From the School

Noted for its exceptional beauty, Emory & Henry remains firmly grounded in its 174-year commitment to excellence in liberal arts education. Dedicated to creating informed minds and global citizens, Emory & Henry translates an emphasis on civic virtues to active service learning. A hallmark of the College's civic engagement is its leadership in advancing a pragmatic understanding of sustainable communities and practices.

Founded in 1836, Emory & Henry is the oldest college in Southwest Virginia. It is one of the few Southern colleges to have operated more than 170 years under the same name and with the same affiliation: the United Methodist Church. The campus and surrounding village is home to students as well as E&H professors, administrators and retired college employees. It is an academic environment that underscores the broad dedication within the community to each student's enlightenment and success.

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Emory & Henry College offers an Early Action Plan with a deadline of Dec. 1 with acceptance decisions made by Jan. 1. Students who wish to be considered for talent-based and merit-based scholarships in art, music, theatre, pre-health, pre-ministry and the Honors Program must apply through this program. All other applicants are considered on a rolling basis after Jan. 1. In most instances, admissions decisions are made within two weeks of receipt of a completed application. Admission to Emory & Henry is determined on the basis of both academic achievement and personal qualifications. An applicant's secondary school preparation must include the following: 4 years of English, 3 years of mathematics (algebra I, algebra II, and geometry), 2 years of laboratory sciences (biology, chemistry and/or physics), 2 years of a single foreign language, and 2 years of history and social studies. It is strongly recommended that one year of study in the fine arts be included. Strong emphasis also is placed on involvement and leadership in extracurricular and community activities. Merit-based scholarships are offered to students need-blind. Eligibility for need-based grants are determined by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after Jan. 1. Indicate that you want results sent to Emory & Henry College, code 003709. Virginia residents need to submit the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG) application by July 31.

Overview

Applicants
1,217
Acceptance Rate
72%
Average HS GPA
3.50

GPA Breakdown

33%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
15%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
430 - 555
SAT Math
445 - 560
ACT Composite
19 - 26

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities
Level of applicant's interest

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Academic Programs

Emory & Henry College 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. Emory & Henry offers a liberal arts program with an emphasis on writing, reasoning, value inquiry, and knowledge of global concerns. All students complete a core curriculum that integrates classroom work with study and research beyond the classroom and the campus, ultimately contributing to a deep understanding of regional and cultural differences and challenges. The core curriculum includes an emphasis on student proficiencies in writing, communication, quantitative literacy, ethical reasoning and critical thinking. Undergraduate programs of study include art, athletic training, biology, business administration, chemistry, computer information management, economics, education, English, geography, history, languages, mass communications, mathematics, music, philosophy, physical education, physics, political science, psychology, religion, sociology and anthropology, and theater. Special and interdisciplinary programs of study offered are environmental studies, international studies, pre-engineering, pre-law, pre-medicine, and public policy and community service. Emory & Henry operates on a semester calendar from late August to mid-December and from mid-January to mid-May. A summer session runs from late May to early July. First-year students typically carry a four-course load of 13 to 14 credit hours per semester. Upperclass students carrying a full load complete five courses (14 to 15 credit hours) each semester. Thirty-eight courses are required for graduation. Classes meet on Monday-Wednesday-Friday or Tuesday-Thursday schedules. One important feature of the Emory & Henry curriculum is its dedication to helping students make a smooth transition from high school to college. The Powell Resource Center provides academic support, advising, career services, and personal counseling. The Writing Center helps students in every department to use writing for effective communication.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Emory & Henry College offers programs of study in art, athletic training, biology, business administration, chemistry, computer information management, economics, education (early childhood through high school, including many subject-area options), English, environmental studies, geography, history, international studies (East Asia, European community, or Middle Eastern and Islamic studies), languages, mass communications, mathematics, music, philosophy, physical education, physics, political science, psychology, public policy and community service; religion, sociology and anthropology, and theater (in association with the Barter Theatre, the state theatre of Virginia). Preprofessional preparation in dentistry, law, medicine, and veterinary medicine may be completed within several of the programs. The Bachelor of Arts degree is awarded in all programs of study and the Bachelor of Science degree in selected areas. Individualized programs of study may be developed in consultation with a faculty adviser.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
120
with Terminal Degree
68

69
Men
51
Women
7
Minority
6
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
74%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
48%

Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

For 2011-12, Tuition per semester is $13,520 and $27,040 annually. Room for the academic year is $4,512 and board is $4,552* (Super-Meal Plan).

