Students Say

Christopher Newport was an English seaman and captain of “the largest of the three ships that brought the Jamestown settlers to the New World.” Over 400 years later, Christopher Newport University “is Virginia’s up and coming prestigious university,” providing “a private school education and experience at a public school cost.” “CNU is the perfect size” at “just over 5,000 students.” Students enjoy “close relationships between teachers and students” and “small classes and easily accessible professors.” Most of the professors “are enthusiastic about their material” and “will work you until you sweat...but this is not necessarily a bad thing.”

Overview

Applicants
7,366
Acceptance Rate
56%
Average HS GPA
3.76

GPA Breakdown

50%
Over 3.75
28%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
5%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 620
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
510 - 610
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 27

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

Christopher Newport was an English seaman and captain of “the largest of the three ships that brought the Jamestown settlers to the New World.” Over 400 years later, Christopher Newport University “is Virginia’s up and coming prestigious university,” providing “a private school education and experience at a public school cost.” “CNU is the perfect size” at “just over 5,000 students.” Students enjoy “close relationships between teachers and students” and “small classes and easily accessible professors.” Most of the professors “are enthusiastic about their material” and “will work you until you sweat...but this is not necessarily a bad thing.” CNU is a university where “professors actually HAVE office hours in which you can see them without appointment to receive extra help.” As is true at any school, “some are better than others.” One English major says that while the professors are “very approachable” and “care about the students,” “I can’t say I’ve had very many who just strike me with awe and inspiration.” Students have positive things to say about the administration and the “interactive president” who “runs CNU with excellence.” “From the deans to the custodial staff, everyone at CNU is held to a high standard and each seems to genuinely enjoy his/her job.” Students rave about the weather, the “absolutely beautiful” campus, and the “always delicious” dining hall food. Students do feel the dining food, while tasty, can be “overpriced” and the dining facilities are “a tad small” and “crowded.” Some students feel the school could add more majors, but note “every year CNU seems to be adding more.” Perhaps that’s because “CNU’s motto is ‘Students first’” and responds to student needs. From the “friendly atmosphere” and “amazing professors” to the “good financial aid” and “great classes,” CNU is a school that feels like a “second home” while also being “a gateway to opportunities in all areas of life.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15:1
Total Faculty
448
with Terminal Degree
285

240
Men
208
Women
65
Minority
24
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
55%
Graduate in 5 years
66%
Graduate in 6 years
68%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Environmental Biology
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Finance, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science
  • Information Science/Studies
  • Information Technology

  • Engineering

  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, Other

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music Performance, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Randall Munroe
Creator, xkcd.com

Erik Joule
President & CMO Alternative Apparel

Perry Moss
President, Rubicon Global

Academic Rating

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
55%
Graduate in 5 years
66%
Graduate in 6 years
68%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bang For Your Buck

In-state tuition is a mere $6,500; out-of-state students can expect that figure to rise a bit, to right around $16,000 a year. There is plenty of financial support provided to those enrolling at Christopher Newport, though—75 percent of freshman receive financial aid packages averaging more than $8,000. The school also meets 70 percent of a students’ annual need, and the average freshman need-based gift aid amounts to more than $5,000. The school “gave me the greatest scholarship,” a thrilled student body member told us.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,069

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,968

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,282

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$28,386

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
61%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$4,665

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$7,608
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$18,510
Required Fees
$4,918
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,240

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,550
Transportation for Commuters
$2,018

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

The number one description of students at CNU is “friendly.” This is a school where “people will always find something in common with one another” and people form “intentional relationships that last a lifetime.” The typical student is a “studious, middle class Caucasian; friendly, sociable,” and many are “rich white kids from NOVA [who] love big white columns.” Although “there needs to be greater diversity at the university,” “CNU is not Pleasantville, we have plenty of diversity in socioeconomic backgrounds, styles, and ways of thinking.” One student warns that “atheist/agnostic” students might find an “overbearing prevalence of Christian organizations.” Other students love the “strong moral values” on campus and say, “People of all different races, religions, and interests interact on a daily basis.” Students here care “about their academic career” and “are very friendly and always willing to help others.” At the end of the day, “everyone here is really cool and everyone is so nice!”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
5,096
Out of State
7%

International
0%
Foreign Countries Represented
31

Demographics

2.46%
Asian
8.08%
African-American
4.94%
Hispanic
75.50%
Caucasian
3.76%
Unknown

57% female
43% male
7% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

Students Say

CNU students are very active on campus and “almost every student is involved in some type of club or organization.” “We have SO MANY clubs (literally more than 200) and students are always creating new clubs,” meaning “there is something for everyone.” “From a capella to ballroom dancing to ping pong to politics or finance, you are actually going to find something (or many things!) that you love,” one student explains. CNU is a dry campus, which means there is no alcohol allowed on campus, even for students who are over 21. So unlike a lot of universities, “the party scene isn’t exactly a big part of college life,” although students note that “drinking is somewhat common off campus.” “The Greek presence at CNU is very widespread,” and “the school does an excellent job of getting speakers and events on campus.” “There isn’t much to do in the town on weekends” so “for fun people go to CNU hockey games, Virginia Beach (40 minutes away), beaches on the James River near campus (5 minutes away), house parties, concerts at the Norva in Norfolk...[participate in] intramural sports, and hundreds of clubs.” Overall, students are happy with life on CNU’s “beautiful campus.” Life is “laid back” and fosters a “unique and positive culture.” “I am able to see new faces every day, but still see friendly faces in the crowd as well,” one student says.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
74%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
225
Number of Honor Societies
24

Number of Social Sororities
8
Number of Religious Organizations
16

21% join a fraternity
26% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Captains)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Captains)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
80

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
110

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell, HP

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Jackie Condict
Assistant Director of Admission

Address
Admission Office
1 University Place
Newport News, VA 23606

Phone
757-594-7015

Email
admit@cnu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Trible Library
Ferguson Center for the Arts
David Student Union
Mary Brock Forbes Hall
Luter Hall

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Mariner's Museum and Park
Virginia Living Museum
Colonial Williamsburg
Virginia Beach
City Center at Oyster Point in Newport News

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Saturday
M-F: 8am-5pm. Sat: 10-12noon
757-594-7015

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon.-Fri. 10a.m. or 2p.m.; Sat. 11a.m.
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Prior to walking tours

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
Other

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Admitted Students Only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Available transportation includes the Greyhound bus service, the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, and the Amtrack in Newport News.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-64 take Exit 258-A, J. Clyde Morris Boulevard South (Rt. 17). Continue straight and cross Warwick Boulevard. The street becomes Avenue of the Arts (formerly Museum Drive). Bear to your right on Avenue of the Arts. Turn right out of the roundabout and into the University.