About EMU

EMU offers rigorous academic study at the undergraduate, graduate and seminary level. More than 1800 students study at our main campus in Harrisonburg, Virginia; at our Lancaster, Pennsylvania site; and online. EMU is grounded in values including service to others, peacemaking, cross-cultural engagement and sustainability, all of which prepare graduates to serve and lead in a global context.

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Be more than a number

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.

Liberal Arts

Benefit of Liberal Arts Education

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.

Life After Graduation

Life after EMU graduation EMU graduates earn more than a degree – they discover their purpose in life and lead the organizations they serve for the common good. EMU alumni are successful business people, reflective practitioners, and professionals. Thousands have had significant impact with international service agencies such as Mennonite Central Committee and Mennonite Disaster Service in addition to other denominational-based and secular service programs.

EMU alumna Leymah Gbowee MA ’07 is one of three women awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. Leymah began her journey at EMU with our world-renown Summer Peacebuilding Institute and went on to earn a masters in conflict transformation.

98% of EMU grads found work in their field of study within a year of graduation. Employers hire EMU graduates at all levels because of their strong morals and values, respect for others, desire to make a difference, communication and critical thinking skills, and self-confidence. Learn more about undergraduate success after graduation.

What is a Mennonite?

Eastern Mennonite University chapel 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.

Virginia and Pennsylvania

EMU has a main campus and a site in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, offers classes in off-site locations in both Pennsylvania and Virginia, and offers many classes (and two degrees) online. Whether you’re at our beautiful campus in the Shenandoah Valley (Harrisonburg, VA) – close to two national forests and Shenandoah National Park – in our thriving classrooms in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, or at your home computer, you’ll notice the hospitality and community that is so important to EMU.

Learn more about the Shenandoah Valley or come visit! Schedule a visit with our undergraduate admissions office or with a graduate program representative.

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