Emory & Henry Prepares for Record Enrollment, Robust Residential Community

Posted by Tyler Segraves
Administrative offices that once served as residence halls are now back in use for student housing. Some staff members at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia, are on the move to new office spaces, making room for new students to call the college home this fall.

With the continued increase in enrollment after a record-breaking year in the fall of 2022, staff in the offices of Admissions and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Offices are moving into new spaces as their historic homes are being converted back into residential spaces that once served students for many years on campus. The campus expects an all-time record number of overall enrolled students and an all-time record number of students living on campus this year. The college has increased its first-year enrollment by 33% since the fall of 2020.

“We are in a very fortunate situation at Emory & Henry, seeing enrollment gains with great interest in our new innovative academic programs by our faculty, our progressive move to D2 and competing in the South Atlantic Conference,” said President John W. Wells. “Students are coming from 32 states, 11 international countries and we have an 84% uptick of students from Southwest Virginia. We may be bursting at the seams but the energy and enthusiasm are high to welcome new students to E&H and Southwest Virginia.”

Last year, college officials purchased and rented homes around the area to accommodate the growth and announced this spring to break ground on new apartments along College Drive and Hillman Highway to be occupied by summer 2023.

More than 450 new students will ascend on the campus starting August 6, with classes for the fall semester officially starting August 15, when close to 700 upperclassmen return. It’s anticipated that 900 students will be living on the Emory campus, setting a new residence record surpassing 858 last year. Overall enrollment on the Emory campus is expected to exceed 1,100 with another 280 graduate students in Marion working on advanced degrees in health sciences and health counseling. This is the first fall for new pre-nursing students to ascend on both campuses and start their journey toward earning a BSN.

Eighty-four percent more Southwest Virginia students are attending for the first time compared to last year’s class, as well as an increase of 8% of students from the entire Commonwealth. Transfer students grew 64% over last year with the majority transferring from four-year public and private colleges with the remainder consisting of local, regional and national community colleges. The incoming class grew in diversity by 30% with more Hispanic, Asian, and American Indian or Alaskan Native students enrolling.

“Students are eager to take their lives to the next level in academics, athletics, citizenship and creating new relationships at their college of choice,” said Jennifer Pearce, Vice President for Enrollment and External Affairs. “Emory & Henry has much to offer when it comes to more than 90 hands-on academic programs, outdoor adventure and various groups to find engagement and belonging. We continue to serve the Appalachian Highlands through our civic innovation programs, the arts, as well as internships and employment while embracing this beautiful region that attracts and amazes students.”Ninety-four percent of students from the graduating class in 2021 have landed jobs or continued their studies in graduate school. Emory & Henry launched its new van Vlissingen Center for Career and Professional Development in 2020 and has increased its internship placement across the world as well as networking with new employers for job placement. Plans are underway to introduce a new highly engaged Student Success Center this fall, housed in Wiley Hall. The center will support student advising, coaching, belonging, tutoring, mental health counseling, disability services, and more. Two onsite counseling professionals have been added to the team, including Gus the therapy dog, as well as the implementation of “timelycare” telehealth for students, a 24/7 wellness application for all students to access during times of crisis or for preventive care tips such as exercise, diet and mindfulness.

New pathway programs into Emory & Henry programs in health sciences, nursing, education and business are being implemented including a Fast-Track Master in Education, Master of Nursing Science in summer 2023 and an MBA hybrid/online program rolling out fall 2023 pending approval from its accrediting body for the latter two. Students with an undergraduate degree from E&H will receive discounted tuition for continuing their education in health sciences through the Health Sciences Gateway Program, including eligible alumni.

Please visit www.edu.ehc for upcoming community events and athletic schedules. Applications are open for the spring and fall semesters of 2023 at www.ehc.edu/apply.

  • Students from 32 states and 11 countries are about to descend at Emory & Henry College while some administrative offices are shifting to open residential spaces for the growing student body on the Emory, Va. campus. New students from Southwest Va. comprise an 84% increase this year along with a 64% increase in transfer students with the majority from four-year private and public colleges, as well as community colleges.
“We are in a very fortunate situation at Emory & Henry, seeing enrollment gains with great interest in our new innovative academic programs by our faculty, our progressive move to D2 and competing in the South Atlantic Conference,” said President John W. Wells.

