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About EMU

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.

EMU students enjoy biking, hiking, hunting, skiing, rock-climbing, canoeing, and just hanging out under typically blue skies. Want to be inside? Take in a concert, shop downtown, and catch up over coffee. Ski at Massanutten Resort, take in a D.C. concert, or hike in Shenandoah National Park.

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Fun College Town

With eight colleges within 50 miles of each other, student life in our region is booming. In Harrisonburg alone there is plenty to do: farmers markets, movie theaters, parks, skiing, arboretums, churches, events and festivals. Like to try new foods. There are a large number of international restaurants and markets in town.

And we’re close to major East Coast cities and only minutes to spectacular outdoor recreation. Harrisonburg is a Bronze level Bicycle-Friendly Community and hailed by National Geographic Society as one of America’s Top 10 Mountain Bike Towns.

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Shenandoah Valley Region

Fun Outdoors

Our campus is less than an hour from two national forests and Shenandoah National Park!

Harrisonburg – ‘Best Biking Community’

Biking Around Campus at EMUHarrisonburg is the unofficial biking capital of the Shenandoah Valley, according to Blue Ridge Outdoors. The city of Harrisonburg was picked as one of “America’s Top Mountain Biking Towns,” by USA Today, and was named a 2012 bronze-level ride center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and top bike-friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists. The League also conferred a bronze award on EMU, making EMU the third university in Virginia to be recognized as a “bicycle friendly university.”

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