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Center for Excellence in teaching and learning

Previously the home of the College's presidents from 1930 to 1960, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) engages the academic community with the purpose of providing students with a successful college experience. The CETL hosts an ongoing forum on effective teaching and learning in a higher education environment, including individual guidance through instructional materials and training on advanced educational equipment.

Adams-Galloway House

The Adams-Galloway house, located on Main Street, houses faculty offices for the Department of Mathematics.


The YHC Hemlock Project is a volunteer organization housed on the YHC campus that began in May 2005 in an attempt to stem the growing  infestation of a tiny bug called Hemlock Wooly Adelgid (HWA) in the hemlock stands of the north Georgia mountains. At the YHC Beetle Lab, community members and students volunteer their time and energy to help raise Sasajiscymnus tsugae, a tiny ladybird beetle that is one of the few natural predators of the HWA. The organization works in conjunction with the USDA Forest Service and the Georgia Forestry Commission to decide where to release the adult beetles. The beetle lab at Young Harris College was the first of its kind in Georgia.

Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement

This two-story building is located on Main Street, adjacent to the former Young Harris Motel and the Bread of Life Restaurant. The CASCE is committed to the celebration of Appalachian culture and to service that engages students with communities in the region. The center leads initiatives centered on service learning, Appalachian studies, community engagement, social justice and sustainability. The facility also provides faculty offices for the Department of Religion and Philosophy, office and work space for student leaders, and space for meetings and seminars.


Center for Writing and Speaking

The Center for Writing and Speaking supports Young Harris College’s Rhetorica program that was created to improve students’ written and spoken communication. The center helps students improve their performance on papers, presentations and class discussion. Trained student tutors review paper drafts, evaluate presentations and explain discussion strategies to help students improve their performance. The facility’s resources include on-campus writing and speaking labs and a website with online resources to help students with written and spoken communication.

Charles R. Clegg Fine Arts Building

The Charles R. Clegg Fine Arts Building, completed in 1965, is named in honor of a former president of the College. The Clegg Building also houses studios, practice rooms, a choral rehearsal room and classrooms for the Division of Fine Arts.

Goolsby  Center  for  Humanities  and  Social  and  Behavioral  Science

The  Goolsby  Center  for  Humanities  and  Social  and  Behavioral  Science,  completed  in  1993,  is  named  in  honor  of  G.  Milton, ‘16  and  Ophelia  Roberts  Goolsby, ‘16.   This  40,000-square-foot  building  provides  12  classrooms  and  20  offices  for  Humanities  and  Social  and  Behavioral  Science  faculty.   In  addition,  the  Goolsby  Center  contains  a  conference  room,  the  158-seat  Wilson  Lecture  Hall  and  the  Dobbs  Black  Box  Theatre.

Maxwell  Center  for  Mathematics  and  Sciences

The  Maxwell  Center  for  Mathematics  and  Sciences,  completed  during  1979,  is  named  for  Alva  Maxwell, ‘14  and  Edna  Stephens  Maxwell,  who  gave  many  years  of  devoted  service  to  the  College. Mr.  Maxwell  served  on  the  College’s  Board  of  Trustees  for  63  years,  and served  as  its  chairman for  16  of  those  years.  The  history  of  the  family  of  Mrs.  Maxwell  is  intertwined  with  that  of  Young  Harris  College.  Her  grandmother,  Mrs.  Nancy  L.  Robertson,  gave  the  original  parcel  of  land  upon  which  the  College  was  established.   This  multipurpose-classroom  building  houses  the  physical  and  biological  sciences,  mathematics  and the O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium.


The Outdoor Leadership Center serves as the home base for outdoor leadership classes and programs. The center includes three full-time faculty offices, a large classroom space, common area, full-size kitchen, reading and computer work stations, and land and water equipment storage. There is a large green space in front of the facility and a wooded area behind the building that are readily used as outdoor classrooms. Outdoor leadership students enjoy a campus center that is conducive to experiential education, learning and community.


