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Student Life Information


Emmaus is located in Dubuque, Iowa, a Mississippi River city of 60,000 people. It serves as the metropolitan center of 250,000 residents in the Iowa/Wisconsin/Illinois tri-state area.

Dubuque provides many activities for Emmaus students. The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra performs regularly at the Five Flags Center. The National Mississippi River Museum and Riverwalk is a draw for tourists from across the country. There are many beautiful parks and recreation areas, including the Mines of Spain hiking area and Eagle Point Park, which provides a spectacular view of the upper Mississippi.

Dubuque is also a center for education, hosting five colleges and three seminaries. This healthy environment is a suitable setting for the Emmaus education and for the community outreach of service and evangelism.


The campus is located on the west side of Dubuque on twenty-four acres of gently rolling land. The main building includes classrooms, the Marble Chapel, the David A. Glock Auditorium, administrative and faculty offices, dormitories, the dining hall, library, and study center, Coffee Bean, bookstore, and racquetball courts. Smith Hall contains a state-of the-art computer center, additional dormitories, the Business office, ECS Ministries, Believers Stewardship Services, and maintenance facilities. The Pollard Fieldhouse, attached to Smith Hall, offers two gymnasiums, weight room, student center, and the Courtside Cafe.

Outdoor recreational facilities include spacious grounds for softball, football, soccer, and various winter sports. The gymnasiums offer facilities for basketball, volleyball, and other activities. The campus borders a public golf course that provides additional recreational opportunities. Ice-skating, down-hill skiing, and cross-country skiing are also available in the community.

Student Services


Dormitories are available for unmarried students. A variety of room styles are available including single and double rooms and triple and quadruple suites. All rooms are supplied with a bed, desk, chair, bookcase, closet, and dresser for each student. All unmarried students are required to room and board at the college unless they live with a relative within commuting distance. Housing for married students is readily available through nearby apartments with reasonable rental rates.

Food Services:

Resident students participate in a meal plan that entitles them to any/all meals that are served in the dining hall. Nonresident students may purchase individual meal tickets. The Coffee Bean and Courtside Café are open limited hours of the day and evening.

Laundry Facilities:

A fully-equipped laundry facility is available for resident student use.

Health Services:

Health services are available to Emmaus students through local clinics and hospitals. For assistance in accessing medical care, see the Director of Residence Life.

Counseling Services:

Counseling services are available free of charge to all students of Emmaus Bible College. Counseling is coordinated through the office of the Dean for Student Development and generally consists of pastoral counseling, which is available from the Dean for Student Development and other members of the faculty. Should the need arise for more specialized counseling, Ben Mathew and Seth Scott, who are both Licensed Mental Health Counselors in the State of Iowa, are skilled and qualified to provide counseling service beyond the scope of pastoral counseling. Appointments with either counselor can be made directly through our online scheduling service available through the ‘Counseling’ link on the Emmaus Navigator homepage under ‘Support Links.’ Occasionally, situations may require networking with other mental health professionals in the Dubuque community, and the Dean of Student Development will work with the student to find the best care possible if referrals are necessary.

Academic Support Center (ASC):

Students who need assistance in their studies are encouraged to seek out the Academic Support Center (ASC). ASC provides peer-tutoring services in writing, Bible, Greek, math and science. All tutoring is free-of-charge. 


Emmaus maintains a bookstore stocked with a selection of books and supplies.


Mail is distributed daily. Student mail should be addressed as follows:

Student Name, Box #
Emmaus Bible College
2570 Asbury Road
Dubuque, Iowa 52001

Learning Resources


Textbooks are available for purchase through the college at the beginning of each semester.


A spacious library is available for student use. The collection includes approximately 120,000 books and bound periodicals as well as pamphlets, audio-visual materials, and electronic databases. A PC lab with Internet access is housed in the library. The Emmaus library is part of the OCLC Library Consortium providing students with access to resources at over 35,000 other libraries.

Children’s Literature Collection:

A children’s literature collection is housed within the library to support the Elementary Education program.

Area Libraries:

Emmaus students have access to learning resources at six area libraries: Clarke College, Loras College, University of Dubuque, Wartburg Seminary, Carnegie-Stout Public Library, and the Dubuque County Library. Emmaus students may check out materials from Loras College, University of Dubuque, Wartburg Seminary, Carnegie-Stout Public Library, and the Dubuque County Library.

Computer Labs:

Two computer labs are available on campus. The computer classroom is located in Smith Hall and a PC lab is located in the Emmaus library. Students may also access the Internet and email in the Coffee Bean and Study Center.

Teacher Education Curriculum Lab:

A collection of materials and texts to support the Elementary Education program is housed in Classroom K.

Special Events

Spiritual Emphasis Days:

Spiritual Emphasis Days is scheduled for the fall semester and focuses on the spiritual life of the believer. A guest speaker provides ministry during day-time and evening chapels.

