Christopher Newport University

Christopher Newport University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Christopher Newport University Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Christopher Newport University was awarded 177 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business administration and management.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, CNU is ranked #259 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when CNU held the #295 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

CNU also holds the #10 spot on the Best Colleges in Virginia ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into CNU?

Acceptance Rate

Christopher Newport University has an acceptance rate of 72%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

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Christopher Newport University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Christopher Newport University is about average at 14 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Christopher Newport University is 62%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  62 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Christopher Newport University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 84% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Christopher Newport University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  84 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At CNU the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 57%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  57 out of 100

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Christopher Newport University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,837 undergraduates at CNU with 4,742 being full-time and 95 being part-time.

How Much Does Christopher Newport University Cost?

The overall average net price of CNU is $25,596. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for CNU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$16,529 $17,522 $22,134 $26,659 $29,094

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of CNU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At CNU, approximately 50% of students took out student loans averaging $7,998 a year. That adds up to $31,992 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CNU is 1.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do CNU Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from CNU make about $46,900 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future CNU graduates since it is 18% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Christopher Newport University make the most money.

Location of Christopher Newport University

Christopher Newport University is a public institution situated in Newport News, Virginia. Newport News is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Contact details for CNU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 Avenue Of The Arts, Newport News, VA 23606-3072
Phone: 757-594-7000

Christopher Newport University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 24 majors graduated from Christopher Newport University. Of these students, 1,173 received undergraduate degrees and 63 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 169 $42,200
General Biology 157 $27,300
General Psychology 157 $31,100
Communication & Media Studies 103 $35,500
Political Science & Government 77 $30,900
Sociology 75 $30,600
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 72 $27,000
Computer Science 57 $60,600
General English Literature 44 $30,600
History 40 $36,000

Learn more about the majors offered at Christopher Newport University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Learn more about online learning at Christopher Newport University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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