Eastern Mennonite University: Narrative Description

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1200 Park Rd.
Harrisonburg, VA 22802-2462
Tel: (540)432-4000
Free: 800-368-2665
Admissions: (540)432-4118
Fax: (540)432-4444
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.emu.edu/


Independent Mennonite, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and first professional degrees. Founded 1917. Setting: 93-acre small town campus. Endowment: $16.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $26,553. Educational spending 2003-04: $9827 per student. Total enrollment: 1,297. Faculty: 159 (113 full-time, 46 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 9:1. 967 applied, 53% were admitted. 18% from top 10% of their high school class, 35% from top quarter, 64% from top half. 9 valedictorians. Full-time: 969 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 60 students, 73% women, 27% men. Students come from 35 states and territories, 20 other countries, 55% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 6% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 9% 25 or older, 66% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 75% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; health professions and related sciences; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, James Madison University, The Catholic University of America, Brethren College Abroad, Howard University, Bridgewater College. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.2 high school GPA, statement of commitment, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: 2 recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/15. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $25,450 includes full-time tuition ($19,442), mandatory fees ($58), and college room and board ($5950). College room only: $3150. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and student level. Part-time tuition: $813 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 47 open to all. Most popular organizations: YPCA, Students in Free Enterprise, Student Government Association, Student Education Association, International Student Organization. Major annual events: Fall Festival, Multicultural Week, Spring Fling. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, controlled dormitory access, night watchman. 684 college housing spaces available; 517 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Sadie Hartzler Library with 163,932 books, 89,094 microform titles, 1,112 serials, 3,570 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $681,288. 110 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus.

Community Environment:

The college is located in the heart of Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley, near a national park.

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