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Christopher Newport University

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About Christopher Newport University

Christopher Newport University is a young institution, but our formidable reputation is growing fast thanks to our commitment to the principles of liberal learning and our dedication to the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. CNU is now listed 18th among all regional universities in the South and seventh among public regional universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report. 

Academic programs at CNU encompass more than 80 areas of study, from biology to business administration and political science to the performing arts, offering you a broad choice of paths to choose from on your educational journey. Our 5,000 students are taught by distinguished professors in small classes, take advantage of world-class amenities, and participate in our many student activities, volunteer organizations and athletics. With so many options and opportunities, the horizon is wide open.

Here on our 260-acre campus in Newport News, VA., you'll find boundless energy and magnificent facilities few schools can rival -- including a new library, an arts center designed by the firm of internationally renowned architect I.M. Pei and best-in-class residence halls students tell us they miss when they leave. The adventure continues with some of the nation's most significant historic sites -- as well as some of its most beautiful beaches -- within easy reach of campus.

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CNU’s transformation continues, from the 160,000-square-foot Forbes Hall, the new, state-of-the-art home of our science programs, to McMurran Hall, CNU's 21st-century teaching and learning facility, to The Freeman Center sports and convocation facility expansion.

Top-Rated Accommodations
Residents of the state-of-the-art residential CNU Village or Apartments have their own bathroom and an in-unit washer and dryer. CNU Village also houses a variety of restaurants and stores, including Panera Bread, Subway and Moe's Southwest Grill. 

Sculptures in Flight
The Geese Fountain in Saunders Plaza on campus was designed so the water flow sounds like the flapping of wings. Both the Geese Fountain and the bald eagle statue, called “Spilling the Wind,” located in front of Potomac Hall were sculpted by local artists of Turner Sculpture, located in Onley, Va., on the Eastern Shore.

A Path to Mystery
Located along one of the brick pathways that crisscross our 260-acre campus is a single brick that says "Don’t look up." You’ll have to come visit us to find out why.

Showcasing the Arts
The Ferguson Center for the Arts was designed by the firm of internationally renowned architect I.M. Pei. Since it opened in 2005, more than 600,000 people have attended performances by such luminaries as singers Tony Bennett, Amy Grant and Queen Latifah; the London Symphony Orchestra; magician David Copperfield; and comedians Wayne Brady, Jim Gaffigan and Whoopi Goldberg.

Lend Us Your Ear
The 1,725-seat Concert Hall in the Ferguson Center for the Arts was acoustically engineered so anyone on stage can be heard from any seat in the house without the aid of a microphone. Students get discounted tickets to performances, so you can test this yourself.

Rest Assured

CNU has authorized the operation of a full-time, professionally trained police department, responsible for the safety and welfare of all members of the university community and their guests. Our university police are committed to providing a safe and secure environment.

A Renowned Library
The Mariners' Museum Library, located in Trible Library, is home to the largest maritime literature collection in the Western Hemisphere with more than 1.75 million items.

CNU Goes Green
We have recycling bins on each residence hall floor on the main campus and a comprehensive usability and sustainability program in place. The Trible Library Media Center and Tau Delta Phi, one of CNU's social fraternities, have teamed up on an ink-cartridge recycling campaign. Every building on campus is controlled by a computerized energy management system that allows for constant monitoring and adjusts temperatures automatically to maximize energy efficiency.

CNU's 260-acre campus is located in Newport News, Virginia, in the heart of one the nation's most historic - and beautiful - areas. Right next door you'll find one of the largest maritime history museums in the world, The Mariners' Museum, nestled in a 550-acre wooded park. Just a short drive away are significant colonial and Civil War historic sites - not to mention the great beaches on the Virginia coast. And merely an hour or two away are the cities and towns of Norfolk, Arlington and Washington, D.C.


About 3,000 students live on campus. Our five contemporary residence halls and two apartment complexes were rated "best in the state" by students and have won rave reviews nationwide. Every residential room has high-speed Internet, basic satellite cable TV, digital local phone service and electronic room access. All rooms are equipped with a microwave and mini-refrigerator or have kitchen access.


Courses available 10

Applied, Pure Sciences 2 Computer Science, IT 2 Education and Teaching 1 Engineering 2 Humanities & Social Sciences 2 Mass Communication & Media 1


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