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  • 07/20/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 out of 25 people found this review useful. 1 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    CNU is the best place for students who enjoy being involved in school activities, who enjoy getting to know their professors and working hands on in class rather than in a lecture hall, who are interested in a small campus rather than large, and who want to attend a school that is becoming one of the most esteemed and respected universities in the country.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a small campus with state of the art facilities, ideal location, and small classes than CNU is the place for you. Do not attend CNU if you are going to college for the sole purpose of partying, because it is a school known for its great education, not its party scene.

    Am enjoying being here

    CNU's campus is absolutely beautiful! All of the facilities including the DSU, Ferguson Center, and the Trible Library are new, spectacular, and state of the art. The location is exemplary in that it is just a short drive away from beaches and historic sights such as Virginia Beach, Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, and Water Country USA. Not only is it a wonderful and prestigious university its location also provides it with excellent recreation.

    Am learning a lot

    Something that CNU prides itself upon is the fact that its classes are small. On average a class will have 25 students in it, which encourages students to interact with their professors and makes it much easier to obtain help when it is needed. Professors are able to do things more hands-on with each student which makes it simple and a lot more fun to learn than in a lecture-based class.

  • 01/05/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 out of 13 people found this review useful. 2 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    CNU is an up and coming school both in regards to academics and extracurricular opportunities. If you are someone who wants to be involved while still being academically challenged, then Christopher Newport is the school for you. CNU is also a fairly small school, so it’s great for students who want to be noticed as an individual rather than just a member of a large class group.

    Tips for prospective students

    CNU’s campus is well kept and well structured so new students rarely have trouble finding where they need to go for class. However, the University is regularly updating their buildings, constructing new ones and tearing down the old. Though that is not a bad thing, as a result there is a lot of construction, which can sometimes make it confusing because one day you will be able to walk into a building from one side, and the next the entrance will be blocked off. But if you leave for class early enough, this is usually not a problem. The Newport News area also gets a significant amount of rain, so a good jacket with a hood is definitely useful.

    Bang for the buck

    While I don’t want to give the impression that I would like to pay more money, after having visited other schools in Virginia (including many private schools), I found that CNU had the most amenities to offer. The dorm rooms are larger than most schools, and you can even control the temperature of your own room. They are air conditioned, wired for internet and cable, and even come with a refrigerator/freezer and microwave. The second floor of the David Student Union has a number of pool tables, an air hockey table, and a foosball table that are open to students for most of the day. The campus also has two separate dining halls, Regatta’s and the Commons, and both are all you can eat. Regatta’s is more formal, and they regularly serve steak, and sometimes even crab legs, while the Commons provides a more cafeteria-like feel.

    Am enjoying being here

    CNU’s location on the James River and its proximity to Virginia Beach (about a half hour drive) gives students a wide range of different recreational opportunities off campus. One weekend this fall, my roommate’s girlfriend came to visit. She attends a large, urban college in Virginia. As we were taking her on a tour of the campus, we walked past students in the front lawn of the York River Residence Halls. They were throwing Frisbees, playing the guitar, having picnics, and laughing and generally having a good time, as the day was warm and sunny. She noted that at her school, the atmosphere was much different. She said that if you even so much as stepped outside, you would never see such activities, and were more likely to get mugged than meet new friends. I joked that at CNU, kisses and gumdrops tend to just fall from the sky. At that moment, my roommate bent down, and picked up a sticker of a kiss off the ground. “See,” I told her, “I wasn’t lying,” and we continued our tour.

    Am learning a lot

    Christopher Newport offers a number of programs that can help you enhance your educational opportunities, such as the Honors Program or the Presidents Leadership Program. I am lucky enough to be involved in both of these programs. The academic classes, seminars, and opportunities offered by these programs greatly enhance the quality of the school. However, even if you are not involved in programs such as these, classes are generally taught by professors (not graduate students) who know their subject well. Most are willing to meet with you outside of class during their office hours, and many will even set up appointments outside of their scheduled times, if you ask. Class sizes are also small, which allows you and the professor to gain a closer relationship. I have just finished my first semester and already have had two of my professors write letters of recommendation for me. Overall, I have found the academics to be challenging, but not overwhelming.

  • 06/08/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 8 people found this review useful. 3 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who want to go to a beautiful, well administrated school. Be aware that it is small and if you are looking to party, this is not the college for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a small school with small classes so professor's know you on a first name basis, this is the school for you.

  • 12/30/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 4 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    CNU is great for all types of students. On my hall alone there are the quiet gamer smart kids, the loud rambunctious partiers, and those in-between. Whether you like to study or just have fun, CNU is where it's at. It might not be completely out there like the other colleges but it's still pretty amazing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do what I didn't do, check online first to see if you got easy professors. I was lucky to end up with easy ones but some of my friends have strict and hard professors. Bring a lot of toilet paper. Five guys go through them pretty fast. Bring cologne and deodorant because the dorms are coed so you have to smell nice for the ladies.

    Bang for the buck

    I wouldn't say it's worth how much it costs. The food is just a couple of steps above high school cafeteria food. Not gross but could be better. The dorm rooms are big though. They are bigger then those in other colleges. It does cost more than I think it should but don't let that discourage you from visiting. The campus looks good and it's getting better.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here. The campus is extremely small. You can walk everywhere. The atmosphere is peaceful and people do actually say hi to you when you see them.

    Am learning a lot

    I am lucky enough to have received great teachers for my first semester, not to mention they were extremely easy. The small classes here really helps me learn better. I was in a learning community and we are just a group of students with the same major and classes. That helped a lot having people who you can work with and study with.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 5 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    CNU has a text-alert system whenever the CNU PD finds or reports suspicious activity. If anyone feels threatened at any time, they can press one of the blue buttons located around campus and receive immediate police assistance. The residence halls are always attended by front desk assistants or police aids. Overall, most students feel safe on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is prevalent, and growing. They are a community within our community, and support one another as well as the campus. It is easy to get involved in Greek life, and they are very accepting. For those who do not want to be involved, there is plenty to do outside of Greek life as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club or activity for everyone-be it music, sports, or even cigars! If a student has an interest that is not already represented, it is very easy to create a club or activity and to gain campus support for it.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want one-on-one experience with professors, a friendly and small community, a voice in their education, and a chance to get involved should consider CNU.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    As a freshman, every student signs the honor code and receives a penny. After graduation, the seniors throw these pennies into the fountain. It is a huge honor, and a symbol that they have upheld the values of CNU throughout their undergraduate experience.

    Bang for the buck

    CNU is expensive, but compared to other universities of that caliber they really do deliver a quality experience.

    What to do for fun

    Campus Activities Board has free, safe, and alcohol-free events every weekend. They are always bringing in artists (like Sara Bareilles) and comedians. They also host life-sized board games and wonderful speakers. Fraternities and Sororities are also very involved in campus-life, and often host events like sing-offs and shows.

    Food and Dining

    The food overall is quite good, but it does get repetitive and there are only two dining halls. They are constantly coming up with new healthy options, but it is sometimes difficult to eat healthy all the time at CNU.

    Dorm Life

    Our residence life team is impeccable. They all aim to give each student the best living experience possible. The residence halls are top-of-the-line and constantly improving. The living situation is great.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors challenge and inspire you-but they are also there to help! Do not be afraid to ask questions and visit them during their office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to go up and introduce yourself to people, be it on a tour or during orientation; you might make an important connection! College is a chance for a fresh start, but always stay true to yourself. Go in with an open-mind rather than boxing yourself into expectations. Regardless of your current opinion on greek life, give it a chance-you do not have to join, but CNU greek life may surprise you. If you fall in love with the campus it is not a coincidence-you belong here!

    In three sentences

    At CNU we are definitely a tight-knit community and a family. The courses are challenging and inspiring, and taught by top-of-the-line professors who truly care about the success of each student. Any student looking for an academic challenge, strong relationships, and opportunities to get involved and stay involved should consider CNU.

  • 12/27/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 6 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    I would say it is about average on the price range. It's nowhere close to the private colleges but I'm sure there are cheaper out there. I will say the dorms are excellent and way better than any other dorm that I have been in. The food is also very good and I have not ate in other dining halls but from people that have visited, CNU's dining is much better than theirs. So this being said, I would say coming to CNU is worth the money as everything seems to be a little nicer.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have enjoyed being at CNU. The campus is beautiful and while construction is going on currently it will be very nice when it is all complete. It is one of the better looking college campuses I have been to. There is always something going on from the CAB events held on the weekends and the sporting events on various days. The sports teams are also good so it is fun to go and cheer for them.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned a lot while attending CNU for only one semester. I can tell the professors actually care about the grades their students get and will work with you well. They always have office hours for students to come and talk about grades. Another thing is the small class sizes which allows the professors to spend individual time with students and it really helps. Also, I am living on a freshman hall where mostly everybody is in over half of my classes so there is always somebody to help you out and CNU does a great job of grouping these students.

  • 11/30/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 7 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Even though you can slip by with a minimal amount of work, hard working students will thrive here. There is enough to keep them busy but there is also time to relax, if you stay on track with your work and don't overload yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit campus. I was uncertain about CNU until I was on campus taking the tour, then I fell in love.

    Bang for the buck

    The food here is certainly worth it. I'd say it's way better than high school cafeteria food. It is also worth the price for the education, we are very well taught by great professors who care.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love this place! Yes, it is stressful at times, but there are plenty of opportunities to get out and do something to get away from the stress for a while. There are tons of clubs and the student activity board CAB does a wonderful job putting together themed weekends for everyone. Plus, if you want to so something off campus, there are plenty of different things here around campus that are available as well.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes here were as difficult as I had expected. They are at a higher level than the ones in high school. I am learning about things I did in high school, however, the pace is much quicker and there are more details.

  • 05/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 8 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    CNU is perfect for students who want to attend a small school - but not too small. Students and professors know each others names at CNU. You are not just another face in a classroom. Classroom sizes are usually very small compared to most colleges. I have actually been very close with my advisor, he has helped me through my transition into college. I am not afraid to approach any of my teachers for help, which is great! If you want to actually talk to your professors, this is the place to be!

    Tips for prospective students

    GPA and SAT scores are definitely important. When I applied, however, my GPA and SAT scores were okay, but I was definitely no valedictorian. CNU loves students who are involved and passionate about something - whether its school, sports, religion, etc. If you show CNU that you are passionate about something and that that passion can contribute to the CNU community, you have a much better chance of getting in.

    Bang for the buck

    CNU is the most expensive public school in VA. That being said, there are brand new dorms and brand new buildings and classrooms, with more being put up all over campus. The fitness pavilion has been recently expanded, and a brand new science building (complete with cadaver lab! Ah!) is nearing completion (it will be open for classes in Fall of 2011).

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being at CNU! I've been a member of the cheerleading team and have loved being involved in athletics. There is so much to do here, it's really easy to get involved and make friends. The athletic program is really excellent, and there are a ton of clubs to participate in. And if there is something you'd like to do but a club doesn't exist, you can start your own club! There's even a coloring club on campus! It's so much fun and there is so much to do with your free time at CNU.

    Am learning a lot

    Almost all of the departments at CNU are filled with staff members who have at least one PhD or higher. All of the professors are highly qualified in their fields. There is also the chance for undergraduate research, which is a huge learning experience and is usually not available to freshmen and sophomores. The teachers here want you to do well, and are really involved with your learning and are passionate about teaching.

  • 01/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 9 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    cnu is very very safe! all students are respectful of each other's belongings and there are campus police vehicles around at all times.

    Greek Life

    there are many sororities and fraternities here at cnu. each are welcoming, although they do not interest me very much.

    Clubs and Activities

    clubs like martial arts club, coloring club, as well as hall council allows more introverted students, like myself, feel more in touch with the school.

    Great for these types of students

    cnu is great for all students. no exceptions.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    cnu has what we call a 'blue crew' which is present at all sport games in order to show our cnu's spirit and pride.

    Bang for the buck

    cnu is very expensive. however, the quality of education as well as the beautiful scenery is very well worth every dollar!

    What to do for fun

    there is an amazing array of activities for students to take part in. for example, i am in santoro hall council as well as the mixed martial arts team.

    Food and Dining

    the food here is absolutely fantastic! however, the only bad part is that students are only allowed one meal swipe per meal time even though the student may have 3 swipes per day. if the card is not swiped once for each mean, it is lost for ever.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are a bit small, however, it is not a big issue. hall mates are very understanding of each other's schedule times so when quiet hours are in session, there is little noise.

    Academic Rigor

    cnu's academics challenges its students. however, the professors are very understanding when it comes to extra curricular activities so the work load is pretty manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    some tips would be to read the various chapters in the textbook as the professor is teaching the lesson because it will allow the student to better understand what is going on in the class.

    In three sentences

    cnu is a very inviting and unique school. the friendly environment welcomes every student and visitor with open arms. the campus is gorgeous and the professors are superb!

  • 06/14/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 10 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    You have to be willing to get involved. Professors will know your name, even in big classes, and they'll notice when you skip class and aren't trying. It's also not the kind of school where you only go to class, most people seem to be involved in a club or two at least.

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus is beautiful and mostly new, but construction isn't a problem and isn't in the way. Rainboots are a good idea, it rains a lot in the winter and early spring instead of snowing.

