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University Climbs in New U.S. News Rankings

U.S. News ranks Christopher Newport #2 in Public Regional Universities in the South.

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Christopher Newport University has moved up again in the new 2023 U.S. News & World Report rankings. The University is ranked #5 among the 135 southern public and private universities.

Christopher Newport continues to be the highest ranked, non-military public regional university in the South.

Category 2023 2022 2021 2020 2019
Top Public Regional Universities in the South 2 3 4 3 4
Best Regional Universities in the South 5 6 7 6 10

Christopher Newport attributes the steady rise in rankings to its great faculty, continued improvements on its already impressive retention of students from year to year, and high graduation rates.

Additionally, Christopher Newport is ranked as one of the Southern region’s most innovative schools, tied at #11.

CNU also appears in the 2023 U.S. News rankings on the following lists:

  • Best Undergraduate Business Program
  • Best Value Schools
  • Best Undergraduate Computer Science Programs
  • Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs

U.S. News & World Report rankings evaluate colleges and universities on 17 measures of academic quality, based on widely accepted indicators of excellence such as first-year student retention, graduation rates, and the strength of the faculty. Regional public universities included in the rankings offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s-level programs but limited, if any, doctoral programs.


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