For the second consecutive year, Washington Monthly has ranked Emory & Henry College as the top liberal arts institution in Virginia and placed it among the top 50 liberal arts schools nationwide.
Emory & Henry’s placement on the 2014 list of the magazine’s top liberal arts college has improved from 45th last year to 37th this year. Emory & Henry has been among the top 50 institutions in the Washington Monthly rankings for the past six years.
The ranking is significant as many education experts see the metrics used by Washington Monthly as a respected alternative to those used by U.S. News & World Report in rating schools. The Washington Monthly rankings seek to place a high priority on the contributions that students and their institutions make to society.
One measurement in these rankings considers the amount of community service hours performed by students, a category in which Emory & Henry placed first in the nation among liberal arts institutions. Another category measures the degree to which professors incorporate community service into the curriculum. In this category among liberal arts colleges, Emory & Henry ranks third nationally.
Emory & Henry has a solid tradition of shaping students from all walks of life into problem-solvers and valuable contributors to society with invaluable critical-thinking skills and impressive portfolios of achievement.Jake Schrum President, Emory & Henry College
Topping the list of best liberal arts colleges in the nation was Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. Other Virginia colleges to make the list of the top 100 were Washington & Lee University at 69, Hollins University at 73 and the University of Richmond at 88.
Two colleges from Tennessee made the top 100 list, Rhodes College and Fisk College.
The Washington Monthly ranking is one of several accolades given to the institution in recognition of its academic excellence.
Emory & Henry is among a handful of institutions – and the only institution in Virginia -- to receive the President's Award for Community Service, which is given by the President of the United States in recognition of work done to transform communities.
Emory & Henry professors have been recognized 16 out of the last 25 years with state and national teaching awards, and Forbes magazine has ranked the College faculty among the top 25 in the nation.
The popular college guidebook, College’s that Change Lives, claims that Virginia has an abundance of colleges and universities with sterling reputations, but Emory & Henry “does the finest job of them all of producing contributors to society.”