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Christopher Newport University

Newport News, VA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate89%
Acceptance Rate89%

Christopher Newport University Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Christopher Newport University, the regular decision application deadline is February 1 and the fee for the application is $65.

Application fees can add up, but some colleges provide free applications and students with financial need may qualify for an application fee waiver.

Students who submit their applications to Christopher Newport University for the fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than March 15.

Christopher Newport University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Christopher Newport University's admissions stats.

Christopher Newport University 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 16%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 36%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 2%
Waitlist Yes

Christopher Newport University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Christopher Newport University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 15 December 15
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes December 1 January 15
Regular Decision Yes February 15 March 15

Considering Applying Early to Christopher Newport University?

Christopher Newport University offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 which is not far away! EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

The Early Action deadline is December 1. Christopher Newport University will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Christopher Newport University is 91%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 89%.

Christopher Newport University accepts approximately 94% of early action applicants and 89% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, Christopher Newport University admitted 191 of the 209 students who applied early decision. Last year, Christopher Newport University admitted 3,685 of the 3,939 who applied early action.

Some students apply early to college to help their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of admission, as it can show your interest in a school, because you are making it a priority.

➡️ Discover a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Christopher Newport University Admissions

Is Christopher Newport University Hard To Get Into?

Christopher Newport University is a moderately difficult school to get into. Christopher Newport University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Christopher Newport University accepted 89% of all applicants, about 5,931 from 6,699 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Christopher Newport University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT. Admissions to Presidents Leadership Program, Honors Program is program very difficult.

For applicants who are not residents of Virginia, getting into Christopher Newport University is moderately difficult.

Transferring to Christopher Newport University

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Christopher Newport University

In 2022, Christopher Newport University waitlisted 426 students. Of those, 116 eventually got in.

What Does Christopher Newport University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Christopher Newport University

What does Christopher Newport University consider during the admissions process? Listed below are factors commonly taken into consideration during admissions decisions.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Class Rank Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Application Essay Important
Interview Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered
State Residency Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Christopher Newport University for more information on admission factors.

Christopher Newport University Application Requirements

To apply to Christopher Newport University, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Christopher Newport University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3.5
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Christopher Newport University?

Students admitted to Christopher Newport University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 59% submitted a class rank. At Christopher Newport University 16% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 44% were in the top 25% and 77% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Christopher Newport University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 34%
3.75 and 3.99 22%
3.50 and 3.74 18%
3.25 and 3.49 15%
3.00 and 3.24 8%
2.50 and 2.9 3%
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Christopher Newport University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Christopher Newport University looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Christopher Newport University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 36% of Christopher Newport University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 2% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Christopher Newport University?

To be competitive with other Christopher Newport University applicants, you should strive to score between 1100 and 1320 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Christopher Newport University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1320 and 25% of scored lower than 1100, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Christopher Newport University students scored 650 or higher and 75% of students scored 570 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Christopher Newport University students scored 670 or higher, and 75% scored a 570 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Christopher Newport University?

To be most competitive at Christopher Newport University, you should strive to earn between 25 and 29 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 29 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Christopher Newport University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 29, and three out of four students scored lower than 29 on the ACT.

A 25 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Christopher Newport University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 25.

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More Information on Transferring to Christopher Newport University

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Christopher Newport University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is July 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Christopher Newport University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

Christopher Newport University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Christopher Newport University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Christopher Newport University.

Does Christopher Newport University accept transfer credits?

✅ Christopher Newport University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Christopher Newport University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests

Does Christopher Newport University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Christopher Newport University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Christopher Newport University?

❌ No, Christopher Newport University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Christopher Newport University's acceptance rate?

✅ Christopher Newport University has an acceptance rate of 89%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Christopher Newport University?

✅ Christopher Newport University's early decision acceptance rate was 91% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Christopher Newport University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Christopher Newport University was 94% in 2021.

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Christopher Newport University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Christopher Newport University? Christopher Newport University is a somewhat selective institution. The Christopher Newport University acceptance rate is 89%. This means that the institution accepts 88 out of every 100 applicants.


Christopher Newport University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Christopher Newport University is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Christopher Newport University is Jul 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Christopher Newport University ACT Scores


ACT Range

25 - 29

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

29 and Above


25 to 29


25 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Christopher Newport University is 27. Students with an ACT score of 29 and above have a good chance of getting into Christopher Newport University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 25 and 29 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 25 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Christopher Newport University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1100 - 1320


Math SAT Range

540 - 650


Reading SAT Range

570 - 670

Christopher Newport University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Christopher Newport University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.79. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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