Financial Aid

Our Financial Aid Office works to ensure students receive an Emory & Henry education with a minimal amount of debt. Compared to other private colleges, our annual out-of-pocket expenses are among the lowest in Virginia. The average award to our incoming first-year students including only grants and scholarships is $24,322. Approximately 98 percent of all students receive financial aid. Virginia residents may qualify for the Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG), currently a $2,650 value. In recent years, the rate of alumni giving has been among the highest among colleges and universities in the nation. This percentage of giving says volumes about the high degree of satisfaction Emory & Henry graduates have with their education. This level of giving also has translated into tremendous support for scholarships that are offered to Emory & Henry students.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,654

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,596

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,508

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,510

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
78%

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$23,860
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,000

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
No

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

From The School

Students at Emory & Henry are encouraged to take part in campus decision making. They have voting representatives on nearly every faculty committee and on the Board of Trustees. The central body in campus government is the Student Senate, which brings together representatives of the student body, faculty, and administration. Students have opportunities for involvement in a variety of campus activities: service clubs, Christian fellowship, fraternities, sororities, sports clubs, honor groups, and multicultural groups. Student staffs produce a yearbook, an online magazine, and a literary magazine; others operate a 9,000-watt FM public radio station with a coverage area that extends some 40 miles beyond the campus. Musically talented students have opportunities to participate in a choral program and a pep band. The prestigious Concert Choir has toured throughout the United States and in parts of Europe. The Barter Theatre, a professional theater in nearby Abingdon, works with Emory and Henry College to provide a theater education program that integrates college-level drama study with the benefits of experience on a professional stage.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
910
Out of State
36%

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
5

Demographics

9.98%
African-American
1.77%
Hispanic
80.93%
Caucasian
4.32%
Unknown

47% female
53% male
36% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

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Location

Emory & Henry is located in Emory, Virginia, which is approximately 25 miles north of Bristol, a city that offers large shopping areas, movies, and restaurants. The area surrounding Emory is known for its scenic beauty, recreational opportunities, and talented craftsmen. Within an hour's drive are slopes for snow skiing, lakes for waterskiing, the Appalachian Trail for hiking, and locations for horseback riding, canoeing, and many other sports. The historic town of Abingdon, Virginia, which lies just 7 miles south of Emory, is the home of the renowned Barter Theatre, the oldest professional theater in the United States. Abingdon's downtown district includes shopping areas, movie theaters, restaurants, and museums. The city also hosts the annual Virginia Highlands Festival, bringing together musicians, artists, and craftsmen for exhibitions and competition.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

McGlothlin-Street Hall is a 70,000-square-foot academic center that houses the Departments of Biology, Business, Chemistry, Education, Environmental Studies, Geography, International Studies, and Psychology; a 104-seat auditorium; and a tiered sixty-seat auditorium. Classrooms and laboratories in McGlothlin-Street Hall are equipped with the most current technological equipment, including Internet access and interactive TV. Miller-Fulton Hall contains computerized classrooms used for instruction in such fields as accounting and computer science. Science departments located in Miller-Fulton and McGlothlin-Street Halls feature a variety of equipment, such as a microcomputer-based laboratory for physics students, computerized chromatography for chemistry students, a DNA sequencer in the Biology Department, and biofeedback equipment. In 2010, the College finished construction on a new residence hall, which includes 116 beds in double-occupancy rooms, each of which has its own bathroom. The completion of the residence hall follows construction on two other student residence halls located in the Emory village a few blocks from the main campus. The newly renovated Byars Hall houses three stories of classrooms, seminar rooms choir and ensemble rehearsal halls, a digital art lab, a dark room, two large art studios, practice rooms for instrumental music, and a theatre support room. Wiley Hall, which was built in 1929, has undergone a massive restoration. The historic building houses numerous administrative offices as well as some faculty offices and classroom space. The library collection consists of more than 350,000 items, including books, periodicals, government documents, audio and videotapes, compact discs, DVDs, and electronic databases. The library contains a group of computers reserved for library research, an open computer lab, and a computer classroom.

