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Emmaus is a non-denominational college that was founded and continues to be supported by the Brethren movement, as well as many other evangelical Christian groups.

The Brethren are a fellowship of like-minded, independent local churches that are not part of any formal denomination. 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.

About one third of our students come to Emmaus from Brethren backgrounds, while the remainder come from other evangelical backgrounds.

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.

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.

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

We require degree-seeking students to submit the results from one of these tests.  If you have already attended college after high school and have at least 24 college credit hours or you graduated from high school at least 2 years ago we will waive this requirement.

For students with at least a 2.5 (4.0 scale) high school GPA we require a 17 composite on the ACT, 900 composite on the SAT, or 57 composite on the CLT.  Students with a high school GPA between 2.0 to 2.49 (4.0 scale) must score at least an 18 composite on the ACT, 940 composite on the SAT, or 61 composite on the CLT.  Students who score below these minimums may be accepted on Academic Assistance.

Yes, we accept both AP and CLEP. Credit received is based on scores. Contact our registrar for more information at jbennett@emmaus.edu.

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.

Yes, with few exceptions. Students who are married, who are least 24 years old, or who have parents or grandparents living near the college may stay off-campus.

Our ResLife team assigns first-year students to residence halls. A housing preference form will be mailed to all admitted students and the team works hard to accommodate preferences as able.

In most of our residence halls, each student has their own room. We have one men’s residence hall with suite style rooms which are shared by a minimum of two students.

Yes, each room is Internet ready with broadband service, and each dorm hall is set up with its own wireless router. We ask students not to bring external network devices including Amazon Echo, Google Home, Sonos, smart speakers, as well as Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick or similar devices. (See our student housing section for a thorough description and what to bring.)

Yes, Emmaus has a Student Handbook and a Faith and Lifestyle Commitment that we ask each student to live by during their time with us. Please see our Student Handbook for specific questions (2021-22 version). Student Handbook.

Yes. Students are asked to be on a residence hall floor of their gender during curfew hours. Students who are at least 21 years old at the start of the semester and students who have completed at least 90 credit hours are exempt from curfew. Sunday night through Thursday night, curfew begins at 12:00 a.m.; Friday night and Saturday night, curfew begins at 1:00 a.m. Curfew ends each morning at 6:00 a.m. Permission from the Resident Assistant or Resident Director is necessary to be at other places in the building or off campus after curfew.

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

For resident students, meals are included in the cost of Room & Board. Each resident student’s meal plan includes 20 meals per week.

Non-resident students may purchase meal tickets or deposit money in their student account for meals.

For resident students, use of the campus’ laundry facilities is included in Room & Board. Students must provide their own laundry detergent. Non-resident students are not eligible for laundry use.

During the first week of classes, the Student life Department generally hosts a Christian Service and Job Fair for students to connect with campus and local opportunities.

Yes! Visit our Academic Support Center for more information.

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.

SPIRITUAL EMPHASIS WEEK/CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES SEMINARS: Special weeks during the Fall and Spring semesters are set aside for spiritual encouragement, challenging students to serve ministry service or vocation opportunities. 

STUDENT UNION: A team selected to contribute to the Emmaus campus experience by programming events on campus to encourage community building. This team is selected each Spring for the following year and there are two freshmen spots which first year students can apply for in the Fall of each year. 

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. 

COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY STUDENT COUNCIL: A small group of Counseling Psychology students meet throughout the school year as representatives of fellow Counseling Psychology students for the purpose of planning, academic development, fellowship, 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. 

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. 

PRAISE TEAMS: Students can audition to be part of a Campus Praise Team. The Campus Praise Teams lead our campus community in worship on Wednesday and Friday chapels. Most teams serve 2-4 times a month. 

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

Complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. List Emmaus as a school to receive your FAFSA.  The school code is 016487.  After the completed FAFSA is received by Emmaus, the Financial Aid Office will contact you regarding the next steps that need to be taken.

Approximately 30% of those who complete a FAFSA are selected by the government to be verified. This simply means that the government is doing a random check to make sure you've reported certain items correctly on your FAFSA.  If you are selected, the Financial Aid Office will notify you. You will need to complete a Verification Worksheet and may be asked to provide additional information.

Once the FAFSA process is complete through the Financial Aid Office, they will send you an Award Letter. This will show you how the government calculates your financial need, and then how much you are eligible for in a Pell Grant and in Stafford Loans.

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is awarded to the neediest students at Emmaus, as determined by the FAFSA.  The maximum grant amount is $600 per year and there is a very limited amount of funds available.

The simplest and most effective method is through a company called FastWeb, at www.fastweb.com. This is a customized scholarship search that sends you automatic email updates about scholarships available to every student in the US. Sign up for a free account and you'll see updates almost immediately.

The Subsidized Stafford Loan is interest-free until 6 months after the student is no longer enrolled in at least 6 credits during a semester. The government pays the interest during this time, and the loan can be deferred as long as the student is enrolled. The government does not pay the interest on an unsubsidized loan.

The Federal Plus Loan is another Government loan that a parent can take out for the student. The interest rates on Plus Loans are excellent, second only to the Stafford Loan. You may also want to consider private education loans from banks or lenders.

Yes, a student cannot receive more than 94% of tuition in institutional aid, including the Iowa Tuition Grant. Since the Iowa Tuition Grant can only be used for tuition, institutional aid may be reduced so that a student does not receive more than 94% of tuition in institutional aid plus the Iowa Tuition Grant.

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