Eastern Mennonite University

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1200 Park Road

Harrisonburg, VA 22802-2462

Phone: (540) 432-4000
2012-2013 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#180 Overall Score: 35 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Eastern Mennonite University is a private institution that was founded in 1917. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,124, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 93 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Eastern Mennonite University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 180. Its tuition and fees are $27,970 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Eastern Mennonite University is a four-year Christian liberal arts institution guided by the Anabaptist peace-oriented faith tradition. Located in Virginia's scenic Shenandoah Valley, EMU prepares students to serve and lead in a global context. Mennonite students account for about 50 percent of EMU's enrollment, and more than 30 percent of its undergraduate students are children of EMU alumni. About 40 religious groups are represented on campus. Ethics, faith, and values are integrated into every course of study. Cross-cultural study -- usually a semester in another country -- and community service are required of all students. EMU offers 35 undergraduate majors and 37 minors, a seminary, a Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, and graduate programs in conflict transformation, education, counseling, business administration, nursing, and biomedicine. EMU professors -- most of whom have lived internationally -- challenge students academically and mentor them to follow Christ's call to witness faithfully, serve compassionately, and walk boldly in the way of nonviolence and peace. Employers and graduate schools prefer EMU graduates because of the strong work ethic and moral integrity they offer. EMU has emerged as a leader in sustainability initiatives, from its environmentally-friendly Cedarwood and Elmwood residence halls, campus garden, Creation Care Council and full-time recycling coordinator to academic majors in environmental sustainability and peacebuilding and development. The largest commercial solar array in the state of Virginia, installed on the roof of Hartzler Library, has the capacity to generate 104.3 kilowatts of clean energy for the campus. EMU athletes compete in NCAA Division III sports. Regular chapel services and other worship gatherings are available at EMU, where students receive support for their faith explorations. Ministry assistants, community advisors and students in the graduate counseling program are part of the support network available to all students.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1917
Religious affiliation Mennonite Church USA
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Eastern Mennonite University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at Eastern Mennonite University is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 70.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 70.2%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Eastern Mennonite University is 10:1, and the school has 66.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Eastern Mennonite University include: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Health Professions and Related Programs; Visual and Performing Arts; Psychology; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 77.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 45%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 16%
Health Professions and Related Programs 15%
Visual and Performing Arts 9%
Psychology 7%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 6%

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Student Life

Eastern Mennonite University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,124, with a gender distribution of 35.9 percent male students and 64.1 percent female students. At this school, 60 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 40 percent of students live off campus. Eastern Mennonite University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,519
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Eastern Mennonite University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring and health service. Eastern Mennonite University also offers campus safety and security services like late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Eastern Mennonite University, 67 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Eastern Mennonite University.

Students who have cars on campus 67%
Health insurance offered No

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Tuition and fees $27,970 (2012-13)
Room and board $9,100 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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