Eastern Mennonite University

Eastern Mennonite University

Eastern Mennonite University, or EMU, is a private, non-profit institution of liberal arts which began as a Bible academy in 1917. Located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, the institution was originally called the Eastern Mennonite School. The Eastern Mennonite Seminary was established under the school in 1965, and the institute came to be known as the Eastern Mennonite College and Seminary. It was christened the Eastern Mennonite University in 1994. The campus of the EMU covers 97 acres.

Eastern Mennonite University offers both undergraduate as well as graduate programs with more than 35 majors and over 30 minors to choose from. Students can also opt for graduate courses in conflict transformation, business administration, education, counseling, and Biblical studies.

The university's sports teams are nicknamed the Royals. The athletics department of EMU fields both men's and women's teams in baseball, softball, soccer, basketball, track and field, and volleyball. The university is a member of the NCAA Division III, and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

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Eastern Mennonite University
1200 Park Rd
Harrisonburg , VA 22802-2462
General Phone: (540) 432-4000

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Eastern Mennonite University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts102French language, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, peace and conflict resolution, interdisciplinary studies, social services, economics, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine79registered nursing
Business and Management66business management, accounting, organizational behavior, international business
Education and Teaching63curriculum and instruction, physical education teaching, teacher aide
Religion and Philosophy34philosophy and religious studies, bible studies, theology, ministry, pre-ministerial studies
Therapy and Counseling29psychology, counseling psychology
Family and Social Work14social work
Science10biology, biochemistry, chemistry
Media7media studies, digital communications
Computer Science and Engineering6systems analyst, computer science
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy4sports and fitness management
Art Studies2art studies
Conservation and Resource Management2environmental science
Drama and Performing Arts2drama
Agricultural Science and Management1international agriculture
Medical Support and Technology0clinical lab tech
Photography and Commercial Art0photography

Number of programs and degrees for Eastern Mennonite University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree27938
Master's degree1045
Associate's degree173
First-professional degree271

Eastern Mennonite University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Eastern Mennonite University had a total enrollment of 1,234 students (1,285 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 44%
Women 56%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 52%
Graduate 41%
First Professional 7%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 84%
Black 5%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 25%
20-21 27%
22-24 17%
25-29 10%
30-34 4%
35-39 3%
40-49 7%
50-64 5%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)4%
West Virginia2%
New Jersey1%
North Carolina1%
New York1%

Eastern Mennonite University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 76 %

Eastern Mennonite University Room and Board (2007)

Eastern Mennonite University offers campus housing for 672 of its 1,285 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Harrisonburg, Virginia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Virginia Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

Eastern Mennonite University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal450590
SAT Math460600
SAT Writing440570
ACT Verbal1927
ACT Math1826
ACT Composite1825

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT87%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT27%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Eastern Mennonite University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 23,280
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 23,280
Room and board $ 7,200
Room charge $ 3,600
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,600
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 1,420

Financial Aid:
Eastern Mennonite University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 370800)

Eastern Mennonite University Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track5050

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year22$57,95118$56,589
Associate professoracademic year15$48,94516$48,591
Assistant professoracademic year9$42,73513$42,180
Instructoracademic year4$37,8213$35,968
All faculty totalacademic year50$50,90050$49,046

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Eastern Mennonite University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Baseball Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Track Old Dominion Athletic Conference

Eastern Mennonite University Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
International Agriculture

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Curriculum and Instruction
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Teacher Assistant/Aide

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Liberal Arts
Development Economics and International Development
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication and Media Studies, Other
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Photography And Commercial Art

Religion And Philosophy
Bible/Biblical Studies
Divinity/Ministry (BD, MDiv)
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies
Theology/Theological Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General

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Top 15%Eastern Mennonite University Number of degree programs

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