Family & Friends
CNU's 87th Commencement Exercises was held on Saturday, May 11 on the Great Lawn beginning at 10 a.m.. Congratulations to the Class of 2013 and their families from the faculty and staff of Christopher Newport University!
This festive annual event provides CNU with the perfect opportunity to recognize and celebrate those dedicated family members - parents, grandparents, sisters and brothers - who contribute so much to each student’s success.
Lifelong Learning Society
Do you like being challenged by diverse ideas while acquiring new skills? All people of retirement age are encouraged to join the LifeLong Learning Society where they can explore opportunities for learning in an environment of sharing and fellowship.
Setting Sail is a two-day, overnight program (required for all first year students) that introduces students to life at CNU – both inside and outside the classroom. While on campus in June, students will be able to stay overnight in a residence hall, pick up their student ID, meet other CNU students and much, much more!
CNU boasts one of the most successful athletic programs not just in its league or region, but in the entire nation of Division III Athletics. The Captains have risen to national prominence in many of the 22 different sports on campus, including a program-best third place finish in women's basketball this year!
Ferguson Center for the Arts
In just a short time, CNU’s Ferguson Center for the Arts has established itself as a world-class venue for the finest cultural attractions. Recent seasons have boasted such noteworthy talent as Bill Cosby, Tony Bennett, Queen Latifah, Clint Black and Jewel, to name a few headliners. Explore what’s in store by reviewing the current season’s lineup.
CNU is home to a vibrant theater program where students showcase their stellar talents in TheaterCNU productions - everything from spellbinding dramas to lighthearted musicals. Find out what theatrical production hits the stage next.
BB&T Professorship for the Study of Capitalism
The BB&T Professorship for the Study of Capitalism was established by a $250,000 contribution from the BB&T Charitable Foundation, based in Winston-Salem, N.C. Part of the professorship includes a colloquium series that has hosted speakers from such institutions as Duke University, Auburn University and George Mason University. Events are free and open to the public.
Planning to visit your favorite CNU student? The following information will help make your travels and time here all the more enjoyable.
We are located in the heart of Newport News, Va. We’re three hours south of Washington, D.C.; 45 minutes from the Virginia Beach oceanfront; and 20 minutes east of historic Williamsburg. Directions >>>
Where to Stay
You will find several hotels/motels near campus – most less than five miles away. Find a hotel >>>
What to Eat
Grab a bite right on campus. Choose from burgers to pizza, fresh bread to gourmet coffee - all part of our newest residence hall, CNU Village. Or explore Newport News, Hampton, or Williamsburg, where you’ll find everything from fine-dining options to diner fare.
Pick up some CNU Spirit!
The Captain’s Locker carries general merchandise from clothing, gifts, supplies and convenience items. Pick up a hoodie or tshirt and show your Captains Spirit! The Captain’s Locker is located in the David Student Union.
Discover Newport News
Immerse yourself in our history. The city traces its roots to America’s founding and boasts numerous historic homes, battle sites and monuments. Find out what Newport News has to offer.
CNU is located in the heart of one the nation’s most historic - and beautiful - areas. Within just a short drive you will discover significant historic sites like Colonial Williamsburg and great beaches on the Virginia coast. (each link below opens a new window)
- Colonial Williamsburg, just 20 minutes away, is the nation’s largest outdoor living history museum. Pre-Revolutionary times come alive through reconstructed homes, stores and taverns populated by interpreters and actors.
- Virginia Beach offers world-class beaches, great water sports and a rich nightlife - just 45 minutes from campus.
- Norfolk, the Mid-Atlantic region’s most dynamic and progressive cultural center, is 30 minutes from CNU. With a sparkling downtown waterfront and a proud maritime heritage, Norfolk was recently dubbed a “cultural center of note” by The New York Times.
Please visit Parking and Transportation Services to determine the best place to park during your visit. You may also want to obtain a campus map prior to your arrival.
CNU is committed to the health and well-being of our students. We hope this site will provide an easy way to find information and let you know who to contact should you have questions or concerns.
We believe crime prevention is a shared responsibility and the University Police work in partnership with the students, faculty, staff of CNU.
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is the landmark federal law, originally known as the Campus Security Act, that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.
Crime prevention is a shared responsibility and the University Police work in partnership with students, faculty, staff and the members of many clubs and organizations to reduce criminal incidents and violations of University policy.
Emergency Notification System
The CNU Emergency Notification System is an application used to send emergency alerts, notifications and updates to your cell phone, pager, BlackBerry, PDA and / or e-mail account. In the event of an emergency, you will receive important alerts and updates right to your cell phone or mobile device. All you have to do is sign up through cnualert.info.
