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Early Decision

Important Dates

Deadline to apply
November 15
Notification Date
December 15
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Applying Early Decision ensures that your application will be among the first we review — and if admitted, bring a quick, successful completion to your college search. If we are unable to initially offer you admission, we may defer your application and consider it again during the Regular Decision process.

By applying Early Decision by the November 15 deadline, you agree to enroll in the fall at Christopher Newport University if you are offered admission. You may apply to other colleges, but agree to withdraw all other applications if admitted to CNU. You must submit a nonrefundable deposit by the end of January in order to secure your place in the class.

Given the commitment made by Early Decision applicants, we naturally consider your determination in the admission process. After all, we want students who have decided that Christopher Newport is the best match. Our admission standards do not change during Early Decision, but Early Decision applicants may be given preference. Outstanding applicants will also be among the first students considered for the President's Leadership and Honors Programs.

All Early Decision applicants must have the Early Decision Agreement approved by a parent/guardian and a high school counselor electronically through the Common Application.

Your application is considered complete and ready for review once you complete the following:

  1. Submit the Common Application, including:
    • Essay
    • $65 non-refundable application fee (if seeking a fee waiver, submit an official College Board, ACT or NACAC Fee Waiver Request signed by a high school counselor who can attest to a financial hardship)
  2. Submit your most recent official high school transcript electronically through the Common Application website. (Paper transcripts are accepted, but we encourage online submission through Common Application or Naviance.)
  3. Have your SAT and/or ACT scores sent directly to CNU (unless you qualify to apply test-optional).
    • SAT code 5128
    • ACT code 4345

Virginia In-State Tuition Rates Eligibility You must complete all questions in the Residency and Parent/Legal Guardian Residency sections of the Common Application to be eligible for in-state tuition. Supporting documents may be requested, and you must submit them on or before the first day of the semester or term for which you are applying.

Applying to the President’s Leadership and/or Honors Program**

  • Select “Yes” for President’s Leadership Program and/or Honors program in the Academics section of the Common Application.
  • Complete the mandatory essay questions.

An interview is required in order to be considered for these programs.

We recommend all applicants complete the following actions:

  1. Submit teacher evaluations in a core subject (English, social studies, foreign language, mathematics or science). Note: The Common Application requires that students request a teacher recommendation when completing the application. However, we will review your application without a teacher recommendation.
  2. Schedule an admission interview.
  3. Schedule a campus visit.
  4. Have your school counselor submit a School Report Form electronically through the Common Application website. (Paper forms are accepted, but we encourage online submission through Common Application or Naviance.)
  5. Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form by March 1, if applicable.

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