At EMU, stories of success are written every day. Our campus, our curriculum, our community, and our culture is the perfect blend of education and inspiration. And our graduates are taking their experiences into the real world by personifying the learning, exploration, friendship, and the success that they discovered while they were here.

So come, find your voice, and write your own story.
Your career will take you well beyond the classroom, so your learning should too. The co-op and internship program at EMU is designed to coincide with our curriculum. At the University Advising & Career Development Center, we’ll help guide you through steps and strategies to secure the experience you need, before you leave campus. As a student, you can intern with local and national companies, government agencies, and many other career-defining organizations. This in-field experience, coupled with degree programs – often times alongside faculty – helps students graduate with on-the-job training that’s extremely valuable, making EMU grads amazingly attractive to potential employers.

Hello from Kosovo.
From here, you can go anywhere. And Trevis Harrold got to go someplace that few students have gone before. With encouragement and preparation from faculty and staff, this political science major secured a prestigious U.S. Department of State internship at the U.S. Embassy in Pristina, Kosovo. “My student internship in Kosovo was the opportunity of a lifetime. Reading about foreign affairs is one thing; getting hands-on experience is another,” says Harrold. His duties at the embassy included giving presentations to area youth about economic development, working with representatives of the U.S. Dept. of State’s Foreign and Civil Services, and drafting communications to Washington D.C.. While living in a gated community secured by the U.S. Marine Corps, the Saginaw native also traveled to Germany, Albania, and Macedonia. “No matter where I went, I was always mindful that I represented not only America, but Eastern Michigan University. I’m grateful to EMU for equipping me to serve overseas,” says the Honors College student, adding that faculty and staff helped him find scholarships and grants that made his trip possible. “We have some of the best faculty in the country.”
Trevis Harrold ‘15
We reward those who want to reward themselves. For those who push the academic bar, there are rewards. EMU awards millions of dollars in academic scholarships each year. Each scholarship is customized – based on a review of your high school GPA, ACT, or SAT test scores, the rigor of your high school curriculum, and ranges from $2,500 to $6,500 (based on a combination of high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores). Qualified students are automatically considered for these awards at the time of admission. Incoming freshmen are also invited to compete for various awards, which can be as rewarding as full tuition and full room and board. For those who seek the highest of bars, the Honors College at EMU offers students the opportunity to work closely with faculty members on innovative research projects, and with fellow Honors students in immersive, small group settings. The Honors College also offers specific scholarships for students as they pursue their research, senior theses, and study-abroad opportunities.

Breaking trends, beginning with spring break.
Brialle Ringer ‘16, is a social work major, an Honors College member, a McNair Scholar, and all-around trendsetter at EMU. Living in unstable housing with various relatives as a multiracial woman growing up in the Upper Peninsula, she’s now conducting research on homeless college students. She became an Alternative Spring Break (ASB) coordinator in 2014 and since then she has planned volunteer trips with a focus on “Promoting the Well-Being of Housing Insecure Individuals.” She was the coordinator and site leader for an Alternative International Break to Haiti, and is currently planning an ABS Leader Retreat in Ypsilanti, during which the leaders study the intersections of gender, class and race in the community.
Education First. It’s not just our tagline, it’s our culture. At EMU, our daily goal is to continue our proud educational legacy and pass it on to every student. This year, our freshman class has an ACT composite score of 22.25, with an average high school GPA of 3.27. With ten different countries represented, and with 15% of our incoming students coming from out-of-state, the word is getting out that EMU is a place of great learning opportunity. And with 200+ undergraduate majors and programs, an Honors College enrollment that has doubled in size since 2012, and a graduate school that is quickly gaining national recognition, EMU is academic excellence on display.

