Information for Students

Last updated: May 29, 2020, 3:39:45 PM

There will be no increase in tuition and fees, room and board for the next academic year 2020–2021 at Christopher Newport.

Moreover, we are planning for our classes to resume on campus in the Fall depending, of course, on the state of the coronavirus and direction from Richmond and Washington.

Commencement has been rescheduled for October 9–11, 2020. Full details and schedule updates can be found at

The Alumni Society is asking that we make a special effort to congratulate our graduates from a distance on what would have been their commencement day:

On May 9, 2020, we invite all members of the Christopher Newport family to post on social media in support of this extraordinary class. Post words of encouragement, tell your stories, and take pictures using the hashtag #CNU2020. To make it more special, please consider purchasing an “I Support” the Class of 2020 t-shirt. This is a modified version of the actual senior class shirt. Wear it or any Christopher Newport gear in your posts in honor and celebration of these incredible Captains! It will be a day to own social media, show compassion for CNU seniors and welcome them into the proud family of Captains for Life!

The campus will remain closed to the public until further notice. Entry to all buildings will remain card access only. The Stay at Home order will continue until June 10, unless amended or rescinded by the Governor.

Employees will need to use their CNU ID card to enter the building in which they work.

The Trible Library is closed.

David Student Union doors will remain unlocked from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Regattas is serving meals 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every day. The Commons and all retail dining operations are closed.

Maymester is moving online and will be taught remotely.

Summer classes beginning in the month of June are moving online and will be taught remotely.

All summer 2020 Study Abroad programs, including the July programs, are cancelled.

Executive Order 55 #3 allows for academic research to continue with social distancing protocols.

  • Graduate students listed below will be given card access to Forbes to continue their research.
  • No loitering, or social gathering will be permitted.
  • Students, faculty and staff must exercise social distancing - this is at least 6 feet between two people and no more than 10 in any one area.
  • Card access is for Monday - Friday between the hours 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

It is critical for the safety of all, that we limit the exposure during the COVID–19 conditions. We understand this might be a tight window for students to get their work done and may not be as convenient as allowing for any time access, but keeping building hours to a minimum allows for adequate cleaning with minimal staff on campus.

If the block of time is not sufficient for the academic

research please email

Every student is allowed two additional courses for which they may earn a pass/fail grade this semester. These are not limited to elective courses. These courses could be in their major, second major, concentration and/or minor, a writing intensive course, or in the Liberal Learning Core – essentially any two courses in which a student is enrolled during Spring Semester 2020. These two additional courses are for Spring 2020 semester only.

The deadline to submit electronic forms for Pass/Fail and Course Withdrawals has been extended to April 10 at 5 p.m. If students are considering graduate school, it might be to their advantage to get a letter grade rather than a P grade. A P grade does not calculate into a student’s GPA.

Christopher Newport University will provide rebates to all students with a spring 2020 housing contract or meal plan, except for the small number permitted to stay in the residence halls. Visit for more information.

Given Gov. Northam's "stay-at-home" directive, we have suspended the move-out process effective immediately (March 30, 2020). At this time, students may not return to campus to retrieve their belongings. The "stay-at-home" directive is in place through June 10. We will reassess the move-out process as that date approaches.

Students should remain vigilant in checking your campus email regarding important updates during this period.

The Captains locker will be offering free shipping return labels for rental textbooks and also will be extending the non-return period without penalty to assist with increased returns of rental textbooks by mail. More detailed email messages will be going out to students via the Captains Locker and related information will also be posted on the Captains Locker website.

Given the uncertainty of continuing impacts of the COVID–19 Coronavirus, the Captains Locker is considering how to best manage textbook buy-back and will provide more details regarding textbook buy-back as their plans for textbook buy-back are determined.

Christopher Newport University is conducting all classes, including graduate classes, online for the rest of the spring, May and summer 1 terms. For details relating to current graduate student needs, please visit our internal page.

Throughout this unprecedented time, please do not hesitate to reach out to with any questions. We are available to respond via email or video appointments.

Do I still need to take the GRE, GMAT or PRAXIS since I cannot go to a testing center?

Because it is difficult to take standardized tests in the current environment, 2020 ENVS applicants should write to for an essay prompt in lieu of the GRE. We have waived the GRE requirement for APCS applicants applying for fall 2020. We are waiving the GMAT requirement for fall 2020 MFinA applicants who would have been required to take the test. Due to the application calendar, most MAT students will have either taken the PRAXIS, or will not need to in the near future. Please contact or your individual graduate program director if your situation is outside of those outlined above.

Throughout this unprecedented time, please do not hesitate to reach out to with any questions. We are available to respond via email or video appointments.

The orientation (that was scheduled for March 31) for students accepted into the program in February 2020 has been moved to August 25, in Freeman 201. Orientation is required. Please RSVP to

Throughout this unprecedented time, please do not hesitate to reach out to with any questions. We are available to respond via email or video appointments.

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