Anchored in Excellence - Who We Are - Christopher Newport University
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Who We Are

Anchored in Excellence

At Christopher Newport, the focus is on learning how to think, and our graduates put this into practice in a wide range of fields, from business to computer science to foreign languages.

Regardless of your major, our emphasis on leadership, civic engagement and honor across campus fosters good citizenship and prepares you to succeed. More than 90% of our graduates go on to fulltime jobs or the graduate or professional school of their choice within six months of graduation.


Top 10 nationally for internships

Princeton Review

Class of 2022 internship sampling

NASA, Jefferson Lab, Canon, Riverside Health, Disney, U.S. Dept. of Justice

Top 10 nationally for alumni satisfaction

Poets & Quants

Class of 2022 employers sampling

Amazon, Deloitte, Capital One, Collier Aerospace, National Human Genome Research Institute

Excellence in Academics

We offer small classes, caring, accomplished professors, technology-advanced buildings, and a distinctive, award-winning arts and sciences learning pathway.

Students sit at tables in the Rosemary Reading Room inside of the Trible Library at Christopher Newport University.

Excellence in Science and Technology

A new state-of-the-art building will be the most technologically advanced in Virginia when it opens in the spring of 2026.

Rendering of the Science and Engineering Research Center building.

Excellence in Athletics

CNU men's basketball team celebrating their championship victory

Men's Basketball

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2023 NCAA Division III National Champions Arrow facing right icon
CNU's softball team with a 2022 championship banner


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CNU women's soccer team with a 2021 championship banner

Women's Soccer

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Excellence in the Arts

The Ferguson Center for the Arts and the Mary M. Torggler Fine Arts Center tout incredible spaces that attract world-renowned artists to Christopher Newport University.

Excellence in National Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

Christopher Newport is ranked second among public regional universities in the South and fifth among all regional universities in the South.

The university also appears in the 2023 U.S. News rankings in the following lists:

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

The Princeton Review

Christopher Newport is ranked one of the nation’s best 389 colleges, one of the best in the Southeast and one of the nation’s best values. It is also ranked among the nation’s top 10 universities in these categories:

  • Making an Impact, Public (#9)
  • Internships, Public (#7)

Poets and Quants

Poets and Quants ranks the Luter School of Business No. 7 when graduates were asked whether their degree was worth its cost in time and resources, and No. 10 when they were asked about the quality of teaching. Overall, Luter’s undergraduate degree program is ranked No. 63 and among the top four in Virginia.

American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA)

Christopher Newport is one of only five only public institutions in the nation to earn a perfect “A+” rating from ACTA for the strength of its curriculum in What Will They Learn? ACTA’s study of over 1,000 colleges and universities, which reveals what value students actually receive from their college curriculum. A perfect score indicates that an institution requires all seven subjects deemed essential to a quality education: literature, composition, economics, mathematics, foreign language, science and American history/government.

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