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Activities Fee

Full-time undergraduates pay an activities fee of $75 per semester, while part-time pay $6 per credit hour. These fees fund a wide variety of recreational and co–curricular activities, listed under “Students Services-Recreational”.

Allocation of Student Fees

Recognized student clubs and organizations that are open to all interested full-time undergraduate students and that are beneficial to the education mission of Eastern Mennonite University may apply to receive funds from the comprehensive student fee. Requests for allocations are considered by the SGA Finance Committee, which is chaired by the SGA treasurer. Regular members of the committee include the SGA executive officers and the associate dean of students: student engagement, student programs, and orientation as advisor.

The SGA Finance Committee conducts annual budget meetings in the spring of each year for the purpose of allocating funds for the following year. The recommendation of the committee is taken to the Senate for preliminary approval and to the President’s Cabinet for final approval. The Finance Committee has the responsibility of reviewing the financial status of the bodies to which it has given funding.

The following guidelines are used by the Finance Committee in evaluating requests:

  1. Only organizations or committees with full recognition status will be considered for allocations.
  2. Requests for funding must be submitted in writing to the SGA Finance Committee at least 24 hours before the date of the review. A representative of the organization must be available to meet with the Finance Committee to clarify any items in the request.
  3. An organization may request funds for operating expenses by presenting an itemized budget proposal.
  4. Requests for funds involving programming must be specific (for example, the name of the film and the current catalog cost). Only program activities providing benefits both to members and to persons outside the sponsoring group itself are eligible for funding.
  5. Equipment needs must be submitted as separate one-time requests and must not be included in the annual operating budget request.
  6. An organization that has overspent the budget in the previous year may be denied that amount in the following year’s allocation.
  7. The following are not normally funded from the comprehensive student fee:
  8. Organizations that are politically or denominationally affiliated or represent partisan interests.
  9. Clubs directly related to academic majors, which tend to be exclusive in membership.
  10. Gifts or contributions to third party charities or causes. (Student fees are for use by students in the on-campus co-curricular program only.)

Funds allocated to student organizations from the comprehensive fee must be retained in a Business Office account. Regular procedures for requesting the expenditure of institutional funds must be followed.

In order to keep the comprehensive student fee as reasonable as possible for all students, organizations are encouraged to consider various methods of funding: membership dues, user fees, gifts and contributions, and fundraising projects.

Campus Ministries

Campus Pastors

The Campus Pastor and campus ministries staff are a spiritual resource available to students, faculty and staff for conversation, counseling, support and prayer.  The pastors offer pastoral care, invite and nurture leadership, and coordinate programs for spiritual formation and growth including university chapel services, faith formation groups, Bible studies and spiritual retreats. The Campus Ministries Offices are located in the University Commons, 2nd floor, Student Life Suite.

Campus Pastors

Brian Martin Burkholder, University Campus Pastor/Director, 540-432-4115,


An engaging gathering of traditional undergraduate students, faculty and staff fostering a particular EMU experience of gathering as a campus community for timely conversations, discerning a sense of call-vocation and nurturing spiritual/faith formation informed by Anabaptist-Mennonite and ecumenical Christian and interfaith perspectives on EMU core values and commitments.

Convocation is held every other Wednesday from 10-11am in Lehman Auditorium.

Campus Worship

Intentional spaces for facilitating personal and spiritual/faith formation through Christian worship informed by Anabaptist-Mennonite and Ecumenical theological perspectives and EMU core values and commitments.
Campus Worship is held every other Wednesday from 10:10-11 a.m. in the Lehman Auditorium.

Seminary Chapel is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11-11:45 a.m. in Martin Chapel (Seminary building).

Convocation Break-out Groups
Intentional spaces for exploring a sense of call-vocation and facilitating personal and spiritual/faith formation through engaging with EMU core values and commitments in a smaller group setting. Convo Break-out Groups are held every other Wednesday from 10:10-11 a.m. in various campus locations.

Convocation, Campus Worship, Convocation Break-out Groups Attendance Policy

All undergraduate students, faculty and staff are expected to regularly participate in convocation, campus worship and convocation (convo) break-out group experiences at Eastern Mennonite University to enhance a culture of campus engagement around EMU core values and commitments. Undergraduate students log attendance in convocation approved events to meet the convocation graduation requirement.

To facilitate the undergraduate campus community attending and supporting convocation, campus worship and convo break-out groups from 10:10-11 a.m. on Wednesdays, meetings/events are not scheduled and offices, programs and departments are closed during this time period, other than essential services and/or offices/programs serving graduate students or the greater community.

Convocation and Campus Worship schedule and podcasts

The schedule for convocation and related events are posted in the events box of the myEMU (portal).  It is found at this link: http// Podcasts of input from convocation and related events and gathering services are posted at this link:

Ministry assistants and pastoral assistants

Ministry assistants (MAs) are students who volunteer to help with various ministries on campus. They might lead or join weekly Bible studies, assist with ministry clubs like Celebration, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Gospel Choir or develop their own ministries such as prayer, service, and relationship building wherever they are living.

