Christopher Newport University Application Essay Question

Regular Decision

Important Dates

Deadline to apply
February 1
Notification Date
March 15
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Your application is considered complete and ready for review once you complete the following:

  1. Submit the Common Application, including:
    • Essay
    • $65 non-refundable application fee (if seeking a fee waiver submit an official College Board, ACT or NACAC Fee Waiver Request signed by high school counselor who can attest to a financial hardship)
  2. Submit your most recent official high school transcript electronically through the Common Application website. (Paper transcripts are accepted, but we encourage online submission through Common Application or Naviance.)
  3. Have your SAT and/or ACT scores sent directly to CNU (unless you qualify to apply test-optional).
    • SAT code 5128
    • ACT code 4345

Virginia In-State Tuition Rates Eligibility You must complete all questions in the Residency and Parent/Legal Guardian Residency sections of the Common Application to be eligible for in-state tuition. Supporting documents may be requested, and you must submit them on or before the first day of the semester or term for which you are applying.

Applying to the President’s Leadership and/or Honors Program**

  • Select “Yes” for President’s Leadership Program and/or Honors program in the Academics section of the Common Application.
  • Complete the mandatory essay questions.

An interview is required in order to be considered for these programs.

We recommend all applicants complete the following actions:

  1. Submit teacher evaluations in a core subject (English, social studies, foreign language, mathematics or science). Note: The Common Application requires that students request a teacher recommendation when completing the application. However, we will review your application without a teacher recommendation.
  2. Schedule an admission interview.
  3. Schedule a campus visit.
  4. Have your school counselor submit a School Report Form electronically through the Common Application website. (Paper forms are accepted, but we encourage online submission through Common Application or Naviance.)
  5. Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form by March 1, if applicable.

Admission review is not just about comparing the test scores and grades presented by applicants. Our holistic review of your application considers all aspects of your background and finds students for whom Christopher Newport is the right fit.

Overall academic record

We expect to see a record of academic success and consider factors such as the context of your school, the difficulty level in your courses and trends in your grades. We consider the varying academic environments at different schools, as well as your extracurricular involvement.

Rigor of course curriculum

We look for completion of the Advanced Studies Diploma for Virginia public schools or demonstrated success in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, dual enrollment, honors or similarly advanced work in a college preparatory curriculum.

Cumulative GPA

We use the cumulative GPA provided by your high school. If your school does not use a 4.0 scale, we recalculate your GPA based on a 4.0 scale. The middle 50 percent high school GPA range for our freshman class is 3.5–4.0 (4.0 scale).

Grade trends

Are your grades consistent year to year? Did you have a rocky start in ninth grade? Have your grades improved each year? Or are they on a downward slope? If there is a glaring inconsistency in your grades, we encourage you to give an explanation in the additional information section on the Common Application.


If you submit both the ACT and SAT, we use the most favorable score when making an admission decision. Your SAT is based on a mix and match of your highest Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math scores. Your ACT score is based on your highest composite.

The middle 50 percent Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math SAT range for our fall 2017 freshman class was 1140-1280. The middle 50 percent ACT composite range was 23-27.


Students who achieve at least a 3.5 GPA in a rigorous college-prep curriculum, or who rank in the top 10 percent of their graduating class, may apply as test-optional.

Class rank

We only consider class rank if it is provided by your high school.

We also seek students with demonstrated leadership ability, a commitment to service and pride in their communities, exemplary talents, and diverse life experiences. Recommendations, essays and interviews allow the admission committee to recognize these personal qualities.

  • Essay: An essay or personal statement is required by the Common Application. It should be approximately 250-500 words but no longer than 650 words. Two additional short-answer essays are required for scholarship consideration for the President’s Leadership and Honors Programs.
  • Recommendations (strongly encouraged): Send 1-3 recommendations, preferably from your school counselor and core-subject teachers.
  • Personal interview (strongly encouraged): An interview is a great opportunity to distinguish yourself as an applicant and demonstrate your interest in Christopher Newport. Interviews are available to seniors June–March and last about 30 minutes. Interviews are required for President's Leadership Program and Honors Program scholarship consideration.

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