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Frequently Asked Questions

What denomination is Emmaus?

Emmaus is associated with the Plymouth Brethren, a non-denominational, loose fellowship of like-minded evangelical churches. We value New Testament principles such as the priesthood of the believer, multiplicity of gift, and plurality of leadership. Consult our doctrinal statement for details.

Who are the Plymouth Brethren?

Emmaus Bible College was founded and is supported by the open branch of the Plymouth Brethren assemblies in North America. These brethren are a loose fellowship of like-minded, yet interdependent churches rather than a tight-knit, formal denomination. Each church is autonomous, but enjoys sharing preachers, camps, conferences, national service organizations, and mission-sending agencies. Their theology fits well within protestant evangelicalism. There are 800 congregations with 60,000 members in the U.S., and 400 congregations with 30,000 members in Canada (known as Christian Brethren).

The movement began in England and Ireland in the late 1820s. Christians from various churches who had become dissatisfied with the formalism, clericalism and spiritual dryness of many British churches met for communion, prayer, and Bible teaching. They sought a simple New Testament pattern of meeting. Some of their early leaders were John Nelson Darby, Anthony Norris Groves, William Kelly, C. H. Mackintosh, and George Mueller. Two of their larger centers were in Plymouth and Dublin. They rallied around several distinctives. The brethren do not ordain clergy, but prefer to emphasize the priesthood of every believer and lay ministry in the church. They consider worship a primary reason to gather as believers, so they break bread weekly, celebrating communion in an hour-long meeting with open verbal participation from the floor. They are led by a plurality of elders and use various preachers in their pulpits. The theology and practice of the brethren fit well within mainstream evangelicalism. Two of their best contributions to evangelicalism as a whole are plurality of leadership and a dispensational, premillennial view of Christ's kingdom. They were known for evangelism, missions, and personal knowledge of the Bible.

Are all the students who attend Emmaus Plymouth Brethren?

Half of our students come to Emmaus from Plymouth Brethren backgrounds, while the other half come from other evangelical backgrounds.

Am I required to go to a specific church?

No, but we do expect that all our students will be actively involved in a local, evangelical church. There are three assemblies in town, as well as a number of other evangelical churches from which to choose.

What is the female to male ratio?

For the 2011-2012 school year, the ratio was 44% male and 56% female.

Is Emmaus accredited?

Emmaus Bible College is nationally accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). ABHE is a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the national organization that coordinates accreditation activity in the United States. The Association for Biblical Higher Education is the recognized accrediting agency for biblical higher education by relevant federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Justice, and the Veterans Administration.

In addition, Emmaus Bible College is a candidate with the Higher Learning Commission and an affiliate of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. NCA is a regional accrediting agency, and a member of CHEA. 

Emmaus Bible College is also approved by the Iowa State Department Education to offer programs leading to teacher licensure in elementary education.

How many students attend Emmaus?

Around 250 full time and part time students.

Is there an application deadline?

Emmaus does rolling admission, which means we don’t have an application deadline; however, we encourage you to turn your application in as soon as possible. We do still take applications through August but we have a deposit due June 1st or as soon as you are accepted after that point. You can apply online right now!  We can take your application up to one calendar year prior to the month you enroll. 

What is the minimum GPA required for acceptance?

A minimum 2.0 GPA is required for acceptance; students whose GPA is lower than 2.0 may be accepted on Academic Assistance.

Am I required to submit SAT and ACT scores?

We require only one of these tests. If you have at least 24 college credit hours or graduated from high school 2 years earlier, we will waive this requirement.

What ACT/SAT score does Emmaus require?

We require a minimum of 19 composite on the ACT and a minimum of 920 combined (Math and Critical Reading) on the SAT.  Students who score below these minimums may be accepted on Academic Assistance.

What is the average GPA and ACT/SAT scores for incoming students?

For incoming freshmen for Fall 2011, the average high school GPA was 3.28 (on a 4.0 scale).  The average ACT composite score for this group was 22, and the average SAT score (Math and Critical Reading) was 957.

Do you accept AP and CLEP scores?

We require you to get a 50 on each CLEP test in order for us to accept it. (See CLEP Testing Information.) AP test scores vary depending on the subject.

What if I’ve earned college credit from another institution? Will they transfer to Emmaus?