Pastoral Assistants (PAs) serve the EMU campus community in a variety of ministry leadership roles. PAs help plan and lead campus worship and facilitate gatherings that nurture spiritual growth and faith formation by encouraging reflection and engagement along with planning spiritual renewal events.

Journey Conversation Groups and Small Groups

Journey conversation groups, groups of 2-3 students matched with a faculty or staff member, meet regularly for mutual personal, spiritual, and faith formation. Assistance and support in forming other  small group ministries is provided. Any student desiring to lead a specific type of small group is encouraged to discuss it with a campus pastor or pastoral assistant.

Retreats and Adventures

Periodic faith and spiritual growth retreats are offered through campus ministries. One-day and overnight retreats, focusing on exploring one’s vocation and Christ’s call for one’s life, are offered in the fall and spring. Other options include quiet prayerful retreats, spiritual disciplines retreats, and outdoor adventures.

Spiritual Direction/Companion

Campus ministries staff will assist students in finding a seminary student spiritual companion and provide spiritual direction themselves as available. Use this form to request a spiritual companion:

Spiritual Renewal Events

Each semester, additional emphasis is given to spiritual awakening and renewal on campus. Christian leaders are invited to provide input and special activities are planned by campus ministries staff. 

Co-curricular Organizations and Activities

Co-curricular programs are planned for the purpose of reinforcement of classroom instruction and academic learning, social interaction, group cooperation, development of leadership skills, service to the community and profitable use of leisure time.

Please contact the associate dean of students: student engagement, student programs, and orientation, (540) 432-4133, for information on how to develop a new student organization or become involved with existing ones. 

All organizations are expected to honor university policies for student life in the same spirit of shared responsibility as are individual students. Misconduct by organization members may result in a sanction against the organization if the organization fails to fulfill its responsibilities or if the misconduct occurs in conjunction with activities planned by the organization.

Athletics (Intercollegiate)

EMU fields varsity teams for men in soccer, cross-country, basketball, baseball, golf, track and field, and volleyball. Women’s sports include field hockey, golf, volleyball, cross-country, basketball, softball, soccer, and track and field with women's lacrosse starting in 2019-20. There are developmental teams in some sports.

Both men and women compete as members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). Men’s volleyball, competes in the Continental Volleyball Conference (CVC).

The EMU Royals have been competitive in the Conferences and have participated in national post-season tournaments in both team and individual sports. Individuals and teams have won numerous athletic and academic honors at conference, regional and national levels. For more information on any phase of the athletic program, contact the Director of Athletics (ext. 4646) or check our website at

Athletic Admission Fees

  • EMU Game Admission: Students, Faculty, and Staff with ID are FREE
  • Admission fees are charged for ODAC, CVC, and NCAA tournament events.

Intercollegiate athletics are an integral part of life at Eastern Mennonite University. At EMU, Christian values, goals and standards are the foundation for all athletic activities.  The athletic program provides men and women with opportunities to experience personal growth in leadership, athletic skills, wholesome attitudes and spiritual understanding. An emphasis is placed on a balance between academic achievement and athletic excellence.

The dynamics of interpersonal relationships are an important consideration of the athletic program.  Coaches stress teamwork, interpersonal communication and self-sacrifice. As athletes interact with others and are challenged to develop their talents, they learn about themselves in ways not possible in the classroom. EMU athletics provides everyone the opportunity to learn about self, others, and God and how those three intersect and interact. 

Athletics also builds campus identity. Athletic events provide entertainment and opportunity for socialization and growth experiences for the entire community.

Music Ensembles

For current, up-to-date information on music department ensembles, involvement and events, please visit:

Recreational Sports

Students and faculty are provided an opportunity to participate in positive recreational activities that appeal to a wide variety of people.  Events are conducted tournament style or operated on a league basis. The leagues that are currently offered include volleyball, floor hockey, basketball, kickball, tennis, football, dodgeball and outdoor and indoor soccer. Tournaments are offered on the weekends and include billiards, volleyball, table tennis, sand volleyball, disc golf, and 3-on-3 basketball.

Students, faculty, staff, and their spouses are welcome to participate in the various events. Interested persons should form teams and register at or contact the coordinator of recreational sports, (540) 432-4655. Financial responsibility for the treatment of any injury incurred while participating in a recreational activity belongs to the participant.

Student Clubs and Organizations

For current, up-to-date information on student clubs and organizations, please visit:

Student Publications

The Weather Vane (student run newspaper)

The Phoenix (student literary and visual art journal)

Theater of EMU

For current, up-to-date information on theater activities, involvement and events, please visit: 


A key opportunity for introduction to the EMU experience is participation in the undergraduate orientation program which is designated to help new students (first-year and transfer) make connections and adjust to the university.

An important aspect of orientation for first year students is participation in small groups led by returning students. These groups provide an excellent opportunity to build relationships and learn more about the EMU community.

New students receive detailed information about orientation in August (January for spring semester entrants). Contact the student life office at (540) 432-4135.  For more information go to: