Emory & Henry College is consistently ranked among the nation's best private liberal arts institutions. From our exceptional faculty to the College's commitment to community service and student satisfaction, Emory & Henry College is recognized for excellence.
Among the College's many accolades is the Presidential Award for Service Learning, the highest national recognition for community service and service learning; top tier recognition in Washington Monthly, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek and many other publications.
Emory & Henry is one of only a few Virginia institutions to make the Top 50 list of Washington Monthly's 2015 ranking of national colleges and universities. The College is ranked as the top liberal arts college in Virginia in this guide — which has been praised for the metrics it uses in evaluating higher education—in part, because of the College's historic commitment to community service.
One of the nation's best-selling college guidebooks, Colleges that Change Lives, has once again listed Emory & Henry among the top 40 institutions in the nation that transform students' lives.
Virginia has no shortage of familiar schools with robust reputations. But Emory & Henry does the finest job of them all of producing contributors to society. Hilary Masell Oswald
Colleges That Change Lives
Emory & Henry College was admitted to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its service to communities throughout Southwest Virginia. Emory & Henry College has been one of only a few institutions on the Honor Roll to receive the coveted President's Award, the highest national recognition for commitment to service learning and engagement. The award recognizes the College’s unique approach to community/college partnerships, which have become a national model for civic engagement.
In its first–ever college rankings, Newsweek magazine has ranked Emory & Henry fourth among all colleges and universities in the nation in providing service learning and community service. Emory & Henry was one of 25 institutions—out of more than 3,000 nationwide—included in the ranking by Newsweek, which rated colleges and universities in 12 categories.
Quality education depends on quality teaching. In the last 27 years, eight E&H professors have been named Virginia or U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education — a feat unmatched by any college or university in the state of Virginia. During the last 19 years, six Emory & Henry professors have received the Outstanding Faculty Award given by the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia. When adjusted for the size of the institution, this record is unmatched by any other college or university in Virginia. Learn more our Faculty Awards Archive.
Emory & Henry is among the top 20 colleges and universities in the nation that are most committed to community service, according to a 2011 ranking by USA Today. The ranking is one more validation of the unique E&H approach to service learning. At Emory & Henry, service is not merely about addressing needs in the community; it is about applying our minds and energies to the sources of those needs.
Emory & Henry College has been selected as a top military-friendly school and has earned placement in the 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities, a list featured in the December issue of Military Advanced Education. This designation as a top military-friendly school is an endorsement of the hard work the College has applied to helping veterans begin or complete their higher education goals.
Emory & Henry enjoys a host of other recognitions from a variety of news magazines, authors and college reference sources. For example, Emory & Henry is recognized as a College of Distinction for its exemplary commitment to student engagement, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. It also was recently named one of “America’s Best Kept College Secrets” by author Peter Arango and as a top 25 rural college in the nation by College Raptor.