Our last college stop was at tiny Emory & Henry (the “Other Emory”), another classic liberal arts college featured in Colleges That Change Lives. Founded in 1836, E&H is listed in the National Historic Register. It’s in Southwest Virginia.
Tiny: 875 TOTAL undergraduates, so small, intimate classes with plenty of professor-student interaction is the rule (the student-teacher ratio is 10:1). E&H has a reputation as a collaborative, supportive (as opposed to “cutthroat”) learning environment. For a small school, E&H offers a wide selection of majors and programs of study. E&H students have nice study abroad options available to them too.
It’s relatively easy to get into E&H, out of 1,217 applicants, 878 were admitted in 2013. I was disappointed to learn that only 47% graduate in six years, but small, rural schools like this are definitely not for everyone.
Financial aid wise, Emory and Henry is a great bargain. It’s “sticker price” is relatively low – $43K – and it meets 90% of financial need. The average financial aid package for 1st year students is $26K, making the average discount 60%! Average debt load is $29K per student, which is reasonable by today’s standards.
Bottom line: this is an intriguing, hidden “gem” that should be considered by students who would thrive in a small, liberal arts environment, at a bargain price.
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