    Bang for the buck

    As an in-state student, absolutely! I am getting a great education and living in a beautiful residence hall at an affordable cost. I don't know much about out-of-state costs so it could be different.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is so much to do around campus! There are lots of clubs with a wide variety of interests and it's easy to start a new one. Campus Activities Board (CAB) has events every weekend on campus for free. Everyone is really friendly and it has a great sense of community!

    Am learning a lot

    The strong liberal learning core lets you take a lot of different classes and helps you to learn outside your major from amazing professors. The classes are challenging but interesting and the professors are absolutely wonderful!

  • 02/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 11 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there are always campus police on campus and around the area. the police station is located directly across from the ferguson center on warwick blvd. cnu also uses and alert system of texts, emails, and announcements to ensure the information needed to know is spread around quickly and efficiently.

    Bang for the buck

    cnu is in the middle for the price range around $18,000 for a public school. the liberal arts based education is much different than most public universities though, but provides a strong, all around education of many subjects not just one, mainstream view of the students major.

    What to do for fun

    there are always people outside on the lawns playing frisbee, throwing football, or relaxing in the grass. there is consistently nice weather here in newport news making it a great place to be if you like the outdoors. we have the freeman center with a brand new, top of the class weight room and workout facilities, auxiliary gyms, and cardio rooms. the nolan trail is also available to go on walks or run on, and provides nice views along the james river.

    Food and Dining

    there are many food options on campus, with two dining halls which are very nice places to eat. both are buffet style and provide very good food, with a variety of foods throughout the week. there are open grills, the healthy haven, and a sandwich or wrap bar in both. there is also a chik fil a's and panera on campus, along with several other small restaurants located along the cnu village.

    Dorm Life

    cnu is said to have some of the top residential halls in the country. we have two brand new dorms being built at the moment and to be ready for students in the next two years. these help develop a very strong community which you can find all around campus.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are made to challenge you. based on a liberal learning core, you will get a variety of courses required to fulfill the liberal arts requirements. this helps create a stronger, well rounded and well educated student.

    Tips for prospective students

    expect the most from everyone around you. the professors are willing to work and provide any help you may need. also be proud of your school, especially here where cnu is a competitive, yet successful school in all areas.

    In three sentences

    this is a growing campus with new buildings and a great atmosphere. there is a great involvement of the students and faculty on campus and in the community. all around strong campus with great academics, athletics and service to the community.

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 12 of 80

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    CAB puts on events almost every weekend. You are in Newport News, so the nearest beach is 20 minutes away, Virginia Beach is only 45 minutes away.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go take a look at the school, you will be glad you did. Consider it if you want a private school feel, with public school cost.

    In three sentences

    It is a great small school with a personal feel. It has a strong sense of community not found at other larger schools. The school has beautiful brand new facilities that make it worth consideration.

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 13 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe

    Food and Dining

    Great food

    Dorm Life

    Princeton Review has chosen CNU as top 10 dorms in the U.S. for a reason.

    Academic Rigor

    Like I said... Study hard!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be engaged in academic work and study hard.

    In three sentences

    Best school ever

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I've never been concerned for my safety and I take midnight walks.

    Greek Life

    Wouldn't know, sadly.

    Clubs and Activities

    They send out an email every day of probably at least 5 things going on around campus for you to be aware of, and that's only the half of it.

    Great for these types of students

    Preps and athletes. There, I said it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The penny. I guarantee you will lose it. And you will feel bad, no matter how stupid you thought it was when they gave it to you.

    Bang for the buck

    When I hear about class life in other colleges, it makes me really glad I went to a smaller school. The teachers are all really friendly and willing to help.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs, you almost don't know where to start. Also, 15 min from Bush Gardens and not super far from the Beach.

    Food and Dining

    Great food, but a little repetitive.

    Dorm Life

    Live in Santoro. I know it looks sketchy, but it's connected to the food, and all the cool people live there.

    Academic Rigor

    They're really serious about the liberal learning core, but I've heard exploring all the different areas keeps you sane in the midst of stressing about your major. If you're in Honors, you don't have to deal with the liberal learning curriculum, keep that in mind.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for the Honors Program or the PLP program. The more you handle yourself, the better off you'll be. Hang out with the people on your hall.

    In three sentences

    If you want to succeed here, you will. There are so many different resources and people willing to help you out and answer any questions you have.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    CNU's security is very up to date with the ability to call in text or email a problem or complaint. Campus is also patrolled frequently by officers and students who work at resident desk at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and other student groups are very fun and exciting as well as flexible. If you miss a meeting or two because you had to study or you just want to try it out there is no concrete commitment if you choose not to make one.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for student who are willing to converse with other students and be involved on campus as well as stay on top of their academics.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a tradition where a penny is given to you during a freshmen initiation ceremony and you throw it in a well once you have graduated.

    Bang for the buck

    CNU is a little on the expensive side when it come to living expensive if you decide to live on campus (which is not an option for those who do not live in the area), but many precautions are taken to ensure students get the best out of their experience.

    What to do for fun

    CNU is all about getting to know everyone and so you are encouraged to interact with student in your dorm, hall, and other residence halls. Many events at CNU are held and that is a favorite for student to enjoy and converse with one another as well as just hanging, talking, watching movies, playing video games, working on fun project or, going to dinner. Joining clubs or sport teams and other social group on campus have also been very fun part of CNU for students.

    Food and Dining

    In the primary dining hall there is a lot to choose from and many things are freshly prepared but it can sometimes get old after a while. There are restaurants outside of the dining hall like Chick-fila and Discovery cafe which are also an option at CNU to eat which is often a choice many students.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at CNU has been very fun and exciting for me personally. I have made many close and long lasting friendships. At CNU we have a person who lives on the hall with us called an RA or Resident Assistant who makes sure any concerns or problems we may have are resolved in calm and safe manner. The dorms physically look very nice and have a very homey feel not to mention the refrigerator and micro-wave as well as a wardrobes, beds, and, dressers.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics at times can be demanding but manageable. Be sure to use your time wisely and plan it out! Always ask for help from a teacher, fellow student, or tutor if you are struggling with anything from time management, studying, or, to an assignment/project. They are their to help you learn!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a school where you like to be involved and are willing to make lots of friends this is definitely the place for you. As far as academics be sure to stay on top of them along with the other activities you may choose to involve yourself in. Professors are very flexible and will help you in any way possible you just have to ask!!

    In three sentences

    I am very pleased with the small size of this college because it has created a strong community where everyone is socially accepted, not to a positive atmosphere. The professor are very dependable and helpful. I am a student that lives on campus and I must say it's a life experience you will never forget

  • 06/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you like a small, beautiful campus with friendly people and a great education you should come here. It will be well worth your time and money.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are all about partying, go to a different college. You can find some parties but it is not the party scene. Also if you are homophobic, go to a different college because being a liberal arts college, there are many gay students who aren't afraid to express themselves, which I love.

    Bang for the buck

    I am an out of state student so I pay out of state tuition to attend here. If I wasn't getting a top dollar education here and if I didn't love it here I would not pay this much money to go to a college. I think that they make it worth your time and money to attend here.

    Am enjoying being here

    I really enjoy the beautiful campus and the students here. It makes it feel like my second home and everyone is friendly. The atmosphere is great and since it is small it feels homey.

    Am learning a lot

    I am definitely getting a great education here! The professors are very intelligent and have high degrees so they know what they are teaching. You can't skip class and expect to know what is going on. A lot of the professors know if you are missing and they try to make it interesting so that you want to go to class. I feel like I am getting the best education here!

  • 07/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    CNU is great for students who are independent, or that need extra help. There is an awesome tutoring/writing center on campus. It is great for students who love being outside as well, since when the weather is nice, you can see most of the student body sprawled out over the numerous lawns.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you know what you want to major in or do with your life, then just make sure the school you pick definitely has a program that works with it. If you end up having to transfer after making all new friends because of this, you will have major regrets.

    Bang for the buck

    This is one of the cheapest state schools, and is a well kept secret in Va. Everyone I know that goes here or has went here loves it, including me.

    Am enjoying being here

    The residence halls are amazing. The people are extremely nice. The building are gorgeous, and the classes are interesting.

    Am learning a lot

    Depending on the program you come from, and your major you can learn a lot at this school. The class sizes are small, and the professors want to help you succeed. Most every professor is on a first name basis with their students. If you make an effort, they will meet you halfway.

  • 07/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who enjoy small class sizes, learning communities where everyone helps everyone else and love to learn in a classroom or from other people will excel here. The only classes I have that are more than 20 people are when multiple grades are collaborated into a lecture hall. Even then the numbers don't even reach 150 which is much smaller than the class sizes found at other institutions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure each school as the program you need and that you can handle the work load and expectations of the school. Take rigorous courses your senior year so the work load of college will not seem so daunting in the beginning. You should also try to have an idea of what major you want so you can register for the appropriate classes at the beginning of your career!

    Bang for the buck

    I have received and been offered many scholarships to help me pay for tuition and the financial aid office is prompt with addressing concerns. I learn a lot and the school breaks down your bill so that you can see exactly where the money you give them will be put to use.

    Am enjoying being here

    Everyone is friendly and there is a group for everyone. I take the heaviest course load without going over and am a science major but I still have plenty of time to socialize and do a team sport. The sense of community is overwhelming and it is very rare to meet someone who is unkind.

    Am learning a lot

    In my initial classes, I did not learn a lot of new things but I did learn more details about my existing knowledge. Some of it was surprising but there was a lot of I didn't even think of that! moments. If you struggle in a subject, a simple email to the professor often gets you help, alternatives to help out your grades or at least good advice on who to see for tutoring.

  • 07/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 80

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    Great for these types of students

    Christopher Newport is a school for all types of students. Everyone can find something here that they'll like!

    Tips for prospective students

    Just be yourself and find what works for you, such as work/school at the same time and good study habits while trying to enjoy yourself at the same time!

    Bang for the buck

    This school isn't even expensive. It is completely worth every penny!

    Am enjoying being here

    Not only am I with my best friends, but in the time I've been there I've made so many more people as friends. A few of them I consider best friends and there are also one or two I now consider family.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers here are amazing. They are very patient and understanding.

  • 11/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All those who enjoy intimate classes (i.e. smaller class sizes, personal-relationships with professors), warmer weather, availability to city (Richmond) or beach (VA Beach).

    Tips for prospective students

    As for the application process, do not get discouraged if you are Wait-listed. This is one of the most up-and-coming universities in the U.S. today, therefore they are doing their best to accept all students that they feel can truly benefit from the school & benefit the school itself! Word to the wise, if you are wait-listed, send in as much extra stuff (awards, certificates, etc.) as soon as you can! Also, don't be afraid to call every week just to check in on application statuses, any additional information they may need, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    The price is a bit more than most schools, but it honestly pays off. The buildings, landscape, technologies, etc. all reflect just much money you are paying!

    Am enjoying being here

    I could not be happier! The environment is so welcoming, the location is perfect, and the education I am receiving is more than I could have ever imagined!

    Am learning a lot

    There are so many majors and minors available that you truly get to go after what you have a passion for! I am an Psychology-Elementary Education major and have learned so much more than I knew was possible. The variety of Areas of Inquiry (gen. eds) allow for a vast expansion of several subjects, while all tying it into what your major is.

  • 12/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that this is the place that you want to be and have a positive attitude going in as a new student.

    Bang for the buck

    Christopher Newport University has a private university feel at a public school price i do however feel that more money is wasted on building and expanding than being used on the students.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy the atmosphere around Christopher Newport University. I do however wish that it was a little more diverse.

    Am learning a lot

    Being a student at Christopher Newport University has taught me a lot. The way that the work is set up really makes me search for the answers myself and take responsibility for my own actions and learning.

  • 02/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there is never violence on campus. there are always cnu police officers patroling campus. you must have a student id to get into every resident building, and guests must be signed in.

    Greek Life

    greek life is strong, and up and coming.

    Great for these types of students

    cnu is very diverse when it comes to the types of people. there aren't really any cliques here that you see in most high schools. everyone just seems to get along with everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there aren't really unusual traditions about cnu.

    Bang for the buck

    cnu is one of the cheaper colleges of virginia. compared to william and mary and uva, the difference in four years is thousands of dollars. they also have an honors and president leadership program, which award merit based scholarships for incoming freshman. if you come into cnu with a handful of credits, graduating a semester or even a year early is very easy and can save you thousands of dollars.

    What to do for fun

    there are many activities on and off campus to stay entertained. the student cab of cnu puts together many on campus events like shows, movies, and games. we also have a very strong greek life which is up and coming. off campus there is a bowling ally within walking distance. there is also colonial williamsburg, busch gardens, and the beach very close by and within 20 minutes.

    Food and Dining

    for the most part, the food is really good. there are two main dining areas on campus (the commons and regattas) as well as chick-fil-a, discovery bistro, cafe and pizza, and einstein's cafe. just off campus where the cnu apartments are have places such as panera, starbucks, and moe's.

    Dorm Life

    the rooms are huge compared to most colleges. they are also new, so there isn't really any damage to them. each room comes with two wardrobes, two desks, two beds, a micro-fridge unit, a closet, a sink, ethernet, and bathroom shared by two other students in the suite.

    Academic Rigor

    some classes present a lot of homework and reading, but others are one homework a week. it's about the same amount of work as taking all ap classes your first semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    take advantage of the career center for planning. they are extremely helpful for interview preperation, resume building, and finding jobs and internships for you.

    In three sentences

    christopher newport has a beautiful campus that continues to grow every day. the professors are great, and actually try to learn every student's name. great at helping you along the path of acheiving your goals.

