|Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive University that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.
Established by the State of Michigan in 1849, Eastern Michigan University opened its doors as the Michigan State Normal School in 1853. Michigan had only been a state for 10 years, but as its state constitution made clear, education was to be of primary importance in the region. The new Michigan
State Normal School was the first teachers’ training school west of the Allegheny Mountains. Unlike today’s University, the Normal School initially taught students at a basic secondary level, instructing them in teaching methods and material to cover at a variety of levels.
Today, Eastern offers a range of programs of study in a number of areas, including Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Health and Human Services, and Technology. More than 25,000 students from around the world call EMU their educational home. The University has expanded and changed dramatically during its 155+ years of existence, yet remains true to its roots as an educator of tomorrow’s leaders.