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Eastern Mennonite University

Harrisonburg, Virginia

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Eastern Mennonite University overview
Location Harrisonburg, Virginia
Online emu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Small City
Religious Affiliation Mennonite Church
Eastern Mennonite University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, is a private liberal arts university with an affiliation to the Mennonite Church USA. Established in 1917, the university provides a faith-based environment within a scenic Shenandoah Valley setting, roughly two hours from Washington, D.C. EMU offers undergraduate, graduate, and seminary programs, with a particular emphasis on peace, justice, and cross-cultural understanding. Wide-ranging undergraduate programs highlight disciplines such as nursing, education, and environmental sustainability, with the institution maintaining a reputation for a strong emphasis on community service and social impact. EMU's campus features modest architectural designs with facilities that accommodate on-campus student living. The university is characterized by a more inclusive application process compared to some institutions of higher education. While EMU does maintain athletic programs as a member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, it is not predominantly recognized for its athletic accomplishments.

In the most recent statistical year 1,144 prospective students applied, and 1,138 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 203 enrolled in the school.  876 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 458 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $40,590 plus fees of $400. EMU is ranked 215 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












EMU is rated within the top 31% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Eastern Mennonite University overview
SAT 1040/1590
ACT 25/34
GPA 3.7

Applications Accepted

Eastern Mennonite University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $25

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Eastern Mennonite University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$400
Room and Board $12,240
Budget for Other Expenses$2,670
Total One Year Cost$56,900

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$43,900 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

66% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Eastern Mennonite University students
Subject Percent of Class
Health Professions 30%
Business 22%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 9%
Visual and Performing Arts 5%
General Studies 5%

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