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Christopher Newport University Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 144 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

57% Women
43% Men


NCAA Division III (with football)

USA South Athletic Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $55,414)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $47,592)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Baseball 33 - - -
Basketball 17 15 - -
Field Hockey - 29 - -
Football 125 - - -
Golf 11 - - -
Lacrosse 39 22 - -
Soccer 30 28 - -
Softball - 22 - -
Tennis 11 14 - -
Track and Field, Indoor 41 27 - -
Track and Field, Outdoor 36 26 - -
Track and Field, X-Country 24 14 - -
Volleyball - 14 - -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3.2%
Black/non-Hispanic 8.2%
Hispanic 2.9%
Non-resident alien 0.5%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 3.6%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 81.1%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 19 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 7
Liquor Law Violation 28
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 6
Property Crime 7
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Elizabeth from Centreville, VA
  • 5
  • 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…

  • May-21-2012 Read More
  • Cindy from Virginia Beach, VA
  • 4
  • 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,…

  • Jan-23-2012 Read More
  • Shay
  • 5
  • Princeton Review has chosen CNU as top 10 dorms in the U.S. for a reason.…

  • Jul-05-2012 Read More
  • Joseph from Mechanicsville, VA
  • 5
  • 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,…

  • Feb-07-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Monica from Newport News, VA
  • May-26-2017 I am a current student here

    Food is always hard when cooking for so many students. At CNU we are lucky that the food is much better than most places, yes the food gets repetitive by the end but overall there is always something to eat. Also we occasionally have theme meals during holidays and they are amazing!! (I had crab legs three times last year!!!)

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  • 4
  • Mariela from Dumfries, VA
  • Oct-05-2015 I am a current student here

    There is always plenty of options to choose from and a wide variety. Usually there is a meat option, some time of pasta, a sandwich place, a healthy haven, a salad bar, and a dessert table. Just be careful when going back for seconds; you want to avoid that freshman 15.

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  • 4
  • Rebecca from Yorktown, VA
  • Aug-28-2015 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Idk, I haven't eaten there. We walked through the cafeteria, though, and I saw plenty of food options. I wouldn't complain.

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  • 5
  • Perry from Louisa, VA
  • Oct-17-2014 I am a current student here

    I was so impressed by the quality of food that the campus provides. This is coming from someone who was always provided a home cooked meal at home. There are several places to eat and enjoy your friends. And, if you get tired of that, you can walk up the street where business also take our Captain's Cash. Wonderful choices!

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  • 4
  • Regina from Woodbridge, VA
  • Jun-30-2014 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    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.

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  • 5
  • Florian from Chesapeake, VA
  • May-03-2014 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    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.

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  • 5
  • Angel from Danville, VA
  • Feb-24-2014 I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 5
  • Adrian Howard from Hampton, VA
  • Nov-27-2013 I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 3
  • Emily from Newport News, VA
  • Oct-31-2013 I am a current student here

    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.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Monica from Newport News, VA
  • May-26-2017 I am a current student here

    I am not a member of Greek life at CNU although many of my friends are part of it. From what I have heard everyone loves it very much!

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  • 0
  • Perry from Louisa, VA
  • Oct-17-2014 I am a current student here

    Just now starting to check the background of each one now to find one better suited for my personality. Plan to pledge during next semester. Have just been too busy in my studies to do it now.

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  • 0
  • Emily from Newport News, VA
  • Oct-31-2013 I am a current student here

    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!

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  • 0
  • Megan from Manassas, VA
  • Oct-08-2013 I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 0
  • Jisoo Yi
  • Oct-06-2013 I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 0
  • CNU<3
  • Jul-31-2013 I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 0
  • Megan from Richmond, VA
  • Jul-13-2013 I am a current student here

    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.

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