Christopher Newport Takes New Steps to Make College More Accessible and Affordable for All Students

Easy-to-use resources will help applicants prepare and submit materials.

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To help students from diverse backgrounds learn about, prepare for and apply to Christopher Newport, the university is joining forces with two prominent organizations: the Coalition for College and Strive for College.

“We want to give all students who excel in high school and have the potential to thrive at Christopher Newport all the resources they need to become Captains,” said Dean of Admission Rob Lange.

The Coalition for College includes the University of Virginia, the College of William & Mary, Duke University, and more than 150 other distinguished universities that offer an alternative to the Common Application with these features:

  • MyCoalition: free, online tools that include a digital storage locker so students can round out their applications with multimedia; the Collaboration Space where parents, trusted advisers and students can work together on applications; and MyCoalition Counselor: a directory of college prep resources.
  • Coalition application assistance: an easy-to-use application that a student may submit to any coalition university as well as help with Christopher Newport’s requirements.
  • Fee waivers: students from low-income backgrounds or veterans and active duty members of the U.S. armed forces may apply to Christopher Newport with no fee.

“We want to make college accessible and affordable for all students, and we’re a step closer to that goal with the addition of Christopher Newport, an exceptional public liberal arts and sciences university,” said Annie Reznik, executive director of the Coalition.

Strive for College was founded in 2007 by a college student, Michael J. Carter, who was frustrated that first-generation students were facing challenges applying to college and arranging financial aid. Washington and Lee University, the University of Richmond, Virginia Tech and more than 150 other institutions now work with Strive for College to provide free guidance and online mentoring for high school students in all 50 states. Students get online coaching through the application and financial aid process from mentors that include professionals in the workforce, current college students and retirees. The Strive platform also provides ‘best fit’ colleges for each student, based on statistics. It predicts the cost to the student for a degree after financial aid, and it provides graduation stats, a particular point of pride at Christopher Newport.

“We’ve all heard the stories recently of how some wealthy parents tried to rig the college admission process,” Lange said. “These two organizations offer an eloquent counterpoint to that scandal. We’re eager to work with the Coalition for College and Strive for College to make sure every hardworking, well-qualified student who desires a Christopher Newport education has access to all we offer.”

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