Emory & Henry College
Emory, VA, USA

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Emory & Henry College
3.29 Average Rating

Lauren from Manassas, VA

a current student here
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In three sentences
Emory & Henry College (yes, it's an ampersand!) is a small liberal arts college nestled in Appalachia. With less than 1,000 students, there is a tight community feel that is difficult to find at other colleges. The college prides itself on its community involvement and service which is incorporated in extracurricular activities and in the classroom. Emory & Henry has some of the best professors in country and they demonstrate their capabilities consistently. Leaving Emory & Henry after graduating will be the hardest thing for students to do.
Tips for prospective students
Take a student tour on campus! Many current students lead tours around campus. You'll find that they can offer great insight into the questions you're dying to know the answers to. If you have the chance, stay with a current student. The college is eager to set prospective students up with current Wasps! Try to sit in on a class during your visit; professors will be excited to see you're interested in what they are teaching.
Academic Rigor
I am a member of the Honors Program, which allows me to increase the difficulty of my classes. Some classes are certainly more difficult than others. However, I have found that all professors push their students to go above and beyond what is expected of them. Anyone can cruise through their college career. Why not actually make something of it? You'll find that hard work pays off in the form of graduation honors, respect from others, and strong relationships with your professors.
Dorm Life
Emory & Henry is currently in the process of building a quad area on campus. With one dorm complete and another in progress, the college is aiming to draw in more students with sustainable living options. Even the older dorms on campus are suitable living arrangements, even if many lack air-conditioning (I swear, it's not that bad!). The college tries to keep up with renovations and almost always takes student suggestions into account. Light bulb burnt out? Maintenance will be there. Want new shower curtains? Housekeeping will be there the next morning.
Food and Dining
The college is renovating its two main dining halls this summer and we are very excited about that! While it ain't your momma's cookin', Emory tries its best to answer to student suggestions and comments. They truly take student needs into account. If you have allergies or food restrictions, they will be sure to prepare your meals specifically. They have also been improving their vegetarian section, often incorporating vegetables from the campus garden. While I'm not a vegetarian, I always find myself in that line.
What to do for fun
Emory & Henry does not boast a downtown area. However, a new restaurant will be opening its doors where the old campus deli used to be located. Hopefully this will bring a better nightlife to the campus. Because of its location, there are also numerous outdoor activities to participate in. Whether you want to get involved in the Outdoor Leadership Program or just spend time with friends down by the river, there is something for everyone. If you're just not the outdoorsy-type, there are fun shops in Abingdon and downtown Bristol. Kingsport and Johnson City in Tennessee offer a larger nightlife scene with clubs and movie theaters.
Bang for the buck
Emory & Henry offers a wide array of scholarships, so please don't be afraid of the price tag. No one ends up paying anywhere close to full price. If you qualify, you may have the chance to join the Bonner Scholars Program, where students volunteer to receive full scholarships. The quality of education you will receive at Emory & Henry College is outstanding, but only if you're willing to go the extra mile. The things I have learned at this institution are invaluable.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
The church bells often take on a life of their own! It's a mystery to who's behind it, but often you'll hear the bells going off at odd hours of the night. They also play Christmas music around the holidays! A unique spot on campus is the Holston Cemetery, where you will find hundreds of Civil War graves. The cemetery boasts marvelous views of the college campus and the surrounding rural area. It's a great place to go for a run or for some peace and quiet.
Greek Life
Although I never thought I would do it, I pledged a sorority my sophomore year. However, Emory's Greek life is nothing like larger schools. All chapters are local, meaning they only exist on our campus. Get that image of the typical fraternity or sorority from the movies out of your mind; Emory's Greek organizations are very diverse and interact with each other with little or no tension. One of my favorite Greek-sponsored events is Airband, which brings together everyone on campus for a night of great fun.
Campus Safety
Emory & Henry is one of the safest schools in Virginia. I have never felt threatened or unsafe on campus (even when a bear was loose!). Campus security does a great job responding to issues in a timely and appropriate manner.
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Jody from Fort Belvoir, VA

