Truett-McConnell College

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Truett-McConnell College
Established 1946 (first classes offered: September 1947)
Type Private
Affiliation Georgia Baptist Convention
President Dr. Emir Caner (President)
Students 1,600 (On Campus/Online)
Location Cleveland, GA, USA
Campus Small
  Blue and Gold
Mascot Bears (since 2005) (Previous: "Mountaineers" (1951-1965), Great Danes (shortened form: "Danes"; female sports teams: "Danettes", "Lady Danes") (1966-2005))
The logo for Truett-McConnell College

Truett-McConnell College is a private, Christian, coeducational liberal arts college in Cleveland, Georgia, United States. It is operated under the auspices of the Georgia Baptist Convention, and controlled by a Board of Trustees elected by the Convention. The college was named to honor George W. Truett and Fernando C. McConnell.


On July 23, 1946, the Georgia Baptist Convention held ceremonies at Cleveland, Georgia, to mark the establishment of a new two-year liberal arts college named for Truett and McConnell. Truett-McConnell College, operating in temporary quarters on or near the town square in Cleveland, first opened its doors to students in September 1947, when it enrolled a class of 55 students.[1] The school was first accredited in 1966 to issue two year degrees.[2] In December 2002, the institution was approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer four-year degrees.[3]

In fall 2003, a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in church music, which was followed by the December 2005 approval for a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration in early childhood education. Truett-McConnell College now offers 24 Bachelor degrees in the fields of Business, Christian Studies, English, Education, History, Humanities, and Music. The most recent degree to be approved by SACS is the Bachelor of Arts in World Missions.[4] In spring 2010, Truett-McConnell College received approval from SACS to offer online degrees in Business and Christian Studies.

Enrollment declined from 2033 in 2000 to 468 in 2008 (due to the closure of its satellite campuses);[5][6] then the trend was reversed. In fall of 2010, the school saw its largest enrollment of 751 students, increasing its enrollment by 62% since 2008.[7] In Fall of 2010, Truett-McConnell College announced a new building project, the largest building project in 40 years. It included additions to the Miller Building, a new dorm that would sleep 173 students, as well as an addition to the current dining hall. Ground breaking began late 2010 and construction started in early 2011.[8]


Truett-McConnell teams are known as the Bears; the college is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and competes in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, soccer and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, and volleyball.

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Known for Relationship to Truett-McConnell
Matt Papa Christian recording artist BA, 2005; First two four-year degree graduates.
Xavier Roberts Created the Cabbage Patch Kids toy line studied art at Truett-McConnell[citation needed]
Mitchell Wiggins NBA Player and father of NBAer Andrew Wiggins played basketball at Truett-McConnell from 1978-1979[9]


  1. ^ "History of Truett-McConnell College". Truett-McConnell College. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  2. ^ "Truett-McConnell College". Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  3. ^ "Revised Actions". Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. 2002. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  4. ^ "SACS grants Truett-McConnell degree in World Missions". Truett-McConnell College. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  5. ^ "Fall Enrollment at ASBCS Member Schools 2000 and 2001". Association of Baptist Colleges and Schools. 2002. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  6. ^ "Average 2008 Fall Enrollment at IABCU Schools". International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities. 2009. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  7. ^ "TMC Sees Record Enrollment for Fall 2010". Truett-McConnell College. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  8. ^ "Truett-McConnell College Sees Largest Expansion in Forty Years". Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  9. ^ "Mitchell Wiggins: Andrew Wiggins' Father; Mitchell Wiggins Bio". 2015. Retrieved 2015-01-20. 

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Coordinates: 34°35′46″N 83°44′53″W / 34.596°N 83.748°W / 34.596; -83.748