About Emory & Henry College

Emory & Henry College was founded in 1836 and was named after Bishop John Emory, an eminent Methodist church leader, and Patrick Henry, a patriot of the American Revolution and Virginia’s first governor. Both men symbolize the college’s dual emphasis on spiritual growth and civic engagement with the belief of education having a transformative effect on an individual, a community and ultimately the world.

Emory & Henry College offers more than 50 undergraduate degrees with 71 majors, 4 graduate, and 4 professional majors to its approximate 1250 students. Academic opportunities are enriched at Emory & Henry College for students to engage in co-curricular activities including athletics; cultural, political, and social organizations; music theater; and student government.

Emory & Henry College is located in the Highlands of Virginia and enables students to enjoy academic, cultural, galleries, museums, restaurants, shops, and sporting events in close proximity to the main campus. The richness of the culture and diversity empowers the students to engage in inquiry and promote knowledge and critical thinking. Students have an opportunity to become involved in service-learning in the community and abroad.

Emory & Henry College Mission Statement

We affirm the Christian faith as our spiritual and moral heritage and encourage all our members to grow in faith as they grow in knowledge. We believe in the worth of each person’s religious and cultural heritage, inasmuch as that heritage leads to service to others in our region and the larger world.

We affirm the liberal arts as our intellectual foundation and believe that excellence results when everyone actively participates in the educational process. We challenge all persons to confront historical and contemporary ideas and issues to develop the ability to think critically about all areas of human experience.

These traditions provide the context for our pursuit of excellence, as we engage a diverse group of well qualified men and women in educational experiences that lead to lives of service, productive careers, and global citizenship.

(Taken from the Emory & Henry College Academic Catalog https://catalog.ehc.edu/)

Emory & Henry College Vision Statement

Emory & Henry will be a national leader in providing the highest quality liberal arts, graduate, and professional education that combines tradition and innovation as it fulfills our historic commitment to transform lives and to create positive, social change in our region, our nation, and the world.

(Taken from the Emory & Henry College Academic Catalog https://catalog.ehc.edu/)

Emory & Henry College Motto

Macte Virtute – “Increase in Excellence”