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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    A+
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    C+
Christopher Newport is an above-average public university located in Newport News, Virginia in the Norfolk Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 4,789 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Christopher Newport acceptance rate is 68%. Popular majors include Business, Psychology, and Biology. Graduating 78% of students, Christopher Newport alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $38,200.
1 Avenue of the Arts
Newport News, VA 23606
About Christopher Newport...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
New Jersey Athletic Conference

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.

CNU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
68%
Application Deadline
February 1
SAT Range
1110-1280
ACT Range
22-27
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$25,443/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$5,415/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
75%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
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.96 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.96 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,789Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
68
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
12%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 59 responses
  • Friendly
    47%
  • I have met the nicest people at CNU
    29%
  • Kind
    12%
  • Some are better than others
    7%
  • Incredible
    3%
  • Average
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
45%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.98 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.112 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 60 responses
  • Beautiful
    80%
  • Lacking
    5%
  • Progressive
    5%
  • Impactful
    3%
  • Preppy
    3%
  • Original
    2%
  • Underrated
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$46,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
78%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
96%
National
83%
83%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.59 responses
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Being a Music Major, I am not present in a majority of the main campus at school. But the love and support that just the athletic bands alone receive during football and basketball games is something I have never experienced before. Some of my favorite memories will be celebrating a Captain's Football victory and singing the Alma Mater with the football team from the stands. The sense of family truly echoes across our university loud enough for anyone to hear. To feel that sense of pride in being a Captain is something everyone at Christopher Newport University can relate to, no matter what year or major you are. Not to mention, CNU is one of the most breathtaking college campuses I have ever seen, it is a privilege to attend such a fine vibrant university. There are clubs and different activities on campus so that everyone can find their niche group of people who have similar hobbies/passions! They have everything from light saber club to a cinema club, with everything in between!
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Great (honestly really good) dorms, meh food. Professors are usually very helpful and good at engaging students in the course material. The campus looks amazing and is fairly new. If you want a smaller, more intimate college experience at an in-state cost, you should seriously consider CNU. There is definitely a large Greek Life presence but many people (including myself) aren't in Greek Life. There are many clubs on campus and it isn't too difficult to start your own if you want! The campus is pretty safe as well.
I have really loved my experience here at CNU so far! My favorite part has been the academic sector. The professors have been amazing, really seeming to care about students and being willing/able to explain material in ways that are effective. They are completely willing to work with you in whatever areas you may be struggling, and want to see you exceed here. The campus itself is a beautiful place, and the classrooms/labs are up to date, making class time really pleasant. The only thing CNU lacks is more support for commuter students, of which I am one, but it seems that my fellow classmates really enjoy living on campus. Overall, I would highly recommend coming to CNU, and will thoroughly miss it here once I graduate!