where our culinary lab is located) and the Ithaca Extension Center. Students will also have the opportunity to explore the Ithaca Commons and the thriving restaurant and hotel scene.

Pathways Orientation

Monday, August 21, 3-4 p.m., 4-5 p.m., or 6-7 p.m. Pathways recipients should choose ONE session to attend.
Students selected as Pathways Scholarship recipients must attend one of the three Pathways Orientation sessions. The Pathways Scholarship assists adult students who are entering college for the first time or coming back to college after time away. Recipients will learn more about the Pathways program and requirements during this session. Registration for this session is required. Please email to select your session.

Students with Disabilities Orientation

Monday, August 21, 2:30 p.m. in the Baker Commons First Floor Quiet Study Area (room 130)
Did you have a 504 plan or an IEP in high school? Learn more about navigating Tompkins Cortland as a student with a disability (no more "special education")! Things are very different from high school and this is your opportunity to make connections that can assist you in creating your own success.

“Get Connected!” Student Activities Fair

Thursday, September 7
There’s so much more to college life than just the classroom. Learn about leadership and volunteer activities and see how being involved in a student club or organization can provide you with skills that you will use throughout your life. Group decision making, compromise, listening, budgeting and finance, how to organize and conduct meetings, promoting and publicizing events are just a few of the opportunities available to you when you choose to get involved. Think your schedule is too busy or you don’t have time? That's not an excuse! Take the time and make the choice to get involved; we guarantee it will be rewarding learning experience!

This interactive event with games, prizes, and more will allow you to connect with representatives from special interest clubs and organizations, student government, athletics, and recreation sports. If you don’t find what you like, find out how you can start a new club. This program is all about opportunities and is sponsored by Student Activities, Student Government Association and Orientation – be there!

For a list of current student clubs, please visit

Anytime Orientation


Do you know how to use myTC3 to access and print your schedule and grades, update your records, register online, access your web courses as well as lots of other great stuff? Visit Technology Support in room 208.