David Student Union Historic Location
CNU's 260-acre campus is located in Newport News, Virginia, the geographically fourth largest city in the state. Newport News was settled in 1621, not long after the Jamestown Colony, and is named after our own Captain Christopher Newport.
blossoms Starting Point for Adventure
We're situated two and a half hours south of Washington, D.C., and less than an hour from Norfolk, Williamsburg and Virginia Beach.
CNU boats Trek Locally
You can walk from campus to where the James River, Virginia's largest river, flows into the Chesapeake Bay, and to The Mariners' Museum one of the world's largest maritime museums.
captain chris Captain Chris
Christopher Newport University is named for Captain Christopher Newport, an English sailor and privateer who captained the largest of the three ships carrying settlers to Jamestown and the Virginia Colony. He went on to help found Britain's first permanent settlement in Bermuda.
girl on lawn We're College-Aged Ourselves
CNU became a full university in 1992, after starting out in 1960 as a two-year branch of the College of William & Mary. We're still writing our history.
Trible Library Fantastic Facilities
Our first location was in an old high school known as the John W. Daniel Building. Our present campus is quite a bit more modern, thanks to more than $500 million of new construction finished since 1992, and the same amount set aside for construction in the next 10 years. CNU’s campus is bursting with new buildings and improvements, from the impressive 116,000-square-foot David Student Union to the Paul and Rosemary Trible Library to the stunning Ferguson Center for the Arts.
CNU Village Top-Rated Accommodations
Residents of the state-of-the-art residential CNU Village or CNU Apartments have their own bathroom and an in-unit washer and dryer — so you can save those quarters for other adventures. CNU Village also houses a variety of restaurants and stores, including Panera Bread, Subway and Moe's Southwest Grill. 
Spilling the Wind Sculptures in Flight
The Geese Fountain in Saunders Plaza on campus was designed so the flowing water sounds like the flapping of wings. Both the Geese Fountain and the bald eagle statue, called "Spilling the Wind", located in front of Potomac Hall, were sculpted by local artists of Turner Sculpture, located in Onley, Virginia, on the Eastern Shore.
Administration Building by Saunders Plaza A Path to Mystery
Located along one of the brick pathways that crisscross our 260-acre campus is a single brick that says "Don't' look up." You’ll have to come visit us to find out why.
Ferguson Center Showcasing the Arts
The Ferguson Center for the Arts was designed by the firm of internationally renowned architect I.M. Pei. Since it opened in 2005, more than 600,000 people have attended performances by such luminaries as singers Tony Bennett, Amy Grant and Queen Latifah; the London Symphony Orchestra; magician David Copperfield; and comedians Wayne Brady, Jim Gaffigan and Whoopi Goldberg.
Concert Hall: Ferguson Center Lend Us Your Ear
The 1,725-seat Concert Hall in The Ferguson Center for the Arts was acoustically engineered so anyone on stage can be heard from any seat in the house without the aid of a microphone. Students get discounted tickets for all of the world-class performances. 
York River Residence Hall Residence Halls
About 3,000 students live on campus. Our five contemporary residence halls and two apartment complexes were rated "best in the state" by students and have won rave reviews nationwide. Every residential room has high-speed Internet, basic satellite cable TV, digital local phone service and electronic room access. All rooms are equipped with a microwave and mini-refrigerator or have kitchen access.
CNU Police Rest Assured
CNU has authorized the operation of a full-time, professionally trained police department, responsible for the safety and welfare of all members of the university community and their guests. Our University Police are committed to providing a safe and secure environment.
Mariners' Museum & CNU combined logo A Renowned Library
The Mariners' Museum Library, located in the Trible Library, is home to the largest maritime literature collection in the Western Hemisphere with more than 1.75 million items.
Autumn CNU Goes Green
We have recycling bins on each residence hall floor on the main campus and a comprehensive usability and sustainability program in place. The Trible Library Media Center and Tau Delta Phi have teamed up on an ink-cartridge recycling campaign. Every building on campus is controlled by a computerized energy management system that allows for constant monitoring and adjusts temperatures automatically to maximize energy efficiency.
Changing Classes Students From Virginia and Beyond
Forty-one percent of CNU's 4,800 students are male; 59 percent are female. Students come to CNU from every region in Virginia, more than 25 other states and several foreign nations. 
President Paul Trible Exceptional Leadership
President Paul Trible was just 30 when first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1977, where he served until elected to the U.S. Senate in 1983. He was appointed president of CNU in 1996 and has been instrumental in making the University one of the best liberal-arts schools in the region. 
Gregory Henry: Fine Arts Professor Top-Notch Teachers
Nearly 90 percent of CNU's esteemed faculty members hold a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their fields. Our professors include Fulbright Scholars, NASA Public Service Award winners, playwrights and actors, lawyers, and business owners. Thanks to our low faculty-to-student ratio, you have a greater opportunity to connect with professors and develop mentor relationships.
