Are you a Georgia high school student that is ready to start taking FREE college classes and get a jump-start on your degree?
Young Harris Early College is for you
Young Harris Early College is the YHC dual-enrollment program (formerly known as Move On When Ready MOWR) whereby Georgia high school students take college courses to receive transferable college credits while still earning credit toward high school graduation.
We offer many online courses that satisfy your high school credits at no cost to you. Tuition, campus fees, and books are all paid for by the State of Georgia through the Dual Enrollment program. (The only cost to you may be individual lab fees on a course-by-course basis. Students will be financially responsible for lost/damaged books.) These courses do NOT affect your HOPE hours and our core classes meet HOPE Academic Rigor requirements.
Four types of Young Harris Early College Classes are available
1. On-Campus – Click here for current courses
Learn what it’s really like to be a YHC student by taking college-level courses on campus alongside current students. Courses must be among the approved list found at GSFC website. (Note that a $100 parking fee applies.)
2. Online – Click here for current courses
Take your courses from any location and at any time of day that fits your schedule. Early College online courses are 8-weeks long and there are 5 semesters per year. These courses use Moodle as the course management system and all proctoring is done via Proctorio (more information).
3. Synchronous at a participating high school via video feed
Students in partner high schools attend class in their high school classroom while the instructor teaching from a ‘teaching station’ linked to the classroom through the North Georgia Fiber Network. The course is taught live via video feed that projects both the teacher and the class content on large screens in the high school classroom. Check with your high school to see if you are a participating campus.
4. Synchronous at a participating high school with an in-person YHC Instructor
Students in partner high schools attend class in their high school classroom along with the instructor. This mode is offered on a limited basis and depends on the location of the instructor. Check with your high school to see if you are participating campus.
Eligibility Requirements for Young Harris Early College
Admissions Requirements for Early College
To qualify for the Early College Program at YHC, you must:
- Be enrolled in an eligible public or private high school or home-study program
- Be classified as a high school junior or senior
- Have at least a 3.0 high school academic GPA as calculated by YHC and have at least a 1050 (combined math and critical reading) on the SAT or 21 composite on the ACT or have a 3.2 GPA as calculated by YHC without SAT or ACT test scores. (Note that test scores are required for placement in math courses. Accuplacer results may be used in place of SAT/ACT for math placement for dual enrollment students only.)
- If applicable, students must adhere to any of his/her high school eligibility requirements for participation.
The Georgia Student Finance Commission has prepared answers to some of parents' frequently asked questions about the program. Click here for more information. YHC's goal is for your student to succeed. Should you have additional questions, contact an Admissions Counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them you are a dual enrollment student.
The initiative that is required in college is very different from that required in high school. Therefore, we encourage parents to consider the maturity level of their students. The academic rigor of college classes is also significantly more challenging in college than high school. When evaluating whether or not you are ready for college-level coursework, look beyond GPA and standardized test scores.
Online course readiness
If you are considering an online course, consider if you are disciplined enough to stick to a schedule even when no one is looking over your shoulder. Taking these online courses gives you flexibility by replacing face-to-face traditional classes with engaging online instructional activities, but there are still due dates to be met. If you are unsure if an online class is right for you, click here for a self-inventory. Click here.
Young Harris College offers special scholarships for Young Harris Early College students who enroll as a freshman at YHC. This tiered scholarship is offered based on earned Young Harris Early College credit hours and will be added to other merit-based scholarships earned as a YHC student.
Talk with your guidance counselor about your interest in the dual enrollment program offered by Young Harris Early College - you'll need their permission to participate.
Submit your application for admission at discover.yhc.edu/applynow. If you have questions about the application process, contact YHC Admissions at 706-379-3111.
Submit an official copy of your high school transcript with your most recent grades.
Submit your official SAT or ACT scores. If you have not taken the ACT or SAT yet, you may still be eligible to participate in the program if you have a 3.2 GPA.
Submit a Student Participation Agreement showing approval from your high school counselor/administrator and permission from your parent/guardian. Most high school counselors will have one that they want you to use but if you need a generic version, you can get this form here. All home study programs within the state of Georgia who operate pursuant to O.C.G.A. §20-2-690(c) must execute a Dual Enrollment Annual Home Study Program Participation Agreement in order to participate in the Dual Enrollment program.
You will be contacted by YHC's Office of Admissions regarding your acceptance to Young Harris Early College. Your acceptance letter will contain your YHC login/password for your email and Moodle access, as well as instructions on how to access the required Moodle Orientation.
Make an appointment to talk to your high school counselor to choose courses that fit your educational needs and goals. The counselor will submit the registration to the YHC Admissions office and they will sign you into the courses.
Complete your Dual Enrollment funding application at GAfutures every semester. Students attending a home study program, or those students that do not have a Social Security number, must complete the Dual Enrollment funding application (paper).
Get ready to invest in your future through Young Harris Early College!
Upcoming Online Sessions
Spring 2018 Session A: January 8-March 2
Spring 2018 Session B: March 5-April 27
Summer 2018 Session: June 4-July 27
Fall 2018 Session A: August 13-October 5
Fall 2018 Session B: October 8-December 7 (holiday Nov. 19-23)