Christopher Newport University
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Newport News, Virginia 23606-2998




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Christopher Newport University
Newport News, Virginia

Christopher Newport University (CNU) was founded in 1960 and currently enrolls 4,800 students in more than seventy areas of study (including three master's degree programs). The University takes pride in its “student-first, teaching-first” community. Small classes taught by veteran faculty members, a beautiful and safe campus, and one of the nation's finest sports programs make CNU a distinctive choice among Virginia's public universities.

Location and Community
CNU is located in suburban Newport News, adjacent to Mariner's Park, a pristine 600-acre nature preserve with miles of jogging trails around Lake Maury and along the James River. Newport News is the hub of high-tech industry in southeastern Virginia and home of the Jefferson Laboratory, the premier physics research facility in the world. CNU students have access to internships there and in many local firms and agencies in areas such as media, health care, education, and social services.

CNU ranks as one of the safest mid-size campuses in Virginia. Its picturesque 250-acre campus and superb residence facilities receive accolades from students and visitors alike. CNU is host to the annual Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival.

CNU is 35 miles from the pounding surf and rolling dunes of Virginia Beach, 25 miles from historic Williamsburg, 75 miles from Richmond, and 150 miles from Washington, D.C. Students enjoy the moderate climate year-round and appreciate the easy driving distance to the beach and the region's many recreational opportunities. The newest of these is the Virginia Beach Amphitheater, which attracts internationally known musical groups.

Academic Life
To be eligible for an undergraduate degree, students must successfully complete 120 academic semester hours. The last 45 semester hours of credit must be taken in residence.

The first two years of all students' academic programs require successful completion of general education requirements in such areas as English (writing), foreign language, history, humanities, laboratory science, mathematics, and social science. The last two years are devoted to the academic major and electives.

Christopher Newport University actively supports study abroad for all its students and sponsors a variety of international study programs each year. CNU students have recently participated with faculty members in study-abroad programs in Spain, England, France, and Guatemala. CNU offers up to a $1000 stipend for international study to students who participate in the President's Leadership Program. Students may also travel to Europe with the CNU Chamber Singers or worldwide with CNU's award-winning Model U.N. Club.

Majors Offered:
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies; English (with concentrations in creative writing, journalism, language arts, literature, and technical writing); fine and performing arts (with concentrations in fine arts, music, music theater, and theater arts); foreign language (with concentrations in French, German, and Spanish); history (with an interdisciplinary prelaw program available); interdisciplinary studies; philosophy (with a concentration available in religious studies); political science (with a concentration available in international relations); psychology (with concentrations in early childhood psychology, general psychology, and industrial/organizational psychology); and sociology (with majors available in social work and sociology and a concentration available in culture, socialization, and society for sociology majors). Also offered is the Bachelor of Music degree (with concentrations in history/literature, performance, and theory/composition and emphases in instrumental music and choral music); the Bachelor of Science degree in interdisciplinary studies; and the Bachelor of Science in Governmental Administration degree (with concentrations in justice studies and public management). Minors are available in anthropology, art, childhood studies, English, film studies, French, geography, German, gerontology, government and public affairs, history, leadership studies, music, philosophy, professional writing, psychology, sociology, speech communication, Spanish, theater arts, and women's and gender studies. A certificate is offered in jazz studies.

Also offered in the sciences are the Bachelor of Arts degree in applied physics (with concentrations in technical writing and editing), biology, economics, interdisciplinary studies, and mathematics (with concentrations in computer science and physics) and the Bachelor of Science degree in applied physics (with concentrations in computation, instrumentation, and solid state/optics), biology (with preprofessional programs in dental, medical, and veterinary studies), computer engineering, computer science, environmental science, interdisciplinary studies, mathematics (with concentrations in computer science, mathematics education, and physics), and ornamental horticulture. Minors are available in applied physics, biology, business administration, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, mathematics, and physics.

The School of Business offers the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree (with specializations in accounting, economics, finance, management, and marketing); and the Bachelor of Science in Information Science degree (with concentrations in management of information systems, networking and communications, and science of information systems).

A 3-2 cooperative program with the Duke University School of the Environment allows Christopher Newport University students to earn the Bachelor of Science degree from CNU and the Master of Forestry or Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke.

Facilities and Resources
The Captain John Smith Library houses more than 600,000 books, micropieces, and bound periodicals and also offers students access to textual material, periodicals, and information recorded on film, microfilm, records, and tapes. Services include interlibrary loans and extensive computer-assisted bibliographical services.

Academic buildings contain a variety of small classrooms and auditoriums, computer laboratories, specialty laboratories, an art gallery, an instructional technology center, a theater, music recital halls and practice rooms, and a greenhouse/herbarium.

CNU provides 1,200 computer workstations on campus as well as e-mail and Internet access in its residential facilities.

State-of-the-art residence halls and upperclass apartments accommodate 3,000 students on campus. CNU recently opened its $16-million Freeman Sports and Convocation Center, $54-million Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, designed by I. M. Pei, and a new $35-million Student Center.

The mission of the Office of Multicultural Affairs is to serve as an advocate for students from diverse backgrounds by promoting an environment that creates cultural understanding and an inclusive campus community. The Multicultural Student Affairs Association is an organization open to all students, faculty and staff. MSA strives to embrace diversity, increase minority involvement, and promote cultural awareness.

In-state tuition for full-time students for the academic year is $8,350; nonresident tuition for full-time students is $13,800. Books and supplies average $600 per year. The room and board rate for the academic year is $8200.

Financial Aid / Scholarships
The University's financial aid programs serve about 50 percent of the student body. CNU offers every form of federally funded financial aid and a variety of renewable merit scholarships for freshmen, ranging from $1000 per year to full tuition.

Admission Requirements / Application
CNU welcomes applications from Virginia residents and out-of-state students whose education includes a strong college preparatory curriculum and a record of success. Of the students accepted into the freshman class, the midrange (middle 50 percent) SAT I score was 1080 to 1250 and the GPA range was 3.0 to 3.7. Applications, a viewbook, and additional information may be obtained through the Internet or at the admissions office address above.

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