Branding the Candidate book cover On Your Bookshelves
Countless members of our faculty share their research and expertise through written works. In 2011, Professors Dr. Lisa Spiller and Dr. Jeffrey Bergner released Branding the Candidate, an in-depth look at the marketing techniques used in modern political campaigns.
Jousting outside DSU Chart Your Own Path
Our students participate in more than 250 clubs and organizations that include academic organizations, fraternities and sororities, and special-interest groups. From The Captain's Log to the Newport Pearls to the Ultimate Frisbee Club, you're sure to find something up your alley.
3 students at habor On-Campus Living, Off-Campus Exploration
All first-, second- and third-year students live on campus, but we understand you need to get away sometimes, so even freshmen can have cars on campus - free to explore the numerous parks, beaches and historic locations near campus. 
2 girls talking Getting to Know You
Incoming first-year students get acquainted with each other and the University during Setting Sail, CNU's summer orientation program. Each year during move-in weekend, you'll find President Trible, varsity athletes and leadership students helping freshmen move into their new CNU homes. Not only do you meet some of the friendly faces you'll see around campus, but it's also a load off your parents' shoulders.
Students eating in commons Extra Syrup, President Trible
Each fall we hold a pancake dinner the Sunday before exam week. Faculty, staff and even our President, Mr. Trible, and his wife serve students pancakes, with all of the proceeds benefiting Toys for Tots.
CNU Marching Captains Musical Adventures
On Jan. 1, 2012, the Marching Captains represented CNU in the world-renowned London New Year's Day Parade. The 2012 New Year's Day Parade was one of the most exciting parades in Great Britain's history, celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the beginning of London's Olympic year.
Students in Class Class Size Matters
With an average class size of just 25 students, CNU has much smaller classes than most state universities. More than 90 percent of classes are seminars, and all classes are taught by professors - not graduate teaching assistants. Learn more about academics.  
Jefferson Labs intern High-Flying Internships
CNU students have the opportunity to gain work experience through internships at places such as NASA Langley Research Center, Langley Air Force Base and Jefferson Lab.
Canon Virginia / CNU Logo Picture a Winner
Canon partnered with CNU to create the Canon Leadership Scholars Program, which grants selective students a $5,000 merit scholarship for four years, for a total of $20,000. Students in the program have the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Oxford.
Champs at More than Sports
For five consecutive years, students in the Small Business Institute (SBI) program at CNU's Joseph W. Luter, III School of Business have won top honors in a national business consulting competition.
Acting Globally
Our numerous community service programs empower students to change the world during and after their time at CNU. CNU alumnus Angelia Sanders started her own nonprofit organization, Tamani Africa, working with rural African communities to create sustainable programs in the fight against HIV/AIDS. 
Humanitarian Service
Husband and wife team and CNU alumni Corinne and Nick Huber are at work in the Peace Corps as educators in Satpaev, Kazakhstan, creating an English library and resource center to both promote a community of shared knowledge and to make educational resources publicly available.
Christopher Newport University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097; telephone (404) 679-4501) to award degrees at the baccalaureate and master’s degree levels.
CNU Cheerleader Competitive Athletics
The CNU Captains compete in 23 NCAA sports, including football and cheerleading. Our university ranks fifth nationally in NCAA Division III team championships, and we've produced more than 500 All Americans.
CNU Football Captains Football Starts Strong
In 2001, CNU's football team became the first team in NCAA history to win a conference title and advance to the NCAA playoffs in their first year of play - and have finished the regular season no lower than third place in their conference since. 
Lady Captains Softball
CNU women's softball has grown into one of the nation’s elite Division III programs. In 2011, the Captains were USA South Athletic Conference champions for the third straight year, and made it all the way to the NCAA national championship game. The team also fielded three All-Americans in 2011. 

Affordable Education
Christopher Newport University offers a variety of financial aid programs to help students and their parents pay for college; 43 percent of students receive some form of aid.

Economic Impact
We are proud to have a positive influence on Virginia's economy. With a $100 million operating budget, we support 2,200 area jobs and have an annual economic impact of $112 million. Over the past seven years, CNU construction spending amounted to nearly $400 million and supported more than 4,000 area jobs. Find out if there's a place for you on our team.

Restoring History
The USS Monitor's turret from the famous Civil War "Battle of the Ironclads" was recovered off the coast of Newport News and transported to The Mariners' Museum in 2002. It is currently undergoing a 12- to 15-year conservation process. Students are welcome to watch; The Mariners' Museum is just a short walk from campus.