Fast Facts

Main campus

Total enrollment: approx. 1,500
Town size: Harrisonburg, Va. (48,900)

Other EMU locations

EMU Lancaster – Pennsylvania site for pastoral studies, graduate teacher education, and nursing programs for working professionals
Washington Community Scholars Center – top-notch internship program in the nation’s capital

Financial aid

Given to nearly 100% of undergrads. An average financial aid package is around $23,000. Close to $11 million in aid was awarded by EMU in 2013-14.

Average incoming student

Average SAT/ACT scores:

  • SAT: 517 Verbal, 519 Math, 1036 Combined.
  • ACT: 23 English, 23 Math, 23 Composite

Average GPA: 3.5

Original research

1:1 mentoring and collaborative original research between faculty and students are staples of the EMU academic experience.


Average student-faculty ratio: 10:1
Many EMU professors have experience living and working in other cultures, usually outside the United States. Several have been Fulbright Scholars.

Religion and diversity

Thirty-nine denominations and faith traditions in addition to Mennonite are part of the EMU community. More than 50 countries are represented on campus. And 43% of traditional undergraduate students are from Mennonite backgrounds.


Named #10 by Best Choice Schools in 45 Top Colleges to Study Abroad.

All students participate in cross-cultural study, living and learning in another culture. Most study a full semester in another country or region such as the Middle East, New Zealand, India, Central America or souther Africa. Others study in Washington, D.C. while completing an internship. Summer programs are shorter (three weeks) and available internationally and in the U.S. each year.

Graduation rate

In 2009 EMU ranked competitively in a national study of graduation rates by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.

Placement rates (within 12 months of graduation)

Overall placement rates: 98%
Placement rates in field of study: 88%

Medical school acceptance

Over the past 10 years, nearly 90% of EMU students who completed EMU’s pre-medical program were accepted into medical school.

Education employment

Nearly 100% of teacher education program grads who seek teaching positions are employed within six months of graduation, year after year.

Accounting graduate pass rate on CPA exam

EMU accounting students rank second in the state behind the University of Virginia for first-time pass rate on all sections of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam.


Information provided by the EMU office of Institutional Research. Verified and updated January 2013