A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    C+
Christopher Newport University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Capital Athletic Conference
Address
1 Avenue of the Arts
Newport News, VA 23606
Website

Christopher Newport University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
62%
Application Deadline
February 1
SAT Range
1060-1250
ACT Range
23-28
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
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Cost

Net Price
$22,637/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $15,500/ year
  • $30-48k
    $15,679/ year
  • $49-75k
    $20,285/ year
  • $76-110k
    $23,631/ year
  • $110k+
    $26,580/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
86%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.83 responses
43%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.91 responses
64%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.91 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,126Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 54 responses
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  • Friendly
    46%
  • I have met the nicest people at CNU
    30%
  • Kind
    13%
  • Some are better than others
    6%
  • Incredible
    4%
  • Average
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
46%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.93 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.107 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 55 responses
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  • Beautiful
    84%
  • Lacking
    5%
  • Progressive
    5%
  • Impactful
    2%
  • Original
    2%
  • Preppy
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
75%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
83%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.59 responses
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I fell in love with CNU as soon as I first visited. To begin, the campus is absolutely gorgeous and I have many fond memories of sunbathing on the Great Lawn people watching and shouting to my friends to join me. The sense of community that surrounds the school is palpable. It's small enough that you can have a close group of friends you'll keep in contact regularly, but big enough that you can meet new people everyday and add to your social circle. There are well over 200 campus organizations/clubs and about twenty Greek life organizations to choose from. In general everybody is friendly to one another and will even go out of their way to open a door for you. While it isn't the largest party school, you'll get more satisfaction out of the smaller gatherings where you can truly get to know your fellow peers on a deeper level. Highly recommended!
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Christopher Newport University is a liberal arts college. We have a liberal learning core requirement that allows us to delve into a variety of different courses. Just to name a few, we have religion classes, medieval times classes, computer science and science classes. We are required to take a language at CNU and complete a certain amount of credits from each category of courses from science, western traditons, writing intensive, philosophy and mathematics. This is a great advantage to students. Since we do not commit to a major until the end of sophomore year, there is plenty of time for us to take random classes and spark our interest in something we didn't know existed.

Class size are relatively small. My English course last year had only 19 students in it! It's an awesome way to have a great relationship with your professors and helps to keep you following along in class. The professors at CNU are the most enthusiast leaders in their areas of learning. I had one who would do yoga and meditation positions during my religions of the east class because he was so enthralled by getting to share with us his experience of traveling to all of these places and learning about Buddhism and Hinduism. A professor I have currently actually lives on a sailboat on the James River near campus and shares with us how he has a degree in poetry writing and that teaching students was his dream career.

Professors here want students to be engaged in what their learning about and be interested in their future.
Christopher Newport University was the best choice that I have ever made as a student. When you walk on to campus you are immediately in raptures by the beauty. The academics are even better. You are in small, intimate settings with professors who actually care about your learning experience. Furthermore, students on this campus are seriously involved. There are so many clubs, sports, and community service opportunities available to fit the needs and interests of a variety of students. The dining halls are impressive, school spirit is at an all time high, and our campus is always experiencing growth. Lastly, our dorms are in the top ten in our country. The living conditions are impeccable.