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Christopher Newport University
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Total Enrollment
Undergraduate
4758
Transfer-in
197
Average Class Size
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23
Years 1 & 2
25
Years 3 & 4
20

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, VA
Christopher Newport University, a small, academically selective public university, is grounded in the principles of liberal learning and dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service.
  • We celebrate the values inherent in the liberal arts and sciences and live as a community of honor to inspire our students to lead lives of significance.
  • We aspire to be a preeminent, public liberal arts and sciences university.
  • We pursue excellence in all that we do and dedicate ourselves to those initiatives that will strengthen our teaching, our scholarship, our academic programs and disciplines, and our campus community.
  • We are building an intimate, diverse, residential community that will attract the most academically talented, inquisitive and intellectually adventuresome students.
  • We ignite in our students a love of learning, a sense of responsibility and civic duty. Our graduates are instilled with the knowledge and confidence to engage as responsible leaders and citizens in their communities, the nation and the world.
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Freshman Application Deadline
Fall
1-Feb
Freshman Application Deadline
Spring
15-Nov
Freshman Priority Application Deadline
Fall
1-Dec
Freshman Priority Application Deadline
Spring
15-Nov
Freshman Financial Aid Date
1-Mar
Transcripts
Initial decisions may be based on unofficial transcripts. Official transcripts required prior to enrollment.
Tests
Test optional. SAT, ACT, and CLT considered if submitted. Various English proficiency tests considered for non-native sp...see moreTest optional. SAT, ACT, and CLT considered if submitted. Various English proficiency tests considered for non-native speakers -- TOEFL, DET, GTEC CBT, IELTS, iTEP, MELAB, PTE Academic, and ISE.
Essay
Required for Common Application or Coalition for College application submission.
Interview
Strongly encouraged for all applicants. Required for merit scholarship consideration.
Letter of Recommendation
Not required. Considered if submitted.
Application Fee
$65 non-refundable. Waivers available for demonstrated financial hardships and special programs and campaigns (i.e. Vir...see more$65 non-refundable. Waivers available for demonstrated financial hardships and special programs and campaigns (i.e. Virginia College Application Week).
Freshman Student Catalog Year
By term of entry at CNU.
Freshman Definition
Student who has not taken college coursework after high school graduation (excluding summer terms).
Application Types
Full-Time, and degree-seeking only.
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Financial Aid
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Transfer Application Deadline
Fall
Mid-July
Transfer Application Deadline
Spring
Mid-December
Transfer Priority Application Deadline
Fall
1-Mar
Transfer Priority Application Deadline
Spring
1-Oct
Transfer Financial Aid Date
12/15 - Preferred; 3/1 - Priority
Transfer Student Catalog Year
By term of entry at CNU.
College Fit
At Christopher Newport University, we have approximately 5,000 students with about 225 transfers enrolling each year. We...see moreAt Christopher Newport University, we have approximately 5,000 students with about 225 transfers enrolling each year. We offer more than 90 areas of study, from electrical engineering to philosophy of law, from music performance to accounting. All programs are grounded in our rigorous liberal arts and sciences core curriculum ‚?? cited by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni as the strongest core curriculum of any public college or university in America. With 60 percent of our classes having 19 or fewer students, our small class sizes give you direct access to experts in their fields ‚?? teacher-scholars who provide outstanding instruction, conduct groundbreaking research (often with your help!), and publish noteworthy books and articles. We also have more than 200 clubs and student organizations and 24 varsity teams that compete in NCAA Division III. Were located in Newport News, Virginia, in the heart of one of the most historic and beautiful areas of the United States. When you venture off campus, youll find unlimited activities for all interests as well as cultural and historical treasures within a short walk or drive. Our residence halls and apartment complexes win rave reviews from students and parents alike. In fact, The Princeton Review ranked our residence halls among the top in the nation in the groups Best College Dorms category. While transfer students are not required to live on-campus, many do! Housing is offered on a space-available basis.
Associate Transfer Degree Completion
Completion of a transfer-oriented (associate of arts, associate of science, or the associate of arts and sciences) degre...see moreCompletion of a transfer-oriented (associate of arts, associate of science, or the associate of arts and sciences) degree from a Virginia community college or Richard Bland College will satisfy CNU lower-level liberal learning core requirements. This does not include other program or graduation prerequisite requirements. Christopher Newport University also requires completion of a 200-level language course or higher in a second language in order to graduate; thus, if this requirement is not fulfilled with completion of the associate‚??s degree it must be completed at CNU.