a current student here
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Am learning a lot
i love this school because it is a small college located in the appalachia part of virginia. its very exclusion and the class sizes range from 6 to 24 people, which is relatively small compared to most colleges, but the one on one attention is great and i feel that i learn more here than i would ever learn anywhere else. the professors love to be your best friend and they are always welling to help and have one on one sessions with you!
Am enjoying being here
i love it here!! it is soo peaceful and so beautiful between all the changes of the seasons.
Bang for the buck
its a very pricey school but they are very good with Financial Aid and giving out grants and scholarships at this school to help you out!
Tips for prospective students
work hard
maintain good grades
get involved in extracurricular activites
Great for these types of students
likes small classes where you get more attention
likes country like atmosphere
doesnt mind the sound of the train
likes a friendly enviroment
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Devan from Castlewood, VA

a current student here
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In three sentences
Emory and Henry College is a great place to get an education. It is a small Liberal Arts College in rural Virginia. The faculty challenge students daily to become a better person, student, and productive worker in the career path they are choosing.
Tips for prospective students
Prospective students should come and visit campus before hand. Email admissions about staying a weekend. They should be able to hook you up with a place to stay. When visiting sit in on some classes you are interested in. You will find that the small class sizes give an opportunity to participate and hold educated conversation easier. You will also get to experience the fun of college life!
Academic Rigor
The professors at E&H challenge students very hard. Although there isn't as much homework as I expected, I am very challenged in classroom conversations (which most professors grade for). I also find the tests to be extremely challenging. However, professors are always available to talk to if you need extra help.
Dorm Life
College dorm life is amazing. E&H is no exception. The freshman dorms are air conditioned and heated, and have a fair amount of space. There are two new dormitories one of which is already open and the other should be opened next semester. It is awesome living with your friends and being able to hang out. And most of all, not have parents to listen to.
Food and Dining
Food at the cafe is usually hit or miss. Sometimes its good, especially if there are visitors on campus. But, there are other places to eat. The hut is a wonderful fast food place on campus, and the hometown is wonderful as well. Across the street is Macado's which is fabulous.
What to do for fun
For fun? Students usually go out and hang out in nearby Bristol or Abingdon for fun. There are also many different lakes for the warmer months. E&H has an outdoor program that is also wonderful. They go hiking, boating, fishing, rock climbing, and many other things. Me and some of my friends go hunting and caving for fun.
Bang for the buck
There is a steep price at E&H, but it is worth it! I would say that the cultural experience you get with Southwest Virginia, and the academic training you get as a student is well worth it. E&H also has wonderful financial aid opportunities.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
We have the running of the bulls to kick off pledge week for Fraternities and Sororities. Also, it is very traditional for freshman to be woken up to multiple fire alarms throughout the year. The best tradition though, is ghost hunting since the main freshman dorm is haunted. There is also the tradition of student activities such as quiditch.
Great for these types of students
E&H is great for all types of students! There are many different areas of study that should fit everyone.
Clubs and Activities
I cannot even name all the activities and clubs there are. There are so many things to do around campus. At the beginning of you first semester, and during orientation you get a taste for all there is to do.
Greek Life
Greek life is very important to students at E&H. There are many different fraternities and sororities, including honors. Freshman must wait until their second semester to rush, but you can get involved in honors frats your first semester.
Campus Safety
Campus police can be found very quickly, and are quick to respond. Also, you have to have a key to get into the dormitories. The campus is small and very safe.
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John from Powell, TN

