Defining Significance Campaign Priorities

Built on a foundation of scholarship, leadership, service and honor, Christopher Newport University offers a private school experience at a public school price. Small class sizes, great teaching, a “students first” philosophy, a welcoming community, and a commitment to a rigorous and rewarding liberal arts and sciences education are all central to the CNU experience. But what defines CNU more than any other value is the idea that we cannot fully realize our potential except to the extent that we make life better for others – that we lead lives of significance in service of the greater good.

The world of higher education is intensely competitive. Every college and university seeks to attract the best and brightest students and to build a faculty of eminent and inspiring teacher-scholars who create knowledge and shape young minds and hearts into the teachers, scientists and business leaders of tomorrow. It takes a wealth of time and resources to be able to realize these goals, and many schools have been around for hundreds of years and have endowments worth billions of dollars.

Yet, despite these pressures, CNU continues to thrive. We have built a modern campus where students discover the world and learn to solve the problems facing society, both today and for the future. The quality of our students and faculty has matched the pace of our growth. Christopher Newport is well on its way to becoming one of America’s pre-eminent public liberal arts and sciences universities.

But to continue this upward trajectory we need your help.

Every gift – large or small – helps to support a student in need, equips a lab, brings a distinguished speaker to campus or funds a research trip abroad. Every gift makes possible the breakthroughs and discoveries that inspire our students to lead meaningful lives.



When you ask people to give you their very best,
they will astound you with their success

President Paul Trible

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