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Christopher Newport University

Newport News, VA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate85%

Christopher Newport University Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Christopher Newport University. Christopher Newport University admitted 85% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 7,428 students applied to Christopher Newport University and 6,340 were admitted.

If you are considering submitting an application to Christopher Newport University, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 2/1 and the application fee costs $65.

Students who submit their applications to Christopher Newport University for fall should hear back from Christopher Newport University by March 15.

Christopher Newport University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Christopher Newport University's admissions stats.

Christopher Newport University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 13%
Mean SAT Score 1191
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 40%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 7%
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 2 1 March 15

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 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 92%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 85%.

Christopher Newport University accepts approximately 79% of early action applicants and 85% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, Christopher Newport University admitted 234 of the 253 students who applied early decision. In 2022, Christopher Newport University admitted 3,136 of the 3,994 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early to increase their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of being admitted, since it is a way to show that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Explore a list of some competetive 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 Challenging To Get Into?

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

In 2022, Christopher Newport University accepted 85% of all applicants, approximately 6,340 from 7,428 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

Christopher Newport University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Christopher Newport University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Christopher Newport University

What does Christopher Newport University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

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

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

Christopher Newport University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Christopher Newport University, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check 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
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, 53% submitted a class rank. At Christopher Newport University 13% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 38% were in the top 25% and 73% 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 31%
3.75 and 3.99 22%
3.50 and 3.74 19%
3.25 and 3.49 16%
3.00 and 3.24 9%
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 highlights 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 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, 40% of Christopher Newport University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 7% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Christopher Newport University?

To be competitive with other Christopher Newport University applicants, you should aim to earn between 1120 and 1280 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Christopher Newport University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1280 and 25% of scored lower than 1120, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Christopher Newport University student is 1191.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Christopher Newport University students scored 630 or higher and 75% of students scored 560 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Christopher Newport University students scored 660 or higher, and 75% scored a 560 or higher.

To be most competitive at Christopher Newport University, you should strive to earn between 22 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 22 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Christopher Newport University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 22.

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 March 1. Applicants should hear back by April 15.

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

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer 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 • DSST/DANTES

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

✅ Christopher Newport University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

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

❌ No, Christopher Newport University is test optional, so you can make the call if you want to to send your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Christopher Newport University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Christopher Newport University is 85%.

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

✅ Christopher Newport University's early decision acceptance rate was 92% in 2021.

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

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Christopher Newport University was 79% 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 85%. This means that the institution accepts 85 out of every 100 applicants.


Christopher Newport University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

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 Mar 1.

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

Christopher Newport University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1120 - 1280


Math SAT Range

540 - 630


Reading SAT Range

560 - 660

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1280 and Above


1120 to 1280


1120 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Christopher Newport University students is 1191. Applicants with SAT scores of 1280 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Christopher Newport University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1120 to 1280 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1120 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Christopher Newport University.

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 3.76. 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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