CNU's student body of 5,000 is 42 percent male, 58 percent female. Students come to CNU from every region in Virginia, more than 25 other states and 38 foreign nations. Wherever you call home, CNU welcomes you to our diverse community.
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.
Nearly 90 percent of CNU's esteemed faculty members hold a PhD 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 high faculty-to-student ratio, you have a greater opportunity to connect with professors and develop mentoring relationships.
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. History professor Dr. Phil Hamilton recently released Serving the Old Dominion, a complete history of CNU as seen through the eyes of current and past members of the university.
President Paul Trible was just 30 when first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1977, where he served until being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1983. He was appointed president of CNU in 1996 and has been instrumental in making the University a premier public school.
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 all students, including freshmen, can have cars on campus - free to explore the numerous parks, beaches and historic locations near campus.
Getting to Know You
Incoming first-year students get acquainted with each other and the University during Setting Sail, CNU's summer orientation program. And 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.
Penny for Your Thoughts
It's a campus tradition to give every freshman a penny at the start of his or her CNU career. On graduation day, each student throws the same penny into the Geese Fountain on Saunders Plaza. Come continue the tradition and start new traditions of your own!
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.
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.