  • 03/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i have been at cnu for four years and never worried about my safety.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are many clubs and activities offered by cnu and i am sure that anyone can find something they like to do or be a part of.

    Great for these types of students

    cnu is great for all types of students

    What to do for fun

    there are lots of college activites that you can be a part of.

    Tips for prospective students

    the better your gpa the liklier that you will get accepted.

    In three sentences

    cnu is a great university. teachers are willing to go the extra mile to help you succeed. the students and faculty really care about their school.

  • 04/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Not to pricey good education

    What to do for fun

    I run..alot

    Food and Dining

    Typical college food

    Dorm Life

    Excellent dorms

    Academic Rigor

    STUDY! and ATTEND CLASS

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved

    In three sentences

    CNU is unbelievable. CNU is growing. CNU is the future

  • 04/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 80

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Get involved in a campus group or activity.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not very good, and there are no late night dining options on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very nice compared to most schools.

    Academic Rigor

    I personally enjoy the classes here. The professors are nice and usually helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved on campus, or you will be bored.

    In three sentences

    The academics are great, classes are usually on the smaller side. The dorms are also very nice. The food is not very good, though, and campus life can get boring.

  • 05/03/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 80

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    What to do for fun

    ANYTHING YOU WANT! :D

    Food and Dining

    Dining facilities are beautiful (Just like the rest of it.)

    Dorm Life

    DORMS ARE AMAZING, ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!

    Academic Rigor

    CNU gives you enough room to study for yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit this campus! Seriously, if you want to know what it's really like, visit.

    In three sentences

    I've never seen a more beautiful campus at a public school. I've heard literally nothing bad about this school, except maybe the prices. Otherwise, this place is spectacular.

  • 05/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police and security are always on duty 24/7. The phone numbers to the CNU Police department is on the back of every student ID, so should an emergency arise, PD is one phone call away. Also, students are required to present their ID at every residence hall entrance to ensure the safety of the students. Personally, I have never once felt uncomfortable walking the campus any time of day.

    Greek Life

    About 16% of the campus is a part of Greek Life, but it is still a large part of the campus. Most all of the Greek organization are service based, although there a few popular social chapters as well. Overall, Greek life is very well maintained and presented on campus. The campus is relatively dry, and Greek life adheres to the dry campus rules.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tremendous amount of clubs and organizations available on campus for students of all kinds (there are 500+ clubs, activities, and organizations). Plenty of opportunities to get involved and even create your own clubs!

    Great for these types of students

    Environment is welcoming to students from all areas of life and around the world! There is a little bit of each race and ethnicity on every corner of campus, and students are united together by the love, pride, and passion they share to be a CNU Captain.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A particular tree on campus is called the hang out tree, since it is oddly shaped and makes for great climbing fun. Also, upon signing the honor code before starting classes your first you, you are given a penny assigned by CNU to continually uphold the honor code until graduation. Once graduation is successfully completed, the penny is tossed into a water fountain on campus, representing that you are an honorable Captain for life.

    Bang for the buck

    Although CNU is on the pricey side for 4 year universities, all of the money goes towards maintaining the gorgeous campus, facilities, and making sure the students' voices are heard! The climate at CNU is always welcoming and full of school spirit.

    What to do for fun

    There's always an abundance of campus activities to participate in, whether it be the campus club, sports activities, world renowned music artists and groups performing at the campus performing arts center, and many more options. There are also the opportunities to go to Virginia Beach, Busch Gardens, or off campus housing to have plenty of fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are two wonderful dining facilities on campus with plenty of variety during the weeks. Vegetarians are also taken into consideration with each meal preparation. Plenty of on and off campus dining to choose from if the dining halls are not appealing at any point in time (such as Panera, Chik-fil-a, Moes, etc).

    Dorm Life

    All residence halls are excellent and state of the art buildings. Plenty of housing available for around 5,000 students, and residential rooms are suite style (2 suites share one bathroom). Well trained Residential Assistants and excellent facilities make the resident halls a pleasure to live in. All residence halls are either new within the last 10 years, or are refurbished frequently to appear new and in excellent condition.

    Academic Rigor

    Excellent classes and academic opportunities are available for all students. Such programs as the early Master's Degree Program, President's Leadership Program, Honors Program, and many undergraduate research opportunities make it very easy to excel and become well prepared for future career opportunities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to become involved on campus with all the clubs and organizations that CNU has to offer! When you become immersed in campus organizations, you ultimately become better immersed in the CNU community. Be sure to keep regular contact with professors, as they are always friendly and willing to help a helping hand to students struggling. Also, never be afraid to use the Academic Tutoring center, since the extra help may be the difference between passing and failing a class!

    In three sentences

    CNU is a small, prestigious 4 year university with a private school atmosphere and welcoming student population. Academic rigor is exemplary and rivals that of other larger public universities, including honorable mentions and well educated professors in every subject. State of the art facilities and academic buildings as well as top tier dining and residence halls.

  • 05/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    CNU is known for its active campus with over 250 clubs and organizations. There's something here for everyone, and you can be sure to find something for your own interests.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Even though we've only just begun to register as a top college, there's this silly tradition involving pennies and fountain here at CNU. During your freshman year, you are given a penny in a protective case that you are to keep with you throughout your years. At graduation, everyone tosses their pennies back into the fountain of geese, a gift given to the university a while back.

    What to do for fun

    CAB always has something planned, but of course if you have a car that doesn't hurt! Get out and explore Newport News, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, or Norfolk. The good thing about this area is that we're always 30 minutes from the beach, a concert, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't freak out if you don't know what you want to be. This is why CNU has decided to be a liberal arts school, so you can take all the necessary courses within your first or second year(s) and then decide what you would really like to study.

    In three sentences

    CNU is the best place to be if you're looking to stand out in a crowd. We are a diverse group of kids who enjoy being involved on campus and always welcome new faces with smiles. As President Trible says, we are have the feel of a private college with the price of a public university.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Academic Rigor

    Colle

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students hoping to go into a higher institution of learning should apply for a scholarship a day. Another tip that I have for upcoming students is they should prepare a studying routine before entering college. These tips have helped me be successful during my first year in college.

    In three sentences

    The campus of Christopher Newport University, is one of the most beautiful campuses that I've seen yet. I am excited about pursuing an higher education from their top professors in the particular field. Being able to continue my education at this school is an honor and privilege.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never once felt unsafe while on CNU's campus, even when walking from the library, etc. at night. There are emergency call boxes all over campus, the paths are all well-lit, and the students genuinely uphold our honor code when it comes to looking out for our fellow students and also not taking unattended belongings.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is very present and active on campus, even though the majority of students are not involved in this demographic. Many people say that our Greek Life is not stereotypical in the sense of outright exclusiveness, hazing, or any other negative stereotypes of the sort, and I personally agree. All of the fraternities and sororities on campus actively put on events and fundraisers in support of their philanthropies as well as others. Conversely, while Greek Life is quite present at CNU, there are enough students here not involved in it that you can choose not to participate if you so desire.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a wide variety of extra-curricular activities available for students to get involved in ranging from philanthropy to intramural sports to Greek Life to musical and artistic organizations and everything in between.

    Great for these types of students

    CNU is perfect for students who are friendly, driven, passionate, willing to get involved, willing to learn, courteous, and/or willing to play an active role in their own success.

    Bang for the buck

    The quality of the professors and facilities at CNU reach quite a high calibur and rival many of the leading universities in the state. While on-campus housing costs can be considered a little steep, their amenities, overall quality, and guarantee of on-campus housing to all freshmen-juniors and most seniors make up for the expense. Additionally, CNU provides scholarships to many students involved in programs such as the President's Leadership Program or the Honors program that can offset some of these costs. Also,since the school is rising exponentially in prestige, getting a degree from this school now will pay off even more once students enter graduate school or the workforce.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of activities both on and off of campus to engage in during free time. Many organizations host free events on campus that they'll advertise around campus, through email, etc. Our Campus Activities Board hosts free events every Friday and Saturday night ranging from musicians, comedians, and movie screenings to craft nights and Life-Size Clue and plenty more in between. The Ferguson Center also frequently hosts many student, faculty, and professional performances throughout the year. Additionally, many students frequently attend sports games, play sports on the lawn for fun, or go to the gym. There are three malls/shopping parks nearby (Patrick Henry Mall, City Center, and Peninsula Town Center), movie theaters, a Rebounderz, regular shopping centers, and more nearby. Many students frequent the Noland Trail on nice days as well to picnic, exercise, or simply walk recreationally. Additionally, CNU is a short drive from WIlliamsburg, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach and is also near a handful of beaches.

    Food and Dining

    CNU currently has two dining halls that contain a relatively wide selection of food, plus additional food options in the student union, in the library, and on East Campus if you decide not to eat at either dining hall. Most of the food is pretty good and you can usually find at least something to eat in either dining hall. Two disadvantages of these dining halls in my opinion are the often high levels of sodium in a decent portion of the foods and the lack of true variety offered for the vegetarian/vegan/gluten intolerant demographic.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at CNU can be very rewarding when students embrace it to its fullest potential. Especially during the first year, the school and residence life staff make a point of planning a wide variety of activities and services to promote a positive dorm life experience and make the transition from high school to college as smooth as possible. All floors in all buildings are co-ed by suite, meaning that individual suites are single sex, but each hall has an even mix of guys and girls. RAs and Front Desk Assistants alike create a friendly, familial atmosphere in each of the buildings. Additionally, the residence buildings themselves are extremely nice. The rooms in each building are relatively spacious, all of the bathrooms are suite-style, and all non-freshman suites have a living room (juniors and seniors also have their own kitchens).

    Academic Rigor

    All of the courses I have taken at CNU thus far have been rigorous yet still manageable. Students are held to a high standard, largely due to small class sizes (most classes have 20-30 students and no classes have more than 100 students). That being said, all of the professors I have had at this school are more than happy to offer students assistance or additional resources if approached by a struggling student.

    Tips for prospective students

    A few tips I would give to perspective CNU students are as follows: - Ask for help if you need it, whether it be from a professor, an adviser, an RA/FDA, or a peer. People here are genuinely nice, for the most part, and will be more than willing to help you. - Get involved with at least one extra-curricular or hobby. - Make an effort to create a positive experience for yourself. College is what you make it. - Try to be reasonably friendly to other people on campus. - If you haven't figured out a major right away, it's OK. - Keep an open mind.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 80

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are many on campus options if you are in a club or organization then there is always something going on. Also we have something called CAB (campus activities board) and they put on various events through out the year which are a lot of fun and the best of all, they are all free! The surrounding area is also a lot of fun as well. There are many options for great dining, and shopping. We are right by the beach so that is a fun weekend get away, or going to Bush gardens is a great way to relieve stress!

    Food and Dining

    There are two dining halls on CNU's campus and both have a wide variety of food options. The dining halls are always clean and provide a very comfortable dining experience. CNU even does theme meals for certain holidays or events and the food is great!!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at CNU are very nice and spacious! I love the rooms here. The only problem with housing is that registration is a pain in the neck because it is hard to get into the dorm you want and you are required to live on campus until you are a senior.

    Academic Rigor

    CNU is very academically challenging! Every semester since I've been here, I have carried 17 credit hours and it is very difficult to keep up with the work. But it is possible, you just have to be good at time management. I am a very active student; besides being dedicated to my academics, I am also in a sorority on campus and I am in various clubs. So it is possible to maintain good grades and still have a life but you have to work hard!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you show the admissions office that you diserve to be a student here. CNU's standards for their applicants has recently been raised so make sure you meet them. They like to see a lot of extra-curriculars on your application, and things that make you special along with your good grades. Overall, I would say make sure you present yourself as being a well rounded individual because CNU is a liberal arts school and they like you to have a little bit of knowledge in a wide range of topics.

    In three sentences

    CNU is a very progressive school and it is always growing by building beautiful new buildings. I love coming to school here because it is such a tight community, there are about 5,000 students so you often run into people you know. Everything you need is also within close walking distance which is great for rolling out of bed at 7:50 and making it on time for your 8am class.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 4 people found this review useful. 1 person found it offensive. 1 person found this inaccurate. 32 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Walk the perimeter of the campus at 2:00 AM - I DARE YOU! Check out the homeless in the 24 hr Post Office near Chick Fil-A. Meet the alcoholics and the meth-heads across the street at the convenience stores as soon as it's dark. Check out the pretty blue lights on the rape boxes. Then go through the outer lots and look at the shattered glass (Really? $250 to park a car only to have my windows broken twice? This place sucks (google the CNU police log). The only police presence is the constant dorm room sweeps by police to assist the RAs in honor code violations and to issue parking tickets. In 2 years of living on campus, expect police to randomly enter your room 2x per week - or about 100 times total - this is par for everyone. Expect 2-3 undeserved honor code violations and 2-3 tickers from the police. This school is also FAMOUS for issuing tickets DAYS AFTER an alleged event. Expect to find a post-dated ticket on your windshield every so often because a car matching your description (one that also has 4 wheels you can assume), was parked improperly 2 days ago. I guess the police was too busy then going through student desk drawers while they are in class. Oh the joy of being screwed daily at the Garden in the Ghetto.

    Greek Life

    It looks good, so the president has allowed this to occur under his honor code view. In other words, Greek life is a hollow shell of what it is everywhere else.

    Clubs and Activities

    Yeah right.

