Tompkins Cortland Community College


International Admissions

Why Tompkins Cortland?

The smartest people make the best investments. 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. The Live and Learn scholarship will make it even less expensive to live on campus, as will securing your campus housing before July 1.   

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. You will have the opportunity to interact with students from around the United States and the world in clubs and social activities among the vibrant network of colleges and universities in the area.   

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. When you receive your bachelor’s degree, your degree will bear the name of the college or university where you complete your degree. And Tompkins Cortland students transfer to hundreds of universities throughout the United States, including all of the major SUNY schools, as as Ivy League institutions.

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

Get Admitted!

Choose your major and apply today!  After you have completed the online application and paid the $50 application fee, submit the following documents via e-mail to

  • Your TOEFL or IELTS score (minimum scores for admission are 55 TOEFL IBT or 4.5 IELTS)
    • If you are already in the United States at the time of 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.
  • 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
      Enrollment Services Center
      170 North Street, P.o Box 139
      Dryden, NY 13053-0139

      OR via e-mail directly from the other school to:
  • A signed Affidavit of Support from your sponsor
  • A bank statement from your sponsor showing a minimum balance of $21,015 if you will live on campus and reserve your campus housing prior to July 1; $24,930 if you will live off campus or $22,215 if you will live on campus but are unable to comply with the July 1 deadline for reservations.
    • 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.

Joining Us/Getting Started

If and when you are offered admission to Tompkins Cortland, you will receive pre-arrival information with instructions about how and when to arrive and what you can expect upon your welcome to campus. 

Upon arrival, you will participate in orientation and placement testing, followed by registration for classes assisted by an academic adviser. 

We will provide you with all the information and assistance you need to make a smooth, successful transition to your experience at Tompkins Cortland Community College and your U.S. education. 

It is very important that you closely follow the instructions provided to you prior to and after your arrival, as they are designed to enhance your experience and your success.

If you have any questions about the admissions process or Tompkins Cortland, please contact:

Doni M. Casula
Senior Officer of Global Initiatives
+011 1 607.844.8211, Ext. 4317

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

Warmest Regards,

The Global Staff
Tompkins Cortland Community College

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