From here to Harvard Law.
Nino Monea is just one of those people you’re certain will go places. Handsome, friendly, impeccably dressed, and almost always donning his signature bow tie. Monea – a 4.0 student, member of the Honors College, an active member of myriad campus groups, and a doer of just about everything while at EMU – added another amazing accomplishment to a list that’s long for him: admission to Harvard Law School. How hard is it to get into Harvard? The average acceptance rate is around 15 percent. Earning his way to Harvard included taking more than 60 practice LSATs. Yes, 60. But his experiences at EMU helped to truly shape and prepare him for where he’ll soon be. “When I got here, I was a little anxious,” says Monea. “But the University has let me excel in so many ways.” For Monea, Eastern has proven an ideal place to help develop confidence and a sense of public mission. “As a student leader, you can have a phenomenal level of involvement here, and enact real change. I don’t think you could say that at a large research university. I’ve gotten to know all the big players on campus, and the faculty have been a really amazing help to me.”
Nino Monea B.S. ‘14
Welcome to our neighborhood. Ypsilanti, a culturally diverse community, offers rich tradition, neighborhood shopping, museums, and unique annual events. Just blocks away from campus, you’ll find historical Depot Town which features quaint shopping and classic eateries. Ann Arbor, a mere eight miles down the road, is a friendly town with big city traits and cultural offerings, and features a vibrant downtown with restaurants and galleries galore. Beyond that, southeastern Michigan boasts a bustling business community, including Detroit and the burbs, professional sports, the DIA, an international airport, and countless regional attractions. Here, you’ll find a neighborhood that’ll take you in, but offerings beyond that’ll keep your boundaries wide as well.

Juiced by her surroundings.
There’s just something about Michigan and the entrepreneurial spirit that’s in the air here. Sure, some come here and go, but most then find their way back here... for good. Take Caitlin James: in 2011 she was fresh out of the Peace Corps, about to enter Columbia University to pursue a doctoral degree, and she came back. “I was working in New York City as a tutor for kids with special needs,” says James, who earned a Special Education and Cognitive Impairment degree from Eastern. “Through my teaching and tutoring experiences, I developed an interest in veganism, gluten-free diets, and raw juice.” The rest, as they say, is history. James enlisted her four sisters as business partners, and they started producing and selling organic cold-pressed juices at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market and at the Eastern Market in Detroit. In 2012, Drought officially opened for business in neighboring Plymouth, with products available at Plum Market – a specialty retailer with three local stores – and a second storefront in midtown Detroit. Michigan provided a fertile territory for James to create her own – however unusual – journey to success. “There are many different paths to success,” says James. “You don’t have to be conventional or typical. Drought is proof of that.”
Caitlin James B.A. ‘07
A place to call home for a while. When you go to college, you want to really “go” to college. Right? Living on campus at EMU offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make new friends, gain responsibility and independence, and have some fun along the way. With accessible residence options all over campus, theme-based learning communities to enrich your educational experience, and the ability to live a few steps away from everything on campus, it’s all right here for you. To sustain you along the way, every day, our resident dining options will keep you powered up... from our main dining hall that features all you care to eat buffet-style offerings, to eateries and food courts in key areas on campus, to convenience-first cafés and markets, you’ll find the right taste... just about any place.

Best Hall, best friends, and a major.
Scott arrived on campus with the check box for his major marked like many others: decidedly undecided. He quickly bonded with one of his Best Hall suite-mates (Mike Grocholski, an upperclassman, graphic design major) and their friendship quickly turned to mentorship. “Mike was always working on something, and because art and design are so easy to share, I was easily hooked,” says Pryor. “So, I dove in... drawing, photography, design... it was really exciting to discover something that I would grow to absolutely love.” On his way to a graphic design degree, Scott also secured two internships, went on a five-week summer study abroad trip to the Netherlands, and was chosen to speak at a national student design conference. Upon graduation, he had two job interviews set up, and in the design field, your portfolio is what gets you hired. “I’ll never forget how nervous I was showing my work for the first time to potential employers,” says Pryor. “I never dreamed I’d get hired right on the spot.” That’s right: one interview, one job offer. Today, Scott is a 26-year-veteran in the design industry, and he runs his own brand design agency in Ann Arbor. “I still have my portfolio, and it’s a bit of a time capsule now. But it’s also a reminder of an era of great friendships, and great discovery for me... Thanks Mike.”
Scott Pryor B.F.A. ‘90
Find a group, and find your groove too. The college experience extends way beyond the classroom here because our campus life is... well... full of life. With more than 340 student organizations, there is something for everyone – from club sport teams to academic honor societies to community service to leisure and entertainment pursuits, and beyond. And if you’d like, Go Greek... EMU boasts a vibrant social Greek community with seven fraternities and eight sororities, as well as seven African-American fraternities and sororities. If you’re looking to simply indulge in campus events, you’ll find eclectic events (such as After Dark Friday night movies, Lyric Lounge Poetry Open Mic, Campus Bash) and special events (concerts with artists like Jay-Z, Jason Mraz, and Common as well as Cultural Heritage Month Celebrations) are plentiful.

