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YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — Young Harris College is among Georgia’s top-ranked colleges and universities, according to James magazine.

YHC ranks seventh on the list of top private colleges and universities in the state. According to the publication, rankings are based on criteria that include admissions standards, academic and career placement after graduation, and more.

For success rate, YHC ranks 10th of all Georgia colleges. “Improving graduation and retention rates continue to be among the biggest priorities for Georgia schools,” states the report. “These rankings list the colleges and universities that are tops for making sure their students are equipped to graduate and succeed after.”

James magazine is based in Georgia and covers politics, business and news in the Peach State. These rankings and more information on the selection criteria can be found in the magazine’s July/August 2019 issue.

In addition to the James magazine rankings, LendEDU recently recognized YHC for having one of the lowest average student loan debt per borrower figures—not only in Georgia, but in the entire country. This information can be found in LendEDU’s Student Loan Debt by School by State Report. All data in this report was licensed from Peterson’s, which reports its data directly from a voluntary financial aid survey completed by each school.

Specifically, YHC’s average debt per borrower figure for the Class of 2018 was $27,123, which ranked No. 7 in Georgia as one of the lowest and No. 284 in the entire country. Moreover, YHC’s figure ranked No. 120 among all private schools in the U.S.

“The rankings from James magazine underscore that we’re preparing YHC graduates for success in the classroom and beyond,” said College President Dr. Drew L. Van Horn. “And the rankings from LendEDU recognize that our students can receive the education and preparation we offer for a good value.”

About Young Harris College

Young Harris College is a private baccalaureate and master’s degree-granting institution located in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through an education that purposefully integrates the liberal arts and professional studies. The College has four academic divisions: Fine Arts; Humanities; Mathematics, Science and Technology; and Professional Studies. More than 1,400 students are enrolled in its residential and Early College programs. The College is an active member of the NCAA Division II and remains a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. For more information, visit