Emory & Henry College, located in the small town of Emory in the mountainous region of southwestern Virginia, is a private, liberal arts institution. Founded in 1836, it is named after the Methodist bishop John Emory and the American patriot, Patrick Henry and is the oldest institute of higher education in Southwest Virginia. The unique student living experience at E&H is enhanced by the college’s location in the village of Emory, which is home to only about 1,250 residents. The Emory & Henry College campus is surrounded by a small community and 167 mostly undeveloped acres of land that comprise the town. Student housing is available both on campus and in the surrounding neighborhood. Off campus housing keeps students close to campus, while allowing them to integrate into their new community and explore the natural beauty of the area’s rolling hills.
Today, about 1,000 undergraduates enroll at Emory & Henry College and reside in student housing and college apartments in Emory. The eclectic student body encounters more than 25 academic programs of study, bachelor’s degrees in more than 50 concentrations, and master’s degrees in education and community, as well as organizational leadership. Notably, E&H’s programs in public policy, community service and international studies have received national acclaim. The college’s mission statement states, “We affirm the liberal arts as our intellectual foundation and believe that excellence results when everyone actively participates in the educational process. We challenge all persons to confront historical and contemporary ideas and issues and to develop the ability to think critically about all areas of human experience.” With this goal, E&H has produced scientific researchers, NASA engineers, writers, physicians, ministers, educators, lawyers and business people.
While pursuing a degree at Emory & Henry, many students elect to rent off campus housing, positioning themselves in the small and scenic village that rests to the north of the E&H campus.
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