Chances of getting into Christopher Newport University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
67.8%
Admission Difficulty for Christopher Newport University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionLow

How hard is it to get into CNU and can I get accepted? The school has a 68% acceptance rate ranking it #20 in Virginia for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 5,035 out of 7,430 applicants were admitted making CNU a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 36 percent. Christopher Newport University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 24% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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CNU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1110-1280
Applicants Submitting SAT
89%
SAT Scores for Christopher Newport University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 570
SAT Math 25th 540
SAT Composite 25th 1110
SAT Scores for Christopher Newport University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 650
SAT Math 75th 630
SAT Composite 75th 1280
Average SAT Score 1200

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Christopher Newport University?

Christopher Newport University typically requires applicants to be in the top 39 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1110 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1020. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1200 out of 1600. The school ranks #9 in Virginia for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 89 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Christopher Newport University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1280 and Above Good >78%
1195 to 1280 Avg + 68%-78%
1110 to 1195 Avg - 56%-68%
1025 to 1110 Reach 42%-56%
Less than 1025 Low <42%
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CNU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
23-28 
Applicants Submitting ACT
27%
ACT Scores for Christopher Newport University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th N/A
ACT Math 25th N/A
ACT Composite 25th 23
ACT Scores for Christopher Newport University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th N/A
ACT Math 75th N/A
ACT Composite 75th 28
Average ACT Score 25

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into CNU?

Admission data indicates that CNU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 23 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 32 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 28 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #10 in Virginia for highest average ACT composite score. 27 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Christopher Newport University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Christopher Newport University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
28 and Above Good >80%
25 to 28 Avg + 68%-80%
23 to 25 Avg - 58%-68%
21 to 23 Reach 48%-58%
Less than 21 Low <48%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.7
Typical High School Grades
A-

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Christopher Newport University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Christopher Newport University was 3.7 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #6 in Virginia for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as CNU accepts 68% of students who apply.

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Admission Statistics

Christopher Newport University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,195 3,235 7,430
Accepted 2,990 2,045 5,035
Acceptance Rate 71% 63% 68%
Enrolled 688 540 1,228
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 23% 26% 24%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Christopher Newport University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Christopher Newport University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Recommended
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Christopher Newport University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=231712 IPEDS survey data for Christopher Newport University.

Frequently Asked Questions

89% of students submit their SAT scores to CNU. 27% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

68% of those who apply are granted admission to CNU. Admission competition is low and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1110 and 1280. 89% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 23 and 28. 27% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.