Christian Ministries Seminar:

Christian Ministries Seminar is scheduled for the spring semester and is designed to challenge students to consider fulltime vocational ministry service. Ministries from across the U.S. and Canada come to the college to present opportunities for both short-term and long-term service and ministry.

Summer Missions Exposure (SUMMEX) Teams:

The Intercultural Studies Department sponsors faculty-led teams that travel abroad for 2-4 weeks every summer to give students missions exposure and cross-cultural experience. A student may receive credit for participating on one SUMMEX Team by fulfilling the requirements of ICS 406-408 Intercultural Ministry Project. Registration for the course must be approved by the Intercultural Studies Department, and the cross-cultural experience must be planned and guided by a qualified faculty member.

Student Organizations, Activities, and Leadership Development Opportunities


Emmaus offers intercollegiate men’s and women’s basketball, men’s soccer, and women’s volleyball. In addition, the college offers club softball and provides a full intramural sports program including basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, softball, badminton, and racquetball.

Music Performing Groups:

Students have opportunities for involvement in various music ministries at Emmaus including Chapel Choir, the Emmaus Ensemble, and several small group ensembles. The vocal groups provide ministry at special events throughout the year, both on- and off-campus.

Student Government:

Students are elected by the student body to fill the offices of President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary, and Off-Campus Representative of Student Government. The students of the first-year class choose two class representatives. Student Government plans numerous social activities throughout the year. These include all-school picnics, recreation nights, Prayer and Praise, skiing and skating outings, and annual events such as the Christmas event, Winterfest, and the Senior Banquet.

Resident Assistants:

Student leaders are selected by application and interview to serve and support their fellow students by providing encouragement and guidance in their college experience.

Emmaus Student Ambassadors (ESA):

The mission of the Emmaus Student Ambassadors is to partner with the Office of Enrollment Services to develop a sense
of collegiate pride on campus and a global awareness of Emmaus off campus, radiating from the Dubuque community outward.

Growth Group Leaders:

Growth Group leaders oversee the small group ministry on campus, which provides a community for care and growth. All full-time students at Emmaus participate in Growth Groups as part of the Chapel program.

Student Missionary Fellowship:

Student Missionary Fellowship (SMF) promotes a passion for student involvement in the Great Commission through prayer, reports from local and overseas evangelists and missionaries, and special programs.

Women’s Chapel Committee:

The purpose of the Women’s Chapel Committee is to provide opportunities for female students to teach and encourage one another through worship, prayer, and devotion. The Women’s Chapel Committee organizes two women’s chapels and one women’s event each semester.


The Yearbook program is a scholastic journalism program designed to create a print monument to what God has done at Emmaus Bible College each school year. Participating students gain experience in desktop publishing, including writing, photography, layout, and leadership.

Counseling Psychology Student Council:

A small group of Counseling Psychology students meet throughout the school year as representatives of fellow
Counseling Psychology students for the purpose of planning, academic development, fellowship, and prayer.

CREW (Cultivating Responsible Educators Worldwide): 

CREW plans activities throughout the year to enhance fellowship, prayer, and professional development for Teacher Education majors.

Emmaus Youth Ministry (EYM):

Emmaus Youth Ministry is the student fellowship group for the Youth Ministry major or minor. Its purpose is to speak into each other’s lives through regular meetings for prayer, fellowship, and peer-driven equipping for disciplining youth, caring for families, and understanding the needs of youth culture.

“Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom He gives” Colossians 3:16.


Students are permitted to work a maximum of twenty-four hours per week (twenty hours maximum for international students). In case of academic deficiency, a lesser maximum is established to meet individual student needs. There are a number of job opportunities available on campus, with foreign students and those with needed skills given preference. The Student Development office posts contacts for off-campus job opportunities in Dubuque.

Student Life Requirements 

Standard of Conduct:

Emmaus seeks to train students in the high standards of Christian conduct outlined in the Bible. General expectations are outlined in the Student Handbook. Students are encouraged to develop healthy relationships founded on the principles of Matthew 18:15-16 and are expected to practice holiness of life and give themselves fully to their prescribed course of study. 

Discipline is administered on the basis of individual maturity and personal need. The Student Development Committee composed of student, faculty, and administrative representatives oversees this process. Any students who, in the judgment of the committee, fail to conduct themselves in accordance with Emmaus standards may be dismissed.

Church Attendance:

Emmaus is committed to the application of New Testament principles as they relate to church life. Each Emmaus student is expected and encouraged to actively participate in the meetings and the ministries of a local church.

Student Work Assistance Program (SWAP):

Each full-time resident student is expected to participate in the Student Work Assistance Program (SWAP). The program serves the college community by requiring each student to provide three hours of service to the college each week. This service may be kitchen, grounds, maintenance, custodial, clerical, athletics, A.V., or research assistance.

Students not wishing to participate in this program will be charged an additional fee (see the Student Fee brochure for current charges).