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Young Harris College Earns Colleges of Distinction Honor for Seventh Year in a Row

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – For the seventh consecutive year, Young Harris College has been named a College of Distinction for providing students with the best learning experiences in undergraduate education. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities from across the country and one of only 10 in Georgia to earn the honor in 2017-2018.

Colleges of Distinction is a web-based guide that takes a fresh look at colleges and universities appealing to students’ unique and varied interests. Based on the opinions of guidance counselors, educators, and range of quantitative data including graduation rates and classroom size, Colleges of Distinction honors colleges and universities excelling in key areas of educational quality.

“Young Harris College is one of the teaching-centered colleges that make up the fabric of the American education,” said Colleges of Distinction Founder Wes Creel. “A school that delivers well out four overarching distinctions—Engagement, Teaching, Community, and Outcomes—the fundamental elements of an effective undergraduate education.”

In order to qualify, YHC was required to demonstrate excellence in four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

The goal of Colleges of Distinction is to provide students, counselors, and parents with information about colleges and universities that excel in these four areas. Featured schools take a holistic approach to admissions, consistently excel in providing undergraduate education and have a truly national reputation.

This achievement showcases YHC’s commitment to graduating students with marketable skills that pave a path to success. In May, the College conferred 194 degrees on graduates, many of whom are preparing to enter graduate programs at prestigious universities across the country including Candler School of Theology at Emory University, George Mason University, Mercer University School of Law, University of Massachusetts, Georgia Institute of Technology, Florida State University and University of South Florida. Graduates have also accepted internships and positions with various companies including Atlanta United FC, Council of State Governments in Washington, D.C, Disney, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Haywood Street Congregation, Food Lion of Delhaize America, Outward Bound and Birchwood Camp.

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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