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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. YHC is ranked 174 amongst the first tier of institutions. The College also received a ranking of 80 on the High School Counselor Rankings for Liberal Arts Colleges.

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 239 public and private liberal arts colleges featured on the 2017 list.

“We’re thrilled to be included in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 rankings for the first time, in the first year that we were eligible,” said President Cathy Cox. “This ranking confirms what we at YHC already know. Our institution provides extraordinary opportunities for students to develop the strong critical thinking, communication, and social skills that allow them to stand out in graduate programs and to future employers.”

The U.S. News rankings evaluate the top 1,374 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.

“After making the transition from a two-year college to a four-year institution, we worked diligently to have our status changed through the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education,” explained President Cox. “We are now correctly classified and are pleased that YHC made the rankings in its first year of eligibility.”

In addition to being named to U.S. News’ “Best National Liberal Arts College” list and High School Counselor Rankings, YHC was named a College of Distinction for the sixth consecutive year.  The College was also recently named to LendEDU’s list of colleges with the lowest student loan debt per borrower.

For more information on the 2017 “Best National Liberal Arts College” rankings, visit To view the Young Harris profile, click here

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. For more information, visit