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How to Apply

Regular Decision

Important Dates

Deadline to apply
February 1
Notification Date
March 15
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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 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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