Emory & Henry Voted Among Top 8 Adventure Schools

Posted on: Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
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by Brent Treash
An online poll conducted by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine ranks Emory & Henry among the top adventure colleges and universities in the East and Southeast.

An online poll conducted by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine ranks Emory & Henry among the top adventure colleges and universities in the East and Southeast.

Emory & Henry was selected by Blue Ridge Outdoors as one of 32 schools to compete in a bracketed competition that allowed readers to vote for the top adventure school. Emory & Henry advanced to the quarter finals of the competition, defeating Lees-McCrae College and Warren Wilson College along the way.

Emory & Henry’s location in the Virginia highlands, just a short distance away from some of the nation’s best trail hiking, mountain climbing and canoeing opportunities, has helped establish it as an attractive educational opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts. In addition to a highly active outdoor program, Emory & Henry offers credit to students who pursue an academic project while hiking the Appalachian Trail.

After six weeks and more than 350,000 votes, readers decided on the two best adventure colleges: Appalachian State University, located in Boone, N.C., and Brevard College, located near Brevard, N.C.

Blue Ridge Outdoors analyzed the outdoor adventure opportunities of those that ranked among the top 8 in the poll, including Emory & Henry.

The magazine highlighted Emory & Henry’s LEAD (Leadership Education and Development) as well as its on-campus facilities for outdoor education and enrichment, including a climbing tower, an indoor bouldering cave, a disc golf course, and an indoor heated pool.

The article also highlighted Jim Harrison, the director of the E&H Outdoor Program, who has created “a comprehensive outdoor program that facilitates everything from week-long adventures in the Florida Everglades to whitewater paddling excursions 20 minutes from campus.”