Christopher Newport University

Christopher Newport University

Christopher Newport University is a liberal arts university located in Hampton, Virginia. It was founded in 1961 as a two-year school of the College of William and Mary. It became a four-year college in 1971 and finally became a university in 1992. The university is named after Christopher Newport, the head of the mission which brought the earliest English settlers to Jamestown. The college offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study. It is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Joseph W. Luter III College of Business and Leadership
  • The Department of Fine Art and Art History
  • The Department of Music
  • The Department of Theatre & Dance

CNU fields several men's and women's sports teams, which participate in the USA South Athletic Conference.

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Christopher Newport University
1 University Place
Newport News , VA 23606
General Phone: (757) 594-7000

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Christopher Newport University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts291foreign language and literature, English, interdisciplinary studies, political science, sociology, history
Business and Management173business management
Therapy and Counseling83psychology
Science83biology, chemistry, physics courses
Media81communication studies
Education and Teaching56teacher education
Computer Science and Engineering54information science, computer science, computer engineering
Art Studies44visual and performing arts
Music12music performance
Religion and Philosophy11philosophy
Conservation and Resource Management6environmental studies

Number of programs and degrees for Christopher Newport University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree673
Bachelor's degree83718

Christopher Newport University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Christopher Newport University had a total enrollment of 4,884 students (4,634 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 44%
Women 56%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 94%
Graduate 6%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 83%
Black 7%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 3%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 44%
20-21 37%
22-24 12%
25-29 2%
30-34 1%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown2%
New York1%

Christopher Newport University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 82 %

Christopher Newport University Room and Board (2007)

Christopher Newport University offers campus housing for 2,893 of its 4,634 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Newport News, Virginia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Virginia Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Christopher Newport University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal510610
SAT Math520610
ACT Composite2126

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT94%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT31%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Christopher Newport University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 7,550
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 14,930
Room and board $ 8,900
Room charge $ 5,780
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,120
Books and supplies $ 988
Other expenses $ 3,189

Financial Aid:
Christopher Newport University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 370600)

Christopher Newport University Faculty

Christopher Newport University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track4145
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1935

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year29$96,46212$103,908
Associate professoracademic year49$76,03621$72,165
Assistant professoracademic year43$59,60654$55,505
Instructoracademic year8$45,39623$46,695
All faculty totalacademic year129$73,251110$62,124

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Christopher Newport University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football USA South Atlantic Conference
Basketball USA South Atlantic Conference
Baseball USA South Atlantic Conference
Track USA South Atlantic Conference

Christopher Newport University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Education And Teaching
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music Performance, General

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Christopher Newport University Apart:

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checked Career counseling
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checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
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checked Offers a board (meal) plan
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