Located in the Highlands of Virginia, Emory & Henry has devoted itself since 1836 to the belief that education can have a transformative effect on an individual, a place and ultimately the wider world.
“Increase in Excellence,” the historic motto of Emory & Henry College, expresses our intention to be a learning community that moves toward fulfilling every student’s potential.
Founded in 1836, Emory & Henry College is a coeducational liberal arts college in the Appalachian highlands of southwest Virginia. The College derives its name from John Emory, an eminent Methodist bishop of the era when the college was founded, and Patrick Henry, a renowned Virginian and a patriot of the American Revolution. The names represent principles that guide the College yet today: the vitality of faith and engaged citizenship. The college is one of only 40 institutions recognized in Loren Pope's "Colleges That Changes Lives."
The College boasts excellent professors who are committed to the success of their students. In recent years, six E&H professors have been named Carnegie Foundation state Professor of the Year and one has been named U.S. Professor of the Year – a distinction shared by only a handful of colleges and universities in the nation. The success of these professors – and their students – has been, in part, due to a global perspective on education and the E&H emphasis on undergraduate research. The academic program includes more than 50 majors in approximately 25 fields of study.