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2017 State of the University

President Paul Trible delivered his annual State of the University address, during which he celebrated university accomplishments and laid out priorities for the coming year.

  Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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President Paul Trible delivered his annual State of the University address, during which he celebrated university accomplishments and laid out priorities for the coming year.

Academics
This year’s freshman class numbers 1,300 students from 20 states and seven foreign countries. Twenty-two percent of the freshman class are students of color, a 2 percent increase over last year, and the percentage of African-American students increased from 8 to 10 percent. Additionally, the freshman class has an average high school GPA of 3.8 and SAT score of 1210.

Christopher Newport’s rigorous academic programs and emphasis on leadership, honor and civic engagement empower students for success in the workplace and graduate school. Within six months of graduation 88 percent of students are employed full-time or are enrolled full-time in graduate school – 10 percentage points higher than other universities in CNU’s Carnegie classification and over 15 percentage points higher than other universities in the Southeast.

Building Projects
Over the last year four chapter houses of Greek Village as well as the Gregory P. Klich Alumni House have been completed, and construction began on the Trible Library expansion. This project will add 800 seats to accommodate a total of 1,200 students in all, a magnificent two-story reading room and will provide critically important space for the expanding collection, which is now approaching one million holdings. In addition to many individual and group study spaces, the addition will also feature a lecture hall and two classrooms, one of which will be a digital humanities classroom.

Athletics
More than 600 student-athletes contribute energy, enthusiasm and intellect to the life of the university and they excel in the classroom and in athletic competition.

The Captains competed at the very highest level of excellence – winning over 70 percent of all games played and sweeping the conference men's, women's and overall championships.

The hard work and success of our student-athletes and coaches propelled us to a top 15 finish among more than 400 schools in the NCAA.

Christopher Newport’s reach and reputation continue to spread across the country, and the University has become a school of choice for high-ability students. The 56th academic year ahead promises more success and extraordinary achievements.

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