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Awards and Rankings

U.S. News & World Report: A Best National Liberal Arts College and High School Guidance Counselor Ranking

Young Harris College has been named a “Best National Liberal Arts College” by U.S. News & World Report. YHC is ranked 174 amongst the first tier of institutions. The College also received a ranking of 80 on the High School Counselor Rankings for Liberal Arts Colleges.

The liberal arts colleges making the U.S. News list emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the arts and sciences, which include such disciplines as English, the biological and physical sciences, history, foreign languages, and the visual and performing arts. There are 239 public and private liberal arts colleges featured on the 2017 list.

The U.S. News rankings evaluate the top 1,374 accredited four-year schools in the country based on several key measures of quality including academic peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, investment in faculty, financial resources, alumni giving percentage, and student selectivity. The list provides the most in-depth and complete rankings in higher education.

After transitioning from a two-year college to a four-year institution, the College worked diligently to have its status changed through the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. YHC was correctly classified in 2016 and made the rankings the same year during its first year of eligibility.

Colleges of Distinction

For the seventh 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 2017-2018.

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. 

Colleges of Distinction: Education
In 2018, YHC was further recognized by Colleges of Distinction for its excellent programming in Education. This accolade was given based of the College's dedication in providing an effective undergraduate education that aligns with the following four distinctions: engagement, teaching, community and outcomes. 


Best Value Schools: 100 Most Affordable Small Colleges

In 2015, Young Harris College was named to the "100 Most Affordable Small Colleges in America" list. The rankings list calculated the net price of attendance including tuition minus aid, scholarships and institutional grants, to determine the average out-of-pocket costs students and their families pay for college. 

Innovative academic offerings, class sizes and values for the educational investment were also determining factors. 

Great Value Colleges: 100 Most Affordable Small Colleges East of the Mississippi

In 2015, Young Harris College was named to the list of "100 Most Affordable Small Colleges East of the Mississippi." The national rankings list calculates the net price of attendance including tuition minus federal and state aid, scholarships, and institutional grants to determine the average out-of-pocket costs students and their families pay for college.

Using the source College Navigator, a component of the National Center for Education Statistics, Great Value Schools defines a “small college” as a traditional, four-year institution with 4,000 or fewer students. There are approximately 400 schools of this size east of the Mississippi River.

Great Value Colleges strives to provide students with the information they need to receive the best possible education for the best overall value for the educational dollar. They accomplish this through high-quality, researched-based articles and rankings covering a broad number of angles so as to help as many students as possible.

LendEDU: College with Lowest Student Debt

Young Harris College was recently named to LendEDU’s list for colleges with the lowest student loan debt per borrower for the second year in a row. YHC is ranked 109, moving from the previous ranking of 221 in 2016, out of more than 1,300 colleges and universities across America.

According to LendEDU, students at YHC borrow less in student loans than the overall average for the state of Georgia. YHC is also ranked fifth in the state for lowest student debt per borrower, ranking higher than many private and public institutions in Georgia.

LendEDU is an online marketplace for student loans and loan refinancing. They use the newest licensed Peterson’s financial aid data to analyze the current student-debt levels of those who graduated from college in 2015.

YHC’s high ranking on the list for schools with students who have the lowest debt is due in large part to the Colleges’ ability to provide students with financial scholarship. More than 90 percent of students at YHC receive some form of scholarship or grant, which helps alleviate the amount that families must pay—and students must borrow—to cover the cost of tuition.