A good college to attend
All of the professors are great; they truly care about their students and show it in the classroom. I highly recommend Tc3 to everyone.
Tompkins Cortland community college is a not an ideal college for you if you're not on a sports team. The school is practically controlled by the sports. On campus there's not much to do unless you like disc golf or handball. The teachers however are very helpful when it comes to your school work. They're always there to help you whenever you need it. They also have an awesome tutoring center which provides extra support outside of the classroom. The cafeteria food is disgusting, and the cafeteria is not open on the weekends which doesn't accommodate to students who live in the dorms.
I love this school. It is very environmentally friendly as well. The college runs nearly completely on solar power and much of the food in the cafeteria and coffee shop is grown on the campus' sustainable organic farm. The academics are excellent and there is always great activities going on.
TC3 is a good start for college. The art programs are fantastic, but everything else is pretty mediocre. The math teachers I’ve had are amazing, but the courses can be difficult. The advisors aren’t helpful at all. I’ve had multiple times when I’m told to do one thing and it screwed the rest of my semesters up. Communication is lacking.
As the parent of a student who is just finishing 2.5 years of living on the TC3 campus, I would say TC3 is just about the worst educational environment that I can imagine. While the professors, for the most part, seem to care about their students, the rest of the environment is abysmal. My daughter has been subjected to cat-calls and sexual harassment on a daily basis. Virtually every walkway is poorly lit and there is a SINGLE blue light on campus, just outside the Security office. Students are advised not to be around certain dorms after dark and campus security actually patrols each of the dorms several times per day. There are drug dealers living in every dorm, and drug use is unbelievably high. Marijuana is the drug of choice and the dorms reek of at all times. The school apparently advertises heavily in New York City, because fully half of those living on campus are from that background. If you're from a rural area, be prepared for culture shock. Also be prepared to be hated by the City kids, and threatened and harassed (physically and sexually). Beyond sports, there is very little to do on campus. There are occasional movies, dances and other activities, but they are not well attended. The food is horrific. They now require all students living on campus to pay for a 12-meal-per-week dining plan (up from 8), but also cut back on the number of hours the cafeteria is open. Our experience has also been that you will be turned away starting 30 minutes before they close. You would think a school with a culinary arts program would be able to use that to their advantage, but no. While sitting in the cafeteria, you will again be subjected to harassment, and fights break out more often than you would expect. The new President appears to be at least trying to make some improvements, but the extent is yet to be seen. After 2 years of work orders for a broken stove, electrical outlets that sparked and holes in the wall, they did finally fix the outlets and the holes, but the stove only ever had one (sort of) functioning burner. I know this is rambling, but save yourself a whole lot of stress and disappointment, and find a different school to attend.
This is one of the most stunningly bad colleges I have ever seen, heard of, or attended. Stay far, far away. The classes are boring, the professors don't teach anything, and none of the students talk to each other. Administrators are unhelpful and don't provide you with the necessary information. I wish I had never seen or set foot on this godforsaken campus.
The professors there take the time to get to know their students and the tutoring center is fantastic when you're struggling. If you can't find your professor in his/her office, you can always reach them by email, even though most have given their students their personal cell phone numbers.
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