About Christopher Newport University

Founded in 1960, Christopher Newport University. is a Public college. Located in Virginia, which is a city setting in Virginia, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 4,930 full time undergraduate students, and 112 full time graduate students.

The Christopher Newport University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 15:1. There are 276 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Christopher Newport University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate62%
Application Deadline15-Nov
Application Fee65
SAT Range1060-1250
ACT Range23-28

Admissions at CNU are considered Selective, with ,54% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 16 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

90% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 54% were in the top quarter, and 19% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Christopher Newport University.

4%
“We”re apathetic”
27%
“We know about current events and vote”
64%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
4%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
4%
“We save it for the classroom”
9%
“Sometimes, but not often”
69%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
18%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
7%
“I only go out in groups”
20%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
73%
“I feel extremely safe”
16%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
42%
“We bought the gear”
42%
“We live for the big game”
2%
“It”s not really our thing”
16%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
62%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
20%
“We”re a very artistic group”
2%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
44%
“They keep regular office hours”
53%
“They”re always available”
0%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
11%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
80%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
9%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
0%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
33%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
56%
“We only party on weekends”
11%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
7%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
82%
“There might be people who do”
9%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
2%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
4%
“We”re apathetic”
27%
“We know about current events and vote”
64%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
4%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
4%
“We save it for the classroom”
9%
“Sometimes, but not often”
69%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
18%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
7%
“I only go out in groups”
20%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
73%
“I feel extremely safe”
16%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
42%
“We bought the gear”
42%
“We live for the big game”
2%
“It”s not really our thing”
16%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
62%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
20%
“We”re a very artistic group”
2%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
44%
“They keep regular office hours”
53%
“They”re always available”
0%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
11%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
80%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
9%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
0%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
33%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
56%
“We only party on weekends”
11%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
7%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
82%
“There might be people who do”
9%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
2%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Christopher Newport University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    161 Students rated on-campus housing 4 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    112 Students rated off-campus housing 3.6 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    160 Students rated campus food 3.6 stars. 21 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    163 Students rated campus facilities 4.5 stars. 60 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    163 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 61 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    163 Students rated school activities 4 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    163 Students rated local services 4.3 stars. 53 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    163 Students rated academics 4.2 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Christopher Newport University?

51 Students rated Christopher Newport University

angel - 04/29/2021

I love the people that I’ve met at CNU, but overall kind of wish I had chosen somewhere else. Most of my professors (especially in my department) have been amazing, but the upper administration is very lackluster, especially during the pandemic. You are required to live on-campus for your first 3 years where you get absolutely no privacy as RA’s are basically allowed to search your room whenever they see fit, even when you are 21 and there is no reason for them to do so. The dean of students has sent out multiple passive-aggressive emails to students blaming them for the spread of the virus, but continued to have in-person classes of 50+ people “socially distanced”. I would also consider this school very conservative politically as far as colleges go, so keep that in mind.

Elizabeth

Overall, I have had some of my best experiences here at CNU. Interpersonally, I've made some of my long-lasting friendships here and feel greatly supported by faculty. Because the university size is so small, the close connections you make are so much more meaningful and helpful in the long run when you leave CNU. Networking will definitely come in handy. There is unfortunately not much diversity in terms of race, particularly when it comes to academic courses, the overall campus atmosphere, and visible campus organizations. As CNU grows hopefully this is something that is improved.

Clare

CNU is a great school that has a faculty and staff that cares for its students! The atmosphere is friendly and open - there is truly something for everyone!

Alexa

CNU is a warm and welcoming school. The beautiful campus and friendly atmosphere makes getting up for those 8am classes not so difficult. If you want professors who care about you, very friendly staff, and a more than approachable President (not to mention his loving wife, Rosemary Trible), this is the place for you!

Christopher Newport University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Christopher Newport University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Christopher Newport University is 62%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    If I could go back to being a senior in high school I would make sure I didn't slack off and kept in the routine of doing work and studying. Once you stop studying it is very hard to get back into the habit. I would also liked to have taken harder classes to in a way start to get myself ready for the hard work you are challenged with at college.

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  3. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    CNU has a friendly atmosphere where fun-loving students should go to recieve their education.

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  4. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    Small class sizes are Christopher Newport University are both a curse and a blessing. While allowing better interaction with the professor and improved class discussions, it makes getting into specialized classes very competitive. Enrollment in classes is decided by your year and whether or not you are in the President's Leadership Program. It can be frustrating to see PLP students of a lower grade level enrolling in classes you need before you have the option.

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  5. Describe the students at your school.

    Intelligents, social, and overall good people who are willing to do anything for their classmates.

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  6. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Reputation as a public liberal arts unviersity. Rigorous curriciculum in some of the harder majors like Law, Medicine, and Music. Sports.

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  7. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    This university is not for a huge partier. There are parties in this area but not outrageuos. If you don't like knowing most of the people on campus this is not the campus for you. If you don't like small classroom sizes and smaller functions all together CNU is not for you.

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  8. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish i had know about the intensity of the academics. I didn't realize how good this school really is.

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  9. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Someone who likes a small, well-knit community with good access to professors. It is a good place if you don't need an extensive education or a bizzare major. People are friendly and generally accepting.

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  10. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about my school is actually a toss up between the crowding in the dining hall and the small number of clubs (compared to a larger school). However, for a small school, they seem to do the best they can.

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  11. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Private school environment

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  12. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I had a really nice apartment and was able to finish in 3 years when I took my advising into my own hands.

    Read all  21 answers
  13. What's unique about your campus?

    It's sooooo pretty, friendly, good size, there's alot of school spirit etc etc...I LOVE IT!

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  14. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Preppy overachievers! There are some students who follow this stereotype but not all!

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  15. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Greek Life is huge on campus. Although the statistics show that a minority of the campus is involved in Greek Life, if you consider alternative Greek organizations and the number of students around campus that you see wearing letters it would seem that statistics grossly underestimate that percentage. Religious campus organizations are also very popular such as InterVarsity and CRU.

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  16. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    I absolute love it!

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Student Body

Students

57%

female

43%

male

4,930

Total Undergrad Enrollment

112

Total Grad Students

6%

Out-Of-State

92%

In-State

2%

International

Organizations

130

Student Organizations

8

Fraternities

7

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

65%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
3%
% Black or African-American
8%
% Hispanic/Latino
5%
% White or Caucasian
75%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

79% of students attending Christopher Newport University receive some sort of financial aid. 15% were awarded federal grants. While 51% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$24,680

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,240

Books and Supplies

$10,914

Room and Board

36,834

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$15,500
$30 - $48K
$15,679
$48 - $75K
$20,285
$75 - $110K
$23,631
$110K & UP
$26,580

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