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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.

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

Downtown Harrisonburg

Downtown Harrisonburg features a variety of shops, restaurants and special events.

Skiing

Skiing

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.

Hiking

Hiking

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.

Concerts

Concerts

The Harrisonburg music scene features a collection of local and touring acts. Some concerts, like this one, take place right on campus.

Great Food

Great Food

Downtown Harrisonburg is home to Virginia’s first “culinary district” feature more than 30 locally-owned restaurants and eateries.

Art Galleries

Art Galleries

Community Events

Community Events

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

Biking

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

Virtual Tour

 

Harrisonburg

Shenandoah Valley Region

Fun Outdoors

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