Christopher Newport University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (12)
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.
Christopher Newport University is a gem amongst the many colleges and universities in Virginia. It has a private school feel with a public school cost. The professors at CNU truly care about their students, and are willing to do anything to help the students achieve their goals. Being part of the President's Leadership Program was an added bonus, because I was provided with an extra support system that pushed me to not only achieve my goals, but to set my sights higher. CNU was the perfect University for me to grow into the person that I always dreamed of becoming, but never knew how to achieve.