Course Transfer Criteria
Courses and credits from other institutions are considered for review, provided that such credits carry a minimum grade ...see moreCourses and credits from other institutions are considered for review, provided that such credits carry a minimum grade of ‚??C‚?? and are comparable to courses offered at Christopher Newport. A maximum of 92 semester hours of transfer credit will be granted for courses which carry a grade of C or higher and which are comparable to courses offered by Christopher Newport University. Of the allowable 92 semester hours of transfer credit, no more than 66 semester hours of transfer credit will be granted for junior or community college courses that carry a grade of C or higher. A maximum of 60 semester hours of credit will be granted for work completed through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement Program (AP), the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. Online labs are accepted with the exception of chemistry majors who choose to pursue the American Chemical Society (ACS) certification. Part of this certification is taking all chemistry labs in an in-person format (not online).
Transcripts
Submit official transcript(s) from all colleges and/or universities attended. We accept official transcripts submitted e...see moreSubmit official transcript(s) from all colleges and/or universities attended. We accept official transcripts submitted electronically through Parchment or National Student Clearinghouse. Partial transcripts and/or grade reports are required until final grades are posted. Submit your official high school transcript (required of all applicants).
Tests
SAT, ACT, and CLT considered if submitted. Various English proficiency tests considered for non-native speakers -- TOEFL...see moreSAT, ACT, and CLT considered if submitted. Various English proficiency tests considered for non-native speakers -- TOEFL, DET, GTEC CBT, IELTS, iTEP, MELAB, PTE Academic, and ISE.
Essay
A personal essay (approximately 250 words) is required of all applicants. The essay should indicate why you want to atte...see moreA personal essay (approximately 250 words) is required of all applicants. The essay should indicate why you want to attend Christopher Newport, or provide additional information you would like to share about yourself for the admission committee. This statement is included in your application.
Letters of Recommendation
One letter of recommendation sent through the Common Application or Coalition Application. Additional letters are not re...see moreOne letter of recommendation sent through the Common Application or Coalition Application. Additional letters are not required, but up to two more are welcome to be submitted.
Interview
While not required for transfer admission, we strongly encourage all transfer applicants to participate in a transfer ad...see moreWhile not required for transfer admission, we strongly encourage all transfer applicants to participate in a transfer admission interview. An interview is a great way to personally provide additional information beyond what we might find in your transfer application, transcript(s) or test scores.
Guaranteed Admission Agreement (GAA) Application Process
If you attend a Virginia Community College System (VCCS) school and have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 o...see moreIf you attend a Virginia Community College System (VCCS) school and have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher, you may be eligible for the Guaranteed Admission Agreement (GAA). GAA students are those who graduate from a transfer-oriented degree program at a Virginia community college within two years of enrollment at Christopher Newport with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher on a four-point scale and who intends to transfer to CNU. Other GAAs exist for Thomas Nelson, Rappahannock, and Richard Bland. Please visit our website: https://cnu.edu/admission/transfer/ You must complete a Letter of Intent to transfer to CNU under the GAA after a minimum of 15 credit hours is completed toward the associate degree and before applying for graduation from the community college. You must maintain continuous enrollment in all non-summer terms from the point of declaration until the associate degree is conferred and must transfer to Christopher Newport in the semester designated under the Letter of Intent.
Application Types(s)
Fall - Priority Application Date: March 1. The application closes mid-July. Spring - Priority Application Date: Oc...see moreFall - Priority Application Date: March 1. The application closes mid-July. Spring - Priority Application Date: October 1. The application closes mid-December.
Application Fee
$65 nonrefundable application fee. Waivers are available through the Common Application or Coalition Application.
Transfer Definition
A transfer student is defined as a new student matriculating at Christopher Newport for the first time but who has previ...see moreA transfer student is defined as a new student matriculating at Christopher Newport for the first time but who has previous post-secondary enrollment after high school graduation (excluding summer enrollment).
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Accepts Credits for Prior Learning
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Luter School of Business
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Campus Service and Engagement
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Disability Services
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Offers Credits for Prior Learning
Weekend/Evening Courses Available
Online Degree Options Available
Summer Courses Available
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Flexible Degree Options
High School Dual Enrollment
Guaranteed Admissions
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Reverse Transfer
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Club/Sports
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Military Friendly
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Yellow Ribbon Program
Credit for Military Experience
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Dedicated POC for Military
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Recognized Student Veteran Organization
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GI Bill/Tuition Assistance
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