    Great for these types of students

    Northern VA Republicans with self-esteem issues, low grades, and with cars to commute home to Mom and Dad on weekends. Parents. get used to it! They'll be living home soon anyway since the placement and graduation rates are dismal at the Garden in the Ghetto.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tradition? How about honor code violations. This school hands these out like confetti (google it and DO some reading of the NEGATIVE REVIEWS over the years). MOST students (not a few, rare examples) get these on their record and then are unable to transfer out to a better school due to being labeled a disciplinary problem. I earned my honor code violation when my parents visited me for my birthday and I came back with a cupcake with a single, kid's candle in it. The RA did a room check while I was in class, opened the desert bag and, next thing I knew, I was given 40 hours of community service, a fine of $200, and I had to write a 15 page essay on the dangers of keeping flammable materials in a dorm room. Needless to say, my parents weren't too happy. Just fully expect the same BS since most people get violations for stuff that they have no clue about. A person 3 rooms away walking in with, allegedly, the smell of beer on his breath (he was 21) earned about 10 people violations for being in the viscinity of alcohol. Seriously, most of the people who were charged and (always 100% conviction rate) found guilty had been asleep for hours and didn't even associate with the guy.

    Bang for the buck

    C'mon, if your going here, you didn't get into any real schools or you just want to do nothing for 4 years. Let's be real, the Provost made national headlines (google: provost CNU us news and world ranking AND hiring) by PROHIBITING the hiring of a faculty member who would graduate from a school like CNU - 'nuff said.

    What to do for fun

    Leave campus and go home. Better yet, check out the homeless and the winos at the convenience stores across the street in both directions. Faculty head toward the strip club down the street near the bridge (a few CNU students dance there), while everyone else goes to Denbeigh just up to road to get hooked up.

    Food and Dining

    Very hip names and some eye candy (healthy salads and scones with a coffee bar in the library - oh joy!). In reality, the food is mandatory, monotonous and muck as soon as the parents and visitors leave. Trible Trivia: Where did the person get arrested for exposing himself? At the coffee shop across the street from campus. Recognize the building? That's right, the whole nation saw the dorm there being evacuated when they found an IN DORM suspected METH LAB (google it).

    Dorm Life

    Newport News? I wouldn't allow my dog to lift a leg there, much less want to go there! That seems to be the general response to the Garden in the Ghetto. On Campus Meth Lab reports and arrests (Google it), CONSTANT crime, a president who wants to force bible study on the fraternities and has faculty supposedly stealing newspapers (Google it), and a dry campus leaves room for OODLES of trouble. CNU girls are known for putting out (check the reviews) and for being below average (again, reviews). 60+% of everyone leaves to go home on the weekends making this a commuter campus with a residency problem. No alcohol on campus means people drive off campus daily to party which accounts for the student deaths on the road.

    Academic Rigor

    Christopher Michael Who? Kind of says it all. NO ONE outside of the DC beltway and Northern VA has heard of the place. In other words, your response from graduating from here, IF you graduate from here, will be completely underwhelming for the rest of your life. Even then, the only people welcome here are bible-thumping republicans from northern VA and the beltway: hardly a large market segment to chose from.

    Tips for prospective students

    CNU accepts 60% of applicants: (4,000x.6=2,400) but more than 60% accepted go elsewhere. Of the 1,200 students who do end up in the Garden in the Ghetto, only 13% (Yikes!) graduate in 4 years (169 out of 1400 freshman). Of these 169, only 8% had jobs in their field within 2 years (11 students TOTAL out of 1,400 freshman). In other words, RUN - don't walk - AWAY from this non-stop construction pit.

    In three sentences

    Christopher Newport Who? Never heard of it! Only 13% of full-time students graduate in 4 years... now that sucks!

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus seemed very safe. While we were visiting, we saw several police cars driving around the campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There were so many different clubs to join. It seemed like there was a club for every single activity-including coloring.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is very reasonable for the education and facilities being offered. The campus is gorgeous and the teachers seemed very dedicated to their students.

    Food and Dining

    There are two large dining halls on campus with several options.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms were decent-sized and nice looking.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers and students seemed very dedicated to getting the best possible education.

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 80

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Campus Activity Board puts on some really great things, parties, movies, games, and free stuff.

    Food and Dining

    The theme meals are great, overall the food is really good but after awhile you start missing food from home.

    Academic Rigor

    The dfficulty of the class really depends on the professor; overall though, the professors try to push you. And its true what they say, 'you get out of the class what you put into it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get involved with PLP or the Honors Program. This will not only give you scholarships but housing priority as well as priority registration.

    In three sentences

    CNU is an amazing university. The smaller setting allows students to get more involved with their professors. However, its still big enough to have that college social aspect that everyone wants.

  • 06/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 35 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    A little too good.

    Greek Life

    Great for everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    All

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Take a picture with the president.

    Bang for the buck

    Love CNU!

    What to do for fun

    So many things to do for fun, lots of dorm events, cab events, Greek life and sporting events. There is something out there for everyone!

    Tips for prospective students

    When things get stressful just chill out and keep moving on.

    In three sentences

    Christopher Newport is a great school. Lots of cheerful, nice people. And has a great educational program.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is surrounded by a pretty rough city but the Campus PD does a great job of keeping you safe. Nothing too serious has happened in my few years here, and I rarely feel unsafe. Countless safety measures are implemented by the university.

    Greek Life

    Decent.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you are an active student, you will be fine. Most clubs are religious oriented but it isn't too difficult to find a group that isn't.

    Great for these types of students

    Very active.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It's not a very old school, so there are not many traditions. But the student body has the opportunity to make those traditions.

    Bang for the buck

    As a student at CNU, you are spoiled. The tuition is pretty low for what you get and very low compared to other state schools.

    What to do for fun

    Plaza Azteca, Trampoline gym close by, CAB, decent Greek Life, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Terrible. But after your freshmen year you don't need a meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    Gorgeous dorms. We are constantly winning awards for having beautiful dorms. After your freshmen year you can get an on campus apartment. No hall bathrooms in any building on campus!

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy a pair of rainboots! Flattest campus on Earth!

    In three sentences

    This university has stellar professors and great tuition prices. The campus is beautiful, but the city itself is not an ideal college town. The university really promotes a friendly atmosphere.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 37 of 80

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    Campus Safety

    No random person can just walk in to campus. There are police officers in each building at night so if any wanted to try to get in there they would be in for a rough time. The area police takes the protection of CNU students very seriously.

    Greek Life

    From what I have heard it is excellent. The dorms are incredible and there is always some sort of function going on.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs, I cant even begin to name them all. The only problem is that when you look at the list of clubs you will start saying which ones you want to join and then realize you've said yes to about 30 clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Something for absolutely everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You get a lucky penny when you first get on campus. You keep that penny until graduation and it is supposed to help guide you.

    Bang for the buck

    If you look at the campus you would guess this a $40,000 plus school. Being only in the mid $20,000 range it is an incredible deal!

    What to do for fun

    SO MUCH! CNU is a make it what you will kind of campus. There is so much going on with sports, clubs, club sports, and so much more. There are concerts and appearances that CNU students get incredible discounts for. Just last year a $400 dollar general admission ticket was sold to CNU students for $7. There is so much to do at this campus.

    Food and Dining

    There is a plethora of options. You can get Chik-Fil-A or go the Regetta's which is essentially an all you can eat buffet. You can grab some Ice Cream or even go to the restaurants or stores across the street if you want something specific.

    Dorm Life

    There is not a university in the state that can compare to their Palace Like Dorms as described by the Princeton Review

    Academic Rigor

    Classes will challenge you but the teachers are there to see you succeed. They will know you by name and they will be happy to focus on you if you come to them during their office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to check out the campus because it will captivate you. I would recommend going to CNU before your other visits because this school sets a very high standard. Also don't believe the hoopla about CNU not being at the academic standards of say VT or VCU. CNU is ranked 3rd best in the state behind only UVA and William and Mary. Excellent school.

    In three sentences

    A beautiful campus, Christopher Newport University offers top of the line facilities that hold small volume classes giving the student a chance to be full active. The dorms have an excellent set up and are spacious. Free tuition is offered in the massive library in this private school quality establishment that only asks for a public school fee.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 38 of 80

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    Greek Life

    Greek Life is something I have taken part in this past semester and it has only been wonderful since. My sister have been so welcoming and it is a fantastic culture to become a part of. All of the greek organizations on my campus get along and accept each other even when not a part of their own organization. I think that is one great quality that CNU Greek Life possesses.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many options for extra curricular activities. It is hard to not be a part of something on campus. From intramural sports to the coloring club, there is something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Having graduation on the great lawn is a new tradition started this past year. It is a tradition that everyone can picture for their future because the great lawn is something we walk by or across everyday at school.

    Bang for the buck

    The price for school has increased every year with the current construction on campus.

    What to do for fun

    The Campus Activities Board hosts many activities on campus that happen throughout the week from movie nights on the weekend to springfest in the spring, there is always a fun activity to take part in on campus.

    Food and Dining

    I work for the dining services on campus and the food and service is wonderful. There is always a variation of food in the dining halls and many options to select from on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I lived off campus ever year attending CNU and commuted from home my freshman year. However, not living on campus is one thing I regret because I lost that experience of the dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel that I have been challenged in every aspect of my education. It has not been an easy road but I have learned things I never expected to learn from the classes I have been enrolled in.

    In three sentences

    Christopher Newport University has offered me great opportunities for my future. I have been provided with many leadership and academic advancements. CNU is a great school for creating a great future.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 39 of 80

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    Food and Dining

    The food is also great, though repetitive. There are multiple options every day including gluten-free, salad, cereal, ice cream, sandwiches, and much more! There are about 5 little places to eat and 2 dining halls and I've always found something I've wanted to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Being on campus is great, and because it is a requirement for at least a few years, you will be surrounded by many other students all the time. The dorms are rated very high and are really comfortable to live in. You and your roommate will share a mini-fridge, microwave, your own heating and A/C controls, and a bathroom with your suitemates (aka no floor bathrooms).

    Academic Rigor

    The classes will be challenging, some more than most, but that is what college is all about. The key is to get to know your teachers, be respectful, and set certain days or periods of time aside for homework/studying.

  • 08/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 40 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is really safe. If there is a major problem then the campus and city police are right on it very quickly

    Greek Life

    Greek life is great. The fraternities and sororities really do a lot on and off campus to help the community. And they also know how to have a good time.

    Great for these types of students

    This campus is great for all kind of students because there is a little bit of everything to be offered on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Including room and board, the overall cost for in-state is about 21,000. But with all the buildings being very new and the excellent academic fields, you will get your money's worth.

    What to do for fun

    All of the sporting activities are very exciting to watch. We also have a student lounge on the second floor of the David Student Union where you can have a little fun with the karoake machine.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing. I have no complaints what so ever!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. It is a great opportunity to live on your own and meet new people you may have never met if you stayed off of campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor at Christopher Newport University is very difficult. However, the professors are there to answer any and every question you may have.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to your professor's office hours. They are there to help you and they most certainly will.

    In three sentences

    I love the my school. It is such a diverse group of students and faculty and it is easy to get involved in multiple activities. If you like a small school with a great education and great social life, then CNU is the school for you!

  • 08/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 41 of 80

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    What to do for fun

    There are many sporting events to go to. Groups from CNU will always have events to attend to. The Ferguson center has famous groups perform as well and students receive a sizable student discount.

    Food and Dining

    Sundays are usually the worst days. But the rest of the week there is a variety of options, including a mongolian grill.

    Dorm Life

    CNU is a dry campus but that doesn't mean you can't have fun. CNU always makes sure there is something to do during the week or on the weekends. The RA's also plan fun activities for the dorms to participate in.

    Academic Rigor

    CNU is not easy. Students are expected to manage their time in order to finish all necessary work. The ratio of students to professors makes it more efficient for students to understand and complete their work.

    Tips for prospective students

    While in high school learn how to take notes that are effective for yourself. Also begin to make good communicative relationships with your teachers so it will carry over into your college academic career. Practicing how to manage your time will also be essential at CNU.

    In three sentences

    Christopher Newport University is on the rise to become more prestigious academically. It offers a busy campus life and numerous majors for students to eventually be successful in their future jobs.

  • 09/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 42 of 80

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    What to do for fun

    Other than the obvious things Newport News has to offer, the Mariners Museum and the dozens of beaches located near campus, there is one place all students must go before they graduate. Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline Arena is the talk of campus. Rebounderz has been called the adult version of a bounce house and one of the craziest places to go off campus. It's definitely a great time!

    Food and Dining

    The food at Christopher Newport University is good, I can't complain. They have many vegetarian and vegan options, so no one will go hungry. Their food is not homemade but it's certainly better than anything you can find in a high school cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    Most, if not all, of the dormitories have been built in the past couple of years. If accepted into the Presidential Leadership Program and put in quest housing, microwaves and mini fridges can be found in the dorm rooms. There are no hall bathrooms in the CNU dorms, but when you reach your senior year at Christopher Newport you have the opportunity for a hall kitchen in their brand new dorm Warwick.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a good amount of reading involved for each class and students are expected to do their best in every subject, whether it be for their intended major or simply to fill a requirement for the liberal learning program CNU holds.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask for help! There are professors and current students waiting to help you with anything you may need or have questions about!

