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Rankings and Recognition

Christopher Newport University continues to earn high marks in respected college rankings, for the quality and rigor of academic programs and the solid value students receive from a CNU education.

U.S. News & World Report

CNU is ranked fifth among public regional universities in the South and 14th among all regional universities in the South.

American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA)

Christopher Newport is the only public institution in the nation to earn a perfect “A” rating from ACTA for the strength of its curriculum in What Will They Learn? ACTA’s study of 1,098 colleges and universities, which reveals what value students actually receive from their college curriculum. A perfect score indicates that an institution requires all seven subjects deemed essential to a quality education: literature, composition, economics, mathematics, foreign language, science and American history/government.

Bloomberg Businessweek

The undergraduate program at the Joseph W. Luter, III School of Business was included in the Bloomberg Businessweek Best Undergraduate Business Schools rankings. The program is ranked No. 93 among all undergraduate business schools, based on what students want most from business schools, specifically the brightest possible career path.


Christopher Newport was named as one of the top five medium-sized public colleges in the South. Forbes magazine ranks colleges based on return on investment by looking at the satisfaction of current graduates, current graduation rates, student debt levels and job placement rates.

The Princeton Review

Christopher Newport is listed as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, including mention in the Best in the Southeast list, as well as the following rankings:

  • Best College Dorms (No. 2)
  • Best Science Lab Facilities (No. 15)
  • Best-Run Colleges (No. 16)
  • Most Engaged in Community Service (No. 8)

University Business Magazine

CNU is one of nine colleges and universities nationwide honored in the Summer 2016 Models of Excellence program, which recognizes innovative approaches to encouraging and nurturing student success on campus.

In addition, Christopher Newport’s campus design and buildings have been featured multiple times in Design Develop Construct Journal, a leading construction industry publication.

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