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

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Media Contact: LeAnn Waldroup
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Young Harris College Earns Colleges of Distinction Accolade for Fourth Year in a Row

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – For the fourth 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 2014-2015.

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. 

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 in this honor including University of the South (Sewanee), Wofford College, College of Charleston, Rhodes College, Wake Forest University 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 2014, the College now offers 20 innovative baccalaureate majors—art, biology, business and public policy, chemistry, communication studies, creative writing, early childhood education, English, environmental science, history, interdisciplinary studies, 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

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 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 226-bed residence hall that is expected to earn LEED certification, a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village and a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center. In 2014, the College was granted active membership in NCAA Division II and remains a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2014-2015 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit