Admissions Criteria

Admissions Criteria
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YHC attracts students who demonstrate the ability and motivation to succeed in rigorous liberal arts, science and professional programs. The College practices a rolling admission policy. However, students are encouraged to apply early to ensure adequate course offerings and housing availability. Applicants are considered for admission for fall or spring semesters. Students must be high school graduates (or have obtained a high school equivalency diploma) by the time they matriculate to Young Harris College. The application for admission is accessed at yhc.edu/apply.

Please send all official transcripts, test scores and admission documents to the Office of Admissions at the following address:

Young Harris College
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 116
Young Harris, GA 30582

To learn more about the admission documents required for your student type, click the link below.

 

Early College/Dual Enrollment

Freshmen

Homeschooled Students

International Admission

Re-Admission

Transfer Admission

Transient Admission


 

Early College/Dual Enrollment

The Young Harris Early College program is targeted to outstanding high school students in the state of Georgia. With approval from their high school, juniors and seniors may satisfy high school course requirements by enrolling in courses at Young Harris College. All Early College courses offered by YHC are collegiate courses of high quality and rigor that allow students to obtain both high school and transferable college credit.

Early College requirements are as follows:

• Student must be a junior or senior at a public high school, private high school, or be homeschooled.
• Minimum high school 3.0 academic GPA (as calculated by the Office of Admissions).
• If applicable, students also need to adhere to his/her high school eligibility requirements for participation.

Additional Dual Enrollment program information for the state of Georgia can be found at www.gafutures.org. Students from outside the state of Georgia interested in taking classes at YHC while still in high school should contact the Office of Admissions at 800-241-3754 regarding admissions requirements and procedures for Early College. You can also click here to visit the official Early College page.

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Freshmen

High school students are eligible to apply after completing their junior year of high school. Acceptance to Young Harris College is based on the applicant’s high school grade point average. See Student Profile for the average GPA and test scores of incoming freshmen. Transcripts must be official and submitted directly from the high school. Students who submit a GED score in lieu of high school completion should submit a minimum college-ready score of 165 in each subject test section. 

Upon receipt of the application and official high school transcript(s), the Office of Admissions will review the student’s application file. If listed on the transcript(s), the Office of Admissions will use the Unweighted GPA supplied by the high school. If the Unweighted GPA is not plainly listed on the transcript(s), the Office of Admissions will calculate the student’s GPA based on all completed high school coursework.

Students who have below a 2.5 Unweighted GPA will be denied admission. Students denied admission based on the GPA requirement may request an appeal. The Office of Admissions does not require students to supply ACT or SAT scores for admission. An assessment of the student’s college readiness will be assessed by the Office of Admissions.

Additionally, students coming to Young Harris College with Dual Enrollment credit from other colleges or universities must submit official college transcripts to receive credit for courses previously completed.

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Homeschooled Students

If a student is homeschooled, admission decisions are based on the student’s high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores. Along with the application for admission, students should send a transcript of high school work and official ACT or SAT scores. If the homeschool program has been conducted through a formal program, the transcript should be submitted directly from that homeschool organization. If the parents have designed the curriculum, the transcript should detail subjects studied. If a student has taken the GED, these scores should also be submitted. In some cases, GED scores may be required in order to complete the admissions process.

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International Admission

International First-Time Freshmen
1. Complete the international application.
2. Students whose native language is not English must submit proof of language proficiency by submitting results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
The minimum score for the TOEFL is 79 (TOFEL iBT) or 550 (paper-based exam). The minimum score on the IELTS is 6.5 or higher on the academic module. An SAT Critical Reading score above 450 may also be considered as the English Proficiency requirement, exempting the submission of TOEFL or IELTS scores. Successful completion of level 109 at an ELS Language Center is also sufficient for proof of English proficiency.
3. Applicants who have completed high school in the United States will need to request an official copy of all transcripts be sent to the Office of Admissions.
4. Applicants who have completed coursework at the high school/secondary school or university-level outside of the United States will need to have a course-by-course evaluation of transcripts completed and forwarded to YHC by a transcript evaluation service, which may include one of the following:

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
(305) 273-1616
www.jsilny.com

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc
PO Box 514070
Milwaukee WI 53203
414-289-3400
https://www.ece.org/

International Transfer Students
1. Complete the international application.
2. International students who are transferring from an institution in the United States with less than 30 hours of college-level coursework will need to provide transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended along with high school transcripts.
3. Applicants who are transferring from another college/university in the United States with 30 or more hours of college-level coursework will need to submit college/university transcripts, in addition to the Student Transfer Form for all previously attended institutions for admission consideration.  Admissions decisions for transfers with more than 30 hours of college-level credits will be based solely on college coursework completed.  The minimum GPA requirement for transfer students is a 2.5 cumulative college GPA.
4. Students with more than 30 hours of college-level credits whose GPA is below a 2.5 MUST submit a Transfer Admissions Statement, detailing any circumstances that may have negatively impacted their current academic performance and GPA as well as the steps they plan to take in order to be academically successful at YHC.  After review, the Admissions Committee may still request an interview with the student in order to make an admissions decision.   Failure to submit this form at the time of application will result in your inability to appeal any negative admissions decision you may receive.  The decision of the Admissions Committee is final and binding.
5. International students who are transferring from a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course evaluation of transcripts completed and forwarded to YHC by a transcript evaluation service, which may include one of the following:

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
(305) 273-1616
www.jsilny.com

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc
PO Box 514070
Milwaukee WI 53203
414-289-3400
https://www.ece.org/

6. Transfer students whose native language is not English, and who are transferring from a university outside the United States must submit proof of language proficiency by submitting results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
The minimum score for the TOEFL is 79 (TOFEL iBT) or 550 (paper-based exam). The minimum score on the IELTS is 6.5 or higher on the academic module. An SAT Critical Reading score above 450 may also be considered as the English Proficiency requirement, exempting the submission of TOEFL or IELTS scores. Successful completion of level 109 at an ELS Language Center is also sufficient for proof of English proficiency.

Additional Requirements
After an offer of admission has been made to an international student, they will then be required to complete further steps in order to receive the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) necessary to obtain a student visa for entry into the United States.
1. Submit a non-refundable $300 enrollment deposit.
2. The Financial Guarantee Statement (FGS) must be completed and returned to the Office of Admissions. The Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) will be issued once the applicant has been found admissible to the College and the FGS has been approved.
3. Copy of unexpired passport with photo ID. 

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Re-Admission

Students who have previously attended Young Harris College, with a gap semester or more between attendance, and wish to re-enroll should complete the Application for Readmission. If a student did not attend another institution, he or she is accepted as long as there is not a hold on the student’s account. If a student has attended another institution after Young Harris College, he or she must submit official transcripts of coursework to the Office of Admissions and complete the Student Transfer Form.

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Transfer Admission

Students seeking to transfer to Young Harris College should complete the application for admission.

Students who have completed 30 or more credit hours of academic-level college coursework must submit official transcript(s) from all previously attended institutions, as well as a Student Transfer Form from all of these institutions. If a student has completed less than 30 hours of college credit, they must also submit an official high school transcript in addition to the official college transcript(s).

Admissions decisions for transfers with more than 30 hours of college-level credits will be based solely on college coursework completed.  The minimum GPA requirement for transfer students is a 2.5 cumulative college GPA.  Students with more than 30 hours of college-level credits whose GPA is below a 2.5 MUST submit a Transfer Admissions Statement, detailing any circumstances that may have negatively impacted their current academic performance and GPA as well as the steps they plan to take in order to be academically successful at YHC.  After review, the Admissions Committee may still request an interview with the student in order to make an admissions decision.   Failure to submit this form at the time of application will result in your inability to appeal any negative admissions decision you may receive.  The decision of the Admissions Committee is final and binding.

YHC will inform students of the amount of transfer credit accepted by the College prior to enrollment.

In order to graduate from YHC, transfer students must meet all graduation requirements that were in place at the time of their admission to the College. Please note that admission to the college does not necessarily guarantee admission to certain degree programs that may require additional steps. 

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Transient Admission

Young Harris College will accept transient students from other institutions. The parent institution must send a letter of transient permission to the Office of Admissions to initiate the process. No standardized test scores are required for transient admission. 

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YHC invites applications from all persons, without regard to race, creed, sex, handicap, or national origin.
 


 

Admissions Appeals Policy

An applicant who has been denied admission may have that decision reconsidered. The applicant must compose a short letter detailing the reason(s) for the appeal. The letter and supporting documentation (evidence) must supply new information not available to the applicant when the original application was submitted.

All requests must include documentation related to the extraordinary circumstances to be considered for the appeal. Proof must be provided that the established admission criteria for the type of admission (freshman or transfer) and all deadlines have been met.

  • There is a limit of one appeal per application per academic term.
  • The appeal must be received no later than two weeks from date of the admission decision notification.
  • Appeals must be submitted using the Freshman Admissions Appeal Form.
  • Applicants submitting appeals will be notified of the decision within three weeks of receipt of the appeal (in most cases) via the personal e-mail address listed in the student's official record.
  • Appeal letters must be submitted by applicant - not by anyone acting on their behalf.
  • Appeal letters written by anyone other than the applicant will not be considered.
  • Letters of recommendation will not be considered.
  • Reporting errors made on the application are not a basis for the reversal of a decision.
  • Decisions rendered by the Admission Appeals Committee are final and non-negotiable.

Upon receipt of the appeal form, a required interview with the Office of Admissions to address academic pitfalls, scholastic attitude, and future educational goals will be scheduled. The interview will include at least two staff members from the YHC Enrollment Management Team.  YHC may also require the student to supply ACT or SAT scores to supplement the student’s application file. Should test scores be requested, YHC will only consider the math and critical reading portions of the SAT. Using the materials provided by the student and the content of the interview, an assessment of the student’s college readiness will be made by Admissions Appeal Committee, which is composed of the Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management, the Assistant Director of Admissions Recruitment, and the Assistant Director of Admissions Operations.