Emory & Henry College
Emory & Henry College encourages students to reach their potential as they grow as compassionate, intellectual citizens. Located in the Highlands of Virginia, Emory & Henry has faith in the power of education to transform people, places, and the world at large. Emory & Henry College embraces the ampersand as a symbol of the kind of “connected learning” that happens both on and off campus. A real education is about tying all of one’s college experiences together, so E&H students make connections across disciplines to understand the complex ways in which everything relates to the world around it. Student-centered programs include over 40 undergraduate majors, all of which are supported by a liberal arts core curriculum that is focused on developing students’ skills in technology, language, math, communication, critical thinking, and ethics.
E&H is named after John Emory, an eminent Methodist church leader, and Patrick Henry, a patriot of the American Revolution and Virginia’s first governor. Its namesake alone sets the precedent for the College’s mission, which promotes spiritual growth and civic engagement through service-learning.
Get to know Emory & Henry College
COMMON INTELLECTUAL EXPERIENCES
Within 4 years of study, students tackle topics among multiple fields of study, including the arts and humanities, the natural and social sciences, ethics, and more. WIth that, students begin to develop an understanding of how their personal mission and individual skills contribute to society.
The general Emory & Henry curriculum is comprised of three parts: Core Curriculum, Core Course Requirements, and Modes of Inquiry.
The Core Curriculum establishes students’ proficiency in studies outside of their major so that they may see how different disciplines can bring a fresh perspective to any topic. Such a well-rounded understanding of the world makes a student adaptable to challenge in both the classroom and the workforce. Core foundations include:
- Computer technology
- Foreign language
- Oral communication
- Written communication
- Critical thinking
- Ethical reasoning
- Quantitative literacy & reasoning
Core Course Requirements develop students’ relationships with themselves and others, connect academia to the real world through out-of-classroom experiences, draw on the impact of the arts and literature, and tie together all that a student has learned through a senior capstone. Courses include:
- Lifetime Wellness
- Great Works in Context
- Emory Abroad
The Modes of Inquiry pillar has a student choose one topic each year about which to develop a broad, interdisciplinary foundation of knowledge. These topics include:
- Understanding the Individual and Society
- Understanding the Natural World
- Artistic Expression
- Interpreting Texts
Throughout and beyond the Core Curriculum, Emory & Henry College emphasizes collaborative learning, leadership, perseverance, and resilience.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 0%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 10%
White, non-Hispanic: 78%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 0%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 3%
“I have always been creative, but I was too afraid to pursue art as a major and career. Thankfully, Emory & Henry has encouraged me to embrace my artistic ability, as well as introduce me to an interest I did not know I had: Mass Communications. With these degrees, I hope to pursue an artistic career in advertising or become a professor of art.” – Ellen Hicks, Year 2020
E&H QUALITY ENHANCEMENT PLAN
In accordance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) accreditation, Emory & Henry College’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) aims to further streamline students’ learning outcomes with the school’s mission and strategic plan. With this strategy, students can personalize their projects with guided intention as they benefit the community and the world around as they grow as scholars.
The three operational goals of the QEP are to:
- Incorporate integrative learning dimensions across the entire curriculum.
- Demonstrate the pervasive use of integrative learning pedagogical methods.
- Promote the sharing and exhibition of student projects.
CIVIC INNOVATION DEPARTMENT
E&H is home to a unique department for students who want to devote themselves to leadership and service to others. The Civic Innovation programs center education on problem solving and leadership, particularly in such industries as government, nonprofits, and private organizations. Students are challenged to combine scholarship with compassionate action as they address equality, justice, and sustainable community development.
The Civic Innovation Department oversees the following programs:
- Minor, Appalachian Studies
- Bachelor of Arts, Civic Innovation
- Minor, Civic Innovation
- Master of Arts in Community and Organizational Leadership
Many students who choose this major often study abroad to get a bigger sense of the world and the impacts of civic engagement. Students are also often called upon by the college to be leaders in service activities both on and off campus—great additions to their résumés!
