Christopher Newport University (CNU)

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CNU, a liberal arts school, provides students a well rounded foundation in education by having a curriculum with a diverse range of subjects. This college is located in Newport News, VA, a predominately urban area. There are around 5,400 students enrolled per year at CNU.

Students can report either the ACT or SAT exam scores to this school. A score within the range of 1110 - 1280 on the SAT exam, or 22 - 27 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among admitted students. We were able to estimate the CNU average GPA (3.23 - 3.45) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. 72% of all those students that apply are accepted to CNU, from which 24 percent choose to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall CNU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Christopher Newport University was reported as 71.9% in Fall 2020 with over 7,200 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • CNU ACT Scores: 22 - 27
  • CNU Average GPA: 3.23 - 3.45

How Hard Is It to Get into Christopher Newport University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into CNU, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Christopher Newport University has been on an upward trend when compared to previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 62.2%
  • 2017-2018: 72.4%
  • 2018-2019: 67.8%
  • 2019-2020: 71.9%
  • Projected CNU Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 64.7%

How Does CNU Compare?

This School
National Avg

The acceptance rate for Christopher Newport University is twenty-seven percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Hampton University36.0%
Virginia Wesleyan College76.8%
Virginia State University95.1%
Chowan University68.4%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Recommended
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Recommended

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to CNU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading570 - 650
Math540 - 630
Total Score1110 - 1280
ACT®Score Range
English0 - 0
Math0 - 0
Composite Score22 - 27
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