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YHC Earns Colleges of Distinction Accolade for Third Year in a Row

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: LeAnn Waldroup
(706) 379-5310, klwaldroup@yhc.edu

Young Harris College Earns Colleges of Distinction Accolade for Third Year in a Row

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – For the third consecutive year, Young Harris College has been named a College of Distinction for providing students with the best learning experiences in undergraduate education. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities from across the country and one of only eight in Georgia to earn the honor in 2013-2014.

Colleges of Distinction is a web-based 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 and range of quantitative data including graduation rates and classroom size, Colleges of Distinction honors colleges and universities 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, YHC was required to demonstrate excellence in 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. YHC joins other distinguished institutions including Agnes Scott College, Centre College, College of Charleston, Rhodes College and Southern Methodist University.

This achievement adds to the continued growth and success YHC has seen over the past few years. Since earning its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees, YHC has been adding baccalaureate majors and academic programs at a rapid pace. As of 2013, the College now offers 17 innovative baccalaureate majors—art, biology, business and public policy, chemistry, 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, pre-professional programs and teacher certifications.

To learn more about the online guide, visit 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. 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 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2013-2014 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit yhc.edu.

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