Young Harris College

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  • The purpose of Young Harris College is to provide the first two years of a baccalaureate degree in liberal arts for students who value and are attracted to an institution with high academic standards and superior teaching. The college offers an environment in a beautiful mountain setting conducive to the development of the Christian faith and character, opportunities for personal and intellectual growth, and responsible citizenship. The institution also provides, for both its students and the general public, programs, services, and facilities that accommodate diverse educational, recreational, and cultural interests.
School Highlights
  • Young Harris College serves 1,218 students (97% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is lower than the state community college average of 27:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 16% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 52%.
  • Young Harris College is the only community colleges within Towns County, GA.
  • The nearest community college is Truett-McConnell College (23.80 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 94 teachers has declined by 30% over five years.
Young Harris College(GA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelFour or more yearsAt least 2 years but < 4 years
Institution ControlPrivate, non-profitPublic
Total Faculty94 staff108 staff
Young Harris College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 1,218 has grown by 37% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 has increased from 7:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.29 is less than the state average of 0.65. The school's diversity has grown by 7% over five years.
Total Enrollment1,218 students2,588 students
Young Harris College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio13:127:1
Young Harris College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,186 students1,115 students
Young Harris College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students32 students1,473 students
Young Harris College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Young Harris College Enrollment Breakdown GA All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
Young Harris College Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% Asian
Young Harris College Asian (2010-2013)
% Hispanic
Young Harris College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Young Harris College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Young Harris College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
% Non Resident races
Young Harris College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Young Harris College Ethnicity Breakdown GA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.0.290.65
Young Harris College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Young Harris College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2009)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$39,300$30,100
Young Harris College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The private state tuition of $26,386 is more than the state average of $14,834. The private state tuition has grown by 19% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$26,386$14,834
Young Harris College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2015)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid100%93%
Young Harris College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$26,000$12,875
Young Harris College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$11,000$5,574
Young Harris College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate50%77%
Young Harris College Percent Admitted (2007-2016)
SAT Total Avg.1,4601,390
SAT Reading495470
Young Harris College SAT Reading (2007-2016)
SAT Math485455
Young Harris College SAT Math (2007-2016)
SAT Writing480465
Young Harris College SAT Writing (2011-2016)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Young Harris College is a private, church-related college that specializes in the liberal arts core. Our concentration on the first two years of a baccalaureate degree is designed to educate the whole person – intellectually, socially, culturally and spiritually. Our 600 students participate in a full array of activities that prepare them superbly for further study. In fact, more than ninety-three percent of our graduates transfer to senior colleges and universities. High academic achievement is a hallmark of YHC alumni. Founded in 1886, Young Harris College is a private, United Methodist-affiliated residential two-year liberal arts college located in the Appalachian mountains of northern Georgia. With a 15:1 student to faculty ratio and an average enrollment of 600 students, YHC combines a rigorous academic program with a nurturing atmosphere. The campus offers a gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, six tennis courts, large athletic fields, the third-largest planetarium in the state, and the comforts of an up-to-date technologically advanced campus set amidst the beautiful north Georgia mountains. YHC's degree programs provide a strong general education for transfer to senior colleges and universities. The Associate of Arts Degree is offered with a concentration in liberal arts or religious studies; the Associate of Fine Arts Degree is offered with a concentration in art, music, or theatre. The Associate of Science Degree is offered with concentration in business, education, recreation, or science. Young Harris College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees.

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For Georgia public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,413 per year for in-state students and $7,181 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,834 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Georgia is 70%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Georgia community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.65, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Georgia is Georgia Perimeter College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.