School Spotlight: Christopher Newport University

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Christopher Newport University
Newport News, VA

Originally founded as a public, two-year extension of the College of William & Mary, Christopher Newport University became a full-fledged university in 1992. Since then, CNU has undergone exponential growth, thanks to the hundreds of millions of dollars spent in new construction in the last couple of decades. The campus now boasts an arts center (designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei), a state-of-the-art student union, and a spacious library. CNU enrolls 4,900 students, of which fewer than 100 are graduate students. That means CNU offers an undergraduate-focused education AND has a relatively small student body for a public university, a great combination for those looking for a close-knit campus and affordability. While 93 percent of students hail from VA, all first-, second-, and third-year students are required to live on campus, giving the university a decidedly residential feel. CNU offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Music, but the three most popular majors are communication studies, psychology, and biology. Outside of academics, students can become active in any of the 200+ student clubs, or join the university’s robust Greek life. Looking to get off campus?  Colonial Williamsburg (20 minutes) and Virginia Beach (45 minutes) are just a short drive away.

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Written by Emily Toffelmire
Emily Toffelmire is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Prior to joining College Coach, Emily worked as an admissions officer at University of Southern California as well as a college counselor at high schools in the US and Thailand. Visit our website to learn more about Emily Toffelmire.