Christopher Newport University campus
Christopher Newport University campus
Christopher Newport University campus
Christopher Newport University campus
Christopher Newport University campus
Christopher Newport University campus
Christopher Newport University campus
Christopher Newport University campus
Christopher Newport University campus
Christopher Newport University campus
Christopher Newport University campus
Christopher Newport University campus
Christopher Newport University campus
Christopher Newport University campus

From the School

CNU provides a liberal arts education that stimulates intellectual inquiry and fosters civic engagement. Students acquire qualities of mind and spirit that prepare them to lead lives of significance.

A four-year public university in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University enrolls 5,000 students in rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, the College of Social Sciences and the Luter School of Business. CNU offers great teaching and small class sizes with an emphasis on leadership, civic engagement and honor.

At Christopher Newport, we want you to be successful in your studies. Even more importantly, we want you to lead a life of significance. With that in mind, we have designed an undergraduate experience to instruct and inspire great leaders for the 21st century. We want students who will make the world a better place — young women and men who have a passion for engagement and a strong sense of civic responsibility. CNU’s outstanding liberal arts and sciences curriculum shapes hearts and minds for a lifetime of service. From the moment you arrive on campus, you will enjoy countless opportunities to develop strong leadership traits. Your journey begins in the classroom, where you will study with distinguished faculty — accomplished scholars of outstanding quality. Outside the classroom — from athletics to clubs and student organizations — you will fine-tune your leadership skills by collaborating closely with fellow CNU students. You will work together on projects and initiatives that make a lasting impact on our campus, community and the world.

Overall

From The School

We encourage students to apply to Christopher Newport as early as possible due to our selective admission standards. We anticipate receiving 8,000 applications for only 1,200 spaces in the fall freshman class. Students applying for Early Decision or Early Action will receive priority consideration for admission as well as academic scholarships.

Application Plan Deadline to Apply> Notification Date
Early Decision November 15 December 15
Early Action December 1 January 15
Regular Decision February 1 March 15


We’re a Common App School! Apply online at freshman.cnu.edu.

Application Review
When reviewing applications we consider each student’s academic grades and curriculum, with special attention given to honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or dual-enrollment courses. We also look for students who demonstrate leadership ability, a commitment to service and community involvement, exemplary talents, and diverse experiences. As part of the application review, CNU requires a personal statement or essay of no fewer than 250 words to learn more about you, your goals and ideas.

Admission Interviews
Any high school senior planning to apply is strongly encouraged to interview at CNU. This personal interaction is an important part of the application process. It is a great way to enhance your admission application and receive a personalized introduction to CNU. We want to meet you one-on-one to learn about you — your qualities, experiences and goals we can’t discern from your test scores or GPA. An interview is required for Honors and PLP applicants.

Overview

Applicants
7,366
Acceptance Rate
60%
Average HS GPA
3.76

GPA Breakdown

53%
Over 3.75
22%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
6%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 620
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
510 - 600
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 27

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Action
December 1

Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

Overall

From The School


Academic Programs

President’s Leadership Program
Learn how to make an impact through the President’s Leadership Program (PLP). Selected freshman applicants have excelled in their academic studies and demonstrated a passion for engagement. Through challenging courses, public service, foreign study and other targeted opportunities, PLP empowers leadership students to make a difference — to become caring, knowledgeable and effective leaders for America and the world. The President’s Leadership Program offers priority registration, annual scholarships and study abroad stipends.

Honor’s Program
This unique program offers students more freedom to customize their academic experience for their personal and professional aspirations. The Honor’s Program allows more time for interdisciplinary seminar-style courses and challenges students by means of study abroad, independent research, internships, jobs and volunteer experience relevant to their passions. Each student receives an annual residential scholarship (including a study abroad stipend), as well as priority housing in an Honors Learning Community and priority course registration.

