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At Christopher Newport University we care about minds and hearts. We want our students to choose to lead lives of meaning and consequence and purpose. We call that a life of significance.

At this affordable, public university in Virginia, students study the liberal arts and sciences. Christopher Newport is ranked among the nation's top universities for the value it offers, for its science facilities, for its four-year graduation rate, and for the quality of its business school.

Our classes are small and rigorous, and our professors know their students by name. We offer a nationally respected President's Leadership Program. We celebrate our speaking tradition and honor code. We open doors for each other. Our teams are among the winningest in the nation. Our performing and visual arts facilities are world class. Our campus is stunningly beautiful, close to beaches and big cities and endless opportunities for internships and careers.

Because our students care so much about the world around them, they perform thousands of hours of meaningful community service. Our students lead, serve, engage and get ready to set the world on fire.

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Overview

Applicants
7,430
Acceptance Rate
68%
Average HS GPA
3.81

GPA Breakdown

56%
Over 3.75
24%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
6%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
570 - 650
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 630
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

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

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Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
465
with Terminal Degree
311

247
Men
218
Women
62
Minority
19
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
63%
Graduate in 5 years
71%
Graduate in 6 years
72%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP 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.

  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.
  • Information Science/Studies.
  • Information Technology.

  • ENGINEERING.

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

Virginia’s Christopher Newport University offers undergraduates “a private school atmosphere at a public school cost.” And with a “beautiful” campus that has a “Disney World feel,” it easy to understand why students clamor to attend. Current undergrads praise CNU’s size, which is “small enough to know people of various majors and interests, but large enough to continue to meet new people every day.” Many also report that one of the university’s “biggest strengths are the academic tutor centers,” which help ensure that all students can be successful in their classes despite the “rigor of the programs.” Students are also eager to credit their professors who “push us to do our very best in any way they can, [by] meeting one-on-one, answering questions, and helping us figure out the answers to our own questions, too.” Indeed, Christopher Newport instructors often take “an active interest in their students” and are great at connecting “classroom material to real-life situations, which [helps] make [learning] more interesting.” All in all, CNU undergrads can anticipate a “very positive” academic experience that will surely “foster a lot of personal growth.”

Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Karen Jackson
Former Secretary of Technology, Commonwealth of VA

Perry Moss
President and Co-Founder, Rubicon Global

Randall Munroe
Author, Creator XKCD

Alan Witt
CEO of PB Mares

Scott Millar
Vice President for Human Relations at Canon North America

Sam Ruby
Software Developer; President, The Apache Software Foundation

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
63%
Graduate in 5 years
71%
Graduate in 6 years
72%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$49,600

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$84,000

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$50,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$90,100

Percent High Job Meaning
56%

Percent STEM
25%


Students Say

The Center for Career Planning offers workshops, career panels, campus interviews and career fairs, connecting students with alumni who can speak to how the CNU curriculum works in the real world. Christopher Newport is “located near some big companies who offer internships” as well as Jefferson Labs and NASA Langley Research Center, and there are “wide opportunities for students.” Eager, caring professors “share their research interests with you,” and as this is an “up-and-coming” school, there are “so many opportunities to become a founder of something,” as well as lots of room for leadership roles. Out of CNU alumni visiting PayScale.com, 53 percent report that they derive a high level of meaning from their jobs.

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,338

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,334

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,386

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
58%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$31,767

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$5,425

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$9,100
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$21,566
Required Fees
$5,824
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,304

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,500
Transportation for Commuters
$2,122

On-Campus Room and Board
$11,760
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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,857
Foreign Countries Represented
34

Demographics

3.09%
Asian
6.49%
African-American
5.73%
Hispanic
75.23%
Caucasian
3.30%
Unknown

56% female
44% male
8% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Students Say

Undergrads at Christopher Newport have “great ... pride” in their peers, and it’s easy to understand why. For starters, they continually prove themselves to be “kind” and “welcoming.” As one student elaborates, “We will hold doors open for others, and we will smile and say hello.” A fellow undergrad adds, “It isn’t uncommon for someone you don’t know on campus to acknowledge you and ask how you’re doing that day.” Therefore, it’s not too surprising to learn that students here also tend to be “community and service driven.” They’re an “ambitious and inquisitive” bunch, and many seem to “possess an inherent [desire] to follow their passions.” The one aspect a few students lament is the seeming “lack of diversity.” We’re told that “the majority of the students here come from wealthy families from the same region of northern Virginia, around the Washington D.C. area.” Thankfully, we’ve been assured that CNU students are “very accepting of those who are different.” And they’re all united in their “goal to be successful and graduate with a degree.” Most importantly, you can “expect everyone to treat one another with respect.” We’ll give this content undergrad the last word: “My peers are like my second family, and it is so easy to call this campus home.”

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
79%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing

Students Say

Christopher Newport undergrads are a fairly active bunch. Students say that “the gym is often crowded,” and “intramural sports fill up quickly.” Additionally, when the weather is nice, a handful of students can often be found playing “Frisbee, soccer, or flag football on the Great Lawn.” Of course, there’s plenty to do beyond athletics. After all, “many student clubs and organizations put on fun events throughout the week and even on weekends.” For example, “The Campus Activities Board will [frequently host] movie nights [and] on Thursdays there is a trivia night.” A lot of students also enjoy attending all of the “plays, concerts [and] speakers [offered through] the Ferguson Center for the Arts.” A “majority of students are [involved] in Greek life,” but don’t assume that that denotes a prominent drinking culture. On the contrary, the CNU campus itself is “dry.” Therefore, “on the weekends, a lot of students go [to] off-campus… parties.” And speaking of off-campus, undergrads have easy “access to multiple beaches along the mouth of the James River.” They also love heading out to “Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach” all of which are only “a very short drive away.”

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
200
Number of Honor Societies
31

Number of Social Sororities
10
Number of Religious Organizations
15

23% join a fraternity
32% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

63% participate in intramural sports
12% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Captains)
12 Sports

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

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Sailing
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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell, HP

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
Busch Gardens

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Saturday
M-F: 8am - 5pm, Sat: 10am - 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, Admitted Students Only

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.

Local Accommodations
Various


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