Lead a Life of Significance

At Christopher Newport University we care about minds and hearts. Our primary purpose is to form good citizens and leaders. We believe real success is a life well lived.  We want our students to choose to live lives of meaning and consequence and purpose.   We call that a life of significance.


At Christopher Newport, you'll learn the answers to two very important questions:   What am I good at?   What do I love to do?   We offer more than 90 areas of study, from electrical engineering to philosophy of law, from music performance to accounting.  All programs are grounded in our rigorous liberal arts and sciences core curriculum – cited by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni as the strongest core curriculum of any public college or university in America.

Our small class sizes give you direct access to experts in their fields – teacher-scholars who provide outstanding instruction, conduct groundbreaking research (often with your help!), and publish noteworthy books and articles. Learn more about our academic programs

Campus Living

Our residence halls and apartment complexes win rave reviews from students and parents alike. In fact, The Princeton Review ranked our residence halls among the top in the nation in the group's Best College Dorms category.

Every room has air conditioning, a microwave and mini-refrigerator or kitchen access, high-speed internet, basic satellite cable TV, and electronic room access.  Laundry facilities are conveniently located in each residence hall. Upperclassmen have private bedrooms and bathrooms, an in-unit washer and dryer, and fully equipped kitchens.

Beyond the Classroom

We encourage you to explore meaningful activities outside of class that will amplify your academic accomplishments.  Undergraduate research, internships, study abroad and service are solid supports that will help you gain vital real-world experience along the way to becoming an engaged citizen and leader.

We also have more than 200 clubs and student organizations and 24 varsity teams that compete in NCAA Division III. We're located in the heart of one of the most historic and beautiful areas of the United States.   When you venture off campus, you'll find unlimited activities for all interests as well as cultural and historical treasures within a short walk or drive.  Plus, we make exploring easy because freshmen and transfers can have cars on campus.

Additional Information








First-Year Applicants

  • Early Decision Deadline : November 15
  • Early Action Deadline: December 1
  • Regular Decision Deadline : February 1

Early Decision candidates receive a binding decision on December 15. Early Action candidates receive a non-binding decision on January 15. Regular decisions are non-binding and available in mid-March.  All students offered admission must reply by May 1.


  • Submitted application ($65 application fee is non-refundable)
  • Official high school transcripts.
  • Standardized  tests  exam results.   SAT, ACT and CLT results are accepted.
  • Submit an Academic Recommendation in a core subject (optional)
  • Schedule an Interview

Virginia In-State Tution Rates Eligibility

  • Complete the Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates (Residency sections of the Christopher Newport Questions portion of the appication).  Additional documentation may be requested.   
  •  Virginia Domicile Guidelines

Learn more, visit Freshman Admission

Transfer Applicants 

  • Fall Priority Application Dates: March 1 and May 1
    • Application closes July 17
  • Spring Priority Application Dates: October 1 and November 1
    • Application closes December 10

If all application materials are received before one of the priority application dates, applicants will be notified within two weeks.


  • Submit application. $65 application fee is non-refundable.
  • Submit official transcript(s) from all colleges and/or universities attended. Christopher Newport accepts official transcripts submitted electronically through Parchment or National Student Clearinghouse. Partial transcripts and/or grade reports are required until final grades are posted.
  • Submit the Transfer College Report (Verification of Enrollment) certified by each college attended. You must send a Transfer College Report to the appropriate representative(s) at each college/university you attended. Each in turn must send reports directly back to Christopher Newport.
  • Submit your official high school transcript.

Virginia In-State Tution Rates Eligibility

  • Complete the Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates (Residency sections of the Christopher Newport Questions portion of the appication).  Additional documentation may be requested.  
  • Virginia Domicile Guidelines

Learn more, visit Transfer Admission

Financial Aid

We recognize that paying for college can be a challenge. That's why we distribute nearly $50 million in aid to students each year.  Most assistance comes in the form of federal and state grants, scholarships to reward merit and help students with financial need, educational loans, and college work-study programs.