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Quick Facts

Young Harris College At A Glance

  • History: Founded in 1886 by circuit-riding Methodist minister Artemas Lester
  • Location: Young Harris, Georgia in the North Georgia mountains, approximately two hours from Atlanta, Chattanooga, Asheville and Greenville
  • Fall 2020 Enrollment: 1,396 traditional and dual-enrollment students
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1
  • Classes Taught by Faculty: 100 percent
  • Typical Class Size: 18
  • Students Receiving Scholarships/Grants: More than 95 percent
  • Student Organizations: More than 60
  • Athletics: Men’s baseball, tennis, golf, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, cross country; Women’s softball, volleyball, tennis, golf, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, cross country; Men's and women's competitive cheerleading
  • Amenities: State-of-the-art campus center featuring banquet hall, student center and dining space, climbing tower, cross country trail, recreational hiking trails, 12 tennis courts, state-of-the-art recreation and fitness center, 18-hole disc golf course, indoor climbing wall, low ropes course, indoor track

Student Profile

  • SAT: Mid-50th percentile: 540, critical reading; 520, math
  • ACT Composite Score: 21
  • HS Grade Point Average: 25th percentile: 3.06; 50th percentile: 3.38; 75th percentile: 3.69
  • Fall 2020 Freshman Class: 324
  • Total Fall 2019 Enrollment: 1,417 traditional, dual-enrollment and graduate students from 21 states and 33 countries



  • Young Harris College is endorsed by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church as an affiliated United Methodist institution.
  • Young Harris College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master's degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Young Harris College.
  • Young Harris College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, Virginia 20190; (703) 437-0700.
  • The Teacher Preparation Program at Young Harris College is approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, 2 Peachtree Street, Suite 6000, Atlanta, Georgia 30303; (404) 232-2500.