Christopher Newport University (CNU)

1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, VA

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CNU is a liberal arts college that offers an undergraduate education and assists students in developing important skills useful in pursuit of graduate education or employment. A liberal arts curriculum exposes students to a variety of topics and subjects. The school is located in Newport News, VA, which is a predominantly urban area. Approximately 4,900 students are enrolled yearly at CNU.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Communications And Journalism
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

The admissions process begins with the submission of an application, transcripts, records, and test scores, which are then evaluated by admissions staff. Students may submit either the SAT or ACT exam scores to be considered for admissions to CNU. A score within the range of 1040 - 1240 on the SAT, or 22 - 26 for the ACT is usually submitted among admitted students. Roughly 60 percent of all students that applied were accepted at this school, with 29 percent of those accepted choosing to enroll.  Additional information on admissions can be found by calling CNU or by completing the form on this page today.

Tuition & fees at CNU vary for in-state and out-of-state residents. In-state tuition costs around $11,000 per year and out-of-state tuition costing $21,000 annually. The cost of on-campus housing is about $7,000 annually. Some students at this school may qualify for financial aid, which is generally provided in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The CNU "Captains" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Sports available may include the following:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division III)
  • Football (NCAA Division III)

Students should visit the CNU website to see a complete list of areas of study, student services, and more.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give you an idea of the students Christopher Newport University accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Christopher Newport University has a total student population of about 5,200. The student body is made up of 98% undergraduate students and 24% graduate students.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $22,000. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $50 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • In-State Tuition: $7,600-$9,100
    • Nonresident Student Tuition: $19,000-$22,210
  • Charges per unit:
    • State Residents: $520-$630 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $990-$1,200 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid74%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships55%$4,259
Receiving Student Loans53%$7,621
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Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Christopher Newport University may offer services including:

  • Academic counseling for students
  • Work study style employment
  • Assisting students to find work

Graduation Rates

Christopher Newport University has an overall graduation rate which is approximately 66%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years50%
Graduating in 5 Years14%
Graduating in 6 Years2%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Music Program
    • * Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation (since 1995)
  • Theatre Program
    • * Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation (since 2008)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Christopher Newport University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division III (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Capital Athletic Conference)
  • Basketball (Capital Athletic Conference)
  • Field Hockey
  • Football (New Jersey Athletic Conference)
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field, Indoor
  • Track and Field, Outdoor
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Volleyball
  • Sailing
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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by Christopher Newport University by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



English Language and Literature

Foreign Languages and Literature


Interdisciplinary Studies

    Mathematics and Statistics

    Natural Resources and Conservation

    Philosophy and Religious Studies

    Physical Sciences


    Public Administration and Social Services

    Social Sciences

    Visual and Performing Arts

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