University description (as per official university website)
Eastern Mennonite University is a four-year university sponsored by the Mennonite Church USA. The purpose of EMU is to provide university-level education from a Christian perspective.
EMU has around 1,500 students.
There are about 40 international students studying at EMU each year at the undergraduate level, plus an additional 40 students in the graduate programs and Intensive English Program. It is easy to make friends and become involved in many activities.
EMU is located in Harrisonburg, a city of 42,000 people, in the state of Virginia. This is a beautiful part of the United States and is only a two-hour drive from Washington, D.C.
• Founded: 1917.
MU's size, Christian focus and international awareness make it an excellent place to study. Professors and students are friendly and value the perspectives and experiences of international students. Over 75% of professors have spent significant time abroad adding valuable experiences to the classroom. Plus, classes are small to allow professors to give individual attention to each student.
EMU offers four-year programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees, two-year Associate of Arts and Associate of Applied Science degrees, and one-year Certificate programs.
Undergraduate programs: 37 majors, 35 minors, two pre-professional programs, four teacher education programs/licensures, and four associate degrees
• Graduate programs: Seminary, M.A. in Conflict Transformation, M.A. in Counseling, M.A. in Education, and Master of Business Administration.
* Bible and religion
* Business and economics
* Cross-cultural programs
* Justice, peace and conflict studies
* Language and literature
* Liberal arts
* Mathematical sciences
* Physical education
* Pre-Professional Health Sciences (PPHS)
* Sociology/social work
* Visual and Communication Arts
* Washington Community Scholars Center (WCSC)
* Graduate Program in Conflict Transformation
* MA in Counseling.
* MA in Education
* Adult Degree Completion Program
* Distance learning
* EMU at Lancaster
* Intensive English Program
* Seminars on Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR)
* Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI)
Grants and scholarships:
AHANA Student Grant
Eastern Mennonite University offers this grant to AHANA (African, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American) students to help pay the cost of education. This program has separate criteria for maintaining eligibility. More information is available from the Financial Assistance Office or Multicultural Programs Office.
Local Hispanic Grant
Awarded to local Hispanic students with financial need from Augusta, Page, Rockingham and Shenandoah counties of Virginia. More information is available from the Financial Assistance Office or Multicultural Programs Office.
Some recent recipients of scholarships awarded for excellence in academics and service went to these students (pictured l to r):
• Timothy Heatwole Shenk, C '07 : Liberal Arts major with minors in Bible and religion, history and psychology; Cords of Distinction recipient and Honors Program member
• Katrina Martin, C '07: Liberal Arts major with an elementary education licensure
• Kara Bender, C '07: Applied Sociology, Social Work major with a minor in socio-economic development; Cords of Distinction recipient
• Maria Hoover, C '07: Communication major
A limited number of first-year students are awarded Honors Scholarships. These major grants are renewable for three additional years. Honors Scholarships are highly selective and are awarded on the basis of academic performance in high school, SAT or ACT scores