Christopher Newport University

2014 Quick Stats
1 Avenue of the Arts

Newport News, VA 23606

Phone: (757) 594-7000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Feb. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#18 Overall Score: 68 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Christopher Newport University is a public institution that was founded in 1960. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,046, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 260 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Christopher Newport University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 18. Its in-state tuition and fees are $11,092 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $20,596 (2013-14).

Located in Newport News, Va., Christopher Newport University (CNU) is a public school named after an English ship captain whose voyages took settlers to Jamestown and the Virginia colony. The university offers more than 80 areas of study, with small classes taught only by professors and never graduate assistants. Outside the classroom, CNU students can get involved by joining more than 100 clubs, pledging with numerous fraternities and sororities, or attending one of the many campus events, such as festivals and comedy shows. CNU students can venture off campus and explore the nearby James River and The Mariners’ Museum, or drive a few hours to beaches and the city life of Washington, D.C. Student athletes can play recreational sports or try out for more than 20 CNU Captains varsity teams, which compete in the NCAA Division III USA South Athletic Conference. Notable CNU alumni include Randall Munroe, who graduated with a physics degree and worked as a NASA roboticist before creating the popular Web comic.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Named to The 367 Best Colleges: 2012 Edition by The Princeton Review, Christopher Newport University (CNU) is a public school offering a private school experience - great teaching, small classes and a safe, vibrant campus. A "student-first, teaching-first" community, CNU is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. We celebrate the values inherent in the liberal arts and sciences and live as a community of honor transforming hearts and minds. Led by Paul Trible, a former U.S. senator, CNU has more than doubled the size of its freshman class, increased the SAT average by more than 200 points, dramatically enhanced the number of faculty and seen applications increase by more than 700 percent. As our faculty grows, CNU will maintain a freshman class of 1,200, driving down the average class size from 24 to 14. CNU isn't getting bigger; it's getting better. We offer outstanding academics; promote service, honor and leadership; and provide rich opportunities for undergraduate research - a rare occurrence at many schools. Superb teaching, personal attention and faculty-student mentorship allow creativity and excellence to flourish. CNU students develop the qualities of mind and spirit to lead lives of significance, thanks to a curriculum that stimulates intellectual inquiry and fosters civic responsibility. Each fall the President's Leadership Program accepts approximately 400 high-achieving freshmen who have exhibited leadership characteristics in their schools and communities. Through the four-year Honors Program, academically talented students enjoy a rich educational experience, participating in challenging courses and cultural/intellectual activities. Additional signature programs prepare students for career success. Through the Pre-Med and Pre-Health Program, qualified students may apply for early acceptance to Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS). Students successful in this competitive process receive, before the end of their sophomore year, guaranteed admission to EVMS after graduating from CNU (without having to take the MCAT). The Pre-Law Program helps students gain admission to the nation's top 25 law schools. The Master of Arts in Teaching allows students to earn a graduate degree with just one additional year of study beyond the bachelor's degree. Through Learning Communities, freshmen enroll in at least three courses with the same 15-30 students. Courses are based on an academic interest, satisfy graduation requirements and smooth the transition into college by connecting like-minded students. All freshmen are assigned a core faculty advisor who mentors them for two years, provides academic support, helps with course selection, and introduces campus resources and engagement opportunities. The University promotes study abroad for all students, sponsoring international study programs for cross-cultural education and growth. This includes a permanent relationship with the University of Oxford and dozens of smaller, faculty-led programs. Faculty and students interact on a beautiful 260-acre campus. CNU has completed nearly $1 billion in capital construction over the past decade with additional projects under way. The Mariners' Museum Library, which contains the Western Hemisphere's largest maritime collection, is housed in CNU's Paul and Rosemary Trible Library and provides an incomparable resource for students, faculty and researchers. Across campus, students make their mark in 200-plus activities - from academic groups to social, athletic and beyond. High achievers in both the classroom and on the field of play, the University's student-athletes help make CNU athletics one of the nation's most successful NCAA Division III programs.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1960
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $16,327,363


When applying to Christopher Newport University, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are December 1 and November 15, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due April 1. The application fee at Christopher Newport University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 64.6 percent and an early acceptance rate of 75.6 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 64.6%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by April 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Christopher Newport University is 17:1, and the school has 47.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Christopher Newport University include: Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Business Administration and Management, General; Psychology, General; and Political Science and Government, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 82.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 51%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 12%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 12%
Business Administration and Management, General 11%
Psychology, General 11%
Political Science and Government, General 8%

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Student Life

Christopher Newport University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,046, with a gender distribution of 43.1 percent male students and 56.9 percent female students. At this school, 68 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 32 percent of students live off campus. Christopher Newport University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 5,186
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Christopher Newport University offers a number of student services including health service. Christopher Newport University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Christopher Newport University, 62 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Christopher Newport University.

Students who have cars on campus 62%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Christopher Newport University, 44.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,418.

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In-state tuition and fees $11,092 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $20,596 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,958 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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