Programs of Distinction

We are unwavering in our commitment to academic excellence. We also expect our students to faithfully apply what they learn for the greater good.

A well-rounded college education occurs both inside the classroom and beyond. It requires much more than simply attending class and studying for exams. Some of the most important lessons take place on the athletic field, on the stage, in the audience and in service to one’s community. That’s why Christopher Newport seeks opportunities for intelligent young minds to advance knowledge, empower discovery, and deepen compassion and understanding.




Athletics, the fine and performing arts, student clubs and organizations, academic centers , undergraduate research — each plays a vital role in helping Christopher Newport University reach the highest levels of excellence. Through these programs and initiatives we also come together as a campus community and embrace the human experience.

At CNU, we believe the liberal arts and sciences provide a breadth of knowledge, helping students develop essential critical-thinking skills to live lives of honor and significance. Our purpose is not to teach students how to do something; our purpose it to prepare them to do anything and make a difference in the world.

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

President Paul Trible