Young Harris College

Young Harris College

Young Harris College was founded in 1886 by Artemas Lester, a Methodist minister, to serve the community in the Appalachian Mountains. This private liberal arts college is located in Young Harris, northeast Georgia. The college was formerly known as McTyeire Institute after the village. A Georgia judge named Young L.G. Harris was the school's benefactor who helped it financially during its nascent years. In 1895 the school was named Young Harris College after him.

Young Harris has four academic divisions.

  • Fine Arts
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics and Science
  • Social and Behavioral Science

The former Georgia governor and U.S. Senator, Zell Miller; country music singer, Trisha Yearwood; Major League basketball player, Nick Markakis; and poet and writer, Byron Herbert Reese are some of the famous alumni of the college. The sports teams of Young Harris are called the Mountains Lions.

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Young Harris College
1 College Street
Young Harris , GA 30582
General Phone: (706) 379-3111

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Young Harris College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts125liberal arts and humanities

Number of programs and degrees for Young Harris College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree1251

Young Harris College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Young Harris College had a total enrollment of 639 students (607 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 47%
Women 53%
Full-Time 95%
Part-Time 5%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
Unknown 22%
(Foreign Students) 78%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 74%
20-21 21%
22-24 1%
25-29 0%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

North Carolina5%

Young Harris College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 62 %
Part-Time 55 %

Young Harris College Room and Board (2007)

Young Harris College offers campus housing for 530 of its 607 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Young Harris, Georgia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Georgia Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Young Harris College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal450550
SAT Math450560

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT93%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Young Harris College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 16,630
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 16,630
Room and board $ 5,878
Room charge $ 2,500
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,378
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 1,750

Financial Aid:
Young Harris College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 160400)

Young Harris College Faculty

Young Harris College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track108
Non-tenured and not on tenure track41

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year19$61,00413$57,682
Associate professoracademic year1*0*
Assistant professoracademic year3$47,1635$47,268
Instructoracademic year0*1*
No academic rankacademic year2*0*
All faculty totalacademic year25$58,02219$53,327

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Young Harris College Athletics

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports113344

Young Harris College Degree Programs (2007)

Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other

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checked United Methodist affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Career counseling
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Offers athletic scholarships

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