It depends on the courses you’ve taken and the program you plan to complete at Emmaus.  The best way for us to determine transfer of credits is to take a look at your transcript(s).  Contact the Office of Admissions to learn more about this process.

Do all students have to live on-campus?

Yes. Students who are married or who have family living near the college may stay off-campus.

May freshmen have cars on campus?

Absolutely! Parking permits are available for $30 per semester.

How are dorm rooms assigned?

Included in the acceptance packet (sent to students who are accepted for admission) is a Housing Preference form.  Our Student Development team assigns first year students to dorm floors based on the preferences listed on this form.   Dorm floors are not segregated by class, so first year students are on floors with sophomores, juniors, and seniors, as well as other freshmen.

Will I have roommate?

It depends on where you live. There is one floor of suite style rooms for men in Smith Hall; 2-4 men share a suite.  All of our dorms in the main building are single occupancy rooms.

Will I have internet access and a phone in my room?

Yes, each room is Internet ready with broadband service, and each dorm is set up with its own wireless router. A phone with its own extension and voicemail is provided for each room as well.  (See About Our Dorms for a thorough description and what to bring.)

Are the rules at Emmaus strict?

The rules that Emmaus has established are in order to establish and maintain Christian values. For a full list of rules, check out our Student Handbook.

Is there a curfew on campus?

Students are to be on the residence hall floors from midnight to 6:00am Sunday-Thursday and from 1:00am-6:00am on Friday and Saturday. Permission from the Resident Assistant or Resident Director is necessary to be at other places in the building or off campus after curfew.

May I bring my pet to school?

You may bring a pet fish to college; other pets are not allowed in the dorms.

What are the meal plan options?

For resident students, meals are included in the cost of Room & Board.  Each resident student can have three meals a day, seven days a week, when school is in session.

Non-resident students may purchase meal tickets or deposit money in their student account for meals.  Breakfast is $4.50, and lunch and dinner are $6.00 each.

Where can I do my laundry and how much does it cost?

For resident students, use of the campus’ washers and dryers is included in Room & Board.  Students may use the campus laundry facilities 6 AM to curfew each day.  Students must provide their own laundry detergent.

How do I apply for a job on campus?

Within a few days of moving in, our Career Services Department hosts a Job Fair.  During this evening event, employers from the city will be on our campus with information and applications for part-time job openings.  Applications for part-time work at the College for different departments will also be available at this time.

Is tutoring available?

Yes!  Visit our Academic Support Center for more information.

What kinds of activities or involvement opportunities are there on campus? Are there any leadership opportunities?

Spiritual Emphasis Week/Christian Ministries Seminars

Special weeks are set aside in each semester for spiritual refreshment and challenge relating to home and overseas service.

Student Government

Students are elected by the student body to fill the offices of president, vice-president, treasurer, and secretary of the College's Student Government. The students of the first-year class choose class representatives.  The Dean for Student Affairs serves as the advisor to the Student Government.

Emmaus Elementary Education Fellowship (EEE)

Elementary Education majors and other interested students meet monthly for fellowship, professional development, and prayer.

Student Missionary Fellowship (SMF)

Student Missionary Fellowship is a student organization to promote prayer and interest in missionary activities around the world through guest speakers, prayer groups, and special programs.

Youth Ministries Fellowship

Youth ministries majors meet monthly for planning, sharing ideas, prayer, and fellowship.

Music Ministries

Students have opportunities for involvement in various music ministries at Emmaus, including Chapel Choir, the Emmaus Ensemble, and several small group ensembles. The vocal groups provide ministry at a number of special events throughout the year, both on- and off-campus.

Athletic Activities

Emmaus participates in intercollegiate basketball, soccer, and volleyball with other small colleges.  We also provide a full intramural sports program including basketball, flag football, volleyball, indoor soccer, floor hockey, ultimate frisbee, softball, badminton, and racquetball.

Social Events

The Student Government plans numerous social activities throughout the year.  These include all-school picnics, recreation nights, fellowship and singing, skiing and skating outings, Winterfest, all-school trips to Chicago, and annual events such as our Emmaus Family Christmas and the Spring Banquet. 

What courses do freshmen usually take?

All of our first year students begin with a year of Bible and general education courses, working toward the Bible Certificate.  Click here to see the requirements for the Bible Certificate program.