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Brevard College

Brevard College
File:Brevard College Seal.jpg
Motto Cognosce ut prosis
Motto in English
Learn in Order to Serve
Established 1853
Type Private liberal arts college
Affiliation United Methodist Church
President David Joyce
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 708 (Fall 2015)
Location Brevard, North Carolina, United States
Colors Royal Blue and White
Athletics NCAA Division II South Atlantic Conference
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cheer & Dance, Cross Country, Cycling, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball
Nickname Template:If empty
Mascot Tornado

Brevard College is a small, private, United Methodist, liberal arts college in Brevard, North Carolina, United States. The college grants the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Music degree. Current enrollment is about 705 students.[1][2][3][4]


Brevard College was named for Ephraim Brevard, a teacher and one of the local leaders that produced the Mecklenburg Resolves/Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence in 1775. Brevard College traces its origins to three institutions: Weaver College, a two- and four-year school, which was founded in Buncombe County in 1853 by the "Brothers of Temperance;" Rutherford College, which was founded as the Owl Hollow School in 1853 in Burke County (and gave its name to Rutherford College, North Carolina); and Brevard Institute, a high school inaugurated in 1895 by Asheville businessman Fitch Taylor and his wife, Sarah. During the 1930s, all three institutions closed their doors[5]

In 1933, the Western North Carolina Annual Conference decided to merge Weaver and Rutherford Colleges to create a single coeducational Methodist Junior college on the site of the old Brevard Institute.[6] In Fall of 1934, five Weaver faculty and 30 Weaver students moved to the new location as part of an opening that included 24 faculty and 394 students.[5][6]

The Brevard College Stone Fence and Gate was erected by the Works Progress Administration in 1936-1937, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.[7]


The college's library is the J. A. Jones Library, named after James Addison Jones,[8] which mainly serves students at Brevard College. In addition to its regular print and electronic collections, the library hosts a collection of information on Transylvania County, North Carolina.[9]

Originally, the college library was housed in the area that is now used as a student commons. It was not until 1947 that a building was constructed for the library, which was originally named the Addison Jones Library. At the time of its dedication in 1948, it contained 15,000 volumes and musical recordings. The library grew and in 1967 was moved from the first building on the north side of the campus to a new building on the south side of the campus and was renamed. The old library building was then converted into a building for students studying art.

The current building has three stories, two of which are entirely dedicated to library resources. The top floor of the library houses all of the nonfiction print collections and also has areas for group studying, plus two private study rooms for students who wish to study in a separate space. The ground floor of the library houses its fiction, print journal, CD/DVD, reference, archive, and children's collections. Additionally, this floor is where the circulation desk and computers for catalog searches and internet browsing are located. Students may also print or copy resources on this floor. The bottom floor of the building provides the office space for Brevard College's IT department.


The Brevard College Tornados compete in the NCAA Division II as a member of the South Atlantic Conference. Athletics play a large role in the Brevard College campus life scene and are an important part of the institution's history. The college fields athletic teams in baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, cycling, football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and women's volleyball.

The Brevard College Tornados formerly competed in the Appalachian Athletic Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. In 2008, Brevard became a full member of Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The fall of 2006 saw the college field a football team for the first time since the 1950s. Disc golf is also a popular leisure activity on campus; Brevard competes in several annual tournaments with other local colleges.

In the fall of 2009, the Tornados mountain biking team (in only their third season) won their first national championship after improving on a fourth place finish in 2008 and an eighth place finish in 2007. The team received their second national championship win in 2010. In 2012 the team won their third national championship.[10]


  1. ^ "Brevard College". Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Brevard College". Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Grove, Allen. "Brevard College - SAT Scores, Costs and Admissions Data". Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Brevard College". Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  5. ^ a b NCpedia - Brevard College
  6. ^ a b NCPedia - Rutherford College
  7. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  8. ^ "J. A. Jones Library". Brevard College. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  9. ^ "History of Transylvania County Display – Brevard College Library". Weaving a Tapestry of Community, 1861–2011. TC150. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  10. ^ Brevard College wins national mountain bike title

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