Located in the beautiful historic city of Thomasville, Georgia, Thomas University is a regionally accredited, non-profit university whose mission is to provide an educational experience that explores and develops each student's full potential. Situated on 75 acres just 30 miles north of Tallahassee, Florida, TU offers associates, bachelors and master's degrees at our main campus, online and at satellite locations in Tallahassee and across Georgia.
Our student body includes traditional students, local professionals returning to college, members of the military, and citizens from around the globe. TU students participate in a wide variety of activities including 10 varsity and junior varsity athletic teams, music, debate, theatre and team sports.
Thomas University's origins date back to 1950 when the Primitive Baptist Church charted the institution as Birdwood Junior College at the winter home of the Honorable W. Cameron Forbes, former Governor General of the Philippines, Ambassador to Japan and grandson of Ralph Waldo Emerson. The Forbes Building, built in 1932, is one of the original structures on campus and is still in use today. The architecture of the building inspired the graphic elements of the TU logo and the design of the new Smith-Bonvillian Hall.
In 1976, the Primitive Baptist Church relinquished control of the college and the name was changed to Thomas County Community College. In 1979, the college because nonsectarian and independent. The name was changed to Thomas College in 1986, and the first four-year degrees were offered in 1988.
In December 1998, Thomas College was approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to offer graduate degrees. In January 2000, the name was changed to Thomas University.