You will discover that Emory & Henry is a place of promise made up of warm-hearted, caring people who yearn for your fulfillment. This is a community that embraces people from all walks of life as they work together to improve the individual and the world. This is a people with a mission and a long history devoted to transforming lives and increasing excellence.
Founded in 1836, Emory & Henry first opened its doors to students in 1838, and today it stands as the oldest college in Southwest Virginia and one of only a few colleges in the country whose entire campus is listed on the National Historic Register. Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Emory & Henry remains true to the principles of faith, learning, service, honesty and community that our founders set forth so many years ago.
"Increase in Excellence," the historic motto of Emory & Henry College, expresses our intention to be a learning community that moves toward fulfilling every student's potential. Bishop John EMORY, along with the founders of Methodism, symbolizes our belief in the union of faith and learning, while Governor Patrick HENRY symbolizes our commitment to freedom and civic virtue.