The  O. Wayne Rollins  Planetarium,  located  in  the  Maxwell  Center  for  Mathematics  and  Science,  was  made  possible  through  the  philanthropy  of  Wayne  and  Grace  Rollins.   The planetarium features a state-of-the-art GOTO Chronos Space Simulator star projector with a state-of-the-art full-dome digital projection system, the Sky-Skan Definiti, in a 40-foot dome theater. Recently renovated with comfortable seating for 104, Rollins Planetarium offers public shows and educational opportunities for school groups throughout the year.


The YHC Fine Arts Annex, located across the street from the main campus, houses newly renovated classrooms media-specific studio space, including a painting studio, a drawing studio and 3-D sculpture studio. Each studio has large utility sinks and track lighting, along with ample space to spread out easels and drawing desks.Art faculty offices include a studio space, allowing faculty members to produce artwork while also remaining accessible to students.




ALUMNI SERVICES OFFICEAlumni are encouraged to visit the Office of Alumni Services to find out how to stay involved, get the latest information about alumni events and receive general assistance.


PRUITT-BARRETT BUILDINGNamed in honor of two YHC benefactors, J. C. Pruitt and Guy Barrett, "PB" is the one-stop shop for the offices of Academic Affairs, Business, Finance and Administration, Financial Aid, Human Resources, Information Technology, and the Registrar.


SHARP HALLSharp Hall, built in 1912, is the second oldest building on campus. Last renovated in 2009, Sharp Hall houses the Office of the President, Office of Advancement, Office of Planning and Research, and the YHC Bookstore.




The Campus Gate Art Gallery provides a great source of cultural enrichment to the YHC campus and community. The gallery is a beautifully restored building located on College Street next to the U.S. Post Office. Exhibitions by professional artists take place in the gallery throughout the year, as well as one juried student exhibition. Each exhibition has a reception where guests can meet and mingle with the exhibiting artist and discuss the artwork with them. All exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. The gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Utilized by Theatre Young Harris, the 175-seat Dobbs Theatre is a state-of-the-art flexible space that can be easily adjusted for arena or thrust staging.


Located behind Enotah Hall, this amphitheatre is a versatile space used for plays, lectures, concerts and religious life gatherings.

GLENN-McGinnis Hall 

The Clegg Building contains Glenn-McGinnis Hall with a seating capacity of more than 1,000 and a large stage and orchestra pit for theatre and music presentations. In addition, the Clegg Fine Arts Building houses fully-equipped scenery and costume shops.


The  Observatory  is  situated  just  a  few  minutes  from  campus,  the  College’s  observatory  benefits  from  its  high  elevation  and  access  to  the  wonderful  dark  skies  of  northern  Georgia.   In  addition  to  the  main  telescope  housed  in  a  15-foot  dome,  the  facility  also  contains  piers  which  mount  two  8-inch  scopes.  The  observatory  has  a  number  of  other  telescopes  that  can  be  used  on  the  site  as  well.   The  main  telescope  is  a  Meade  16-inch  reflector  with  Schmidt  Cassegrain  optical  design.   It  has  computerized  pointing  capability,  which  means  the  astronomer  can  simply  select  the  desired  viewing  target  from  a  large  database  of  astronomical  objects,  press  “Enter,”  and  the  telescope  will  automatically  point  to  that  target  and  begin  tracking  it.   The  observatory  is  located  at  an  elevation  of  over  2000  feet  on  the  flanks  of  Brasstown  Bald,  the  tallest  peak  in  Georgia.   The  site  is  on  Georgia  state  property,  near  the  Brasstown  Valley  Resort.   The  high  elevation,  combined  with  the  relatively  low  light  pollution  in  the  area,  make  for  excellent  viewing  conditions  on  clear  star-filled  nights.


