Welcome to the Shenandoah Valley!
There’s a vibrant community at play and at work in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, and Harrisonburg is rated among the top college towns in the nation.
Where you are matters. Whether you're a student, parent, alumnus, future employee or just want to know more about EMU, you'll discover there is much to love about Harrisonburg and the Shenandoah Valley. You can enjoy biking, hiking, hunting, skiing, rock-climbing, canoeing, and just hanging out under typically blue skies. Take in a concert, shop downtown, and catch up over coffee.
No matter where you are you will discover that Harrisonburg earns our nickname as "the friendly city."
Downtown Harrisonburg features a variety of shops, restaurants and special events.
Students relax on the lift at Massanutten Resort at the annual EMU Ski Night sponsored by the Campus Activities Council. Students have the opportunity to take ski or snowboard class for credit since the slopes are less than an hour away.
Students stop to take in the beautiful evening on their way back from Dolly Sods Wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest. Classes and student organizations take full advantage of the surrounding region.
The Harrisonburg music scene features a collection of local and touring acts. Some concerts, like this one, take place right on campus.
Downtown Harrisonburg is home to Virginia’s first “culinary district” feature more than 30 locally-owned restaurants and eateries.
Students get involved in downtown events like the annual Blacks Run Clean Up Day. It’s a great opportunity to get to know the community and help the environment.
Biking is the transportation of choice around campus and we are also only a few miles from downtown Harrisonburg. Residence halls and academic buildings are outfitted with bike racks and there is even a bicycle repair station available 24/7.
Take a virtual tour of campus
- Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance (annual community events)
- Downtown Directory (restaurants, shopping, etc)
- City of Harrisonburg (municipal website)
Shenandoah Valley Region
- City of Staunton
- Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton
- City of Charlottesville
- Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd President of the United States
- Montpelier, the home of James Madison, the 4th President of the United States
Our campus is less than an hour from two national forests and Shenandoah National Park!