Our emergency information website, cnualert.info, provides information during emergency and non-emergency operations. You will find information about current health alerts, such as H1N1, emergency weather preparedness, "what to do if training" and much more. Please familiarize yourself with the information on this site and encourage your student to do so as well. Don't forget to bookmark it!
University Health & Wellness - Student Clinic
University Health and Wellness Services (UHWS) is a health-care partnership between CNU and Riverside Healthcare Systems, one of the largest health-care systems in the region. UHWS is a nurse-managed facility with Riverside Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners and Riverside Family Practice resident physicians providing on site services. The nurses follow standing medical policies and orders from an offsite Riverside physician.
Intramural and Club Sports
CNU has strong intramural programs that include season-long, one-day, individual team and co-ed sports. Fitness classes in The Freeman Center offer spinning, aerobics, yoga, tae-kwan-do and many other activities year-round.
There’s no place like our home. That’s because the collegiate experience at CNU occurs both inside and outside the classroom.
Three thousand CNU students live in state-of-the-art facilities that garner rave reviews from students and parents alike. All residence halls and apartments include air conditioning, cable TV and access to 21st-century technology. Laundry facilities are conveniently located inside each residence hall. Read more >>>
The David Student Union (DSU)
The DSU is the center of campus life. It houses Student Affairs, campus organizations, our student newspaper - The Captain’s Log, as well as popular dining options like Regatta’s, and Chick-fil-A.
Meals at CNU break the college dining mold. From our personable staff to our stellar facilities and myriad dining options, your student will never want to skip a meal. Be sure to check out the various meal plans and choose the one that best suits your student’s appetite. Dining@CNU
Freshmen are permitted to have cars on campus. A required parking decal costs $250. Decals will be available for purchase when your student arrives on campus. Parking@CNU
Basically, it’s your student's lifeline to campus! The Captains Card is your CNU ID card. You use it to access your meal plan and Captain’s Cash account. It also is used in the Trible Library, to enter the Freeman Center or check out game-room equipment in the David Student Union.
The Center for Academic Success
The Center for Academic Success is committed to your student's academic success and social well-being, all which contribute to an outstanding college experience. They offer resources like time management and study skills, academic planning and student engagement, to help your student reach his or her potential here at CNU.
Extra-curricular experiences are never lacking here. The Office of Student Activities supports more than 200 student clubs and organizations and provides resources, leadership training and special event planning for students. The Campus Activities Board (CAB), a student-run group, plans a wide range of entertainment and diverse activities throughout the year.
Our 14 recognized fraternities and sororities add much to campus life. These values-based organizations have created a foundation of brotherhood/sisterhood, scholarship, community service/philanthropy and character within the CNU community.
Intramural and Club Sports
Students love getting in the game. Our strong intramural programs include season-long, one-day, individual, team and co-ed sports. Fitness classes in The Freeman Center offer spinning, aerobics, yoga, tae kwon do and countless other recreational activities year-round.
Our sports and convocation facility, The Freeman Center was named the nation’s outstanding sports facility by the National Intramural-Recreational Sport Association. Here you will find venues for CNU’s championship basketball, volleyball and indoor track teams.
ATMs and Mail
Several ATM machines are located across campus — the David Student Union, The Freeman Center, the Trible Library, to name a few sites. You will also find several area banks in close proximity to campus. Inside the David Student Union, your student can pick up letters and packages from home. There is a full service post office just a block from campus.
Find out when classes and exams start and end on our academic calendar.
Access to Your Student's Academic Information
"Disclosure to parents and organizations providing financial support to a student: It is the University’s policy to release the academic transcript to parents and/or organizations only upon the student’s written request or authorization. Parents may also provide documentation showing the student as a financial dependent according to the definition provided in section 152 of the IRS Code. Otherwise, the academic transcript will be sent only to the student or at the student’s written instruction, a policy consistent with the University’s interpretation of FERPA." See full Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) - Annual Notice to Students (pdf)
Tuition, Room and Board
View the most current information regarding tuition, room and board and a list of general fees to expect.
Monthly Tuition Payment Plan
CNU offers a monthly tuition payment plan. It allows you to pay your annual tuition and fees in 10 equal monthly installments.
Virginia Prepaid Tuition Program (VPEP)
The Office of Student Accounts can assist you with VPEP. Reach them by phone at (757) 594-7582. For questions regarding your VPEP or VEST (Virginia Education Savings Trust) account, please call VPEP directly at (800) 567-0540.