a current student here
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Am learning a lot
Since coming to this college two years ago, I have learned so many things that have changed my world perspective. From the small class sizes (ranging from thirty to six; possibly even lower in some senior level classes) which offers a unique one-on-one type of learning, to the extra-curricular lyceums (lectures) offered in a variety of subjects almost every night, this college has opened my eyes to a brand new way of seeing things.
Am enjoying being here
The Emory & Henry campus is unique, to be certain. With a mix of buildings built in the 1800's to the most recent addition built in 2010, a walk through Emory & Henry is a walk through the college's history. The housing options are varied, with most Freshman living in the First-Year Village (a grouping of buildings on the main campus close to all of the main academic buildings) and upperclassmen having choices of living in The Village (house-type dorms ranging in age) located across the ever present railroad tracks. The extra-curricular activities are always well advertised and to be honest, just a trip to the duck pond to view the beautiful Appalachian scenery should be enough to make you want to attend.
Bang for the buck
Emory & Henry is an expensive liberal arts college, but the exchange for the quality of education is worth it in my eyes. When you apply online, you are automatically entered into consideration for several of their merit scholarships. When I received my acceptance letter, it also came with letters notifying me of my substantial scholarship awards. If these are not enough, the Financial Aid office is more than willing to help you find outside scholarships that you may be eligible for.
Tips for prospective students
Apply - I applied to this school as an afterthought, and when I got accepted it piqued my interest. The rest, they say, is history.

Get Involved - This school is a very tight-knit community willing to care for one another. The more you're involved, the more likely you'll be offered opportunities that you couldn't get anywhere else.

Attend Classes - The school is very strict on class attendance, and with the money you're paying to go there I would be too. Professors have individual attendance policies for their classes, and it pays to show up to class, lest you come one day to find your name removed from the class roll.

Be Open - Coming here I had no idea what to expect. This school is seeped in tradition and if you choose to open yourself up to the experience, your time here will be some of the best years of your life. I know I enjoy it here, and if you choose to attend as well, I know you will too.

Emory & Henry is famously know as being one of the colleges that changes lives. It's changed professors lives. It's changed lives of members of the community we service. It's changed my life, and countless others before me. Let it change yours.
Great for these types of students
Emory is great for people who can enjoy the slowness of life. It's a small campus built for an individualized learning experience. The people here are going to be leaders in their respective communities and many people here are very devoted to community service. You don't have to fit any type of mold to come here, but know this. You come to Emory & Henry College as a student. But you leave this campus a changed man or woman; ready to impact the lives of others for the better.
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Victoria from Marion, NC

a current student here
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Am learning a lot
The class sizes are small and the professors are intelligent and easy to work with. There are plenty of opportunities for study sessions with a student instructor, and the professors are available outside of class for additional help. Instructors also demonstrate good depth of knowledge and enjoyment of the subject.
Am enjoying being here
The school is small but very friendly. For freshman, there are several days of orientation activities that make the transition into college much easier. The campus is beautiful, quiet, and seems very rural, but city activities are only about a half hour away. However, if you don't have a car the campus can be a little too small and unexciting after a while.
Bang for the buck
The tuition is clearly higher than some, but keep in mind it is a private school and that Emory and Henry is GREAT about helping with financial aid and scholarships. There are small class sizes and several options for on-campus housing, including one new co-ed dorm that feels more like a classy hotel than a dorm. However, if tuition is going to continue to be high, I would prefer more updates in the older dorms - the school is a historical landmark but I'd prefer if there was some modernization in the dorms.
Tips for prospective students
Do absolutely everything you can to get scholarships. Loans seem like the easy solution to how you will pay for college, but once you are actually in school and the loans start adding up, you will wish you had more financial aid. Even though it is time-consuming, the best piece of advice is absolutely to apply for every scholarship that you can and CONTINUE to apply for them even when you are already accepted, enrolled, and/or attending college.
Great for these types of students
This college is perfect for those interested in the public - Emory and Henry greatly emphasizes helping those in need through volunteering and service learning projects (which incorporates volunteer work with learning). The college has great programs (extracurricular AND programs within a major) for students interested in public policy, outdoors, sports, athletic training, drama and theater, and business. It is a quieter school but very friendly, with all stereotypes represented in the school population - it's a place for everyone.
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