Tompkins Cortland Community College

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Tompkins Cortland Community College
Tompkins Cortland Community College logo, 2016-present.jpg
TypeCommunity college
EndowmentUS $7.1 million
PresidentOrinthia T. Montague
Academic staff
Location, ,
United States

42°30′13″N 76°17′27″W / 42.50368°N 76.290801°W / 42.50368; -76.290801Coordinates: 42°30′13″N 76°17′27″W / 42.50368°N 76.290801°W / 42.50368; -76.290801
266 acres (1.08 km2)
ColorsWhite and hunter green         
AffiliationsNational Junior College Athletic Association, Region III, Mid-State Athletic Conference
Tompkins Cortland Community College Panther logo.jpg

Tompkins Cortland Community College (also known colloquially as TC3) is a public two-year college supported by Cortland and Tompkins Counties. The main college campus is located in Dryden. Extension sites are located in Ithaca and Cortland. Tompkins Cortland Community College is one of 64-member institutions of the State University of New York system.


The college was founded in 1967 and opened in 1968 in Groton, New York. The college moved to its current Dryden, New York campus in 1974. A multimillion-dollar construction project completed in 2007 added a new athletics facility, a student center, and expanded and enhanced the college's library.


Student Center

The student body includes students from across New York state, several other states, and many foreign countries.



Tompkins Cortland Community College offers more than 40 degree and certificate programs, including biology, biotechnology, business administration, communication and media arts, computer sciences, construction technology, creative writing, criminal justice, culinary arts, engineering science, hotel and restaurant management, liberal arts and sciences, nursing, paralegal, photography, sport management, sustainable farming and food systems, and wine marketing. About half of the Tompkins Cortland students transfer to a four-year college, with Binghamton University, Cornell University, Cortland State, Ithaca College, Niagara University, and the Rochester Institute of Technology being some of more popular transfer options.


Tompkins Cortland Athletic Field

The college sponsors ten intercollegiate athletic teams. The Panthers compete as a Division III member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and as part of the Mid-State Athletic Conference. TC3 offers men's soccer, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, and golf and women's soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, and golf. The college offers a lighted turf soccer/lacrosse field, a 1,500-seat gymnasium, an 18,000-square-foot (1,700 m2) field house, and on-campus baseball and softball parks. The men's soccer and golf programs and the women's soccer and softball programs are routinely nationally ranked. Dozens of former TC3 student-athletes have gone on to play at four-year institutions, often earning scholarships. Former Panthers have continued their playing careers at places like Drake University, Wofford College, Post University, SUNY New Paltz, Cortland State, and Ithaca College. In 2009 the softball team won the NJCAA Division III National Championship. In 2008, men's golfer Kris Boyes won the NJCAA Division III Individual National Championship.

Business development[edit]

Tompkins Cortland Biz is the college's business development and training center. Biz works with regional businesses and organizations to design and develop training programs, often helping secure funding for the training. In addition to customized training, a complete schedule of dozens of non-credit professional development programs is offered to individuals. Both on-campus and online classes are offered to help people learn skills needed to improve their positions in the workforce.

Campus housing[edit]

Residence Halls

Tompkins Cortland was one of the first community colleges in New York to offer on-campus housing, beginning its residential life program in 1999 with two buildings. The program has grown to now include seven buildings and more than 800 bedrooms. The residence halls are all apartment style, with each apartment including three or four private bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom, and living room area.

Concurrent enrollment[edit]

CollegeNow is the college's concurrent enrollment program. Tompkins Cortland works with school districts in Central New York allowing high school students to earn college credit while taking classes in high school.


The college partners with several institutions in foreign countries to provide educational opportunities on our campus to their students through the Global Connections program. The agreements allow international students the opportunity to study in their home institution during the regular academic year and in the United States at Tompkins Cortland for two semesters, either in the summer or during the traditional academic year. Through a combination of transfer credits and study in the United States students may receive complementary degrees from their home university and at Tompkins Cortland. All courses at Tompkins Cortland are taught in English.

Tompkins Cortland students have the opportunity to learn in a different culture through a handful of study abroad options. Students and community members have the chance to take faculty-led trips to Cambodia, Colombia, Ireland, Italy, Nicaragua, and Spain.


Golfer Dan Lapp won the 2018 NJCAA Division III Individual National Championship. It was the third national championship of any kind in any sport for the Tompkins Cortland.

The Panthers women's softball team won the 2009 NJCAA Division III National Championship. It was the first team national title in any sport for Tompkins Cortland.

The college received an outstanding review from Middle State Commission on Higher Education in 2008, earning a full 10-year reaccreditation.

The college's third president, Carl E. Haynes, was selected as a recipient of the Chair Academy's Paul A. Elsner International Excellence in Leadership Award in 2008. The honor is bestowed upon select leaders from throughout the world who exemplify and support academic and administrative leadership.

Golfer Kris Boyes won the 2008 NJCAA Division III Individual National Championship. It was the first national championship of any kind in any sport for the Tompkins Cortland.

In 2001, President Haynes was one of just 40 people from around the world asked to speak at the Second Oxford International Round Table for Community College Presidents.


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