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Emory & Henry College
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Emory & Henry College

Emory, Virginia

Exceptional academics in amazing surroundings.

Noted for its exceptional beauty, Emory & Henry remains firmly grounded in its 175-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.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,024 undergraduate students
98% of undergrad students are full time
52% male — 48% female

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
104 full-time faculty
60 part-time faculty
11 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

77.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing

School Location

The campus encompasses 331 pristine acres in the village of Emory, Virginia, in the Virginia Highlands, one-half mile off Interstate 81 (exit 26) and 40 minutes from a major regional airport. The campus is within view of Virginia’s two highest peaks, Mount Rogers and Whitetop Mountain, and is near the historic town of Abingdon, Virginia, home of the renowned Barter Theatre. Also within easy driving distance is the metropolitan Tri-Cities region of Bristol, Johnson City, and Kingsport.

Retention Fall 2015

70% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

54% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 0%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 11%
White 73%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 8%


Emory & Henry participates in NCAA Division III, is a member of the respected Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), and fields teams in men’s football, soccer, basketball, golf, baseball, cross country, and tennis, and in women’s cross country, volleyball, basketball, softball, soccer, tennis, and swimming.

Other Information

Emory & Henry College is a four-year, residential, coeducational liberal arts and sciences college.

Emory & Henry students take learning beyond the classroom. By reaching out to local communities, they gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them…

Participate, learn, and grow

Emory & Henry students are not just engaged in the realm of academia; they are engaged with the world. The Appalachian Center for Community Service establishes partnerships between local rural community organizations and the campus community. The Center coordinates and administers many volunteer opportunities such as the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program, the Make a Wish Foundation, and the Migrant Health Network clinic. Students are encouraged to extend their service learning beyond typical volunteerism and to further examine the root causes of social inequities.

undergraduate research

Some biology students collect microbes 150 feet underwater. Some physics students photograph binary stars. Some political science students present their work to major professional conferences. 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.

study abroad

The Study Abroad program at Emory & Henry encourages students to expand their horizons by studying internationally. While students can choose to study throughout the world, Emory & Henry hosts international study centers in China, the Middle East and Europe.

Each year, Emory & Henry features close to 100 concerts, lectures, arts performances, films, exhibits, and poetry readings. In addition, the college hosts a literary festival and, in January, students present the Winter Forum, a campus-wide, social-issue conference that features an internationally renowned speaker.

Emory & Henry professors are nationally renowned for excellence in teaching. During the past 24 years, 12 E&H professors have received the highest teaching honors in the state of Virginia, and one was named U.S. Professor of the Year.

a genuinely compassionate faculty

The E&H campus is located in the village of Emory, which is home to students and E&H professors alike. Emory is a learning community that strongly supports students’ enlightenment and success.


Admissions Fall 2015

1,456 Total Applicants 
1,112 Total Admissions 
304 Total Freshman Enrollment

76.37% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 430 550
SAT Math 430 540
SAT Writing 400 520
ACT Composite 18 24
ACT Math 17 24
ACT English 17 24
ACT Writing    





Tuition $30,700
Fees $200
Total $30,900
Room and Board (on campus) $10,510
Room Only $5,220
Board Only $5,290
Estimated Total On Campus $41,410


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
71% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$22,878 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$6,778 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates

E&H Professors Ranked among Best in Nation

It almost goes without saying anymore: Emory & Henry has some of the best professors in the country. But it never hurts to hear these words repeated, especially when they are reinforced by a respected...

E&H Graduate Morgan Griffith Elected to Congress

Morgan Griffith, a 1980 Emory & Henry graduate, was elected to Congress Nov. 2 and will represent the Ninth Congressional District of Virginia. Griffith, who also serves on the E&H Board of Visitors, becomes the...

2011 E&H Art Biennial features ‘BLEND’

The 1912 Gallery at Emory & Henry College will present “BLEND: Emory & Henry Art Faculty Biennial 2011” from Feb. 26 through April 2. This exhibition will display new works created by the E&H studio...

Recent Grad Making Strides in Film Making, Teaching

Tommy Britt, a 2002 graduate of Emory & Henry College, recently interviewed Yoko Ono for a major pop culture magazine. But that’s just the beginning of an impressive list of projects. Tommy is the only...

Emory & Henry Teaching Success Documented by Awards

n Emory & Henry College professor of mass communications who led in efforts to dramatically expand the reach of the College’s radio station has been awarded the 2010 Outstanding Faculty Award by the State Council...

Advanced Citizenship: Service as Part of Higher Education

A movie that is regularly re-run on television is “The American President.” Michael Douglas, speaking as the fictitious president, says: “America isn’t easy… America is advanced citizenship.” That is a message that higher education should...

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