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Eastern Mennonite University

EMU offers rigorous academic study at the undergraduate, graduate and seminary level. More than 1800 students study at our main campus in Harrisonburg, Virginia; at our Lancaster, Pennsylvania site; and online. 

Master's Programmes

Education & Training (2)
Humanities (2)
Medicine & Health (1)



Beginning in 1917 as a small Bible academy of the Mennonite Church on the outskirts of town where the church’s young people would be protected from the larger society, EMU has transformed to a thriving Christian university that prepares students for professions that serve the community and the world.


Investing in a liberal arts education at a small Christian university will prepare you for life. Rigorous academics, mentoring relationships with professors, a network of life-long friends and ethical character development are all worth more than just a diploma. EMU graduates are favored by grad schools, sought after by employers and prepared with skills for a lifetime. A number of factors make the difference.


Majors are built around a core liberal arts curriculum. Study in another culture is a requirement, and EMU’s cross-cultural program, which students say is “life-changing,” has been going strong for 30 years. Students earn credit while living in fascinating places with local host families, connecting with nearby communities to offer service. They’re led by experienced professors who travel with their families. Alumni say it is one of the best parts about EMU!

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Student services

From the moment you arrive in the United States, through the transition to life away from home, our campus community provides support as you adjust to life in another culture. The majority of EMU faculty have lived and worked internationally long-term. We know what it is like to adapt to a new culture, climate and environment.

Housing services

Here are some highlights of our small university in Virginia:

  • Small, safe, hospitable community
  • Christian university, respectful and welcoming of other faith traditions
  • Core values of stewardship, ethics and inclusiveness
  • Mountainous natural beauty
  • Diverse student body
  • Majority of faculty have international experience
  • Commitment to building a peaceful and just world for all

Library services

EMU students: You can request research assistance from a librarian by scheduling an appointment through SSCCampus

Medical services

EMU health services directly bills students’ insurance companies. At the time of service, all students provide their insurance card and pay the co-pay that is associated with their insurance provider. Co-pays may be paid in either cash, check or with a credit/debit card. Student accounts are not charged.

Student Life

Campus life

EMU aspires to offer students a safe and happy campus. Your peace of mind is very important to us. Campus security officers patrol grounds daily on foot and by car and are ready to respond in any emergency. Faculty and staff are trained in crisis communication and response. Harrisonburg City Police offer support and timely notifications of issues near campus.

Sports facilities

Eastern Mennonite University has an active student club and organization portfolio offering a full range of opportunities to become involved in campus life, local initiatives, national issues and international agenda.

Student clubs

EMU offers an array of student clubs and organizations. Clubs are generally student led with a faculty advisor and include activities as diverse as working on the yearbook, cycling club, and joining the women’s association.


Eastern Mennonite University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate and masters degrees.

Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States

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