Josh Calderon didn’t expect to be won over by athletics. As a history buff with a passion for music, Calderon says that sports weren’t part of his life growing up. But that’s changed for the junior, who single-handedly revived Eastern Mennonite University’s pep band last year and is now its leader and primary composer. Read more…
Sophomore Luke Mullet works with Professor Ryan Keebaugh on a collaboration of lyrics and music in Keebaugh’s office at Eastern Mennonite University. Mullet is also involved in a mathematics project with Professor Daniel Showalter. He’s found EMU to be a place where his eclectic interests have thrived. Read more…
Quinn Kathrineberg, a senior at Eastern Mennonite University, sees community engagement as an opportunity to stand up for the marginalized in society: whether through her education major, the Student Government Association, or the Eastern Mennonite Student Women’s Association. Read more…
Harrison Horst contributes to the Eastern Mennonite University community in a variety of soul-filling ways: through music, the newspaper, tutoring and Earthkeepers, among other activities. Horst, who is heading towards a career in urban planning, is a sociology major with minors in sustainability, international development and the honors program. Read more…
In two years, sophomore Nicole Litwiller has used her artistic worldview, psychology background and creative problem-solving skills to carve out her own niche at Eastern Mennonite University. When the liberal arts major came here from Sarasota, Florida, she only knew a handful of people on campus. Read more…

Academics Like No Other

We’ve got the same programs the big schools offer, but our small class size and liberal arts focus gives professors the opportunity to mentor you 1:1. Faculty work with students like you to shape your college experience with unique courses and in-the-field practicums and internships.

They collaborate with you on PhD-level research, challenge you to lead fellow students to international recognition. Then they’ll join you for a cup of joe at the student coffeehouse.

Read about the academic excellence of EMU from graduates pursuing masters degrees and PhDs.

The value of a liberal arts education

what alumni say

EMU was the best school experience I ever had. The professors, classes, classmates…all of it. Their philosophy on education is amazing….My professors at EMU inspired me to dream and sparked that entrepreneurial spirit in me.”

– Osvaldo Blackaller ’07, San Diego restaurateur

Investing in a liberal arts education at a small Christian university will prepare you for life. Rigorous academics, mentoring relationships with professors, a network of life-long friends and ethical character development are all worth more than just a diploma. EMU graduates are favored by grad schools, sought after by employers and prepared with skills for a lifetime. A number of factors make the difference.

Here’s Eugene Stoltzfus, a founding member of Rosetta Stone, on the value of a liberal arts education during a 2013 edition of Virginia Insight. (Eugene is a 1972 psychology grad of EMU who is now an architect. He earned his architecture degree at Virginia Tech.)

“What I want is an engineer or scientist who has a liberal arts education. It goes beyond technical knowledge into critical thinking. My brother-in-law, who wrote the initial Rosetta Stone program, was fluent in two languages. His ability to understand language learning and think creatively made him a fantastic programmer. The liberal arts background of all involved made Rosetta Stone into something no one predicted. We were thinking ‘outside of the box.’ That kind of confidence is fostered by liberal arts education.”

Study in another culture

Cross-culturalMany EMU professors have lived in a cross-cultural setting, most for decades. That experience and insight informs their leadership and teaching in the classroom and when around the world.

Majors are built around a core liberal arts curriculum. Study in another culture is a requirement, and EMU’s cross-cultural program, which students say is “life-changing,” has been going strong for 30 years.

Students earn credit while living in fascinating places with local host families, connecting with nearby communities to offer service. They’re led by experienced professors who travel with their families. Alumni say it is one of the best parts about EMU!

Some travel abroad to Africa, Asia, Central America or Europe, while others choose closer locations, like Washington D.C., a Native reservation in the American Southwest, the U.S./Mexico border, or the glaciers of Newfoundland.

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