Undergraduate Research
Undergraduates engage in cutting-edge research at CNU. In all fields of study, our students collaborate with faculty mentors on key research, make conference presentations, and publish books and scholarly journal articles with faculty. Each spring the Paideia Conference showcases outstanding student research, and the new Summer Scholars Program offers paid research assistantships for undergraduates.

Pre-Law Program
Interested in pursuing a career in law? The nation’s top law schools seek applicants who have received a well-rounded undergraduate education — one like the liberal arts and sciences curriculum Christopher Newport offers. Many of our pre-law students pursue a philosophy of law minor or an American studies major with a constitutional studies concentration, but regardless of your undergraduate field of study, our Pre-Law Program is designed to help you gain admission to one of the nation’s top 25 law schools.

Pre-Med and Pre-Health Program
Medical schools and other graduate programs seek applicants with a well-rounded undergraduate education. The Pre-Med and Pre-Health Program at Christopher Newport assists students pursuing any academic major to prepare for post-graduate study. In addition to the necessary prerequisite coursework, we offer several resources to help you gain admission to your professional school of choice — from academic and career advising to mentoring, clinical internships, workshops and seminars.

Study Abroad
We encourage you to study abroad, either accompanied by CNU faculty or independently. Learn about different cultures while falling in love with America. You may choose to study for an entire semester, year or more briefly between academic terms. These rich cultural experiences are as unique as the destinations. With scholarship opportunities available, the world is your classroom! CNU students have recently spent semesters or full academic years in Australia, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Scotland, Spain and many other international locales.

Five-Year Master’s Programs
CNU students can obtain a bachelor’s and master’s degree in the following five-year programs: • Master of Arts in Teaching
• Master of Science in Applied Physics and Computer Science
• Master of Science in Environmental Science


Center for Academic Success
Throughout the CNU experience, the Center for Academic Success offers tutoring, workshops, seminars and one-on-one assistance to help students improve their academic performance with effective study strategies. Peer writing consultants available in the Writing Center offer specialized help with all stages of the writing process.

Service
CNU students contribute to the greater good by making a positive difference in the life of our campus, community and world. We offer countless opportunities – from service-learning initiatives and projects like Habitat for Humanity to the philanthropic work of our Greek organizations and student-athletes, among others. Through a partnership with the prestigious Bonner Foundation, CNU joins a national network of more than 75 colleges and universities who support four-year, service scholarships.

Majors and Degrees Offered

We offer more than 80 areas of study in the liberal arts and sciences, providing a breadth and depth of knowledge that will prepare you to take advantage of any opportunity that presents itself in today’s global marketplace. Through Christopher Newport’s rigorous curriculum you will learn to think critically and communicate effectively while developing the tools and skills that will serve you for a lifetime.

Areas of Study
Accounting
African-American Studies
American Studies
Constitutional Studies
Applied Physics
Asian Studies
Biochemistry
Biology
Biology — Cellular, Molecular and Physiological
Biology — Environmental
Biology — Integrative
Biology — Organismal
Business Administration
Chemistry
Childhood Studies
Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship
Classical Studies
Classical Languages
Communication
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Dance
Digital Humanities
Economics
Mathematical Economics
Electrical Engineering
English
Literature
Writing
Environmental Studies
Film Studies
Finance
Fine Arts
Art History
Studio Art
French
German
Greek Studies
History
Human Rights and Conflict Resolution
Information Science
Information Systems
Interdisciplinary Studies
International Culture and Business
Judeo-Christian Studies
Latin
Latin American Studies
Leadership Studies
Linguistics
Management
Marketing
Mathematics
Mathematics — Applied and Computational
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Middle East and North Africa Studies
Military Science (ROTC)
Music
Choral Music Education
Composition
Instrumental Music Education
Jazz Studies
Performance
Neuroscience
Philosophy
Pre-Seminary Studies
Religious Studies
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy of Law
Photography and Video Art
Political Science
Psychology
Social Work
Sociology
Anthropology
Criminology
Spanish
Theater
Acting
Arts Administration
Design/Technology
Directing/Dramatic Literature
Music/Dance
Theater Studies
U.S. National Security Studies
Women’s and Gender Studies
Advising Tracks
Biotechnology and Management
Pre-Health
Pre-Law
Pre-Med
Five-Year Master’s Programs
Applied Physics and Computer Science
Environmental Science
Teaching (MAT)

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15:1
Total Faculty
455
with Terminal Degree
291

243
Men
212
Women
64
Minority
17
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
57%
Graduate in 5 years
69%
Graduate in 6 years
70%

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


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.”

