On September 23rd, 2016 I attended a Christopher Newport University counselor luncheon in NJ and here’s what I heard:
General: Christopher Newport is a public university in Newport News, Va. of about 5000 students which focuses on undergraduates. Leadership, service and honor are valued and there is an honor code. Students must live on campus through their Junior year. The CNU motto is “Leading a life of consequence” and the four pillars are undergraduate research, study abroad, internships and service. The campus is beautiful.
All freshmen are in a learning community where they share two to four classes with the people they live with.
There is an honors program and the Presidents Leadership Program.
About four hundred freshmen join the leadership program each year. This four year program involves a 21 credit leadership minor, required community service, attending a speaker series three times a year, and mentorship of freshmen by seniors.
Academics: Classes are small so professors get to know the students. Students are required to take a rigorous core curriculum including three semesters of language. CNU is a liberal arts school with an accredited business program and an electrical engineering major.
Social: There are over 200 clubs. Thirty per cent of the students join Greek life and can “rush” in their second semester. There are 24 Division III teams, including football. Sailing, dancing and cheer are varsity sports and compete on an intercollegiate level. CNU has the winningest athletics in Virginia with 12 national championships and more than 600 All Americans. They are ranked among the top 10% of NCAA Division 3 teams. Watching football, basketball and volleyball are popular activities. More than 3000 students participate in club and intramural sports. Ferguson Center for the Arts houses CNU’s theatre and concert hall. This is a dry campus so there isn’t a big party scene.
Admissions: One third of the class applies Early Decision and the bulk of the remainder is filled by Early Action (which is due 12/1). An interview by 12/15 is encouraged; interviews can be via Skype. CNU is test optional for students with a grade point above 3.5. The school cares about demonstrated interest.
Internship: Students have an opportunity to intern with NASA and Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility.