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YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — Colleges of Distinction, a unique guide for college-bound students, has recognized Young Harris College for its honorable commitment to helping undergraduate students learn, grow, and succeed. YHC is now a 2022-2023 College of Distinction and Georgia College of Distinction, earning additional recognition in the areas of Education and Career Development.

Colleges of Distinction believes that a thorough selection process requires more than an overview of institutional data, statistics, and size of endowment. Instead, the selection process consists of a sequence of in-depth research and detailed interviews with institutions, accepting only those that adhere to the four distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes. These principles are all informed by the Colleges of Distinction High-Impact Practices to prioritize the ways that institutions enable students to have a fulfilling, individualized college experience both inside and outside of the classroom. YHC succeeds in demonstrating and cultivating the following:

• Engaged Students – YHC students have the opportunity to take an active part in their own learning through common intellectual experiences, undergraduate research, diversity, and global learning.
• Great Teaching – YHC students have meaningful interactions with faculty in writing-intensive courses, collaborative assignments and projects, and the First-Year Experience.
• Vibrant Community – YHC knows that creating connections with peers outside of the classroom is an important part of a well-rounded college experience. The College offers service and community-based learning as well as access to on-campus and off-campus communities to help students find a sense of belonging and meaning.
• Successful Outcomes – YHC’s undergraduate experience functions to prepare students not only for graduation, but also for life after graduation. Opportunities for success include internships, group projects, Senior Capstone courses, and much more.

“When we focus all of our attention on how schools stack up against one another, we lose track of what really matters: the students themselves,” said Wes Creel, Founder of Colleges of Distinction. “We want to extend our praise to the schools that prioritize and cater to students’ goals. We’re inspired by the ways in which YHC immerses students in their fields, all while fostering a welcoming community that will support them through and beyond their college years.”
Young Harris College is a College of Distinction because of the unique ways it commits to achieving success. Effective strategies for student satisfaction and outcomes can be found at every turn on campus.

Learn more about Colleges of Distinction here.

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. Approximately 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