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On July 23, 1946, the Georgia Baptist Convention founded Truett-McConnell College, and the school opened it doors with 55 students in temporary quarters on the town square of Cleveland, Georgia, in September 1947.

kg3Initially accredited in 1966 to confer two-year degrees, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools approved the college to offer four-year degrees in 2002. In December 2013, SACS approved Truett-McConnell to offer a Master of Arts in Theology degree.

From its humble beginnings in what is now a hardware store, the school stands today on more than 200 acres in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Northeast Georgia.

Because of the school's distance from Southern Baptist seminaries, Truett-McConnell's original intent included training men for pastoral ministry. And although the same it still true, the liberal arts college offers more than 40 programs of study, thus equipping graduates for religious and marketplace career paths that include pastoral ministry, missions, Christian studies, music, nursing, education, business, history, humanities, psychology and more.

The college's enrollment history reveals growth spurts and declines. However, in 2008, trustees called Dr. Emir Caner as president. Since his arrival, the enrollment of about 450 has rocketed consistently upward in double-digit percentage growth. At the time of this writing (spring 2014), enrollment is 1,600, representing a near quadrupling of the student body in six years.

Under Dr. Caner's leadership, the college's growth of curricular offerings, programs of study, faculty, and facilities' expansion reflect the remarkable upswing in enrollment.

In the fall of 2011, the college completed a renovation that doubled the dining hall's size, added classroom and office space to Miller Hall, and completed a new residence hall that will house almost 200 students.

Significant to the college's multi-faceted growth and expansion is the vision President Caner brought with him in 2008. This vision included a required, 16-hour Great Commission Minor for all students, and the commitment for every graduate to "love the Lord, love His Word, love His Church, and love the lost."

Members of the college's governing board of trustees say that Dr. Caner's vision and the grace of God have brought the school thus far; and they, along with Georgia Baptists anticipate the Lord's blessings to continue with Dr. Caner at the helm of Truett-McConnell College.






1. President’s House
13. Chandler Building
2. Twin Springs Apartments
14. Hood Building
3. Cleveland Courts
14. (Admissions/Financial Aid/Registrar)
4. Soccer Field
15. Driskell Baptist Collegiate Ministries
5. RV Park
16. Allen House/Library Annex
6. Maintenance Complex
17. Sewell-Plunkett Chapel
7. Merritt Hall
18. Garrison Hall
8. Otwell Hall
19. Sewell Hall
9. Cofer Library
20. Nix Student Center
10. Miller Building
21. Pool Complex
11. Gymnasium
22. Tennis Courts
12. Chandler Center/Dining Hall
23. Mize Baseball Field


Truett-McConnell College is located in Cleveland, the county seat of White County and the "Gateway to the Mountains," at the southern edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Nearby are the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River and Lake Sidney Lanier. Gainesville is 25 miles to the south, and Atlanta is 70 miles to the southwest.

The campus is situated on 225 scenic acres in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Students enjoy a large variety of clubs and organizations, intercollegiate athletics and the unique experience of on-campus residence. Serving mainly traditional-age students, TMC provides a learning rich in beauty, encouragement, and challenge--a winning combination for academic and personal growth.


Directions to TMC Campus

From I-85
  • Take I-85 north through Gwinnett County; merge left onto I-985 toward Gainesville
  • Drive 24 miles and leave I-985 at Exit 24
  • Turn left onto US 23/Jesse Jewell Parkway, and go to second traffic light
  • Turn right onto Limestone Parkway, and continue until it dead-ends into US 129
  • Turn right onto US 129, and travel approximately 20 miles to town of Cleveland
  • At traffic light on the square in Cleveland, turn right onto GA 115 East (East Kytle Street)
  • Continue one mile, and see the college on the left of the highway.
From GA 400
  • Take GA 400 north to traffic light near Dahlonega
  • GA 400 will become Long Branch Road/GA 115 at the traffic light
  • Continue on Long Branch Road/GA 115 several miles to intersection at traffic light
  • Turn right and continue on GA 115 East to the town of Cleveland
  • At traffic light on the square in Cleveland, go straight ahead for one mile
  • See the college on the left of the highway

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