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YHC Only Georgia Institution Named to 2011-2012 Top 25 Colleges and Universities by

Monday, September 10, 2012

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Young Harris College Named to 2011-2012 Top 25 Colleges and Universities by

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College was recently named to the Top 25 Colleges and Universities for 2011-2012 by, the largest online destination for college professor ratings based entirely on students’ input. YHC was ranked 18th out of more than 7,500 colleges and universities across the nation in the website’s annual lists of the nation’s top professors and universities.

“There’s no higher honor for teachers and schools than to be praised by the students who are being impacted by their influence every day,” said Carlo DiMarco, senior vice president for strategic partnerships and development at mtvU. “We extend our sincere congratulations to all of the professors, universities and junior colleges on our top lists.”

Rankings were determined by analyzing both professor ratings and campus ratings. Different from typical college rankings, this list is generated entirely from the input of the students themselves—providing an authentic overview of daily life at each respective school.

“Young Harris College is widely renowned for the outstanding personal attention and mentoring that students receive from their professors,” said YHC President Cathy Cox. “In fact, many alumni continue to talk about the positive impact their professors made on their lives and many graduates remain friends with their mentors long after college.” is the highest-trafficked U.S. college professor rating site (comScore) and reaches an average of six million college students each month. Owned and operated by MTV’s college network, mtvU, the website consists entirely of student-generated ratings of current or former professors, featuring more than 7,500 schools, 1.7 million professors and 14 million ratings. 

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

YHC recently welcomed its largest-ever entering class comprised of 437 freshmen. Fall 2012 marks the largest enrollment in the history of the College with 1,035 students on campus, continuing a trend that began in 2007 of steadily increasing enrollment figures.

The previous freshman enrollment record of 406 set in Fall 2008 was surpassed by more than 30 students this fall, and the current overall enrollment represents a 17 percent increase from Fall 2011. Since the transition of YHC to a four-year institution began in 2006, the College’s total enrollment has increased by 72 percent.

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.

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 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 200 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit