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  2. Value
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  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
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  5. Athletics
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  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
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  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
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  10. Campus Food
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  11. Student Life
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  12. Safety
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Christopher Newport is a highly rated public university located in Newport News, Virginia in the Norfolk Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 5,126 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Christopher Newport acceptance rate is 72%. Popular majors include Biology, Business, and Psychology. Graduating 75% of students, Christopher Newport alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $38,200.
About Christopher Newport University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Capital Athletic Conference
Address
1 Avenue of the Arts
Newport News, VA 23606
Website
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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
72%
Application Deadline
February 1
SAT Range
1060-1250
ACT Range
23-28
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$22,770/ 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
    $18,609/ year
  • $30-48k
    $19,596/ year
  • $49-75k
    $22,004/ year
  • $76-110k
    $23,124/ year
  • $110k+
    $23,180/ year
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Academics

Professors
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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.94 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.94 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,126Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
12%
Varsity Athletes
12%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 57 responses
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  • Friendly
    47%
  • I have met the nicest people at CNU
    28%
  • Kind
    12%
  • Some are better than others
    5%
  • Incredible
    4%
  • Average
    2%
  • Druggies
    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.96 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.110 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 58 responses
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  • Beautiful
    81%
  • Lacking
    5%
  • Progressive
    5%
  • Impactful
    3%
  • Deceptive
    2%
  • Original
    2%
  • Preppy
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$46,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
75%
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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My first year at CNU was amazing! The outside scenery is beautiful. The grass, flowers, buildings, equipment, etc is very well up kept. The University President is extremely friendly and proactive within the community, which gives a very welcoming feeling. The dorms are very nice compared to other colleges surrounding the peninsula. The student to teacher ratio really helps students become comfortable with asking questions in a formal setting and learn more hands on.
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The campus itself is beautiful and an incredible place to live. The education is hit or miss, like most schools. I have had great professors, okay professors, and angry and unhelpful professors. I have been able to find out things that I love, and pursue them here on campus, which has been amazing! I enjoy spending my time in the theater department as well as working on shows. The campus is tight knit and a great place to be. It has its ups and downs, but I am glad I chose to attend this university.
CNU has the nicest campus in Virginia. Everything is new and the campus is small and connected (which makes getting to class easy). The dining hall is pretty decent, although the food can get repetitive. The people here are friendly and trustworthy. The issue with the people is that they are almost all rich Northern Virginians who can be a bit snobby and pretentious. If you want diversity at college, CNU has none. The academics here are decent but nothing special. Professors are generally nice and helpful. I'm transferring from CNU because of the cost and the location. CNU is very expensive for an education that is pretty basic. You are mostly paying for a nice campus and nice dorms. The city of Newport News is very boring and a little sketchy. If you really love the campus and have the money, this school may be for you. If you want the best value for your money and an exciting social life look else where.