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YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – On the advice of the Young Harris College Pandemic Recovery Task Force, YHC President Dr. Drew Van Horn has announced that Young Harris College is planning to return to fully in-person classes beginning in the fall 2021 semester.

“Positive cases of COVID-19 continue to fall in our area and among the members of the YHC community,” said Dr. Van Horn. “This, combined with increasing vaccine availability, makes us confident that we will be able to return to fully in-person classes on campus this fall.”

On Thursday, March 25, staff and volunteers from Synergy Health in Hiawassee, Georgia, offered the first of multiple COVID-19 vaccine clinics for students, faculty, staff and community members in the Young Harris College Recreation & Fitness Center. Vaccines were available to all eligible recipients free of charge.

The College will not be requiring students or employees to be vaccinated before returning this fall, unless required to do so by state or federal regulations, but all members of the campus community are strongly encouraged to get the vaccine if they are able to.

“This year has been exhausting for all of us,” said Dr. Van Horn, “but we appear to be turning a corner. I look forward to seeing everyone back in the Enchanted Valley this August.”

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