Christopher Newport University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (13)
There are a lot of things about Christopher Newport University I could criticize, and equally as many things to praise. The school is comprised of about 5,000 students, making it possible for professors to work directly with students. The professors are the best thing about this school, they really work one on one with students...if you want to learn, they will do their best to help. Many of the faculty I studied under knew me by my first name, something that is not uncommon at this school. Unfortunately, there is a huge disparity in diversity at Christopher Newport, especially over the past few years. The majority of students there are heterosexual white kids, which does not leave a lot of room for the rest of us. As beautiful as the campus is, there is an air of exclusivity that has skyrocketed since not one, not two, but four dormitory buildings were opened up to be used only by members of Greek life. CNU requires students to live on campus for the first three years of school unless they are local and living with parents. Since the school has been getting bigger every year, it is not a shock to hear that Freshman are assigned with three people to one room, Sophomores are getting crammed into Freshman dorms, and Juniors are getting housed in Sophomore dorms. This problem would be solved if CNU gave Juniors the option to live off campus (which is usually cheaper than living in a dorm), but the rule still stands. In order for the statistics to look good, each department at CNU is required to have a certain number of classes that are capped at 19 students. That way, admissions representatives can brag about small class sizes. I needed one class to be able to finish my Communication degree but it filled up before I had a chance to register, and when I went to the head of the department for an override she said there was nothing she could do because the class I needed was capped at 19. Her suggestion was to stay for another year of school, which I could not afford without going into debt. Thankfully I had another major I could finish - I just accepted a minor in Communication - but I think that academics and student success should be a universitys top priority. I have heard stories from many different students similar to mine, often times students have no choice but to complete a fifth year. Christopher Newport University is very friendly and has a beautiful campus, but I can say it is probably not for everyone.
As a music theater major, vocal performance minor, and dance minor, it might be expected that my full-time job would be in performing. While that is not the case (I currently work as a paralegal), the liberal arts education I received at CNU greatly prepared me with skills applicable to my daily career activities, allowing me to work my way up to my current position for the past eight years. Additionally, because of my training in the performing arts in the music and theater departments, I have had a myriad of stage experiences since graduation. Participating in public choir concerts and fully-staged musicals while at CNU gave me an appreciation for the degree of professionalism with which to expect out of performing arts companies. I now sing part-time as a professional chorister with the Virginia Opera, where I have found myself well-prepared for the expectations set for me. I am hopeful for future CNU graduates, as they will find themselves ready and able to enter the job market, whether in a traditional career field, the performing arts, or a combination thereof.
I loved attending CNU for my undergraduate degree. It has not only allowed me to work at a local hospital, but it has prepared me for graduate school. I am currently enrolled in graduate school at Hampton University, where I am pursuing a Masters degree in Medical Science. My goal is to attend medical school and give back to my community by opening up a clinic in the rural and undeserved areas. This has always been a dream of mine and my dedication to the medical field can be shown in my 10 years working in the field at a local emergency room.
Christopher Newport University was expensive ( I was out of state), and there was no community in the education program unless you went there as an undergraduate. That being said, the graduate environmental program faculty and students were excellent.
Christopher Newport University was the best decision I had made when I was deciding where to go. The class sizes are small and professors take the time to get to know their students. All of the buildings are new and state of the art with many amazing features. It is an ever building campus, every year a new building is built.
I loved my time at CNU. I felt the professors I had were interested not only in my success in the classroom but also life after college. I am currently a first year in a cell biology doctoral program and I feel the courses I took and research experience I have had prepared me, more than many of my peers, to be a successful scientist. It was challenging and also a lot of fun. Additionally, while I don't know from personal experience, my friends who were computer science, psychology and Spanish majors would say very similar things.
College is about making decisions for yourself. It's your career path, it's your future. Remember you can't impress everyone, and if one of your teachers isn't a fan of you, then find one who is and who will properly nurture your career. Make time for yourself in college; it's going to be hard enough but to lose yourself in it would be a travesty. Look at more than one school because one school might be flashy and get your attention but there might be another place for you out there. Enjoy the experience, don't limit yourself to JUST your degree program, and TRAVEL. Use college to travel and explore. Save money. This is all how I felt about CNU, and I learned it the hard way.
I loved CNU and would definitely recommend their interdisciplinary studies degree to anyone who really wants to attend the school but who wants a major that they do not provide.
To be honest, CNU thinks very highly of itself ...that isn't, however, all hubris. It is a great bargain as far as the quality of education, and the tagline, "a private school education at a public school price," is accurate. I didn't often feel challenged in my classes, though. I grew up in Fairfax County and my high school classes were far more challenging than any class I took during undergrad. I am very involved in community service and charitable activities, of which the administration and faculty were supportive. I do not have a strong desire to stay super connected to the school or my former classmates.
I liked that I had a personal relationship with many of my professors, so that I wasn't treated as a number, but a person. I also really liked the community feeling of the school, pretty much everyone knew everyone, and there was always something going on to do.