Tompkins Cortland Community College

Tompkins Cortland Community College
Type Community college
Established 1968
Endowment US $7.1 million
President Carl E. Haynes
Academic staff
Undergraduates 3,269[2]
Location United States Dryden, NY, US
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
Campus Rural
250 acres (1.0 km2)
Colors White and hunter green         
Nickname Panthers
Affiliations National Junior College Athletic Association, Region III, Mid-State Athletic Conference

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 the Town of Dryden. Extension sites are located in Cortland, New York and Ithaca, New York. 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. The original campus buildings were designed by the architects Caudill-Rowlett-Scott. A multimillion-dollar construction project completed in 2007 recently added a new athletics facility, a student center, and expanded and enhanced the college's library.


The College has seen a steady increase in enrollment over the past decade, with now more than 3,800 students. The student body typically includes students from all parts of New York, a dozen other states, and more than 50 foreign countries.


Tompkins Cortland Community College offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs, including biotechnology, business administration, communication and media arts, computer sciences, construction technology, creative writing, criminal justice, engineering science, hotel and restaurant management, liberal arts and sciences, nursing, paralegal, photography, sport management, and wine marketing. About half of the Tompkins Cortland students transfer to a four-year college, with Binghamton University, Cortland State, Ithaca College, Niagara University, and the Rochester Institute of Technology being some of more popular transfer options.


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 is the College's business development and training center. 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

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

CollegeNow@TC3 is the College's concurrent enrollment program. TC3 works with school districts in Central New York allowing high school students to earn college credit while taking classes in high school.

TC3 Global

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 TC3 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 TC3. All courses at TC3 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 Costa Rica, Guatemala, Ireland, Nicaragua, Russia, and Ukraine.


The TC3 women's softball team won the 2009 NJCAA Division III National Championship. It was the first team national title in any sport for TC3.

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

College 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 TC3.

TC3 was named a top digital community college by the Center for Digital Education in the small community colleges category for 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.[3][4][5][6][7]

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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