Professors know their students by name and are mentors providing lifelong networks and support. As an undergraduate student, you can excel in challenging majors such as engineering, and still get involved in theater, Student Government Association, music performance, campus ministry, intramural sports or intercollegiate sports. This variety and well-rounded experience makes graduates attractive to graduate schools and employers. As an undergraduate student, whatever your major, you will benefit from the value of a liberal arts education. Employers and graduate schools prefer graduates with a liberal arts foundation because they are well-rounded critical thinkers and problem solvers who have had wide exposure to issues and ideas from across disciplines and society. Not familiar with Mennonites? Mennonites belong to the historic peace churches. Many EMU students come from a Mennonite faith tradition, but the majority of EMU students come from other faith traditions. Dozens of faith traditions are represented on campus from all over the world. That diversity allows for cross-cultural encounters on campus and in the classrooms.
EMU prepares students to serve and lead in a global context. Our community of learning integrates Christian faith, academic rigor, artistic creation and reflective practice informed by the liberal arts, interdisciplinary engagement, and cross-cultural encounter.
Located in Virginia’s scenic Shenandoah Valley, EMU (Harrisonburg) prepares students to serve and lead in a global context, providing cross-cultural study, a supportive Christian community and a focus on service to others. 97% of EMU students are working or studying in their chosen field within one year of graduation. 90 percent of our pre-med grads are accepted into medical school, well above the national average (47%). EMU's nursing, teaching and other professional placement rates are equally impressive.
Student success has much to do with the personal attention received on campus. Full Ph.D.-level professors not only teach classes (11:1 student/teacher ratio), but they open their offices and homes to students, whom they get to know on a first-name basis. Hands-on original research, community service, interaction with local immigrants, and projects across disciplines are examples of how EMU uniquely mentors students as they explore faith and vocation.
Graduate schools and employers look forward to applications from EMU graduates because of their strong work ethic, cultural sensitivity, adaptability and high ethical standards.