Tiny, Overlooked "Gem" Emory & Henry

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.

Sports-wise, the Wasps compete in a variety of sports in the DIII Old Dominion Athletic Conference: men’s football, men’s and women’s lacrosse, field hockey, baseball, softball and more.

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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Andy Lockwood

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