The  O. Wayne Rollins  Planetarium,  located  in  the  Maxwell  Center  for  Mathematics  and  Science,  was  made  possible  through  the  philanthropy  of  Wayne  and  Grace  Rollins.   The planetarium features a state-of-the-art GOTO Chronos Space Simulator star projector with a state-of-the-art full-dome digital projection system, the Sky-Skan Definiti, in a 40-foot dome theater. Recently renovated with comfortable seating for 104, Rollins Planetarium offers public shows and educational opportunities for school groups throughout the year.




The Young Harris College Department of Athletics relocated to the acquired motel space across the street from campus in 2012. This space houses almost all YHC coaches and the athletic administration. Another new addition to this property is a dedicated strength and conditioning space for YHC athletics teams located in the former Mary Ann's restaurant in front of the motel. The area boasts 2,000 square feet of equipment tailored to the effective training and preparation of student-athletes.


The Berry Tennis Center is named in honor of Irene Hackney Berry and was given to the College as a part of the estate of Irene Hackney Berry. This facility serves as the home to a pro shop, locker rooms, and offices for the tennis, golf and cross country programs.


The  Cross  Country  Trail  utilizes  the  immediate  campus  and  surrounding  area  and  is  easily  one  of  the  most  scenic  and  challengingin  the  state.   Approximately  two  miles  in  length  with  a  compacted  gravel  surface,  the  course  incorporates  a  variety  of  challenges  for  runners,  traversing  mountainous  and  flat  terrain,  crossing  bridges  and  short  stretches  of  pavement.   The  course  includes  switch-back  portions  and  connecting  loops  making  it  possible  to  easily  add  to  the  length  of  a  meet.


The field is used for men's and women's intercollegiate soccer and lacrosse. The field features a state-of-the-art Daktronics scoreboard and AstroTurf® outlined in “YHC purple” that features the mountain lion logo at center field with the NCAA and PBC logos displayed on either side.



The  E. D. Rivers  Softball  Field,  named  in  honor  of  alumnus,  Governor  E.  D.  Rivers,  is  used  for  intercollegiate  women’s  softball.


The 57,000-square-foot Recreation and Fitness Center opened in August 2010. This state-of-the-art facility features a first-class, fully equipped weight room and fitness center, an impressive 37-foot-high rock climbing wall, an elevated indoor jogging track surrounding the facility and a state-of-the-art 1,100-purple-seat, NCAA-regulation arena that serves as the home of Mountain Lions basketball. The center also boasts multipurpose classrooms for yoga, dance and aerobics, office space and locker rooms for the athletic department, and wide expanses of windows to enjoy the surrounding mountain-landscape views. YHC was awarded LEED Certification for the Recreation and Fitness Center by the Green Building Certification Institute. According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) project directory, YHC’s Recreation Center is only the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification.

BOB & Gayle nichols tennis complex

Completed in August 2010, the Bob & Gayle Nichols Tennis Complex is located on Highway 76 and is home to the College's men's and women's tennis teams. The complex features 12 lighted tournament-quality courts. In 2012, the complex was named to honor Dr. Bob and Gayle Nichols for their distinguished years of service to YHC. Bob taught math, coached tennis and served as director of academic advising, while Gayle served as the senior college counselor, until retiring in 2009 after more than 30 years of service.

zell b. miller baseball field

The Zell B. Miller Field, named in honor of former U.S. Senator and Georgia Governor Zell Miller, ’51, is used for intercollegiate baseball.




The  Appleby  Complex,  named  for  alumnus  and  trustee  Scott  B.  Appleby  1895,  was  first  occupied  in  1961  and  is  composed  of  two units:   Center and  West.   Center  and  West  are  arranged  in  two-room  suites  with  a  connecting  bath.  Center  has  space  for  116  students;  West  has  space  for  44  students.   Each  division  has  an  apartment  for  a  residence life coordinator,  a  common  room  and  a  laundry  room.


