Your adventure at Young Harris College begins at START Orientation. Check out what our 2016 START Orientation leaders have to say about their experiences.

YHC student Leah Cheshier answers the question: "What kind of things are there to do in the surrounding area?"


Orientation FAQ

START Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect at START?

Both days are filled with programs, sessions and activities to prepare you for life at YHC. The student program will conclude on Day 2 around 11:30 a.m. Students’ families are invited to Day 1 of the orientation program, starting with check-in and concluding with a family social after dinner that evening in the Miller Library. A family schedule is available online.

Which START should I attend?

All START sessions are identical, so pick the one that is the most convenient for you and your family. Just remember to register early because some sessions will fill up fast.

When do I register for START?

The Student Success Center will mail a START packet to all deposit paid students in mid-April. Prospective students should complete the admissions process and submit their deposits promptly to receive START information in the mail. Register for START on YHC Connect under the “New Students” tab.

My parents have already visited campus. Do they need to come to START?

On day one of each START session, family members are encouraged to attend parent START sessions, which are specifically designed to address the topics related to having a student enrolled at YHC. Participation for family members is not mandatory, but is strongly encouraged. Discussion topics include academic expectations, student health, campus safety, expected student behavior and overall adjustment to college life.

Where do I park/where is check-in?

If you need directions to campus please visit this site.  Once on campus, directional signs, YHC Police, and START Leaders will guide you to the various places to park. 

When is check-in for START?

Check-in is from 10-11 a.m. on Day 1 of Orientation in the Rollins Campus Center lobby. At this time, students and family attendees will receive a START Orientation packet including a schedule of events. Students will receive their overnight room assignment while at check-in. Please allow time to move your overnight belongings into your assigned room during the START check-in time range. The opening session begins promptly at 11:10 a.m.

Where will I stay during START?

Students stay overnight in campus housing during the START visit. Campus housing is not available for family members during the orientation visit. 

How do I know if I'm registered for an Adventure Trip?

If you are registered for the adventure trip immediately following START, you will receive a separate email with additional information. If registered, be sure to complete the Outdoor Trip Waiver. 

What should students bring/wear for START Orientation Day 1 and 2?

When planning what to wear, it’s helpful to remember the following:
•             Student ID pictures will be taken Day 1 during check-in.
•             Evening activities on Day 1 are outside – wear something casual in which you can be active.
•             Bring an extra pair of socks – you’ll need those that evening too. 
Remember to bring the following:
•             Sheets, blanket, (or sleeping bag) and a pillow
•             Alarm on phone and/or alarm clock 
•             Toiletries
•             Towel
•             Completed health forms if not already submitted. Necessary forms can be found at Contact Linda Kniess, Director of Health and Wellness Services, with any questions ( or 706-379-5057).
•             Completed newspaper/media waiver (mailed in START packet)
•             Anything else necessary to make your overnight stay more enjoyable!

What is expected before START?

Prior to attending START orientation, students should have completed the advising and course selection process. Please check your YHC email ongoing with information related to course registration and advising. Depending on your academic program (intended major), your advising contacts, registration expectations, and START preparation guidelines vary. 

When is the optional Foreign Langauge Placement Test?

The YHC Catalog discusses “Expand Horizons” in the core curriculum. Students are expected to complete foreign language in their degree at YHC. Students who believe their French or Spanish skills are more highly developed than 1101 may choose to take the Foreign Language Placement Test to determine whether they should begin study at a higher course level. This test is optional and will be offered during START on Day 1 at 10 a.m. or Day 2 at 11 a.m. in Rollins Campus Center 202. The test carries with it a $10 fee charged to the student’s account. 

What is the best resource to find pertinent information about my time at YHC?

YHC Connect is the best place to find a host of information. Students must use their username/password to log into YHC Connect. Important dates and information are available on this page (tuition and fees, move-in day, Welcome Week, etc.), which are also included in the brochure. 

How do I communicate with faculty and staff at YHC?

Students must use their username/password to log into their YHC Email, which students should check regularly throughout their time at YHC. Please consider connecting your YHC email to your phone, if applicable. Email is the official communication of the College. Please review it regularly. 

Where do I send a package for my student?

Students Name
1 College Street
P.O. Box 97
Young Harris, GA 30582


For more information, please email or call 706-379-5200.

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START Orientation

Your adventure at Young Harris College begins at START Orientation. Check out what our 2016 START Orientation leaders have to say about their experiences.

YHC student Leah Cheshier answers the question: "What kind of things are there to do in the surrounding area?"