EMU at Lancaster

 EMU Mission, Vision and Values

What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? — Micah 6:8


EMU prepares students to serve and lead in a global context.

Our community of learning integrates Christian faith, academic rigor, artistic creation, and reflective practice informed by the liberal arts, interdisciplinary engagement, and cross-cultural encounter.


We will open new pathways of access and achievement for all students who aspire to grow as unifying leaders equipped with intercultural competence, oriented toward peace and justice, and rooted in an active faith modeled on the life and teachings of Jesus. 


EMU’s mission and vision are grounded in the enduring biblical values of Christian discipleship, community, service, and peace.

These values are embodied throughout the university in our distinctive commitment to peacebuilding, social justice, cross-cultural engagement, and sustainability. Rooted in the Anabaptist tradition, we follow Jesus’ call to bear witness to truth, serve with compassion, and walk boldly in the way of nonviolence and peace.


Mission and values approved by EMU Board of Trustees, June 23, 2017.
Vision approved by EMU Board of Trustees, November 9, 2019.



Eastern Mennonite University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, age, disability and national/ethnic origin in administration of its employment and educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

As a religious institution, Eastern Mennonite University expressly reserves its rights, its understanding of, and its commitments to the historic Anabaptist identity and the teachings of Mennonite Church USA, and reserves the legal right to hire and employ individuals who support the values of the university.

EMU is an institution of Mennonite Church USA. EMU claims exemption from federal law requiring nondiscrimination on the basis of religion.

Eastern Mennonite University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, and master degrees.  Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Eastern Mennonite University.

Eastern Mennonite University at Lancaster is certified to operate an educational enterprise in Pennsylvania as a foreign corporation by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

EMU’s mission, vision and values are the foundation of EMU’s strategic plan.