U.S. News says Christopher Newport Academic Programs among Nation’s Best - Christopher Newport University


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U.S. News says Christopher Newport Academic Programs among Nation’s Best

University is #3 regional public university in the South, #1 in Virginia

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Citing its outstanding business, psychology, engineering, teaching, and computer science programs, U.S. News has once again recognized Christopher Newport as one of the top three regional public universities in the South.

The newly released rankings list CNU as #3 among 58 public universities in the category of Top Public Schools among Regional Universities in the South and #7 in overall rank of 135 Regional Universities in the South. Christopher Newport’s undergraduate teaching program was ranked #13 among Regional Universities in the South, a new category.

Christopher Newport attributes its continual high rankings to its faculty’s strong commitment to excellence, continued improvements on its already impressive retention of students from year to year, and its high graduation rates.

CNU also appears in the 2024 rankings on the following lists:

  • Best Value Schools
  • Top Performers on Social Mobility
  • Best Undergraduate Business Programs
  • Best Undergraduate Computer Science Programs
  • Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs
  • Best Undergraduate Psychology Programs

U.S. News rankings evaluate colleges and universities on 19 key 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-level programs, but limited, if any, doctoral programs.

The U.S. News designation is the latest in a series of strong ranking performances by Christopher Newport.

The Princeton Review in August ranked Christopher Newport University among the nation’s top institutions for undergraduates. The education services company selected Christopher Newport as one of “The Best 389 Colleges” in the 2024 edition of its annual college guide. Only about 14% of America’s 2,700 four-year colleges are profiled in the book. The University ranked #7 among all public universities for internship opportunities offered to students and #9 among all public universities for “making an impact.”

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