Emory & Henry College is consistently ranked among the nation's best private liberal arts institutions. From our exceptional faculty to the College's commitment to community service and student satisfaction, Emory & Henry College is recognized for excellence.
In 2009, Emory & Henry College was one of six colleges and universities nationwide to receive the 2009 President's Award, the highest national recognition for commitment to service learning and civic engagement. The award recognizes the College's unique approach to community/college partnerships, which have become a national model for civic engagement.
Washington Monthly ranked Emory & Henry College among the top 35 liberal arts colleges and universities in the nation, the only Virginia institution to make the top 35 list. The high ranking was the result, in part, of the College's recent recognitions for its historic commitment to community service.
"Virginia has no shortage of familiar schools with robust reputations. But Emory & Henry, in the colorful hills of the state's southwest corner, does the finest job of them all of producing contributors to society." - Hilary Masell Oswald, Colleges That Change Lives
In its first-ever college rankings, Newsweek magazine has ranked Emory & Henry fourth among all colleges and universities in the nation in providing service learning and community service. Emory & Henry was one of 125 institutions – out of more than 3,500 nationwide – included in the ranking by Newsweek, which rated colleges and universities in 12 categories.
In the last 21 years, seven E&H professors have been named Virginia or U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education — a feat unmatched by any college or university in the state. During the last 13 years, five Emory & Henry professors have received the Outstanding Faculty Award given by the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia. When adjusted for the size of the institution, this record is unmatched by any other college or university in Virginia.
Emory & Henry is among the top 20 colleges and universities in the nation that are most committed to community service, according to a 2011 ranking by USA Today. The ranking is one more validation of the unique E&H approach to service learning. At Emory & Henry, service is not merely about addressing needs in the community; it is about applying our minds and energies to the sources of those needs.
Emory & Henry enjoys a host of other recognitions from a variety of news magazines, authors and college reference sources. For example, Emory & Henry is recognized as a College of Distinction for its exemplary commitment to student engagement, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. It also was recently named one of “America’s Best Kept College Secrets” by author Peter Arango and listed among the nation’s top 25 safest colleges by www.StateUniversity.com.