Student Achievement

Undergraduate Student Achievement

Christopher Newport University’s goal is to increase our freshman-to-sophomore retention rate to 90 percent. CNU has implemented several programs designed to increase our freshman retention-rate in an effort to achieve the articulated aspirational goal.

Cohort (first-time, full-time) Freshman to Sophomore Retention Rate Sophomore to Junior Retention Rate Junior to Senior Retention Rate
Fall 2018 84.4%    
Fall 2017 87.1% 79.2%  
Fall 2016 88.2% 77.9%  76.1% 
Fall 2015 86.1% 77.9% 74.3% 
Fall 2014 87.5% 82.2% 79.9%
Fall 2013 87.0% 80.1% 77.6%
Fall 2012 83.9% 75.9% 73.5%
Fall 2011 84.7% 77.8% 74.5%
Fall 2010 84.3% 78.2% 75.0%
Fall 2009 81.5% 73.7% 70.8%
Fall 2008 80.0% 71.9% 69.1%

The graduation rates of CNU’s freshman cohorts have also continued to grow, thanks to various university-initiated strategies. For the purposes of these studies, graduation rates indicate a percentage of the freshman cohort that graduated from Christopher Newport in six years. Christopher Newport University’s goal is to increase our six-year graduate rate to 80 percent.

Cohort (first-time, full-time) 4-Year Grad Rate 5-Year Grad Rate 6-Year Grad Rate
Fall 2015 66.1%    
Fall 2014 70.2% 78.2%  
Fall 2013 68.1% 76.8%  78.0% 
Fall 2012 62.7% 71.0% 72.5%
Fall 2011 63.5% 73.2% 74.5%
Fall 2010 62.9% 73.7% 74.8%
Fall 2009 56.8% 68.6% 70.0%
Fall 2008 55.0% 66.4% 67.5%
Fall 2007 49.8% 63.7% 65.5%
Fall 2006 50.7% 65.0% 67.4%
Fall 2005 46.4% 60.8% 63.2%

Beyond retention and graduation data, Christopher Newport tracks the post-graduation outcomes of every senior class. Six months post-graduation, CNU administers the National Association of Career Educators First-Destination Survey which provides an overall profile of students’ plans – from graduate-school acceptance to employment offers (which are often impacted by the national economy).

Christopher Newport’s goal is to increase the percentage of students with full-time employment or graduate school / continuing education and decrease the number of students still seeking employment or graduate admission.

Three Year Outcomes Data Overview of Classes 2017 to 2019

Class Response Rate Full-Time Employment or Grad School / Continuing Education Still Seeking
2017 67.0% 92.0% 3.0%
2018 71.0% 86.0% 6.0%
2019 74.0% 91.0% 2.0%
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