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Eastern Mennonite University, VA

Eastern Mennonite University is a private, liberal arts institution in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley that is perhaps most notable for its religious affiliation and emphasis on peacebuilding. The school was founded in 1917 by members of the Mennonite church. Though student living was once reserved solely for church members, the university now enrolls a student body composed in half of students who do not come from Mennonite backgrounds. The school’s mission statement reads, “Our Christian community challenges students to pursue their life calling through scholarly inquiry, artistic creation, guided practice, and life-changing cross-cultural encounter. We invite each person to follow Christ’s call to bear witness to faith, serve with compassion, and walk boldly in the way of nonviolence and peace.”

EMU is located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and operates a satellite campus in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which serves working adults. Student housing is available throughout the Harrisonburg region, a city of nearly 50,000 residents. An Eastern Mennonite University apartment in this area places students in an area where rural flavor meets urban excitement. Five miles southeast from the EMU campus, students encounter downtown Harrisonburg; five miles to the north and west, students find pastoral landscapes and winding, unpaved roads. Those who rent off campus housing become part of a community that offers much in the way of outdoor recreation, including biking, kayaking, swimming, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, skiing, and other winter sports at Shenandoah National Park, the Washington and Jefferson National Forests, and the Massanutten Four-Season Resort.

Student living at Eastern Mennonite University offers undergraduate programs in 35 majors including the new digital media arts concentration, as well as 16 teacher education programs and 9 pre-professional programs. Master’s degrees are conferred in business, conflict transformation, counseling education and ministry. EMU is probably best known for its Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, which as educated students from 119 countries and produced a Nobel Peace Prize recipient.

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