Christopher Newport University (CNU)

Newport News, VA

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Christopher Newport University

Christopher Newport University

Christopher Newport University Student Essentials

Christopher Newport University Student Essentials
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Setting: Mid-size City Setting
Type: Public
Affiliation: Not applicable
Size: Medium (2,000 to 5,000 Undergrad)
Mascot: Captain Chris
Nickname: CNU
Website: www.cnu.edu
On-Campus Housing Available: Yes
Selectivity: Selective
In-State Tuition: $10,572
Out-of-State Tuition: $20,122
Retention Rate: 85%
Enrollment: 5,171
Year Established: 1960

About CNU

Christopher Newport University offers diverse academics and a picturesque and cultural campus setting. It was also rated one of the nation’s “up and coming” liberal arts colleges and is constantly expanding its campus and student life offerings.

Christopher Newport University is located in the beautiful, historic town of Newport News, Virginia. Students are in close proximity to beaches as well as numerous cultural activities.

The campus features many activities and is constantly adding more. In recent years, Christopher Newport built a new library and performing arts center. There are also more than 200 student organizations.

Academics include more than 80 major fields of study. Students may get a bachelor’s in such diverse disciplines as:

  • American Studies
  • Business Administration
  • Biology
  • Classical Studies
  • Music
  • Neuroscience
  • Political Science
  • Social Work
  • Theatre

Applicants must submit an online application, with a fee, transcripts and ACT or SAT scores. An academic recommendation and an admissions interview are optional and may increase likelihood of admission. Music majors must also schedule an audition. The average GPA of admitted students is between 3.4 and 3.9 and the average SAT score is usually between 1050 and 1230. Home-schooled students may also apply, as long as they submit a detailed outline of their curriculum.

Christopher Newport University awards need-based federal aid like loans, grants and work-study. To apply for these aid awards, applicants must fill out a FAFSA. Academic scholarships are also available from the school and from individual departments.

CNU Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 2 Reviews

50% of students gave Christopher Newport University 5 stars overall.

Student Ratings

Alumnus - Grad Year 2004

Overall Rating

Christopher Newport University (CNU) is a thriving University with a huge budget for further development. From a "commuter" school with one small dorm back in the late 1990s, CNU has evolved to become a top school in Virginia. It provides an unmatched experience in the classroom and a safe, fun, and worthwhile education overall.


Overall Rating

I have an older sister who went to Christopher Newport. She went on a full basketball scholarship for two years. I always heard how much she loved the school and was impressed when I visited. Soon, I will be taking a tour around the campus with the president of the school. I'm really excited about this since my sister wanted to make sure I had a chance to visit from another prospective. I like the welcoming atmosphere and the sports program. I've always wanted to go to college and Christopher Newport has had the appeal that fits just right for me. It’s not too large or small and not too far from my home in the Northern Neck of Va. This way, as a new student, I wouldn't feel like a small fish in a big pond. I would grow more independently away from home, but at the same time be close enough to have support from my family. I've traveled as a student in high school to Costa Rica, Greece, Paris, Rome, and London and know how important it is to develop and broaden the mind. Christopher Newport University has a diverse culture since it's so close to the Navy. I never thought of entering the military right away, but think it's nice to have a university so close for families in the military who want to continue their education. If I ever decided to go into the military, at least I would have my degree and could move up faster. I have strong skills in all my general classes from taking all the advanced honors classes including AP classes. In English, I will be taking a dual enrollment class which helps me to get credit for my freshman year for college.


CNU Map & Location

Christopher Newport University
1 Avenue of the Arts
Newport News, VA 23606


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Getting Around CNU

Walkability

Very good walkability. We recommend walking in this area.

7/10
walk

Weather

Seasonal average temperatures for Newport News, VA

Winter
Dec
52
35
Jan
48
31
Feb
51
33
Spring
Mar
58
39
Apr
68
48
May
75
57
Summer
Jun
83
67
Jul
87
71
Aug
85
70
Fall
Sep
79
64
Oct
70
52
Nov
61
43

CNU Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students 4,918
Freshman Class 1,430
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students) 5,171

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 5%
  • African American: 8%
  • Caucasian: 79%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Unknown and Other: 6%
Latino 5%
African American 8%
Caucasian 79%
Asian 2%
Unknown and Other 6%

Undergraduate 95%
Graduate 5%
Full-Time 96%
Part-Time 4%
Women 57%
Men 43%
International 0%
Domestic 100%

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