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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Randall Munroe
Creator, xkcd.com

Alan Witt
CEO of PB Mares

Perry Moss
President, Rubicon Global

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
57%
Graduate in 5 years
69%
Graduate in 6 years
70%

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


Colleges that Create Futures

Overview

From The School


Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

CNU offers you exceptional academics, stunning facilities and a vibrant campus life. Yet we recognize paying for college can be a challenge. That’s why we distribute nearly $50 million in aid to students each year. Most assistance comes in the form of federal and state grants, scholarships to reward merit and help students with financial need, educational loans, and college work-study programs.

2015-16 Costs per Year
In-State Tuition: $12,526
In-State Room and Board: $10,934
Total: $23,460


Out-of-State Tuition: $23,824
Out-of-State Room and Board: $10,934
Total: $34,758

Financial Aid

Important FAFSA Deadline:
To apply for financial aid or scholarships, submit your FAFSA by March 1.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,535

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,567

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,313

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
60%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,710

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$5,354

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$7,836
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$19,062
Required Fees
$5,218
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,240

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,150
Transportation for Commuters
$2,018

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,914
Comprehensive Fee

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

From The School

Learning Communities
All freshmen are placed into a Learning Community based on their interests, which facilitates a successful transition from high school to college. Living together and sharing multiple classes with a small group of students and collaborating with faculty will enable learning beyond the classroom while providing extra support.

Athletics
One of the nation’s most successful NCAA Division III programs
23 Varsity Teams
600+ All-Americans
80 Individual and team championships
Top winning percentage nearly every year among all Virginia schools

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
5,051
Foreign Countries Represented
32

Demographics

2.66%
Asian
7.98%
African-American
4.52%
Hispanic
74.23%
Caucasian
5.06%
Unknown

57% female
43% male
8% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

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!”

Overview

From The School


Location

Located in Southeastern Virginia, CNU’s beautiful 260-acre campus is in the heart of one of the most historic — and beautiful — areas of the United States and conveniently located amid popular Virginia attractions including Williamsburg and Virginia Beach. When you venture off campus, you’ll find unlimited activities for all interests as well as cultural and historical treasures within a short walk or drive.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Christopher Newport is committed to providing extraordinary buildings that support great learning and activities. We’ve completed nearly $1 billion in capital construction in recent years and have built a beautiful campus with world-class facilities that include dazzling and wildly popular residence halls. You’ll enjoy our Freeman Sports and Convocation Center, Ferguson Center for the Arts, David Student Union, Trible Library, with more than 110,000 square feet of resources, Forbes Hall — an integrated science center with cutting-edge labs and technology, Luter Hall — home to the College of Social Sciences and the Luter School of Business, and Christopher Newport Hall — our new Student Success Center.

The Center for Career Planning directly assists students with academic major exploration, landing a first job or getting into a top graduate school. Workshops, seminars, job fairs, on-campus interviews and career counseling — a full range of services — are available to students and alumni.

Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing

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.

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
205
Number of Honor Societies
26

Number of Social Sororities
8
Number of Religious Organizations
16

20% join a fraternity
32% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Captains)
11 Sports

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

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

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: cnu.edu/studentactivities/diversity/

Minority Support Groups: cnu.edu/studentactivities/diversity/

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
No

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
Kimberly McDaniel
Assistant Director of Admission

Address
Admission Office
1 Avenue of the Arts
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
Christopher Newport Hall
Freeman Center

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: 10pm-12pm
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.

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