Welcome to Emory & Henry College!
While exploring our campus on-line, you will discover a highly active college community long recognized for its commitment to spiritual values, civic virtues, and the highest academic standards.
Emory & Henry College was founded in 1836 by an ecumenical group operating under the banner of the Methodist Church. The College is named for an admired Methodist Bishop of the era, John Emory, and the voice of the American Revolution and Virginia's first governor, Patrick Henry.
Inspired by the motto "Increase in Excellence," the first faculty challenged students to grow and develop intellectually, spiritually and physically. Today, our mission continues to focus on students as they follow a path of intellectual and spiritual growth on their way to successful futures. That mission, in turn, is extended to others through a broad program of active engagement and community service.
Firmly rooted in the liberal arts tradition, Emory & Henry has produced leading scientific researchers, NASA engineers, well-known writers, and successful physicians, ministers, lawyers, educators and business people. Students receive the benefit of a distinguished faculty and a student-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.
Our campus is listed on the National Register and the Virginia Register of Historic Places. This website is filled with photographs displaying the history and beauty of this place; however, photographs and words alone cannot fully convey the rich, caring environment in which Emory & Henry students learn and grow. For this reason, I encourage you to visit our campus.
Talk to our science professors and learn about research opportunities available to students. Drop by our Appalachian Center for Community Service and witness our mission of community outreach in action. Pay a visit to one of our art exhibition spaces and observe the creative energy of our students, faculty and distinguished visiting artists.
Here you will experience a small college that, for nearly 175 years, has been making a big difference in the lives of many people. You will become a part of a community of students and professors who strive to make the world better while personally committing themselves to academic excellence.
Emory & Henry College truly transforms the lives of its students. Alumni acknowledge this legacy through their financial support and nostalgic visits to campus. Visit Emory & Henry and learn for yourself the enduring appeal of this place, which is like no other.
Rosalind Reichard, Ph.D.