    In three sentences

    Christopher Newport University is an amazing, up-in-coming school that not only offers a friendly environment to students but has top of the line facilities that allow students to learn to their fullest capacity. CNU is filled with professors, most of which hold the highest degree in their field of study, that are passionate about both their field of study and sharing knowledge with students and are ready to aid the students and work with them in any way they can. With amazing professors, top of the line facilities, and an open heart Christopher Newport is on its way to becoming one of the top schools in Virginia, if not the nation.

  • 09/18/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 43 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is really safe but try to avoid police officers. Some of them are jerks. If an incident occurs, you will be notified immediately through text, email, and apparently now they call you too. I always went walking alone at night due to long hours at the library and never felt afraid.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for students who like to walk around since parking is insanely difficult. I'd suggest not bringing a car because you'll be able to walk to most places---maybe just befriend someone who does have a car in case you do need to go somewhere off campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Ferguson is said to be haunted (you'll actually find a few places haunted near the university if you ask around), and there's a graveyard behind the upperclassmen dorm buildings.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved with whatever club holds your interest-- martial arts, stargazing, anime, etc. CNU has a variety of club organizations (including CAB which shows a lot of movies that just came out and creative activities) and if you can't find one you like you can create your own! There are museums, a nature hike (Noland Trail), movie theaters, Bush Gardens and an hour or so away from the beach. This isn't a party school, but you can always find parties if you look for them. However, the university has strict rules about alcohol and there are serious consequences (such as being expelled) if you get caught drinking-- even if you are legal to drink.

    Food and Dining

    The food...well, some days it's good and some days you'll think you've got food poisoning. If you have friends who are upperclassmen or have kitchens, I recommend cooking with or for them (it'll be fun too since it'll become a social event...food has a way of bonding people).

    Dorm Life

    Residence halls are amazing, particularly the new dorm building they just built that has its own kitchen. Many of the upperclassmen (such as myself) envy the freshmen coming in because it's like a resort. Your first year at CNU is important for branching out so get to know your hall-mates. However, about roommates, make sure you make clear boundaries of what you are and are not comfortable with and respect those rules.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely worth your money. Classes are generally small and professors are demanding and expect you to do the work (do not slack). My advice is to also pay attention to how the professors are rated because the way you learn may clash with the way the professor teaches and they will expect you to adjust to them. I, personally, had to repeat two courses because I couldn't understand what the professor was discussing but found the topic to be clearer with another professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    This university is constantly under construction (August 2011 when we had an earthquake many of the students thought it was construction and merely shrugged it off or didn't notice), and with all the rain it gets, flooding occurs a lot so invest in rain boots. CNU does not have a bookstore so create an amazon account ASAP-- you don't want to buy from them anyway because it's always more expensive.

    In three sentences

    Christopher Newport University has a beautiful campus, beautiful residence halls (probably the most luxurious), and the most involved professors. The workload at this university really depends on your major, but all will be challenging. The social network you make here will help you in the future, whether it's getting a job or finding your soul mate.

  • 09/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 44 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You can walk around campus at anytime of day or night and feel safe on campus it's one of the things I love best about CNU it's like it's own little bubble.

    Greek Life

    It's has a small gathering but they are seen all over campus and they are really nice.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots to choose from and if you don't have one get a few kids together and form a new one it's really easy.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Noland Trail. FIND it freshman year you won't regret it. It's a beautiful five mile trail.

    What to do for fun

    Go to Cab events, join a club, go to sporting events, join Greek life. There is always something going on, on campus and if you can't find something to do on campus there always the movie theaters, shopping malls, and some clubs that are really close to campus that you can go to.

    Food and Dining

    Food here is average, it's only bad if you choose to eat the same thing every day. You have to learn what you like and go to both dinning halls not just one to get a variety.

    Dorm Life

    So much fun, be sure to bond with your freshman hall because those kids could become your best friends in college I know mine are.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging but if you study and do your homework your professors won't let you fail.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't spend all your time doing Area of Inquires your first two years on campus if you know your major dive right in and save some fun classes for those last semesters on campus.

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful, safe campus. That has excellent professors who wish to help their students succeed. The campus is small enough to know many people but also big enough to disappear into if that's what you really want.

  • 09/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 45 of 80

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    What to do for fun

    The Campus Activities Board is always putting something on for the students. There are so many clubs as well to join and become apart of. There is definitely always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food options within the DSU , as well as Einstein's are great. The normal dining halls Commons and Regattas also have great diversity of food options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are some of the best dorms I saw when I was touring campus. The quality is higher than the private university my sister goes to. They are great facilities that are kept clean.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are hard enough to challenge you. In some cases the classes may be harder than you think you can do. But the professors are all willing to help you succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    You have to work hard, but it is worth it. Don't give up on yourself because the people here will never give up on you.

    In three sentences

    It is an amazing campus. The people are so excepting and truly care for the students. The programs that are offered are incredible opportunities.

  • 10/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 46 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Police patrol every night. You need an escort, just call the CNU police department.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to name

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's the say Hi to peole tradition (no one really says hi to you but feel free to make your appearance kniwn :D). Once you graduate, you throw a penny they give you your first year into the fountain in the Great Lawn which symbolizes success in your future.

    Bang for the buck

    Apply, apply, apply, APPLY for scholarships! The school only offers scholarships for PLP and Honors students. It's an expensive school and they'll do the best they can to help you pay. As far as academics go, it's worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of clubs to join. The school holds lots of things to do like movies, parties, comedians, big events like FallFest. If you're looking for something different, Lazy Dayz is down the street on J Clyde Morris boulevard. It's a hookah lounge. I haven't been but I hear it's a lot of fun.

    Food and Dining

    Dining halls are clean. Food is pretty good. French Toast sticks are amazing! :D They even have themed dinners once a month.

    Dorm Life

    It's a damp school if you're looking for somewhere to party. Not many parties to go to unless you have the connections. Depending on where you live, the dorms are pretty clean. Janitorial staff are cleaning and weeding everyday. Very comfortable and home like. Cleaner than other dorms I've been to.

    Academic Rigor

    Work is only hard if you make it difficult for yourself. Again I'll say, your professors are here to help. Get to know them! They're great! There are people in the library who can help you study, prepare for exams, or help you with your math homework. Use your resources.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply Early! That's a general rule for any college you apply for. Participate in the events they have. I watched Brave for the first time at CNU. It was wonderful. It's a good school. Your professors are there for you. The Center for Academic Success is there to help you. The Center for Career Planning can help you find a job or the right graduate college for you. Work hard, but don't forget to play hard. There isn't much to do on the weekends so remember that.

    In three sentences

    Christopher Newport is a great school. The professors are wonderful and are willing to help you with anything. People are nice here in general.

  • 11/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 47 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When you come as a freshman, you are given a lucky penny. It is your responsibility to hold on to it for four years and throw it into the fountain on the great lawn on commencement day.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club, go to the gym, hang with friends, go out in front of the DSU and see what organization has the speakers going hammer, go to Ritas', go to the Crow's Nest and play games. Things like that.

    Food and Dining

    Regattas' is where it's at. Always great food there, and it tends to be varied so it doesn't feel like the same old, same old. Commons, eh not a huge fan but they do have a different selection than Regattas. Either works, all have great food.

    Dorm Life

    Almost every person is friendly and wants to hang out with others, there is always something to do if you're in the right dorms. If not, you can always go out into others dorms. It's a great feeling to say the least.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes will make you hit the ground running in most courses. However, once you adjust to the work load, it becomes much more manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up the good work, it isn't entirely easy to get into the school. However, you will love it here. Do all the AP classes you can take, I was not able to personally.

    In three sentences

    Great, fun, home feeling kind of school. Top-notch academics. Student life is great, so many clubs and organizations.

  • 11/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 48 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    CNU Police is everywhere. Sometimes, for some students, too much so. But safety is the top priority for a lot if not all of the administration.

    Greek Life

    Extremely active on campus. Many leadership positions are filled with Greeks, thought to be students that hold themselves to a higher standards. Homogeneity can be issue, as many students willingly fit Greek stereotypes.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you get involved with the right organizations, your university will be exponentially impacted.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, self-starting individuals.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Upon graduation, all seniors throw a penny into our swan pond. Holding doors for people is a norm. Our University president Paul Trible is nicknamed PTrib.

    Bang for the buck

    The access of involvement I have had is truly priceless. In my four years here I have studied abroad, served on three different executive organizational councils, raised thousands of dollars for different causes, performed in front of hundreds of people, and met many amazingly interesting people. This school is truly a hidden gem and I am excited to see the type of students, faculty, and administrators keep getting attracted to the institution.

    What to do for fun

    Bush Gardens is right down the road, as are a couple different beaches which is great for the Summer/Fall months. There is a Campus Sponsored event every weekend which ranges from concerts to comedian performances.

    Food and Dining

    Currently, there are two dining halls on campus. Food is not bad but choice tends to get repetitive once you've been here a couple of semesters. When the math is done on meal plans, meals are about $10 for all you can eat.

    Dorm Life

    New students are expected to live on campus for the first three years. It is much cheaper to live off campus but dorms are extremely nice. Dorm life is dependent on living preferences, if you like being around other people all the time, you'll fit right in.

    Academic Rigor

    Taking classes that truly interest you rather than easy grades is one of the most important distinctions in your college career. I suggest all take at least two business classes in order to truly balance their liberal arts degree. Classes are detail oriented, readings must be done as test will more than likely have questions from them. As long as you do the work, on time, and follow directions, your academic evaluations will reflect well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Deciding what you want to study is crucial for your college career. Do it as soon as possible. Go over the catalog as soon as you decide to come to Christopher Newport University. As switching majors will more than likely mean that you will not graduate in four years. If you do choose a track beginning Freshman year, most will be done with their major by junior year with the Senior Seminar as the last class.

    In three sentences

    The school is currently in an upward spiral which allows all willing students to excel. Just as the school, there are many organizations forming that are up and coming. The experience is heavily dependent on the student, however, there is an air professional aspiration around the university.

  • 11/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 49 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are CNU police everywhere! They make sure we are safe above everything else. There is also a police station right across the street that is specified for CNU students. This campus emphasizes our safety. Also, the students value and honor this. We can leave our phones and ids and computers on the table and no one will take them. I feel safe and secure on this campus and I know no one will hurt me.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge on campus. Every time I walk across campus I always see someone that is a part of Greek Life. It is not like a typical college, but more like a family. They welcome recruits and refuse to haze or embarrass any of their members. Everyone that I have talked to talks highly of Greek Life and says it is the best decision they ever made.

    Clubs and Activities

    As small as CNU is, we have 200 organizations to chose from. They are all student run and are very popular among the students. We also have a lot of sports and christian organizations that lift people up. The clubs and organizations are open to new members and welcome them with open arms.

    Great for these types of students

    Christopher Newport is a great school to attend if you love small school environments, the feeling of family, good education, and social interaction. You will never be bored here and you will make the best friends that truly care about your growth as a person and in school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    As a freshman, we are given a penny during our honor convocation that we are expected to keep. On graduation day, we are supposed to throw our pennies in the fountain as we make our way to the ceremony. In becoming a captain, it is assumed that you will smile, wave, and hold the door open for anyone you see. This makes the atmosphere so much better and relaxing.

    Bang for the buck

    CNU is a beautiful campus with great people that surround it. The atmosphere and students make it wonderful. I have not heard one bad thing about this campus or the atmosphere. I feel as though I am getting a tip top education and get to have a good view in the meantime. I feel so lucky and blessed to call Christopher Newport University my new home for the next four years!

    What to do for fun

    CNU emphasizes students getting acclimated to the college life. We have a student organization, CAB, that puts activities together to do every weekend. We also go to East Campus which is just across the street and hang out at Panera, Moe's or Tropical smoothie. But, one of the most popular things is going to just spend time in the dorm room with friends and get to know each other better. There is never a dull moment on campus and because it is so small everyone is like a family and always invites people to other activities off campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is stellar. We have themed dinners and lunches and the dining staff makes us feel like we're having a home cooked meal. Although nothing is better than mama's cooking, the dining room comes pretty close!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is nothing less than fabulous. I have made life long friends in the matter of months. We respect each other, support each other, love each other, and most importantly encourage each other. The dorms are also state-of-the-art. We are lucky to have fairly new dorms that are well kept and look nice.

    Academic Rigor

    The rigor here at CNU is challenging. Teachers expect you to do the assignments and they grade accordingly. They challenge you and hold you to yout highest potential. I have yet to come across a professor that gives an easy grade. I have to work hard for it!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to come to CNU be prepared to get involved! This school highly stresses involvement on and off campus! It is a great school and the professors really care about your progression and success, but it doesn't come easy. Be willing to work and go outside of your comfort zone. You won't be disapointed you chose Christopher Newport University as your new home.

    In three sentences

    Going to CNU has been one of the best decisions I've ever made. The atmosphere is welcoming and embracing and everyone reaches out to help get you involved. I could not have picked a better school to give me the liberal education, community service, and social interaction that I need to succeed.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 50 of 80

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    It is crucial that students become involved on campus. There are many greek organizations, as well as clubs and the campus activities board. The campus activities board puts on events such as movie screenings, dance parties, and game nights for the students. Most of the CNU population is involved in some sort of a club or organization, though for fun students also go to Huntington Beach and Virginia Beach. William and Mary, Old Dominion University, and VCU are also reasonably close to Christopher Newport, and so a lot of students will spend the weekend visiting friends at other schools.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Christopher Newport University is like normal college food. The staff working in the dining halls are always cheerful and excited to see students. They work very hard to make meals that every student will enjoy, and they accomodate those students with food allergies. Personally, I find breakfast and brunch to be the best meals of the day!

