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Christopher Newport University

Newport News, Virginia

A four-year public university in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University enrolls 5,000 students in rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences. CNU offers great teaching and small class sizes with an emphasis on leadership, civic engagement, and honor. The University’s success at creating an incomparable environment for academic and student life alike has received top recognition being named one of America’s schools to watch for having made “the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, student life, campus, and facilities.”

Student Profile

Fall 2016 Enrollment
4,921 undergraduate students
99% of undergrad students are full time
43% male — 57% female
8% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2016-2017 Academic Year
276 full-time faculty
179 part-time faculty
15 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2016
98% of first year students live on campus
78% of all students live on campus

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences  
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects  
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

RETENTION FALL 2016

86% of students began in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 YEAR GRADUATION RATE 2016

75% of students graduated in 6 years

ENROLLMENT BY RACIAL/ETHNIC CATEGORY - FALL 2016

Nonresident aliens 0%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Black or African American 8%
White 75%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 5%

President’s Leadership Program

Christopher Newport prepares students for a lifetime of success, helping them reach their full potential as they develop the skills essential for making a difference in the world. Beginning with the nationally recognized President’s Leadership Program (PLP), high-ability students are selected to engage in a combination of academic study, experiential learning, and personal development that prepares them for a life of leadership, service, and civic responsibility.

Experiential Learning

Beyond the classroom, CNU students engage in activities that enhance and support classroom learning, including internships with top employers, study abroad, and undergraduate research—all of which foster independent learning. The University recently launched Research LENS, an initiative that enhances basic research literacy by helping students translate literacy skills into discipline-specific research.

ACTIVITIES OFFERED

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band X
Model UN X
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Opera X
Pep band X
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra X
Television station X
Yearbook  

Core Advisors

First- and second-year students receive essential support through a faculty core advisor who helps them become committed scholars, excel in extracurricular activities, and explore major and career options. Core advisors meet with students at least four times in their first semester, providing advice and insight regarding service learning, undergraduate research, study abroad, internships, and other campus opportunities. Once students officially declare their major, they begin working with a major advisor.

COMMON CORE

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X

CLASS SIZE BREAKDOWN

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 42 513 145 139 77 29 0 945

Learning Communities

All freshmen enroll in a learning community (LC) of 15-30 students, taking two to four classes together. Based on an area of academic interest, these courses—necessary for degree completion—set students on the path to graduating in four years. And by living in close proximity and forming natural study groups, LC members support each other through the college transition.

CAMPUS HOUSING OPTIONS FOR UNDERGRADUATES

Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students  
Special housing for disabled students  
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing X
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  

Academic Success

Hands-on assistance can be found in the Center for Academic Success, which offers one-on-one tutoring and facilitated study groups, supplemental instruction, and a Writing Center. Additional services include academic coaching, an anonymous Captains Care referral system to identify students struggling in a particular area, student success workshops and online modules, and a two-credit course for those who need help adjusting to college life and academics.

In addition, as they strive to excel both on and off the field of play, Christopher Newport’s student-athletes receive focused support through the Center for Academic Success’ Student-Athlete Academic Support Program. This includes mandatory study sessions, focused workshops, academic support mentors, and other helpful services.

ADMISSIONS

ADMISSIONS FALL 2016

7,532 Total Applicants
4,682 Total Admissions
1,228 Total Freshmen Enrollment

Selectivity
62.16% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2017-18 Admission

Rolling admission? No

Closing date: Aug 15
Priority date: Feb 1

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA

Important
Class rank
Standardized test scores
Application
Essay Recommendation(s)
Interview
Extracurricular activities
Talent/ability
Character/personal qualities
Level of applicant’s interest

Considered
First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Geographical residence
State residency
Volunteer work
Work experience

Freshmen Profile Fall 2016

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 530 630
SAT Math 530 620
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 23 28
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    

TUITION AND COSTS

NET PRICE CALCULATOR

https://cnu.edu/financialaid/calculator/npcalc1415.htm 

TUITION AND COSTS BEFORE FINANCIAL AID 2017-2018

Expenses In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $8,236 $20,032
Fees $5,418 $5,418
Total $13,654 $25,450
     
Room and Board (on campus) $11,224 $11,224
Room Only $6,904 $6,904
Board Only $4,320 $4,320
Estimated Total On Campus $24,878 $36,674

FINANCIAL AID

Average Financial Aid Packages 2016-17 estimated

$9,117 First year students
$6,731 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2016-17 estimated

69% on average, the percentage of need that was met
21% of financial need students that had need fully met

$6,731 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,279 Average need-based loan

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