An Evolution in Excellence: Emory & Henry University

As of August 1, 2024, Emory & Henry College is Emory & Henry University.

Emory & Henry College students The Brave and Bold Minds

Emory & Henry has stood in the mountains of Virginia as a brave and bold institution since 1836. It has seen strife, economic struggles, wars, happiness, friendships, teaching, and learning come to life. Thousands of successful graduates have walked across its stage equipped not only with diplomas but a sense of connection rooted in a place that is unique and distinctive. A place that changed their lives.

E&H students want to be part of something bigger in life. They understand our ever changing world and how connections can unite and how simply being present, can add a whole new perspective to life of wonderment and service.

Our alumni impact our world as difference makers and change agents; leaders and followers; connectors and mentors; philanthropists; employers and friends. They are the problem solvers, the critical thinkers, the ones with unique perspectives who persevere.

Together, we belong and support each other to engage.
Together, we are thought leaders and experts in our crafts worldwide.
Together, we are kind and compassionate.
Together, we are Emory & Henry - a place to be bold, be brave and be ourselves.

Cheerleaders perform for an audience in the bleachers The Commitment to Increase In Excellence

Together, we think boldly to see excellence in all we do and how to take it a step further. Since our founding, we knew by being brave in 1836, a college could grow near a spring of water and later grow 45 miles north and south on the 1-81 corridor from Marion to Bristol, Virginia. By elevating in excellence, we knew that by adding to our undergraduate degrees with master’s and doctorate programs, new schools such as business and nursing, and evolving from DIII athletics to DII, we would someday evolve to university status. In 2023 the Board of Trustees agreed our status had reached that of a university and ensured the the values and traditions of the college would remain embedded in the culture to pass through future generations. U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges had already tapped E&H in the Top 25 of Regional Universities (South) for the past two years based on its comprehensive offerings with a liberal arts foundation as well as the Carnegie Classification. University status represents the shoulders we’ve stood on for over 187 years and we celebrate.

“Today’s world calls for the kind of forward-looking approach to higher education that Emory & Henry has always embraced, educating citizens to make an impact in our communities. Emory & Henry is taking the transformational step of announcing its status as a private regional comprehensive university while continuing its commitment to serve the Appalachian Highlands with a diverse curriculum, service learning and professional preparedness,” —Provost Michael Puglisi.

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The Heart of Givers and Supporters

Together, our hearts are united by all the good that can be achieved through generous donors and friends of the college. Significant gifts through the decades have resulted in bold outcomes seen throughout the institution including new scholarship opportunities, new and renovated buildings, new and enhanced academic programs, inspirational changes in athletics and the arts.

Emory & Henry graduates The Network Shaped Through Core Beliefs

Together, Emory & Henry have been shaped by a strong moral compass and one of commitment to a greater good and service to others. The core values of the institution that were established years ago - still stand today. Those values have led to traditions and beliefs the campus holds dear but also leaves space for even more boldness and bravery as it enters into a new era of higher education re-imagined. One that is innovative, market savvy, adaptable, and committed to solid outcomes for its graduates. To see that 96% of our students from the class of 2023 had jobs or were in graduate school after six months of commencement, is the story we want to continue to tell. Our value and investment in our students and world matters. Our core beliefs guide our daily actions that lead to a lifetime of successful actions from our graduates.

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