    Dorm Life

    The residence halls at Christopher Newport University are wonderful. Most of the residence halls are newer and in very nice condition. Each hall has a resident advisor who is always there to help and assist in any way possible. The rooms are a decent size and bathrooms are connected to each room, so there is no trouble of using a hall bathroom.

    Academic Rigor

    Christopher Newport University is often underestimated because it is a smaller school. However, the academics at CNU are phenomenal. It is not a matter of just going to class and studying the night before for a test, but instead students have to prepare ahead of time and invest a large amount of time into their studies. The Trible Library is often packed with students working on homework, projects, or studying for tests. The professors are also very helpful and are willing to meet even outside of their office hours to help in any way they can.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, I would suggest visiting Christopher Newport University or even doing an over night stay to understand and feel the campus chemistry. If you are a student that has already been accepted to Christopher Newport University and plan on attending, the one thing that I cannot stress enough is to get involved with clubs, organizations, and activities on campus!

    In three sentences

    Christopher Newport University is the perfect school if you are looking for a sense of community. It is a home away from home due to everyone's welcoming and enthusiatic attitudes. Students and professors are happy and excited to be at Christopher Newport University, and there is a great feeling of acceptance among the student body.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 51 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is extremely safe. I never question my safety on campus.

    Greek Life

    The social greeks are evolving, with two fraternities and a soroity being added in the past year and a half. There are also Service Greeks in addition to Social Greeks.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is absolutely something for everyone. I'm a part of the Quidditch team, the writing club, the DDR club, a sketch comedy group, and a Co-ed service fraternity. There really is such a wide variety of organizations that it's difficult to not be involved.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for anyone who isn't looking to major in math... the Mathematics department is really the only department that's really lacking through and through.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The great thing about CNU is that it's in the middle of a campus cultural revolution. We are currently in the process of making new traditions for the school, and every one's invited to be involved.

    Bang for the buck

    I'd say that it's totally worth it for an in-state tuition. Out of state may be a little pricy though.

    What to do for fun

    There might not be much on the surface because CAB (the campus activities board) seems to dominate everything, but once you get beyond that, there's lots to be found. Lots of campus groups put on shows, and there's lots to do with the various organizations that you can join.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are fairly standard, but Einstein's, Discovery Grill, and the shops in the Village all have delicious food.

    Dorm Life

    The on-campus housing is absolutely fantastic! You're almost guaranteed to have a kitchen after your Freshman year, and the rooms themselves are very comfortable and welcoming.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm in a very reading-heavy major, so it's all about reading and making sure that you understand what you're reading.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn time management quickly, and if you ever have trouble, don't be afraid to ask for help from a tutor.

    In three sentences

    CNU is a fantastic place with great academics, excellent facilities, and a welcoming atmosphere. Everyone feels involved in making the school all it can be, which is a unique opportunity to help develop the school's atmosphere, personality, and reputation. There are also excellent opportunities for extracurriculars, including sports clubs, academic organizations, Greek life, and service organizations.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 52 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Our campus is safe. Not a lot goes on here, but if it does they are good about texting you and getting the word out.

    Greek Life

    greek life is great here.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is clubs for anyone from disney fanatics to people interested in dance. There is something for everyone

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students interested in leadership and community service.

    What to do for fun

    There is plenty to do around here such as go to the beach or to Busch Gardens.

    Food and Dining

    The dining could be better. They do have good lunches though.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. The RA's are wonderful and the facilities are great. It has the best dorms I've ever seen.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is everything it says it is. It is a beautiful and inviting home.

    In three sentences

    It is an inviting campus. People are always opening doors for you. The professors are there to help you.

  • 01/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 53 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 200 different clubs with new ones being formed daily

    Food and Dining

    There are many options during every meal and the food is good and feels home made.

    Dorm Life

    The residence halls are fairly new and everyone on the hall is willing to help you get situation.

    Academic Rigor

    The Academics at CNU is a hard or as easy as you make it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Choose the college and campus that is right for you; don't just going with the name-brand school. Choose the school that makes you happy because you will most likely be there for the next 4 years.

    In three sentences

    Christopher Newport University is a wonderful college to attend for all different disciplines. Everyone, professors, students, and facility members, care so much about the students and will go out of their way to help you if you ask. The campus is beautiful and ever growing in technology and resources.

  • 01/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 54 of 80

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs on campus. Coloring clubs, film clubs, karate clubs, you name it and there is probably a group interested. There are also several museums close by that are free to college students.

    Food and Dining

    Dining halls are an adjustment after living at home. It sure isnt your mama's cooking, but there is variety and you wont go hungry. Eating right can be a challenge. Know your options and be prepared for the temptation to eat french fries every day for lunch. There are restaurants around campus, but eating out every day or even every week can be expensive. I try and save it for special occasions.

    Dorm Life

    I love the dorm life here! Living with a room mate, while an adjustment allows you to learn to co exist with other people as well as keep a clean and organized room. These skills will cary over when you live on your own in years to follow.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at CNU should all be taken seriously. While some are more difficult than others, all classes are important in completing a well rounded education with experience in all areas of inquiry.

    Tips for prospective students

    Freshman year can be tough, don't get discouraged if you find it difficult to get settled first semester; chances are you will completely change your friend group after the first few months of school. Always go to class and take gen eds seriously because believe it or not, they do affect your GPA.

    In three sentences

    Christopher Newport University is a small yet friendly institution where small classes and personal interactions are valued in the classroom. The dorms are spacious and comfortable and the buildings are all beautifully designed. The teachers as well as the staff are friendly, helpful and inviting.

  • 02/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 55 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There hasn't been any incidents I know of in the past 3 and a half years I've been here.

    Greek Life

    I am not part of Greek Life but the people I know who are look very very happy

    Clubs and Activities

    Yay they exist!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like having the college life available to them but not in their face.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a big statue of Christopher Newport and it is supposedly anatomically incorrect because the statue has a hand but Christopher Newport allegedly had a hook.

    Bang for the buck

    I am learning a lot but, being a small college, the selection of classes isn't as diverse. For example there is no exercise science course or kinesiology.

    What to do for fun

    There's a mall nearby as well as a theatre. CAB holds events on campus every once in a while and there are performances always going on in the Ferguson Center.

    Food and Dining

    It's good food but there isn't as much selection as there might be on a larger campus. There's sushi though!

    Dorm Life

    Again, East Campus is amazing. Every once in a while there's someone playing their music too loud but the RA's are very helpful and it usually gets sorted out

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the course but it shouldn't come as a surprise that lower level classes are going to be relatively easier while the upper level classes really make you think.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to stay on campus, the East Campus Apartments are the way to go.

    In three sentences

    Christopher Newport University is a very supportive school. The faculty are encouraging and helpful and the classes are small so you can get all of the help you need. The campus itself is lively and full of wonderful people.

  • 03/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 56 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is constantly buzzing from 8 am to 8 pm, however, after 8 or 9 at night the campus starts to quiet down. I always feel safe on campus because often times on my way home I see familiar faces.

    Greek Life

    As a member of Greek Life I love it on this campus. It is warm and inviting to all members and to non-greeks on the campus. Unlike the reputation it may earn, Greek life is uplifting and gives many leadership opportunities.

    Clubs and Activities

    The different clubs and activities on the CNU campus are both diverse and full of opportunities for involvement. Many organizations are very welcoming and excited to grow.

    Great for these types of students

    CNU is great for students who enjoy small classes and a small town kind of feel in the sense that everyone knows everyone and you are always running into people you know.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On campus there are not too many unusual traditions but as the school grows and becomes older I am sure there will be more.

    What to do for fun

    For fun there are tons of local theaters, bowling alleys, and restaurants. Many people go to on-campus events as well.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining options at CNU are somewhat lacking. However, Brunch at Regattas on Saturdays and Sundays is really good.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is so much fun especially freshman year. You will find your halls all have an open door policy where kid leave there doors open so you can feel like an open hall.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor, like any college, differs from professor to professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest that prospective students really get a feel for campus and sit in the library and Einstein's and decide if you like the atmosphere because it is where you will spend many days.

    In three sentences

    CNU is a great campus with many opportunities and places to find your home.

  • 03/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 57 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Police are always spreaded around the campus. We have the blue light emergency system located throughout campus and CNU alert systems not only for students but also for parents.

    Greek Life

    There are many sororities and phanternties. We have panallenic, multicultural, service, and ethnic groups to choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 250 clubs at CNU. If you have an interest you are most definitely sure to find a club. If not you can always create one.

    Great for these types of students

    The school is great for students who don't mind being proactive and opening there mind. This school is for those who like new experiences and a small community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On the week of exams we have a pancake feast. Faculty prepare for the students pancakes $3 for each student and the proceeds go to toys for tots.

    Bang for the buck

    School cost about $20,000 and it is worth every penny. There are perks that come with the school. Many discounts on outside businesses and the weight of your degree compared to other schools.

    What to do for fun

    For fun we play out in the great big lawn, kareokee, pool, wii, and more. There is a club called CAB that is responsible for hosting events throughout the year for the entertainment of the students. There are parties that happen through the year hosted through different clubs.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good. We have theme dinners year round that cater to a particular holiday or ethnic food. Many occasions we have the luxury of having crab legs, shrimp, and fondu. On campus we have chick-fil-a, Starbucks, bistro, and sushi. Many other things are located on the east side of campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are spectacular. They are very spacious and as you move up in your undergraduate level the better your rooms get. There are no dorms only suits and apartments on our campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics can be very challenging. It is good to be challenge by the mind to prepare for the outside world.

    Tips for prospective students

    Every student should be prepared for heavy amounts of reading and work to be time consuming. The work load may seem easy but it can get heavy really quickly. Never fall behind and always stay on your classes.

    In three sentences

    Christopher Newport University is a beautiful school that caters to the students needs. Every student has access to many resources like clubs, programs, research, jobs, tutoring, internships, and more. Overall on a scale of one through ten, Christopher Newport University is a nine due to the resources catering to the students.

  • 05/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 58 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe place with high campus police presence makes it comforting to live here.

    Greek Life

    Strong Greek life with a whole section of Greek campus. Very tightly knit societies. Also include other Greek honor societies and Christian groups. Big Greek organizations include: Kappa Delta Rho, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Phi Mu, Pi Kappa Phi, Tau Delta Upsilon, and others.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you could think of, from fishing to dance to martial arts. If it isn't here, you can start your own and get support.

    Great for these types of students

    All. This is not your typical party school, but there are parties VERY close by. But anyone who wants to go to a supportive, close knit university where they can have the experience of a lifetime: this is it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every student is given a penny in their freshman year with a story (it's a secret). Senior year, it is thrown into a fountain for good luck. Oh, and there's a mutual trust. Among everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    Average price for state university, but the faculty, grounds, and atmosphere definitely make set this school apart from the rest.

    What to do for fun

    It's Hampton Roads. You are 20 minutes from shopping at Colonial Williamsburg outlets and 20 minutes from the beach with everything in between.

    Food and Dining

    No cafeteria food here. The dining staff is friendly and cooks everything instead of bringing in caterers. When this idea was brought up, students protested in favor of our current system, which is why we still have the best food around.

    Dorm Life

    Hands down the nicest dorms in Virginia. You have options from dorms to apartments and they are clean, furnished, and most are brand new.

    Academic Rigor

    The coursework is challenging in a way that grows you and allows you to develop yourself and ask questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pack light. You won't need most of the stuff you think you will. Enjoy your friends. When you reach senior year, the friends you make early on will be the ones you stick with. Be open to meeting new people. But perhaps most importantly: NETWORK. This will land you a job when you graduate.

    In three sentences

    CNU IS AMAZING. The social atmosphere has created an astounding network between students and professors while keeping it fun and interactive. Academically, the professors and staff are top-of-the-line; they really care about the students and are constantly available for support.

  • 05/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 59 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police is around in case you ever need them. Oddly enough, they are also very friendly.

    Greek Life

    Personally, I am not involved in Greek life but my friends that are absolutely love their sororities or fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 500 clubs, there's bound to be one that attracts you.

    Great for these types of students

    Studious, friendly, hard-working, and fun

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    CNU has many traditions like the Penny tradition, smiling tradition and othere. Also President Trible is very open to add more.

    What to do for fun

    There are beaches around. If you love to walk and run, there is a trail that you can use.

    Food and Dining

    Regatta's is the number one place to go for food! Commons is great also.

    Dorm Life

    You will love your Resident Assistant (RA) and your hall mates. Make sure you take some time to bond and make friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes may be hard but there is always tutors on campus that can and will help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Whether its in intramural sport, clubs, Resident life, on-campus jobs, Greek Life, or Community Engagement, get involved. Study! Classes may not seem hard but they are plus, you don't want to disappoint your parents. Have fun! CNU is located in a nice area, if your tired of campus (which won't happen) visit Lion's Bridge or find some friends and go to a near by beach.

    In three sentences

    It may be cliche to say but CNU is the nicest campus around! Everyone smiles and says hi, professors are approachable and help you out and core advisors are always there to lend a hand. It may be a small school but it has a big heart!

  • 06/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 60 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any student who wants to get involved!

