From the School

Christopher Newport provides a liberal arts and sciences 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 with a passion for engagement and a strong sense of civic responsibility.

CNU’s outstanding 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 enhance your leadership skills by collaborating closely with your peers. You will work together on projects and initiatives that make a lasting impact on our campus, community and the world.


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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

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 Christopher Newport. 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.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 620

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 640

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


Early Decision — November 15

Early Action — December 1

Regular — February 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

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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.

Honors Program
This unique program offers students more freedom to customize their academic experience for their personal and professional aspirations. The Honors 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.

Bachelor’s to Master’s Five-Year Degree Programs
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.

Christopher Newport 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 90 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)
  • Museum Studies
  • 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

  • Bachelor’s to Master’s Five-Year Programs
  • Applied Physics and Computer Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Teaching (MAT)

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • 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

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."



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Karen Jackson
Secretary of Technology, Commonwealth of VA

Alan Witt
CEO of PB Mares

Perry Moss
President, Rubicon Global

Randall Munroe
Author, Creator XKCD

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes


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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Christopher Newport offers 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.

2016-17 Costs per Year
In-State Tuition: $13,054
In-State Room and Board: $11,234
Total: $24,288

Out-of-State Tuition: $24,680
Out-of-State Room and Board: $11,234
Total: $35,914

Financial Aid

Important New FAFSA Deadline:
To apply for financial aid or scholarships, submit your FAFSA by the December 15 preferred filing deadline or the March 1 priority filing deadline.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


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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 enables learning beyond the classroom while providing extra support.

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
Foreign Countries Represented



57% female
43% male
8% are out of state
98% are full time
2% 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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Located in Southeastern Virginia, CNU’s picturesque, 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 gaining admission to 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
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
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

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

24% join a fraternity
34% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

71% participate in intramural sports
11% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Captains)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Captains)
12 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

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


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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple, Dell, HP

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Kimberly McDaniel
Assistant Director of Admission

Admission Office
1 Avenue of the Arts
Newport News, VA 23606



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
M-F: 8am-5pm, Sat: 10pm-12pm

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

Information Sessions

Prior to walking tours

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Admitted Students Only


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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