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Young Harris College Recognized as a “Best National Liberal Arts College” by U.S. News & World Report

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College has been named a “Best National Liberal Arts College” by U.S. News & World Report for the second consecutive year.

The liberal arts colleges making the U.S. News list emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the arts and sciences, which include such disciplines as English, the biological and physical sciences, history, foreign languages, and the visual and performing arts. There are 233 public and private liberal arts colleges featured on the 2018 list.

“We’re proud to be recognized for the second year in a row as a leader in liberal arts education,” said Interim President and CFO Dr. Brooks Seay. “Our faculty and staff work diligently to prepare students for the world outside of Young Harris. This accolade confirms that our academic offerings allow students to turn their aspirations into reality.”

The U.S. News rankings evaluate the top 1,388 accredited four-year schools in the country based on several key measures of quality including academic peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, investment in faculty, financial resources, alumni giving percentage, and student selectivity. The list provides the most in-depth and complete rankings in higher education.

In addition to being named to U.S. News’ “Best National Liberal Arts College” list, YHC was named a College of Distinction for the seventh consecutive year. The College was also recently named to LendEDU’s list of “Best Private Colleges for Lowest Student Loan Debt” and to Student Loan Report’s “Top 250 Private Colleges that Offer Upperclassmen the Most Financial Aid.” YHC was also named a Best Value School by University Research and Review.

For more information on the 2018 “Best National Liberal Arts College” rankings, visit

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college 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 the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., has completed major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth. Recent LEED-certified campus improvements include the 121,000-square-foot Rollins Campus Center, new residence facilities, and a 57,000-square-foot recreation and fitness center. The College is an active member of NCAA Division II and remains a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2016-2017 list of Colleges of Distinction and is listed as a “Best National Liberal Arts College” by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit