2016 State of the University

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President Paul Trible
President Paul Trible

President Paul Trible delivered his annual State of the University address on August 16, 2016, during which he celebrated university accomplishments and laid out priorities for the upcoming year.


This year’s freshman class is the largest and highest-achieving group ever, numbering 1,225 students, and including students from 20 states and six foreign countries. Students of color comprise 21 percent of the Class of 2020.

Additionally, the freshman class has an average high school GPA of 3.8, and the SAT middle 50 percent range is 1070-1240.

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 85 percent of students are employed full-time or are enrolled full-time in graduate school – 12 percentage points higher than other universities in CNU’s Carnegie classification.

Building Projects

  • The Trible Library expansion is set to begin soon. The addition will add over 80,000 square feet of new construction and increase the number of seats from 250 to more than 1,100. It will add the latest technology, a special collections center and a 100-seat lecture hall.
  • Construction began this summer on the expansion of Regattas to add additional dining stations and seats in a two-story dining room and mezzanine. This project will be complete and fully operational when students arrive in fall 2017.
  • The first phase of Greek Village is complete, and includes four houses, each with 25 beds. Three sororities and one fraternity – Alpha Phi, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Phi Mu and Sigma Phi Epsilon – moved into the houses in August.


Christopher Newport students continue to embody the true meaning of the term student-athlete. Nearly 200 earned academic honors last year. They are not only great competitors on the fields and courts, but also determined students in the classroom, successfully balancing the rigors of academic life with the demands of practice, travel and competitive play.

Again this past year the Captains were the winningest intercollegiate athletic program in Virginia, winning 75 percent of contests - nearly 10 percentage points ahead of all other schools.

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 55th academic year ahead promises more success and extraordinary achievements.

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