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YHC Named to Colleges of Distinction as a Leader in Educational Excellence

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310, kndean@yhc.edu

Young Harris College Named to Colleges of Distinction as a Leader in Educational Excellence

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College has been named among “Colleges of Distinction” for the second consecutive year for providing students with the best learning experiences in undergraduate education. YHC is among fewer than 200 colleges and universities from across the country featured in the 2012-2013 national college guide Colleges of Distinction.

At its website, CollegesofDistinction.com, the organization offers an online guide that takes a fresh look at colleges and universities appealing to students’ unique and varied interests. Based on the opinions of guidance counselors, educators and admissions professionals, Colleges of Distinction honors colleges excelling in key areas of educational quality.

“Schools selected as Colleges of Distinction create well-rounded graduates and are among the very best in the country,” Executive Editor of Colleges of Distinction Tyson Schritter said. “While each school is one of a kind, they all share a common theme: they are all a great place to get an education.”

In order to qualify, Young Harris College was required to demonstrate excellence in the four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

The goal of Colleges of Distinction is to provide students, counselors and parents with information about colleges and universities that excel in these four areas. Featured schools take a holistic approach to admissions, consistently excel in providing undergraduate education and have a truly national reputation.

This achievement adds to the positive momentum building throughout the YHC campus over the past few years as the 126-year-old institution returns to its roots as a four-year college.

Since earning its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees, Young Harris College has been adding baccalaureate majors and academic programs at a rapid pace. As of 2012, YHC now offers 16 baccalaureate majors—art, biology, business and public policy, communication studies, English, early childhood education, history, mathematics, middle grades education, music, music education, outdoor leadership, psychology, religious studies, Spanish and theatre—as well as a full array of minors and teacher certifications.

In addition, Young Harris College has doubled the size of its faculty in just four years and hired additional staff to support the new academic offerings and student programming.

To learn more about the online guide, visit www.collegesofdistinction.com.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.

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