... because we offer undergraduate research. We are committed to learning beyond the classroom and we believe students actively collaborating with faculty in the quest for knowledge represents the most powerful teaching we can offer.
... because our faculty are doing amazing things. You have full access to faculty members who are business leaders, Pulitzer Prize winners, poet laureates - one faculty member was even selected to present research at the Yale School of Management.
... because of the leadership opportunities. For example, the student-run organization iNSPIRE offers CNU students the chance to mentor Newport News public school students throughout the academic year, encouraging and empowering local youth to reach their full potential.
... because of the service opportunities, like working with Big Brothers/Big Sisters or volunteering for Relay for Life. CNU even offers a minor in civic engagement and social entrepreneurship.
Here are a few more reasons to choose Christopher Newport University:
Our youthful spirit
CNU is a young university: We were founded in 1960 as Christopher Newport College, an extension of the College of William & Mary, and received full university status in 1992. While we do have some fine school traditions, there are plenty of opportunities to start your own and to leave a lasting legacy at CNU.
Our strong and growing reputation
CNU has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 6 up-and-coming regional university in the South. In its 2012 "Up-and-Comers" ranking, U.S. News ranked CNU among the top 46 colleges and universities in the nation "that have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities," as recommended in a survey of top college administrators.
Our intimate learning environment
Despite doubling the size of our freshman class over the past five years, we still average just 25 students a class - allowing your professors to know you as an individual. That's because we've attracted more than 100 new Ph.D.-level faculty to CNU over the same period - and are on track to welcome 100 more in the next five years. Nearly 90 percent of CNU's faculty members hold a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their fields. We strive to encourage mentoring relationships between students and faculty, believing personal attention in small classes creates a student-centered environment where creativity and excellence flourish.
Our vibrant student life
No matter what your interests are, there is something for everyone at CNU. With more than 250 student groups and organizations, 23 successful athletic teams and clubs, a thriving Greek system and a myriad of cultural and social events, you can easily choose your own adventure.
Our home away from home
Most schools barely mention their student housing - we brag about ours. CNU's five residence halls and two apartment complexes were rated "best in the state" by students, who tell us they miss their dorm rooms when they move out.
Our outstanding campus
Over the past 15 years, CNU has completed more than $500 million in capital construction and our transformation continues. From the 160,000-square-foot Forbes Hall, the new, state-of-the-art home of our science programs, to McMurran Hall, CNU's 21st-century teaching and learning facility, to The Freeman Center sports and convocation facility expansion. And we're not done: More campus improvements are currently under way.
Our dream location
CNU's 260-acre campus is located in Newport News, Virginia, in the heart of one the nation's most historic - and beautiful - areas. Right next door you'll find one of the largest maritime history museums in the world, The Mariners' Museum, nestled in a 550-acre wooded park. Just a short drive away are significant colonial and Civil War historic sites - not to mention the great beaches on the Virginia coast. And merely an hour or two away are the cities and towns of Norfolk, Arlington and Washington, D.C.