Emory and Henry College

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PO Box 947

Emory, VA 24327

Phone: (276) 944-4121
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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rolling admission

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U.S. News Rankings

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#173 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Emory and Henry College is a private institution that was founded in 1836. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 910, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 325 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Emory and Henry College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 173. Its tuition and fees are $28,966 (2013-14).

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

With a global perspective and an emphasis on community service, Emory & Henry College encourages students to envision the world in which they would like to live and then challenges them to create it. Professors are among the best in the nation. Six times in the last 19 years, Emory & Henry professors have been named Virginia Professor of the Year of the Carnegie Foundation more than any other college or university in Virginia. Previous recipients of this ward are: Dr. Ed Damer, Philosophy '89; Dr. Kathleen Chamberlain, English '93; Dr. David Copeland, mass communications '97; Dr. Teresa Keller, mass communications '03; Dr. Jack Roper, history '05. Teresa Keller was awarded the 2010 Outstanding Faculty Award by the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia. Other recipients of this award are: Dr. Steve Fisher, political science '94; Dr. Samir Saliba, political science '97; Dr. John Lang, English '99; Dr. Jim Duchamp, chemistry '09. Emory & Henry College has been named one of six colleges and universities nationwide to receive the 2009 President's Award, the highest federal recognition for commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Each year, Emory & Henry features close to 100 concerts, lectures, theatre and dance performances, films, exhibits, and poetry readings that complement the academic experience we offer to our students. The vast majority of these events are part of the college's popular Lyceum program. The Emory & Henry Theatre Department operates in association with the Barter Theatre, a professional LORT C Equity company located in Abingdon, Virginia, ten minutes away from the E&H campus. This association offers theatre majors opportunities for professional internships, mentoring, workshops, and master classes throughout their college career.
Emory & Henry seeks daily to fulfill its mission of joining education with service to this place, the region, and the world. Through the Appalachian Center Community Service, the College enacts a relational approach to service and education, practicing a place-based model of education and service, joining classroom teaching and learning with places, to bring a range of resources to serve communities throughout Southwest Virginia and Central Appalachia. In all of its work, the Appalachian Center seeks to take seriously the life of each place.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1836
Religious affiliation United Methodist
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $80,278,425


When applying to Emory and Henry College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are December 1 and November 15, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 72.3 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 72.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Emory and Henry College is 11:1, and the school has 73.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Emory and Henry College include: Education; Social Sciences; Psychology; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 72.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 31%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Education 20%
Social Sciences 17%
Psychology 11%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 10%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 8%

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Student Life

Emory and Henry College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 910, with a gender distribution of 52.5 percent male students and 47.5 percent female students. At this school, 83 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 17 percent of students live off campus. Emory and Henry College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 945
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Emory and Henry College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, day care, health service, and health insurance. Emory and Henry College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Emory and Henry College, 90 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Emory and Henry College.

Students who have cars on campus 90%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Emory and Henry College, 83.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $22,596.

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Tuition and fees $28,966 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,780 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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