This is your place... Every minute of every day...
Amanda Brezzell ‘18 found her place immediately. And that’s not surprising. The diversity at EMU is unparalleled, which means there’s a club, a crowd, and a comfort zone for everyone. “This was the place where I didn’t feel like ‘just another student’” says Brezzell, “I felt really welcomed here.” At EMU, every single day is filled with interaction and opportunity, allowing you to connect and engage with groups, peers, and peeps of all kinds. “One of the best parts about being here is that you meet a lot of new people in ways that you would never expect. Your new best friend could end up being a person you start a conversation with standing in line at Starbucks.”
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My days are packed, so I fit in an early morning workout at the Rec Center and then eat a quick breakfast before class.
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The biology lab in the Science Complex is my favorite place on campus. As a pre-med student, I spend a lot of time there.
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In my open afternoon time slots, I try to meet up with classmates to study at Halle Library. Studying together, always better.
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I start my shift at the Admissions Welcome Center where I’m on the desk today. I’ve made some of my best friends through my job here.
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Honors advising appointment: where I get guidance and input, which helps me stay focused on my short and long-term goals.
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Dinner with my friends at Tower Inn, which is the go-to near campus eatery. My favorite: their pizza, with extra cheese.
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Up next is a meeting for the Black Honors Student Organization: a place that celebrates and explores my heritage along with my academic achievements and goals, too.
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Mixed Martial Arts Club practice at the Rec Center. My fave: kickboxing and jujitsu... it’s a great release, it keeps me focused, and fit.
As Eagles, we unite... on and off the court. For those looking to excel, and to raise their bar as college athletes, EMU has a proud tradition of Division I excellence in both men’s and women’s sports. With 18 MAC titles in the past six years, impressive new athletic facilities, student athlete cumulative GPA at an all-time high, and notable achievements like having 17 student-athletes as past Olympians, EMU athletes continue to soar. For the recreational athlete, EMU offers a variety of club sports, highly competitive and recreational leagues, tournaments, and co-recreational sports. For those looking to support and show their true green, there’s much to cheer about. From Eagle football at “The Factory” in the fall, to hoops at “The Convo,” to track & field at Bowen Field House, to spring baseball at Oestrike Stadium, Eagle nation is as strong as ever.

A thirst for doing good.
Most of us take clean water for granted. But in some parts of our world, clean water is a matter of life and death. While he can’t turn sand into water, Aaron Howard and some of his classmates from the College of Technology (COT) teamed with the OHorizons Foundation to refine a process for creating the BioSand Filter (BSF), which turns contaminated water into safe drinking water. The BSF is made of concrete and uses natural biological processes, sand and gravel to make safe drinking water, and can supply up to 10 gallons of clean water per day—enough to meet a family’s drinking needs. BSFs work because they’re efficient, reusable and easy to operate. However, the manufacturing process produced an inefficient device–it was heavy, expensive, and required specialized tools and materials to make. So Howard and his team completely redesigned and re-engineered it. The result: a simple, lightweight, and easily built BSF using locally sourced materials. “The BSF project is a huge accomplishment for OHorizons, our team, and Eastern,” he says. “We’re doing so much more than improving a process for making dirty water clean. We’re helping to change the lives of families, villages and entire communities. Knowing that the filter works and seeing people embrace it is very gratifying. I’m proud of the project, but I don’t want my name on it. It’s simply the right thing to do.”
Aaron Howard B.S. 14’, M.S. 16’


With 200+ majors and minors, EMU offers endless career path opportunities.