Enotah Hall is a 62,500 square-foot, three-story residential facility that accommodates 200 students. The hall’s 50 residential suites are each comprised of two double-occupancy rooms with two baths, a living room and a kitchenette. The building contains four soundproof Wenger music practice rooms, study rooms, a 24-hour lobby featuring lounge space and a laundry facility that allows students to check on the internet for free machines and receive a text message when laundry is finished. YHC was awarded LEED Silver Certification for Enotah Hall by the Green Building Certification Institute, making it the first higher education facility in the state north of the Atlanta area to achieve this level of certification. Located behind Enotah Hall is an amphitheatre that serves as a versatile space used for plays, lectures, concerts and religious life gatherings.


Hillgrove  Hall,  completed  in  the  fall  of  2002,  contains  48  rooms  and  accommodates  96  students.   Each  room  has  its  own  bathroom.   Also  within  the  hall  is  an  apartment  for  a  residence life coordinator,  a  TV  lounge,  a  computer  room  and  a  laundry  room.


Manget  Hall,  completed  in  1956  with  funds  given  to  the  College  by  Mr.  Scott  B.  Appleby  1895,  honors  the  memory  of  Mr.  John  Manget. The  building  includes  11  units  and  accommodates  67  students. Each  unit  has  three  two-person  rooms  with  two  baths  and  a  living  room. Also  within  the  hall  is  an  apartment  for  a  residence life coordinator,  a  common  room  and  a  laundry  room.



Rollins  Hall,  completed  in  1986,  honors  the  late  O.  Wayne  Rollins,  who  served  as  a  loyal  trustee  of  the  College  for  21  years  prior  to  his  death  in  1991.   The  building  includes  11  units  and  accommodates  88  students.   Each  unit  has  four  two-person  rooms,  two  baths,  and  a  large  living  room.   Also  within  the  hall  are  guest  quarters,  an  apartment  for  a  residence life coordinator,  a  common  room  and  a  laundry  room.


The Towers, which opened in Fall 2013, is a unique housing community for first-year students. Centered near the heart of campus, this LEED-certified facility is made up of three separate buildings connected through a shared central building. The Towers are configured in “pods,” or small communities consisting of students living in different sizes and styles of rooms surrounding a country-club-style bath area. The innovative pod concept is a growing trend in residence life nationwide. It provides both living and learning spaces that encourage student interaction and foster a sense of community during formative semesters on campus. 


In 2011, Young Harris College opened The Village, a LEED-certified apartment-style housing community for upperclassmen. The furnished apartments in The Village are constructed on a rolling terrain with views of the surrounding mountains and campus athletic facilities. Configured in apartments of four private bedrooms, the complex features 248 beds. In addition to four private bedrooms, each apartment includes a living area, kitchen, and washer and dryer. The "village" atmosphere is facilitated by expansive porches, designated areas for grilling and abundant green space surrounding the apartments.




The $41 million, 121,000-square-foot Rollins Campus Center houses four distinct areas: a 60,000-square-foot, multi-purpose student center; the 40,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Zell and Shirley Miller Library; Grace Rollins Dining Hall; and a 350-seat, versatile Charles Suber Banquet Hall. Some highlights include space for student organizations in the Mary Warren Loft, a game room and multimedia theatre with stadium seating for 25, a Chick-fil-A Express, and a Starbucks coffee shop. The facility houses the Academic Success Center and offices of Admissions, Student Development, and Religious Life. The facility was recently awarded LEED Gold certificationthe first facility on the YHC campus to receive this status.


The  Susan  B.  Harris  Chapel,  a  memorial  to  the  wife  of  Young  L.  G.  Harris,  was  built  in  1892. Last  renovated  in  2009,  the  Chapel  is  used  as  a  general  assembly  hall  for  vespers,  concerts and  lectures. The  Chapel  is  the  oldest  building  on  campus  and  is  more  closely  associated  with  the  traditions  of  the  College  than  any  of  the other  buildings.


Owned by Follett, the Young Harris College Bookstore offers the textbooks and supplies that YHC students need for their courses.