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Emory & Henry College

"Virginia has no shortage of familiar schools with robust reputations. But, Emory & Henry, in the colorful hills of the state's southwest corner, does the finest job of them all of producing contributors to society."
-Colleges That Change Lives

C H A R A C T E R
 
  • Emory & Henry is a transformative academic community. Our education is distinguished by progress – sometimes sudden, sometimes gradual – toward an expanded sense of personal potential and an enlightened sense of civic responsibility. This transformation, this increase in excellence, is the foundation of our campus culture. Its impact is lasting and profound.
  • Founded in 1836, Emory & Henry is the oldest institution of higher education in Southwest Virginia. It is named for Bishop John Emory, an eminent Methodist church leader when the College was founded, and Patrick Henry, a renowned patriot of the American Revolution and Virginia's first governor. The two men represent what we believe are the foundations for successful lives: active faith and civic virtue.
  • Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Emory & Henry is a four-year liberal arts college.
  • This tree-filled campus encompasses 331 pristine acres of rolling hills in and around the academic village of Emory, Virginia. Located in the Virginia Highlands, the campus is within easy driving distance of the historic town of Abingdon and the Tri-Cities region of Bristol, Johnson City, and Kingsport.
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W O R T H   N O T I N G
 
  • In its first-ever college rankings, Newsweek magazine has ranked Emory & Henry fourth among all colleges and universities in the nation in providing service learning and community service. Emory & Henry was one of 125 institutions – out of more than 3,500 nationwide – included in the ranking by Newsweek, which rated colleges and universities in 12 categories.
  • In 2009, Emory & Henry College was one of six colleges and universities nationwide to receive the 2009 President's Award, the highest national recognition for commitment to service learning and civic engagement. The award recognizes the College's unique approach to community/college partnerships, which have become a national model for civic engagement. Emory & Henry also was named a finalist for the 2010 President’s Award.
  • Emory & Henry supports a strong research program in the arts and sciences. Students also benefit from a wide range of practical experiences beyond the classroom. In 2011 Dr. Jim Duchamp, an E&H chemistry professor, was named Virginia Professor of the Year by The Carnegie Foundation and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, and in 2010 Dr. Teresa Keller received the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award given by the Council for Higher Education in Virginia.
  • Emory & Henry professors have won 15 state and national teaching awards in the past 25 years. When adjusted for the size of the institution, that record is unmatched by any other college or university in Virginia.
  • In 2010, The IveyFiles.com, which focuses on higher education issues, listed Emory & Henry College as one of the top five colleges in the nation where no audition is required for aspiring actors. In addition, Mademen.com, a website devoted to men and men's issues, ranks Emory & Henry second among the top 10 acting schools in Virginia.
  • For the past three years The Washington Monthly has ranked Emory & Henry College among the top 50 liberal arts colleges and universities in the nation.
  • Across the curriculum, E&H professors prepare students by encouraging research and providing them with research opportunities that most college students do not receive until graduate school.
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F A C U L T Y   &   A C A D E M I C S
 
  • Emory & Henry professors are among the best in the nation. Eight times in the last 20 years, Emory & Henry has been represented by The Carnegie Foundation Virginia Professor of the Year Award—more than any other college or university in Virginia.
  • Five E&H professors have won the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia.
  • Emory & Henry students earn credit for hiking the Appalachian Trail.
  • With a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, Emory & Henry professors have a tradition of working closely with students to help them increase in excellence.
  • Emory & Henry students participate in a wide variety of study abroad programs, experiencing cultures and people. Emory & Henry helps students prepare for these experiences through language study and with courses offered through a comprehensive international studies program and an international studies and business program.
  • Some of Emory & Henry’s distinctive programs include psychology and biology, which have excelled in the quality of research conducted by students and the number of students attending graduate and medical schools; mass communications, which attracts students interested in a wide variety of communications fields; public policy and community service, which offers a degree for students interested in community leadership, development and organization; and theatre, which provides a unique collaboration between the college and the nationally renowned professional theater, Barter Theatre.
  • Emory & Henry boasts a dynamic, challenging liberal arts program that prepares students for vocations while helping them to understand complex social and political issues, and to interpret contemporary ethical issues.
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C A M P U S   L I F E
 
  • With more than 50 campus clubs and organizations, local Greek life, Student Government and active campus media, E&H students find a myriad of ways to get involved outside the classroom and put their knowledge and skills to good use.
  • Emory & Henry students are devoted to improving the world through service. The emphasis goes beyond traditional acts of volunteerism to engaging in the hard work of building communities, developing policy initiatives, writing community development grants, advocating for migrant farm workers, and conducting community-needs assessments.
  • For the outdoor enthusiast, the area surrounding Emory & Henry is a mecca, with some of the nation's best biking, hiking, rock climbing, rappelling and whitewater rafting.
  • Research, debate and discussion are central to the Emory & Henry experience. Students delve into issues not only in the classroom, but also through a wide variety of campus-wide lectures, forums, theatre productions and exhibits. Students are exposed to a large number of nationally renowned intellectuals, writers, artists and musicians through the Lyceum program.
  • 70% of students participate in an intercollegiate, intramural, or club sport. Many others use the modern athletic facilities to keep in shape.
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L I F E   A F T E R   C O L L E G E
 
  • Overall, 94 percent of students who graduate and receive recommendations from Emory & Henry College’s rigorous pre-med program are not only accepted into medical school, but to their respective first choice, some of which include Emory, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, VCU (Medical College of Virginia) and the University of Virginia.
  • Additionally, nearly 35 percent of E&H graduates go on to graduate work immediately, with 85 percent of those students from the pre-law program gaining access to their top law school selection. Recent selections include Duke, Emory, Georgetown, NYU, University of North Carolina, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Washington and Lee, William & Mary and Yale.
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A C A D E M I C   P R O F I L E   O F   E N T E R I N G   C L A S S
 
  • Average GPA: 3.53
  • Average SAT composite score (including writing): 1482
  • Average ACT composite score: 22