About EMU

An EMU education helps students to discover their purpose in life and prepare to make a difference for the common good at home and around the world. EMU’s rigorous academics emphasize one-on-one relationships with professors, cross-cultural awareness, care for creation, and service to others.

EMU offers undergraduate, graduate and seminary programs from a Mennonite Anabaptist perspective in a dynamic setting in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. This is what makes EMU a Christian university like no other.

Students take courses at our main campus in Harrisonburg, Virginia; at our Lancaster, Pennsylvania site; online; and across the globe through our well-known cross-cultural program.

Just the right size

EMU is small enough that you can easily get to know classmates and faculty in various programs. Professors are mentors who know you personally and advise you 1:1. You can get involved in a variety of activities like theater, Student Government Association, campus ministry, intramural sports or intercollegiate sports, music or choir. All of these provide opportunities to learn more about yourself and develop valuable experiences for your future resume.

Liberal arts

As an undergraduate student, whatever your major, you will benefit from the value of a liberal arts education. Employers and graduate schools appreciate applicants with a liberal arts education foundation because they are well-rounded critical thinkers and problem solvers who have had wide exposure to issues and ideas from across disciplines and society. Read more from the Council of Independent Colleges on the value of a liberal arts education.

Life after graduation

Life after EMU graduation EMU graduates earn more than a degree – they discern their purpose in life and are prepared to lead the organizations they serve for the common good. EMU alumni are successful business people, practitioners and professionals. Thousands have had significant impact with international service agencies such as Mennonite Central Committee and Mennonite Disaster Service in addition to other denominationally-based and secular service programs.

EMU alumna Leymah Gbowee is one of three women awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. Leymah began her journey at EMU with our world-renown Summer Peacebuilding Institute and went on to earn a masters in conflict transformation.

Nearly 90% of EMU grads find work in their field of study within a year of graduation. Employers hire EMU graduates at all levels because of their strong morals and values, respect for others, desire to make a difference, communication and critical thinking skills, and self-confidence. Learn more about undergraduate success after graduation.

What is a Mennonite?

Eastern Mennonite University chapel Not familiar with Mennonites? Mennonites belong to the historic peace churches. Many EMU students come from a Mennonite faith tradition, but more than half of the undergraduate student body, and a majority of graduate students, come from other faith traditions. Nearly 40 religious groups are represented on campus from all over the world. That diversity allows for cross-cultural encounter, even on campus.

Virginia and Pennsylvania

EMU has a main campus and a site in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, offers classes in off-site locations in both Pennsylvania and Virginia, and offers many classes (and two degrees) online. Whether you’re at our beautiful campus in the Shenandoah Valley (Harrisonburg, VA) – close to two national forests and Shenandoah National Park – in our thriving classrooms in Lancaster, PA, or at a church in Philadelphia, you’ll notice the hospitality and community that is so important to EMU.

Learn more about the Shenandoah Valley or come visit! Schedule a visit with our undergraduate admissions office or with a graduate program representative.