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Welcome to EMU!

Founded in 1849, Eastern Michigan University is the second oldest university in Michigan. It serves 22,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral degrees, and certificates, in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Health and Human Services, Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity and commitment to education.


EMU enriches lives in a supportive, intellectually dynamic and diverse community. Our dedicated faculty balance teaching and research to prepare students with relevant skills and real-world awareness. We are an institution of opportunity where students learn in and beyond the classroom to benefit the local and global communities.

Core Values

Excellence – We provide an exceptional environment to our faculty, staff and students. We improve our performance continuously and strive to be the best in everything we do.

Respect – We care for our people, communities and the environment and show respect for the dignity of the individual.

Inclusiveness – We create an environment that supports, represents, embraces and engages members of diverse groups and identities.

Responsibility – We are accountable—individually and in teams—for our behaviors, actions and results. We keep commitments.

Integrity – Integrity and transparency are critical to our institutional effectiveness. We pursue the highest level of personal, intellectual, academic, financial and operational integrity within the University community.


Eastern Michigan University was founded as Michigan State Normal School in 1849, when the state was just 12 years old. It was the first tax-supported college in Michigan open to both men and women.

EMU began on a four-acre site in one building with two programs of study: a classical course and an English course. The Michigan Legislature designated EMU as the first institution to educate teachers to serve public schools; it was the first such institution established west of the Allegheny Mountains and sixth in the nation.

During its first 100 years, Michigan State Normal School certified thousands of teachers and developed the broad-based curricula that prepared it for university status in 1959. Within the new University, three colleges emerged: the College of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate School. The University expanded three more times: in 1964 with the College of Business; in 1975 with the College of Health and Human Services; and in 1980 with the College of Technology.

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