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/735-koch-uncovers-the-inequalities-of-food"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/38/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,492,2136,2630/6049_Shelley_Koch-2.rev.1552061534.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/38/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,492,2136,2630/6049_Shelley_Koch-2.rev.1552061534.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/38/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,492,2136,2630/6049_Shelley_Koch-2.rev.1552061534.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/38/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,492,2136,2630/6049_Shelley_Koch-2.rev.1552061534.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/38/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,492,2136,2630/6049_Shelley_Koch-2.rev.1552061534.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/38/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,492,2136,2630/6049_Shelley_Koch-2.rev.1552061534.jpg" alt="Shelley Koch" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/38/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,492,2136,2630/6049_Shelley_Koch-2.rev.1552061534.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/38/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,492,2136,2630/6049_Shelley_Koch-2.rev.1552061534.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2136" data-max-h="2138" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/735-koch-uncovers-the-inequalities-of-food">Koch Uncovers the Inequalities of Food</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Dr. Shelley Koch has released her third book, <em>Gender and Food: A Critical Look at the Food System</em>. The book looks at different aspects of food and how it is affected by gender inequalities. <a href="/live/news/735-koch-uncovers-the-inequalities-of-food" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/717-emory-henry-college-holds-mid-appalachian"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/921,0,3059,2136/6043_Mid-Appalachian_Higher_Ed_Summit.rev.1551899402.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/921,0,3059,2136/6043_Mid-Appalachian_Higher_Ed_Summit.rev.1551899402.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/921,0,3059,2136/6043_Mid-Appalachian_Higher_Ed_Summit.rev.1551899402.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/921,0,3059,2136/6043_Mid-Appalachian_Higher_Ed_Summit.rev.1551899402.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/921,0,3059,2136/6043_Mid-Appalachian_Higher_Ed_Summit.rev.1551899402.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/921,0,3059,2136/6043_Mid-Appalachian_Higher_Ed_Summit.rev.1551899402.jpg" alt="From left to right: Moderator Dr. Michael Puglisi of Emory & Henry College, Dr. Dean Sprinkle..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/921,0,3059,2136/6043_Mid-Appalachian_Higher_Ed_Summit.rev.1551899402.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/921,0,3059,2136/6043_Mid-Appalachian_Higher_Ed_Summit.rev.1551899402.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2138" data-max-h="2136" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/717-emory-henry-college-holds-mid-appalachian">Emory & Henry College holds Mid-Appalachian Higher Ed Summit</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> For the first time in the Mid-Appalachian region, leaders of nine higher education institutions gathered to look at the state of higher education, demographic and economic trends, and workforce and career development needs in the region. <a href="/live/news/717-emory-henry-college-holds-mid-appalachian" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/668-emory-henry-announces-new-rn-to-bsn-program"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/1011,0,3148,2136/5941_RN-BSN-54.rev.1549910260.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/1011,0,3148,2136/5941_RN-BSN-54.rev.1549910260.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/1011,0,3148,2136/5941_RN-BSN-54.rev.1549910260.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/1011,0,3148,2136/5941_RN-BSN-54.rev.1549910260.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/1011,0,3148,2136/5941_RN-BSN-54.rev.1549910260.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/1011,0,3148,2136/5941_RN-BSN-54.rev.1549910260.jpg" alt="Students at the School of Health Sciences campus in Marion, Va. Applications are now being accept..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/1011,0,3148,2136/5941_RN-BSN-54.rev.1549910260.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/1011,0,3148,2136/5941_RN-BSN-54.rev.1549910260.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2137" data-max-h="2136" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/668-emory-henry-announces-new-rn-to-bsn-program">Emory & Henry Announces New RN to BSN Program</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Due to an ever-demanding increased need for nurses in the region, Emory & Henry College has established its first-ever RN to BSN program and is now enrolling students to start classes this fall. <a href="/live/news/668-emory-henry-announces-new-rn-to-bsn-program" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>