    Bang for the buck

    It is a bit pricey at CNU, but the academics and activities make up for it. There is always construction being done as well to improve the campus.

    What to do for fun

    CNU has many events that students put on that are fun and entertaining, from movies to dances. There is usually always something to do on campus, whether going to a CAB event or hanging out with friends. There is no pool though.

    Food and Dining

    There are two main dining halls, which close by eight pm every night. The food is usually good, and there's variety. There is only one meal swipe per breakfast, lunch or dinner. After the dining halls close, the only food that's open on campus is a Chick-fil-a until ten and a Starbucks-type cafe. So not much. Other than that, the food is good! Maybe not as many vegan/vegetarian options as there should be, but there are still some.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very nice! While there have been some problems, the repair team at CNU comes out the next day and fixes whatever needs to be fixed.

    Academic Rigor

    While the classes are challenging, they are not overbearing. Teachers will always help a student out, though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, and make it personal! Send a separate card or email about yourself and your interest in the school, and register for a campus tour. If they see you are both interested and active in pursuing that interest, it goes a long way!

    In three sentences

    CNU is, overall, a great school with a wide variety of activities for any type of student. With interesting and small class sizes and teachers that care and are ready to help, CNU is academically amazing. Though the campus is small, you always have the chance to meet someone new while seeing a few familiar faces.

  • 06/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 61 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    CNU ensures that safety is taken care of. There are boxes located around campus for quick contact with the police. Also the alert system ensures that everyone knows what is going on around campus in times of danger and what areas to stay clear of until the issue is fixed.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is AWESOME. the love that each organization has for eachother is great. It really is greek love. No other college does it the way CNU does it, you are not only part of your organization but something much much bigger.

    Clubs and Activities

    CNU has many many different opportunities and clubs/activities to make sure everyone is involved on campus and having a great experience at the same time.

    Great for these types of students

    CNU is great for students who want to be involved and want more of a homey, community feel at CNU. If you want to party every second of your life and blow off academics, CNU might not be the place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not unusual but CNU definitely has its traditions!

    Bang for the buck

    Although quite pricey you definitely get what you pay for. Top notch professors who are very involved not only in the classroom but with different campus activities and whenever you need them. They're open to many different suggestions. The living is great too and you are well looked after.

    What to do for fun

    CNU holds many events throughout the year to keep students engaged while having the time of their life. The community feel really is outstanding at CNU and i am proud to call it my home.

    Food and Dining

    Although there are only 2 dining halls the variety is decent. Sometimes meal are repeated too often but there really is a bite for everyone. Also with different options outside of the dining hall on campus it helps keep your options open.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm rooms are outstanding and kept in great condition. Living on campus really brings a more community feel to CNU and everyone is so engaged and involved with campus life.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are challenging but with professors investing so much time into your education it makes it easier to get through and you can always get the individualized help to help you succeed. You should never feel like you're struggling because professors really reach out and guide you to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Having a small campus helps with education ALOT, professors are avaliable when you need them and because of the small class sizes, you get more focused and individualized attention and help to make you succeed. The set up of campus is also important.

    In three sentences

    Christopher newport is the most education focused college, making sure you stay on track with your studies. The friendly and welcoming campus makes it a happy place to hang out and study. I couldn't imagine college anywhere else.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 62 of 80

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    go outside. campus events. walk!

    Food and Dining

    Everything is good. Staff are very nice. The holiday meals are excellent!

    Dorm Life

    Talk with your RA. Lock up all your things. People are friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are challenging. Go to professors for help. Do your best!

    Tips for prospective students

    Always go to class early. Ask for help. Be safe!

    In three sentences

    It is very nice. It is wonderful. I love it!

  • 06/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 63 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    I'm not in Greek Life. However those I know it it deems it to be an enjoyable experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 200 clubs on campus, there is something for eveyone.

    What to do for fun

    The is so much to do for fun. It's hard to be specific simply because there is something different going on every week. Even through exam week events are held to help students relax and provide a break period.

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining is comprised of two cafeterias, three smaller on the go food service areas, a coffee shop, chick fil a, tropical smoothie, Panera bread, a brand new frozen yogurt shop, Moes, a sports bar, and a really useful 7 Eleven. For holidays the two cafeterias offer specialty dinners with creative names even providing a chocolate fountain and endless snow crab legs.

    Dorm Life

    Students are placed in learning communities (LC's). These LC's are made up of students with similar interests particularly pertaining to the student's selection in major. As freshmen it allows students to get familiar and grow with individuals that are likely to share precious moments with in the future. Otherwise, dorms halls are filled with RA's who are dedicated to assisting students enjoy their college experience. However, like everything else, you only get out as much as you put in.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are challenging as expected. Adequate studying habits are required in order to succeed. Furthermore, if students put forth their best efforts, success is definitely within their grasp.

    Tips for prospective students

    Interact with your professors. Designated professor hours and a more reasonable student teacher ratio than most other universities allow students to develop a personal relationship with professors. Get involve. It is an essential factor needed in order to ensure students enjoy their experience. Use your resources. The library, Writing Center, Center for student engagement and so many other locations as available and dedicated to student success.

    In three sentences

    Christopher Newport University is a relatively small school that is continuously growing. CNU maintains uplifting staff members and faculty who are dedicated to student success. Overall, CNU is an ideal location for individuals aspiring to invest in a bright future to develop and thrive.

  • 07/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 64 of 80

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The city of Newport News is bustling! With many small beaches nearby the James River and even Virginia Beach close by, there are plenty of places to get away to! There is a nice mall for shopping, trails to go hiking on, and of course local movie theatres to attend.

    Food and Dining

    With Christopher Newport University growing so is its food choices. With two very delicous dining halls and many off campus restaurants the choices always seem to be unlimited. The off campus restaurants are great about doing discounts for students.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Christopher Newport University is great! Most of the dorms operate on an open door policy that allows everyone to meet and become close with everyone in the dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on a student's specific major will depend on the academic rigor. However Christopher Newport University offers free tutoring for just about every subject and all professors are willing to help, most of them on even your time!

    Tips for prospective students

    Christopher Newport University is becoming very a competetative school! Be sure to tour the campus and also do an interview so that the admission officers can put a name to a face.

    In three sentences

    Christopher Newport University is a wonderful school if a student is looking for a place that gives you unlimited choices. Christopher Newport University is a rapidly growing school that still holds the value of small class sizes and one on one interaction when it comes to learning. The liberal arts aspect gives every student a taste of many different studies.

  • 07/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 65 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    With Front Desk Assistants/Police Aids staffed at every desk in the dorms 24/7, tons of blue boxes around campus, a campus-run police system, a thorough emergency alert system in every building, emergency text messages, and more, CNU definitely is a safe place to be. If anything dangerous occurs near campus, students are alerted immediately and instructions are given as for what to do next. This system also comes in handy during hurricane season when we sometimes have to evacuate. Students are kept up-to-date with campus information and are notified when it is safe to return and when classes will resume.

    Greek Life

    Greek life definitely has a presence on this campus, but not too much to overpower those who choose not to rush. With many different sororities and fraternities to pick from, this campus has a very diverse group of Greeks who are extremely passionate about their group.

    Clubs and Activities

    With hundreds of clubs and organizations, there definitely is no shortage of recreation on campus. There is a group for pretty much every hobby or activity you can imagine (ex: coloring club, hammock club, anime club) while also including club sports for those who like to participate in athletics. It's very easy to get involved at CNU and become a part of a community, and if you don't find a club for your particular interest, it is easy to start a club yourself!

    Great for these types of students

    This university is perfect for those seeking a smaller (and both united and diverse) campus with exceptional academics. CNU is for those students who are dedicated to their education but still are seeking to have a good time during their 4 years of college.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some popular traditions on campus include traveling the underground sewer system, running the Noland Trail, getting to the top of the cupola of the library, pulling all-nighters during exam week, laying under the Christmas Tree, reading in the Secret Garden, and much, much more. There are many exciting secrets waiting to be discovered here and it's up to you to find them!

    Bang for the buck

    CNU does seem a pricey for some people, including me who is paying for college by myself, but the cost is well worth everything CNU has to offer. With a quality education and 4 years guaranteed of enjoyment, this university provides many resources and activities to care for the students here. Having free, unlimited access to the university's health center, counseling center, gym, studios, library, and all of the opportunities associated with academics (ex: internships, volunteer positions, jobs) makes paying a little extra definitely worthwhile.

    What to do for fun

    With hundreds of clubs and organizations, there definitely is no shortage of recreation on campus. There is a group for pretty much every hobby or activity you can imagine (ex: coloring club, hammock club, anime club) while also including club sports for those who like to participate in athletics. It's very easy to get involved at CNU and become a part of a community! CNU also makes a good effort to provide fun on-campus, such as free movies (including popular films such as Brave, Hunger Games, and Harry Potter), fall and spring themed festivals, and many different events put on at the Ferguson Center for the Arts. There is never a shortage of activities happening here! Off campus you can take a short drive to Busch Gardens or one of the many beaches we have around here, or perhaps the trampoline fun house might interest you more!

    Food and Dining

    The food here isn't top-quality, but there is definitely a wide variety every day between the 2 main dining halls. As someone who has many food allergies, I sometimes find it difficult to get food that meets my restrictions, but I typically find something that will work. There are definite campus-wide favorites that everyone gets excited about, such as the Buffalo Chicken Wrap and the holiday-oriented theme meals that come about. If you don't prefer to eat in the dining halls, however, there is easy access to an on-campus Chick-Fil-A or Einstein's/Starbucks as well as many restaurants within a short walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    The majority of the dorms here are incredibly nice, with ALL of them having heat/AC, most having carpeted floors, and furniture is always provided. With RA's staffed on every floor and Front Desk Assistants/Police Aids by the front doors 24/7, you can be certain that you will feel safe here. While freshman dorms don't typically have access to kitchens, these become readily available to all upper classmen. While CNU now requires living on campus for three years, there are plenty of options available and no student will find themselves scrambling. Juniors and Seniors also have the option of living across the street from campus (we call it East Campus) where there are actual apartments (with single bedrooms, bathrooms, closets a living area and a fully furnished kitchen). Living at CNU is a great experience and enjoyed by most!

    Academic Rigor

    While the academics are challenging enough to push each student to their potential, they are not hard enough to burden anyone. The professors are all excellent resources and make themselves readily available to all. I've even had professors who give out their cell phone number and home address! CNU definitely challenges students to achieve their best while not pushing them too far.

    Tips for prospective students

    I have never regretted my decision to come to CNU, as it provides a quality education while still supporting the needs of the students in terms of safety, recreation, and well-being. The professors here genuinely care about student success and always make themselves available when help is needed, contributing to the high overall success of the university! The community of students here is also a wonderful factor, as everybody here is genuinely friendly and compassionate, which certainly helps one to feel comfortable while in this transition stage of life!

    In three sentences

    I have never regretted my decision to come to CNU, as it provides a quality education while still supporting the needs of the students in terms of safety, recreation, and well-being. The professors here genuinely care about student success and always make themselves available when help is needed, contributing to the high overall success of the university! The community of students here is also a wonderful factor, as everybody here is genuinely friendly and compassionate, which certainly helps one to feel comfortable while in this transition stage of life!

  • 07/15/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 66 of 80

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The movie theatre is pretty far away so you will have to have a friend with a car, but there are tons of hikes and parks nearby, and lots of stores right across from campus, so there is plenty to do.

    Food and Dining

    They have lots of choice and the food tastes great. The meals are long enough to accommodate most class periods, and there are stores you can go to with already received captains cash if you cant make it to the allotted times. Overall delicious food, and the desserts are to die for.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nicely set up when you get there, and a huge plus to already having a microwave and fridge installed. A minus is that you are required to live on campus for the first three years, but the dorms are nice enough that it isn't much of a problem, and visiting hours are good and long.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are normally pretty small, from 10-35 people, which gives the professors a more personal relationship with the students. While talking to the seven or eight I got to spend time with it seems that they are very encouraging of students to ask for extra help when they need it, and most of the students aren't to worried to do so. An overall great feeling when in the classrooms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go check out the campus and ask around about the groups and clubs at the campus, they have something for everyone because the students who want to make new groups aren't afraid to do so, and you can make one yourself if you want. Also, the CNU website has a ton of info and if you cant find what you are looking for you can always get contact information to someone you can personally ask.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus that is close and easy to get around. It has a vibrance due to everyone on campus, especially the teachers, who seem to always be looking for ways to help. The multiple theaters look great and have state of the art technology, and are good for anyone wanting to go into the arts world.

  • 07/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 67 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    The best there is!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The smiling and holding door tradition.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to work.

    In three sentences

    The Best.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 68 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Though the campus is not completely enclosed (not many campuses are) there is a police station right across the street, police cars patrol the campus daily, and there are police call centers located in various parts of the campus for students to use and even request officers to transport them from one location to another.

    Greek Life

    There is a lot of Greek life on campus. There are numerous sororities and fraternities and they have so many different events they sponsor and take part in throughout the year.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous clubs on campus, over 100. If you can't find a club you want to join, you can easily start one.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any type of student who wants a diverse learning experience, sports,and even fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a bell tower, I recently found out about. The campus is always expanding and changing. A new surprise around every corner.

    Bang for the buck

    Relatively inexpensive as compared to most schools, especially seeing how amazing the campus is. The also provide numerous scholarships for students.

    What to do for fun

    There is ALWAYS something to do on campus with various clubs and organizations or at the Ferguson Center. Never a dull moment.