Off-Campus Opportunities

The Appalachian Center for Community Service is available for students committed to community service and integrates service learning into many classes. The King Health and Physical Education Center includes a new fitness center and enhances the College athletics program. Varsity sports for men are baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, and tennis; women compete in basketball, cross-country, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. Several sports are played on a club basis. A large percentage of E&H students engage in community projects that often involve policy research and advocacy aimed at benefitting the region. An aggressive internship program provides on-the-job opportunities for students in most of the College's programs, providing academic credit for off-campus work in community agencies and businesses. Many students have completed internships in the surrounding communities, while others have opted for internships outside the region, including several in Washington, D.C., in positions related to the Congress or the federal government. Emory & Henry students participate in a wide variety of study-abroad programs. From Rome to Beijing and from Eastern Europe to East Asia, Emory & Henry students experience cultures and people in a way that enriches their perspective on their studies, their lives, and their futures. Emory & Henry helps students prepare for these experiences through language study and with courses offered through a comprehensive international studies program. The College has exchange agreements with colleges and universities in Asia, Europe, and Central and South America. Students who desire other types of travel/study are assisted by the E&H International Education Program in locating suitable programs.

Student Organizations & Activities

Students at Emory & Henry are encouraged to take part in campus decision making. They have voting representatives on nearly every faculty committee and on the Board of Trustees. The central body in campus government is the Student Senate, which brings together representatives of the student body, faculty, and administration. Students have opportunities for involvement in a variety of campus activities: service clubs, Christian fellowship, fraternities, sororities, sports clubs, honor groups, and multicultural groups. Student staffs produce a yearbook, an online magazine, and a literary magazine; others operate a 9,000-watt FM public radio station with a coverage area that extends some 40 miles beyond the campus. Musically talented students have opportunities to participate in a choral program and a pep band. The prestigious Concert Choir has toured throughout the United States and in parts of Europe. The Barter Theatre, a professional theater in nearby Abingdon, works with Emory and Henry College to provide a theater education program that integrates college-level drama study with the benefits of experience on a professional stage.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
77%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus
88%

Campus Environment
Rural
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
53
Number of Honor Societies
7

Number of Social Sororities
6
Number of Religious Organizations
4

15% join a fraternity
30% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Wasps)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Women's Sports (Wasps)
7 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health

Sustainability

Green Rating
72

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
8

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Esther Lang
Administrative Assisstant

Address
PO Box 10
Emory, VA 24327

Phone
8008485493

Email
ehadmiss@ehc.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
McGlothlin-Street Hall (new science buil
Memorial Chapel
Byars Hall (Arts, Music, and Theatre)
King Athletic Center
Emory Mercantile (campus bookstore)

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Barter Theatre
Virginia Creeper Trail
Mount Rogers Recreaton Area
Historic Abingdon
Skiing and snowboarding resorts

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Tri-cities Regional Airport, Bountville TN Greyhound Bus Service, Abingdon

Driving Instructions to Campus
Exit 26 off of I-81

Local Accommodations
Swiss Inn, Glade Spring VA Quality Inn, Abingdon, VA Holiday Inn Express, Abingdon, VA Martha Washington Inn, Abingdon, VA
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Key Stats

1,217
Applicants
910
Size
72%
Acceptance Rate
1000
SAT Scores

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