“Student Life at Emory & Henry has allowed me to explore my interests and customize my college experience. I’ve had the opportunity to serve as a Resident Advisor, Student Resident Director, Community Advisor, Head Photographer and Business Manager for the Whitetopper, and Sacristan for Spiritual Life, all of which have given me a sense of belonging and of leadership.” – Ellen Hicks, Class of 2020
CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Outside of class, students continue to make the most of their college experience in a whole variety of fun activities. Through student organizations, intramural sports, outdoor adventures, religious and spiritual events, and a countless array of residence hall programming, there is always something for students to do to get even closer to their E&H community. Some activities can even qualify participants for a Performance and Affinity scholarship. Just a few organizations include:
- Club Sports
- College Student Media
- Greek Life
- Honor Societies
- Interest Groups
- Performing Groups
- Spiritual Life
- Student Government Association
“Before Emory & Henry, I had ideas of what leadership was. E&H has given me opportunities and experiences that challenged those ideas. As a Head Resident Advisor, Brass Captain in the Marching Band, President of the Emory Activities Board, and as a Supplemental Instructor, I’ve developed a better understanding of what leadership is and who I can be as a leader, and those experiences have prepared me to be the professional I want and need to be on my journey after college.” – Parker Kitts, Class of 2020
No matter their major, every student is encouraged to take part in civic engagement as a way to grow as leaders and better the community around them. Overall, 90% of students take part in service while studying at E&H. They can be seen engaging with tutoring young kids, collecting and organizing food and clothes for those in need, and more.
Anyone interested in service can learn how to get started at the Appalachian Center for Civic Life, the campus hotspot for service and outreach. E&H also reserves service-learning scholarships for students who actively make an effort to engage in their community.
Emory & Henry’s support for the arts has flourished with new funding and efforts to grow the now well-established programs for creators and performers. Recognized for their skills as musicians, actors, and artists, E&H students hone their talents and contribute to multiple outreach and cultural events. The Woodrow W. McGlothlin Center for the Arts makes it easy to blend the E&H liberal arts curriculum with their creative pursuits.
The small town of Emory is located in the Highlands of Virginia, just a short distance from the towns of Marion, Abingdon, and Bristol. Each city has their own unique activities and adventures, including shopping, dining, and historic theaters.
Emory & Henry College is very near to many trails and state parks for the public to get active and in touch with the outdoors. The hiking trails are great for any time of year, whether one wants to embrace the turning leaves of the fall semester or the blooming flowers of spring.
Athletics is key to the life and school spirit of E&H. Currently, the college has 22 athletic programs with 16 NCAA Division III sports teams.
The Intercollegiate sports include:
- Cheer & Dance
- Cross Country
- Track & Field
Emory & Henry College’s career services operate through the Ampersand Center, a space whose staff are wholly dedicated to helping students persist and succeed in school and find a fulfilling position in the workforce. Students can go to the center to help build connections with people, resources, opportunities, and jobs. Said services include:
- Choosing a Major
- Job Search
- Résumés and CVs
- Student Employment
- Graduate School Prep
- ENH Connect (a database of open internships, jobs, and job shadowing opportunities)
In addition to these services, students can enroll in an optional careers class, taught by the Director of Career Services, to bring extra care and attention to their post-graduate goals.
Ampersand Day is an annual event during which students can showcase a project they’ve created to their professors and classmates. Participation not only qualifies students for class credit, but it also gives them valuable experience as leaders and presenters. Individuals are also welcome to apply to become Ampersand Ambassadors to represent their school and share their accomplishments off campus at conferences and events.
See below for a 2018 student presentation during Ampersand Day.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 490 | 75th Percentile: 590
25th Percentile: 470 | 75th Percentile: 560
25th Percentile: 18 | 75th Percentile: 24
25th Percentile: 17 | 75th Percentile: 24
25th Percentile: 18 | 75th Percentile: 24
Tuition & Cost
Emory & Henry’s financial aid office and admissions counselors are eager to help students and their families afford the college’s well-rounded education. In fact, 100% of students receive financial aid! Students with demonstrated need receive first-year financial aid packages that average around $26,000-$32,000 per year.
Just a sampling of E&H’s available scholarships include:
- Academic Merit Scholarships – Based on a student’s application, taking into account GPA and standardized test scores.
- Performance and Affinity Scholarships – Awarded to students with dedicated interests in particular fields of study or co-curricular experiences. Only those who interview/perform are considered for these scholarships.
- Additional E&H Financial Aid – Emory & Henry College offers scholarships for a variety of notable interests and experiences, such as service-learning.