Christopher Newport University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Rappahannock River Hall at Christopher Newport University
Rappahannock River Hall at Christopher Newport University. Cnucaptain / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

With an acceptance rate of 62 percent, Christopher Newport University (CNU) is relatively selective; the great majority of admitted students have grades and standardized test scores that are at least a little above average. Students interested in CNU can apply through the school's application or with the Common Application. Students are encouraged to visit campus and set up an interview with an admissions counselor. The university offers both Early Decision and Early Action options. With this free tool from Cappex, you can calculate your chances of getting in.

Admissions Data (2016)

Christopher Newport University Description

Located on a 260-acre campus in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University has undergone over $500 million in capital construction since the school gained full university status in 1992. It's part of the reason CNU was identified as one of the top "up and coming" schools by U.S. News & World Report in 2010. Among undergraduates, professional fields such as business and communications are extremely popular, but Christopher Newport also does well in the humanities and arts. Visit the Ferguson Center for the Arts, and next door to the campus is The Mariners' Museum, a large maritime history museum.

Student life is bustling at CNU. The school has an active Greek scene, highly rated residence halls, over 100 student groups, and 23 athletic teams that compete in the NCAA Division III USA South Athletic Conference.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 5,042 (4,930 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43% Male / 57% Female
  • 98% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $13,054 (in-state); $24,680 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,240 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,914
  • Other Expenses: $3,548
  • Total Cost: $28,756 (in-state); $40,382 (out-of-state)

Christopher Newport University Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 79%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 60%
    • Loans: 53%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $4,748
    • Loans: $7,933

Academic Programs

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 86%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 63%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 75%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Track and Field, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Lacrosse, Basketball, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Basketball, Cross Country, Volleyball, Field Hockey, Track and Field

If You Like CNU, You May Also Like These Schools

Students who applied to Christopher Newport University often showed interest in other public universities in the mid-Atlantic states including the University of Virginia, College of William and Mary (note that these first two are significantly more selective than CNU), George Mason University, and James Madison University. If you are also considering private colleges and universities, be sure to check out Radford University, Hampton University, and Elon University

These articles on top Middle Atlantic Colleges and top colleges in the Southeast will give you more good options. Always make sure your application list includes a few schools that are highly likely to admit you.

Source: National Center for Educational Statistics