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TFC Named “Best in The Southeast” by Princeton Review
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Toccoa Falls College is one of the best colleges in the Southeast according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review.  It is one of 136 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the Southeast” section of its website feature, “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” that posted August 20, 2012, on PrincetonReview.com.

Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP / Publisher, said in a recent statement, “We’re pleased to recommend Toccoa Falls College to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree. We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs. From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our 80-question student survey for this project. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists.”

Toccoa Falls College president, Dr. Robert Myers, said, “I am thrilled that the Princeton Review recognizes the quality and solid Christian education students receive at Toccoa Falls College. Our motto ‘Where Character Is Built with Intellect’ encompasses all we do.  Our faculty are remarkably talented and our staff care deeply about our students. If you are looking for a college that can give you skills needed to change the world, Toccoa Falls College is the place for you. We have alums all over the globe changing the world for Christ. We hope you or those you know will join us!”

The 136 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the Southeast” designations are located in twelve states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.  The Princeton Review also designated 222 colleges in the Northeast, 122 in the West, and 153 in the Midwest as best in their locales on the company’s “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists.  Collectively, the 633 colleges named “regional best(s)” constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues — from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food — and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.  Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site.  Student comments in the profile said Toccoa Falls College is a Christian college “committed to building character with intellect.” Others said their school excels at “teaching men and women to become professionals in several fields in order to facilitate the spreading of the Gospel of Christ.”

Many undergrads choose Toccoa Falls College for its extensive required curriculum in the Bible and Christian theology, and “because it is one of the best schools for missions in the United States,” preparing students who plan to pursue careers in missionary service. Whether teaching religious subject matter or traditional academics, “Professors are qualified and, for the most part, entertaining and enlightening.”

Serving their students as mentors as well as teachers, Toccoa Falls professors are “personally involved in the students’ lives and they take time to say ‘hi’ and greet students by name.” A senior shares, “The administration and professors are very involved in student life outside of the classroom, which I like a lot. I feel like most of my professors are my friends but are still professional about it.”

The Princeton Review does not rank the 633 colleges in its “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region” list hierarchically or by region or in various categories.  However, some schools in this list that also appear in The Princeton Review book, “The Best 377 Colleges: 2013 Edition” may appear on some of the Princeton Review ranking lists of “top 20 colleges” in 62 categories that are unique to that book. They are based entirely on the Company’s surveys of students at the 377 schools in the book.

The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com) is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. Headquartered in Framingham, MA, with editorial offices in New York and locations across the U.S.A. and abroad, the Princeton Review, which is a privately held company, is not affiliated with Princeton University.

Toccoa Falls College was established in 1907 in Golden Valley, North Carolina, and moved to Toccoa Falls, Georgia, in 1911. It is an independent, nonprofit educational institution that prepares men and women for vocational and professional occupations. The college currently offers 28 baccalaureate majors, 38 minors, and two associate level programs: an A.A.B.A and an A.A. in General Studies. The academic programs are divided into three schools: Arts and Sciences, Christian Ministries, and Professional Studies. Majors include business administration, counseling psychology, cross-cultural studies, music, biology, teacher education, history, and more. For more information about Toccoa Falls College, including on-line degree programs, go to www.tfc.edu.