Known colloquially as E&H, Emory, or simply “The College”, Emory and Henry is a liberal arts college located in Emory, Virginia. The campus sits on 331 acres in a rural setting. Home to just under 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students Emory and Henry hopes to inspire their students to ultimately “Increase in Excellence“.
With a 10:1 student to teacher ratio, administrators and faculty at Emory and Henry focuses on transforming each student’s life so they may reach their full potential. Through the years, they continue to challenge each student to form their own ideas and be able to think critically when it comes to human emotions and experiences. By doing this, the college intends for its students to go on and live “lives of service, productive careers, and global citizenship.”
Regarded as the oldest college in Southwest Virginia, and one of the few colleges whose campus is listed on the National Historic Register, Emory and Henry College was founded in 1836. It gets its name from both Methodist bishop John Emory and Virginia’s first governor, Patrick Henry. The school explains that Emory “symbolizes belief in the union of faith and learning” and Henry “represents the commitment to the ideals of freedom and civic virtue”. These are traits that administrators at Emory and Henry holds their students to today.
With more than 70% of the population living on campus and home to over 20 resident halls, Emory and Henry emphasizes the importance of students living on campus. With options ranging from modern resident halls to single family houses, administers hope each student will feel safe and comfortable in their new abode. Because so many students live on campus, the school is home to 14 resident halls and homes. Students can choose from first year housing, upperclass housing or theme homes such as Honors House and Women’s Eco House.
When students are not studying one of the 50 majors that Emory and Henry offers, they can take part in one of 70 student organizations on campus or take advantage of numerous varsity sports. From spiritual groups to multi-cultural organizations to Greek life, students have a variety of interactive options open to them.
Athletics are a big part of Emory and Henry College. The school participates in Division III athletics and belong to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). Their mascot is “The Wasps.” Although the college offers numerous athletic teams such as soccer, basketball, and baseball they are known for their football team. Emory and Henry’s has won 11 ODAC championships which is more than any other college in the conference.
Emory and Henry prides themselves in offering their students generous financial aid packages that include scholarships, grants, and loans, to assist them with covering the tuition costs that are just under $40,000 a year.
According to U.S. News and World Report, Emory and Henry ranked 61st out of 266 schools in the category of “least debt.” Graduates at Emory and Henry tend to have lower debt than any other school in Virginia, with an average debt of just $20,000.