Eastern Mennonite University

Graduates: 323
Undergraduates: 1184
Graduates: 323
Setting: Small four-year, highly residential
In-state Tuition: $29,210.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $29,210.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 10:01
SAT / ACT / GPA: 1495 / 21 / 3.4
Public/Private: Private
Male/Female Ratio: 35:65
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: Mennonite Church (U.S.A.)
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 65%

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) is a private liberal arts university in the Shenandoah Valley of the U.S. state of Virginia, affiliated with one of the historic peace churches, the Mennonite Church USA. Its 97-acre (390,000 m2) main campus is located near Harrisonburg, Virginia. The university operates a satellite campus in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which primarily caters to working adults.

EMU educates students to serve and lead in a global context. Our Christian community challenges students to pursue their life calling through scholarly inquiry, artistic creation, guided practice, and life-changing cross-cultural encounter. We invite each person to follow Christ�s call to bear witness to faith, serve with compassion, and walk boldly in the way of nonviolence and peace.

Eastern Mennonite University was launched in 1917 by a handful of Mennonite church members. They recognized that their church-centered communities needed to offer schooling beyond the basic level for young-adult Mennonites who were hungry for more knowledge and for opportunities beyond the farm.These church leaders sought to stem the tide toward enrolling in secular educational institutions. One of that founding group, Bishop George R. Brunk Sr., stated that �the world standard of education is self-centered, self-exalting, and materialistic.� By contrast, he advocated a form of Christian education that �expands and develops the God-given powers both natural and spiritual, guides them [students] into channels of activity most conducive to God�s glory and the blessing of mankind.� Eastern Mennonite's first registrar, John Early Suter, advocated that Eastern Mennonite not limit itself to being a Bible school, but also offer academic courses such as English, Algebra and Latin. This proposal was accepted when he and A.G Heishman agreed to teach these courses on the condition that their pay come out of any money remaining after the Bible teachers were paid. The Suter Science Center was named in honor of J. Early Suter's son, Dr. Daniel Suter, who taught in the Biology department from 1948 to 1985. From exclusively serving members of the Mennonite church in the early and mid 1900s, EMU has evolved to educating thousands far beyond its original constituency of �Anabaptists,� a broad term for Mennonites and kindred subscribers to the theology of Anabaptism. EMU and its seminary are affiliated with the Mennonite Education Agency of the Mennonite Church USA, as are five other higher education institutions in Kansas, Indiana and Ohio � Bethel College (Kansas), Goshen College, Bluffton University, Hesston College and Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Of these colleges, only Goshen College has a higher percentage of Mennonite students (53%) than EMU (50%).

97-Acre (390,000 M2)


Ingida Asfaw '62 � Leading cardiovascular surgeon in Michigan and major philanthropist on behalf of health care in Ethiopia. Hizkias Assefa � Part-time EMU professor since founding of CJP in 1995, who works internationally as mediator for protracted national conflicts in over 50 countries, often as a consultant to the United Nations, European Union or NGOs. Has master's degrees in law (from Northwestern) and in economics (from U. of Pittsburgh) and a PhD in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. Myron Augsburger '55, ThB '58 � Former president of EMU, global evangelist, author of more than 20 works of fiction and non-fiction. Rick Augsburger '91 � Managing director of the KonTerra Group. Formerly deputy director and emergency services director for Church World Service. Emmanuel Bombande, MA '02 (in conflict transformation) � Executive director & co-founder of West Africa Network for Peacebuilding. Winner of the Millennium Excellence Peace Award 2005. Sam Gbaydee Doe, MA '98 (in conflict transformation) - Co-founder and first executive director of West African Network for Peacebulding. As of 2011, employed by United Nations on development and reconciliation. A fellow Liberian, worked with Leymah Gbowee on Liberian peace movement. Has PhD in social and international affairs from University of Bradford (UK). Leymah Gbowee, MA '07 (in conflict transformation) - A co-honoree for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for leading the women's peace movement that brought an end to 14 years of warfare in Liberia in 2003, most recently the Second Liberian Civil War. Merle Good '69 - Writer and co-owner/publisher of Good Books, a supplier of books to Target, Costco, Wal-Mart and other major outlets, headquartered in Intercourse, Pa. Co-author with wife Phyllis Good of the bestselling 20 Most Asked Questions About the Amish and Mennonites.[133] Ali Gohar, MA '02 (in conflict transformation) - Founding director of JustPeace International, which has combined restorative justice with traditional jirga practices into community-level conflict resolution implemented in much of Pakistan as of 2011. Translator and adapter of Howard Zehr's Little Book of Restorative Justice into Pakistan�s languages of Pushto, Urdu and Persian. Glen D. Lapp '91 - A Mennonite Central Committee volunteer who was one of 10 members of the International Assistance Mission murdered on 5 August 2010 while returning from a medical relief trip in the mountains of northern Afghanistan. Erik Kratz '02 � Baseball Player in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. Donald Kraybill '67 � Expert on the Amish, Mennonites and other Anabaptist topics, frequently quoted in the worldwide media. Author of more than 20 books, including the bestselling The Riddle of Amish Culture and the Upside-Down Kingdom, which won the National Religious Book Award in 1979. John Paul Lederach � Founding director of Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at EMU. Professor of international peacebuilding at the Joan Kroc Institute of the University of Notre Dame. Author, co-author, or co-editor of eight English-language books on peace, healing and/or reconciliation. Anthony Pratkanis '79 � Expert in techniques of propaganda and ways it can be recognized and resisted, often quoted by the media. Co-author, The Age of Propaganda: The Everyday Use and Abuse of Persuasion; founding editor of journal Social Influence. Lisa Schirch - Faculty member at EMU's Center for Justice and Peacebuilding since late 1990s. Founding director of 3P Security (formerly 3D Security), an international "partnership for peacebuilding policy." Author of five books on conflict prevention and peacebuilding. Huffington Post blogger and frequent public speaker on U.S. foreign policy. Holds PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. Larry Sheets '87 � Former major league baseball player for Baltimore, Detroit, Seattle. Kenton Swartz '86 - Senior Investigator of the National Institutes of Health, NINDS. Allen Grant Stoltzfus '65 - Founder of Rosetta Stone language-learning software, in partnership with family members John Fairfield '70 and Eugene Stoltzfus '72 Howard Zehr � EMU professor known as "grandfather of restorative justice." Quoted widely on the subject in academic and media outlets. Author, editor or co-editor of more than 30 books, including the 16-volume series of Little Books on Justice and Peacebuilding.


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Undergraduate application fee: $25.00
Graduate application fee: $25.00
Member of National Athletic Association: Yes
Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): Yes
Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIC): Yes
Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA): Yes
Member of National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA): No
Member of National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA): No