About us

History

Voorhees College had its beginning in the year AD 1898 through the sacrificial efforts of the missionaries of American Arcot Mission (AAM), an offshoot of the Reformed Church of America. The original buildings of the college were built with the sacrificial donation of a large-minded American couple, Ralph and Elizabeth Rodman Voorhees. In memory of that ennobling act this college was appropriately named as Voorhees College. Rev Dr W I Chamberlain served as the First Principal of Voorhees College. Back in the 19th century, people in and around Vellore were struggling under the clutches of poverty, ignorance and spiritual backwardness. Missionaries of AAM, compelled by the love of Christ, started this citadel for higher learning. It is their vision that the students who are educated here would build their families, the society and consequently, the nation-at-large. Besides providing quality and affordable education, the college emphasizes the importance of Christian virtues and values. Many a student comes here from the rural areas of Vellore and nearby districts. It is interesting that many of our graduates turn out to be the first graduates in their respective families. Thus the college serves the needy ones of the society, providing a holistic education.

Mission Statement

To impart holistic education founded on Christian values to all students without discrimination especially the less privileged in moulding the character to emerge as self-reliant, enlightened, empowered and change-agents of the society.

Motto

Nisi Dominus Frustra in Latin is the motto of the college. The English version is given as ‘In Vain without God‘. The motto reflects the lofty ideals of its founding fathers who have learnt the ever necessary lesson that “it is not by might nor by power but by the Spirit.” Coat of Arms The coat of arms of the institution is simple and dignified. The traditional lotus flower portrays the sign of purity and integrity; the plant lying down is blue, signifying aspiration towards heavenly things. The letters VC denotes Voorhees College and besides that the Cross on which Jesus Christ died is the symbol of sacrificial love. The lamp and the red colour background signify the flame of knowledge.

Coat of Arms

The coat of arms of the institution is simple and dignified. The traditional lotus flower portrays the sign of purity and integrity; the plant lying down is blue, signifying aspiration towards heavenly things. The letters VC denotes Voorhees College and besides that the Cross on which Jesus Christ died is the symbol of sacrificial love. The lamp and the red colour background signify the flame of knowledge.

College Creed

This is our College. Let peace dwell here. Let the room be full of contentment. Let love abide here – love of another, love of mankind, love of life itself and love of God. Let us remember that as many hands build a house, so many hearts make a College.



Know About our prayer song

Voorhees Anthem

O Voorhees College ever dear

To every heart who studies here

In fellowship we stand and raise

This simple song of living praise

In service, love and loyalty

Our mother India is free

In God united we prevail

The needs are great; we must not fail

Let conflict here among us cease

May brotherhood and love increase!

As sons and daughters we will strive

To keep this song, our prayer, alive

O Voorhees College ever dear

May everyone who studies here

In service pledge his heart and hand

To prosper thee and dear homeland

(Written by Rev BlaiseLevai)

Our Mission Statement

Our Mission Statement

To impart holistic education founded on Christian values to all students without discrimination especially the less privileged in moulding the character to emerge as self-reliant, enlightened, empowered and change-agents of the society.