Toccoa Falls College

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Toccoa Falls College
Toccoa Falls College, entrance sign.JPG
Motto Where Character is Developed with Intellect
Type Private Christian Liberal Arts College
Established 1907
President Dr. Robert M. Myers
Undergraduates 1,200
Location Toccoa, Georgia, USA
Campus rural - 1,100 acres
Colors Blue and Gold
Nickname TFC
Mascot Screaming Eagle
Affiliations Christian and Missionary Alliance, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Association for Biblical Higher Education, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, National Christian College Athletic Association, National Association of Schools of Music, Professional Standards Commission of the State of Georgia, International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education

Toccoa Falls College is a fully accredited, Christian liberal arts college, located in Toccoa, Georgia, on the edge of the Piedmont region and in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The campus occupies 1,100 acres (450 ha), bordering the Chattahoochee National Forest and is home to Toccoa Falls a 186-foot (57 m) high waterfall. It is affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Association for Biblical Higher Education.



In 1907, Toccoa Falls College was founded by R. A. Forrest in the community of Golden Valley, North Carolina, as the Golden Valley Institute. On January 1, 1911, Forrest bought the Haddock Inn and 100 acres (400,000 m2) of land. In October, he relocated the school to near Toccoa, Georgia, in order to be near a mainline railroad. He renamed the school Toccoa Falls Institute and added secondary school courses to the theological classes. A 1913 fire destroyed the Haddock Inn, which was the classroom and residence building. After operating in tents for a time, the school built a new campus. In 1928 the secondary courses were reorganized and the state of Georgia accredited it as Toccoa Falls High School, which remained open until 1976. In 1937, the state of Georgia chartered the four-year college program and allowed it to grant the degree Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Education.

Dam Break Disaster[edit]

Main article: Kelly Barnes Dam

On November 6, 1977, the Kelly Barnes Dam, built up and used by the college for electrical power since the Toccoa Falls Institute days, collapsed and the 40-acre (160,000 m2) lake it impounded drained through the lower part of the campus. The resulting flood killed 39 people and injured 60 more, as well as destroying much of the on-campus married student housing, and damaging part of the men's dormitory. The dam was never rebuilt. With the destruction of the dam, and the draining of the lake, there exists no possibility of a similar flood.[1]

Recent History[edit]

The current president, Dr. Robert Myers, became the seventh president of the college in 2012.

On January 12, 2009, Gate Cottage, one of the most historic buildings on campus, was destroyed by fire. Gate Cottage was built in 1939 and was the fourth oldest building on campus. It was one of few buildings that remained standing after the break of the Kelly Barnes Dam and flood that occurred in November 1977. No one was in the building at the time of the fire. Gate Cottage has been rebuilt with a bigger gift shop and dining area for various occasions, but without the School of Counseling. The School of Counseling, which was once a part of Gate Cottage has been relocated to a new location between the Mission Building and Bandy Hall.

Toccoa Falls

Toccoa Falls[edit]

Main article: Toccoa Falls

With a vertical drop of 186 feet (57 m), Toccoa Falls, located on the college campus, stands as one of the tallest free falling waterfalls in the Eastern United States. Known locally as "The Falls", the waterfall was purchased in 1907 as part of the campus of Toccoa Falls College and stands today as the distinguishing landmark of the college.


Toccoa Falls College consists of three schools (School of Christian Ministries, School of Arts and Sciences, and School of Professional Studies) with a total of nine departments. Within these departments 34 majors and 39 minors are offered.[2] The Seby Jones Library is the primary academic library on campus.

Campus life[edit]

Toccoa Falls College offers a wide variety of activities for its college students. Sports related activities and the Student Government Association (SGA) are two of the main student extracurricular possibilities offered.

Campus housing[edit]

On-campus student housing consists of single-sex dormitories, a large men's dormitory, two women's dormitories, and some smaller, suite-style dormitories, as well as various cottages, including married student housing. On campus housing is suggested by the college in the handbook, but in reality required apart from what the handbook states. Along with this there is a mandatory curfew for all on campus students.

  • Forrest Hall - Men's dorms
  • Letourneau and Fant Halls - Women's dorms
  • Terraces - Men Terraces and Women Terraces
  • Married Student Apartments - for Married Students


The Toccoa Falls College offers a variety of sports both intercollegiate and intramural.

Men: Soccer, Baseball, Cross country, Golf, and Basketball

Women: Soccer, Basketball, Cross country, and Volleyball

  • Baseball Team won the NCCAA Division II National Championship in 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013. In 2012 and 2013, the Baseball team won the NCCAA Division II Regional Championship.
  • Golf Team won the NCCAA Division II National Invitational 2008-2009.
  • Women's Soccer Team won the NCCAA Division II Regional Championship in 2010.

Intramural: Soccer, Basketball, Softball, Spike ball, Tennis, Volleyball, Beach volleyball, Ultimate frisbee, and Flag football


The college's student-run radio station was WTXR The Eagle 89.7. The college also operated WRAF, a radio station with various teaching/preaching programming as well as Christian music and a weekly Radio Theater program. Through its main signal and several secondary stations, it is heard from northeast Atlanta to Greenville, South Carolina. All of the college's radio holdings, including WTXR and WRAF, were sold to Radio Training Network, Inc. effective July 25, 2016 for $2.1 million.

Notable alumni[edit]


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Coordinates: 34°35′45″N 83°21′06″W / 34.59570°N 83.35160°W / 34.59570; -83.35160