One of the nation’s best-selling college guidebooks, Colleges that Change Lives, has once again listed Emory & Henry among the top 40 institutions in the nation that transform students’ lives.
“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,” according to Hilary Masell Oswald, author of the revised 2013-14 edition of Colleges that Change Lives.
Emory & Henry has been included in this selective and highly popular guidebook since it was first introduced in 1996 by the late Loren Pope, a former education editor of the New York Times and a leading authority in college admissions.
The book praises the College’s professors for their ability to motivate students and develop talent. “The result is a campus culture that exudes warmth and care for others.”
The book also applauds the E&H focus on service, which emphasizes that students need not wait until they graduate to make a difference in communities. “Students have the real sense that their education is not their own; it’s a tool to make their slice of the world better – right now.”
“There are thousands of college guides, surveys, and websites that attempt to rank colleges using measures of performance of high school graduates that have never spent even a day in a college classroom,” said David Hawsey, E&H vice president for enrollment management.
“A quality education should be measured by the difference that a college makes in a student’s life and the difference students make in their communities. This book has enjoyed wonderful success because it places a great deal of emphasis on those measurements.”
The E&H profile in Colleges the Change Lives concludes by pointing out that E&H graduates go on to lead successful professional and personal lives. “But Emory & Henry’s real contribution is graduating young adults who go on to help other people and lead successful and happy lives. The college isn’t just changing students’ lives. It’s changing communities’ lives too.”