    Food and Dining

    There is great food and a variety of it, but eating somewhere, anywhere, for an extended period of time can become dull. But there are opportunities to cook your own food in kitchens or walk across the main campus for food at nearby restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    The best dorms out there. They take great care of the dorms and RA's are trained.

    Academic Rigor

    It truly depends on the major. The teachers want you succeed but they want you to understand and work to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Simply: study hard, work hard, and be determined to get far. But CNU is also about community service and creating leaders for tomorrow, so have heart.

    In three sentences

    It is a fantastic school with great teachers, student body, and campus. The school is undergoing constructions at the moment, but everything is brand new and looks amazing.

  • 10/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 69 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe. Sign up for emergency notification system. They send you notifications whenever something happens. There is a blue phone box everywhere on campus. When you are sick/drunk/physically unable, the police will escort you back to the dorm room. However, the campus is dry.

    Greek Life

    There is a noticeable amount of Greek Life activities. Most events seem to be run by various frat/sororities. Do not feel like you need to join one cuz I know many people who are having fun anyway.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many. Help yourself and take a look at http://cnu.edu/studentactivities/clubs/.

    Bang for the buck

    It's just what I wanted.

    What to do for fun

    If the college doesn't have what you are looking for, help yourself and find the opportunity for yourself. It helps that you are near William&Mary, which has wider course offerings, and Virginia Beach, tourist destination.

    Food and Dining

    Go to Commons for lunch and Regattas for dinner. That's what most of my friends say. There are other options. Plus, I strongly encourage you to explore what the city has to offer. Visit Williams burg and Virginia Beach too.

    Dorm Life

    For the freshman year, I lived on campus. There is a RA for each hall and mine was readily available when needed.

    Academic Rigor

    I have not yet taken high-level courses like 300 or 400. So I can't give you accurate picture. The classes below those levels are not that difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your GPAs up. It doesn't need to be that high. Set goals prior to beginning your college career. Move on when you find yourself sacrificing for something that's not worth of your time.

    In three sentences

    The University is growing. Many events to keep the students growing intellectually and mentally. Beautiful weather and campus.

  • 10/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 70 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    THE BEST. I am a part of Greek Life and I love it. I never thought I would join Greek Life when I went to college but it is one of the best decisions I have made. The Greek community is amazing!

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of options.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who would like a smaller school, want to be involved, and want personal attention from professors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    CNU is a very friendly campus.

    Bang for the buck

    CNU is a little on the pricey side but everything on campus is brand new and up to date. I have personally lived in two new dorms two years in a row.

    What to do for fun

    Getting involved will give the most opportunities for fun. The campus has an activity board that holds various events every weekend night as well as at least once a week.

    Food and Dining

    The food is average but the service at the dining halls is amazing. All the workers are incredibly nice and friendly. For holidays, the school has theme meals which as DELICIOUS. Almost every one has a chocolate fountain and a dessert table that will blow your mind.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms do not feel like dorms and are extremely nice. As students move from underclassman to upperclassman dorms they change from hall style to apartment style with an individual room and bathroom for each student, a laundry room, kitchen, and common room all on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are difficult but professors are ALWAYS willing to help no matter what the circumstances. Professors are very understanding and will do their best to accommodate your needs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early decision (non-binding) or early action (binding) because the application process has become so competitive that only a handful of students are accepted during the regular admission process. Make sure to get involved in some shape or form. Every club and organization at CNU makes a difference. Look into the Greek Life here at CNU. I am involved in Greek Life and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It gets you involved and is not catty like movies portray it to be.

    In three sentences

    If you have ever heard President Trible speak you know exactly what the CNU experience is like. You will be part of an intimate community that is just large enough for everyone but small enough that no one goes unnoticed. It is the perfect college experience in my opinion and I would not trade it for the world.

  • 11/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 71 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    CNU has an alert system to notify police of any dangerous behavior. The police station is located across the street from campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    CNU carries over fifty (an estimate) clubs and organizations, one of which is the Campus Activities Board. This entertainment organization hold weekday and weekend events on and off campus, such as movie showings, comedians, field trips, outdoor activities, guest speakers, workshops, and much more. Sports are available for students to engage in, whether for the school or intramurally. A club in which I'm a member of is the school newspaper The Captain's Log. As a contributing writer, I compose newsworthy and compelling articles for students to read.

    Great for these types of students

    CNU is ideal for students who desire a small campus with small class sizes. Those who like individual attention from professors will receive it for students can engage with their professors during class or meet them during their office hours.

    What to do for fun

    The Great Lawn is an expanse of grass that allows students to engage in outdoor activities like ultimate frisbee, cornhole, tag, and others; this is also the site of CAB's annual Spring and Fall Festivals. The Crow's Nest is an indoor room that houses two pool tables, one fooseball table, and stereo sound system and microphone for Karaoke.

    Food and Dining

    Regattas and the Commons are two dining halls on campus that provides scrumptious food coupled with courteous service inside a relaxing, clean atmosphere. They both serve such delicious food that I enjoy eating on campus, though I don't have a meal plan. Other dining establishments on campus are Chick-Fil-A, Discovery Pizzeria, Discovery Bistro, and Einstein's Cafe. Food establishments located across the street from CNU are Yogurtini, Moe's Southwest Grill, Panera Bread, Subway, Schooners, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, and Sushi & Spice.

    Academic Rigor

    For me, the courses I have taken so far are challenging, yet rewarding for I'm gaining exposure from different subjects for the school carries a variety of majors and minors from which to choose. Teachers and professors expect their students to submit assignments timely-before or on the deadline. They use various resources to enhance students' learning experience and introduce them to a novel mindset in understanding the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ensure you have necessary materials before arriving to class, complete all reading assignments, and read the syllabus thoroughly. Get involved with clubs and organizations to not only get familar with a new school environment, but meet new people to form new friendships. Interact with professors to understand their expectations of you and to get to know them better.

    In three sentences

    CNU is a flourishing campus complete with state-of-the-art facilites and high-rated professors. Students and professors form a tight-knit community with a sense of cooperation and friendliness between them. A pleasing environment with manicured lawns, outdoor chairs, and brick-paved walkways.

  • 07/07/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 72 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Most people here are from Virgina

    In three sentences

    Amazing campus, very Virginian

  • 12/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 73 of 80

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    I noticed nothing really. It isn't really a party school. they do try to do movies nights and things of that nature but if you want to party this is not the school.

    Food and Dining

    I commute.

    Dorm Life

    I commute.

    Academic Rigor

    Very serious, very tough. But the professors are there to help you and are willing to give you help whenever they are available.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you want to go here. Don't apply because the campus looks nice and there are nice buildings. Apply because you feel like it's a college that will fit you and your academic needs.

    In three sentences

    It's great concerning academics, but anything else is quite bland and boring.

  • 05/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 74 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus but if i step off campus I do not feel safe at all.

    Clubs and Activities

    good amount of clubs to get involved in but there's nothing to do off campus, and the campus is tiny.

    Great for these types of students

    CNU is not diverse in the least bit. If you have liberal views or are not religious you're not going to feel at home here. CNU doesn't particularly care about the environment and Newport News is not a nice town...

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    no cool traditions.

    What to do for fun

    If you're looking to have fun don't go here.

    Food and Dining

    The food is absolutely awful.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are extremely nice and spacious compared to other schools. The big downfall is that they have very strict rules. They have so many stupid rules.

    Academic Rigor

    Not hard to do well if you just go to class.

    In three sentences

    Extremely strict and close minded environment.

  • 10/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The area around is really scary, but there are always police and cops... everywhere. No need to worry about that. I don't like walking around late alone, but it is a safe place to do so.

    Greek Life

    REALLY BIG! If you wanna be in one and be known.... no doubt come here. They are really great ones too, some of the best greek life around as far as I have heard and been educated.

    Clubs and Activities

    we have a lot, but I would still say other schools have just as much. We do have really great athletic teams that are D3, so if you are looking to do that... Great! Greek life is really important here and really big, but its still small enough that everyone knows everyone and so on.

    Great for these types of students

    Greek life, athletes, art and music majors, we have a great band, dance team. Not really for people that have a range of things they like to do or just kinda chill and look for things. Theres not really a city or community life in a sense, it's kind of just being involved in different clubs and such.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Noland Trail- beautiful running and just a place to relax.

    Bang for the buck

    It really depends honestly. Personally I feel like it is way overpriced, because there is so much more you have to pay for in addition. Such as books, laundry, printing, sport teams, greek life, other clubs, etc. But it is a school in progress so maybe that will change. Depending on who you are and what you do, you may find you love it here and this is a great place for you, therefore you are getting the best bang for your buck. If you don't love it, it really isn't worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There are numerous things you can do... I play club field hockey. Which they have other club teams, and varsity teams to participate in. Theres a good amount of different activities that some people like to participate in. If you like greek life... this is the place. personally I am not a fan, but its really big here. There are running trails, a beautiful one is the Noland Trail. The beach isn't too far, neither is Busch Gardens.

    Food and Dining

    Personally, I don't really like the food. I'ma picky eater and there aren't a lot of choices around so it makes it hard for me to. And I have found that it's hard to eat healthy and really feel good about the food you are eating.

    Dorm Life

    BEAUTIFUL dorms! Even the crappy dorms are really nice. People claim that the worst dorms are the santoro dorms, which yes there are nicer ones, but compared to other schools they are still one of the best dorms around.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm not really sure how other schools teachers and classes are so its hard to compare, but I would say overall its really great here. The classes aren't big, most of them at least, so its easy to get to know your teachers and really be able to communicate with them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you're either ready to get involved in athletic teams or greek life... Those are really big here, if you don't then sometimes it feels hard to find out where you should be.

    In three sentences

    Really pretty campus. Really understanding teachers that are always willing to help. Pretty small, which has its good and bad things about it.

  • 02/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Fun is what you make of it. There is always something going on on campus. No matter what you like to do, you will always be able to find something that suits you, and if not this school encourages the creation f new clubs and organizations.

    Food and Dining

    Depending on what meal plan you choose, you have the ability to eat at two different all you can eat dining halls, Chick-fil-A, a deli, Bistro, and a Café.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life here is great. Each hall is made to feel like a little community and every room is set up suite style.

    Academic Rigor

    CNU takes academic seriously. This school offers free tutoring sessions, professor office hours, and an Academic Success Center.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dear prospective students, take you academics seriously because you are paying to be here, but also remember you are a college student. Take time to enjoy your four years, and balance out school and social lives.

    In three sentences

    The campus of Christopher Newport University is beyond beautiful, and continuously growing. The faculty at the school helps students to the best of their ability, and shows a great concern for each student academic ability. The students of CNU are very friendly, and up holds the tradition of saying hello to someone passing them.

  • 05/03/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    You can go to the crow's nest, play basketball, go to their fully stocked gym, or even use their gaming room. You can also go to the library and borrow books or movies. If they aren't there, they will order it for you.

    Food and Dining

    They have all you can eat for $11, and they cook everything from scratch. You can also stop by their Panera bread, or the Starbucks.

    Dorm Life

    Their matching system is very effective, I have yet to see matched students get into a major fight needing to be separated.

    Academic Rigor

    Tough, but the professor usually know all their students by name. You can almost always ask them for help, and if not, there are tutors for all of their subjects you can have help you for free, since the school pays them for you.

    In three sentences

    One of the best colleges nobody has ever heard of. Their buildings are even rented by the community because they have the best stuf.

  • 06/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe of the CNU campus.

    Greek Life

    The greek life is extremely active and spirited.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities to choose from, especially for a college this size.

    Great for these types of students

    CNU has things for all types of students including: Christian, athletic, academic, etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The 'penny' tradition has been strongly adhered to. You carry a penny, with the honor code with it, throughout your college career. When you graduate, you toss the penny into the fountain.

    Bang for the buck

    CNU is a public school with a private school feel.

    What to do for fun

    CNU puts on many fun activities for students to attend (often for free)!

    Food and Dining

    The food is fairly good but there could be more variety.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very pretty as well as safe.

    Academic Rigor

    The path you choose greatly affects the academic rigor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be worried about finding your place. Try new things. Be outgoing.

    In three sentences

    I love the atmosphere of the campus and it's residents. The teachers are astounding. The campus itself is gorgeous.

  • 06/30/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 200 clubs and organizations on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is an honor code, and a speaking tradition. Students say hi to each other when passing them by, and hold doors open for each other.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of clubs to get involved in on campus, but there are plenty of attractions (Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia Beach) located nearby.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are better than home cooking. There is a variety of foods, including a sushi, pasta and salad bar, and gluten free, dairy free and vegan options.

    Dorm Life

    The best part of the dorm rooms are the lack of community or hall bathrooms. 2 rooms share a bathroom (a shower and toilet), and each room has their own sink. The dorm rooms themselves are adequate in size, with large closets and desks.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes CNU offers are tough, but they offer free tutoring and support to achieve success.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you visit CNU, make sure to have an interview. Stay relaxed and don't be intimidated. Be yourself.

    In three sentences

    Christopher Newport University is a wonderful university - with a beautiful campus, small class sizes, and professors who have the desire to know who you are as an individual. The classes are not taught by graduate students or teacher aids, which ensures students will receive a top notch education. The university is small, but it is big enough to have a variety of clubs and organizations.

  • 07/07/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Absolutely gorgeous and has a great Christian presence