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Young Harris College Recognized for Offering Extraordinary Value and Upperclassman Aid

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga.. – Young Harris College was recently selected out of nearly 8,000 postsecondary schools as the recipient of a Best Value School Award. The award is issued by University Research and Review (URR), an organization dedicated to improving the process of how a student selects a postsecondary school.

“It is our distinguished pleasure to present the award to Young Harris College,” said URR Founder Joseph Schmoke. “We hope that current students and alumni take pride in this honor, and anyone searching for a quality, reasonably priced college education strongly considers YHC.”

The committee that reviewed the nominees is comprised of former university presidents, CEOs, provosts and professors. The committee chose YHC after the College passed through rigorous standards including a combination of cost, accreditation, variety and quality of academic programs, and student satisfaction with the institution.

“Our committee prided itself on combining our extensive experience, knowledge of postsecondary education and insight into what provides students with good value when selecting a ‘Best Value’ award recipient,” said Schmoke.

Young Harris College was also recently listed in Student Loan Report’s “Top 250 Private Colleges that Offer Upperclassmen the Most Financial Aid.”

After analyzing thousands of schools in the United States, Student Loan Report ranked YHC at number 176 among the top 250. These schools were evaluated based on average financial aid awarded to need-based juniors and average financial aid awarded to need-based seniors.

“We are proud that we are able to offer 90 percent of our students some form of financial aid or scholarship,” said YHC President Cathy Cox. “Thanks to the generous support of YHC alumni and friends, the burden of the cost of college is significantly reduced for our students.”

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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