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CNU may seem great at first glimpse. Sure...beautiful campus, up and coming potential, small classes, professors "know" you, grand residence halls...this all seems dandy because that is what the University is trying so hard to make you believe. Truth is Christopher Newport University is probably the biggest rip off of a lifetime. I am a sophomore here at CNU and have watched MANY of my original class transfer out to other Universitys. The retention rate here is awful. Last year I lived in Santoro hall and TEN people didn't come back next semester. This year I live in James River hall and NINE people didn't come back. Don't get me wrong, these people aren't lazy and dropping out...they are escaping to REAL colleges that care about their students.
Number one reason not to attend Christopher Newport University:
Here tuition is about state-wide average at 2,086 a semester. FINE.
Then you get to the room fee which comes out to be 2,890 WHOA! Do the math and you are paying about $700 A MONTH to share a room withsomeone and share a bathroom with 3-4 people. Thats more than most average apartment rents. By the way you are required to live on campus your first two years.
Already so what about food? A whopping 1,560 a semester which comes out to be around 10 dollars a meal regardless of the plan you get. By the way the food is mediocre at best, lines go out the door around meal times, and there isn't much alternative on campus other than the dining halls.
Okay so you think your done, right? All you have to pay is tuition, room and board? NOPE.
Now you've got the nice fees on top of that.
Technology fee 17.00
Comprehensive Fee 1,672.00 (You read that right!)
Housing Telecommunications Fee 100.00
So a fee of the magnitude of nearly 2,000 dollars must be going towards something good, right? WRONG. Most of it goes towards the wimpy Division 3 athletic program.
Look up how much it costs to go to ANY OTHER Virginia school and by going anywhere else you will be saving yourself 2,000-3,000.
CNU is like a baby step school...a place to go if you don't get in anywhere else (JMU, TECH, UVA) and then transfer out AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
CNU may be great in 10-15 years ...but its certainly not great
Here is where the comprehensive fee is really goinghttp://www.dailypress.com/news/opinion/dp-ed_collegefees_edit_0104jan04,0,7147129.story
|Jan 23 2009|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2011 |
| As a freshman, I expected big, exciting, and eventful things for the next four years in college. Boy, was I wrong. The campus is blooming with construction work at all hours and it's practically a maze to navigate from one place to another. Yes, I agree it's for the better. The campus is beautiful, but the people there are not. I feel, and it can be debated, that the people accepted are based on parents' salaries and race. Majority of the campus is white, religious, and extremely close-minded. Being from the VB, diversity is seen basically on every corner. Only about 30 minutes away in a primarily diverse city, CNU has managed to keep a high white society in their college. In addition, the people there are beyond arrogant. It is difficult to make friends in an environment that is as cliquish as middle school. As growing adults and maturing, it would be assumed that people would maintain this quality in college. But maturity in the student body is not even seen, even when faculty is present. |
The faculty at CNU is decent, but that is a given at any college. CNU prizes themselves on accepting individuals with extremely high GPA, but that is not the case. Like stated prior, if you're white, rich, and very religious, you'll be accepted without a problem. Back on the topic of academics, the subjects provided to study are good. The professors know their course to the tee. Most of the teachers speak English flawlessly. However, I feel like the courses don't challenge students to their full potential. The material taught is similar to that of high school's: very bland, where it should be more broad and detailed.
The food at the school is a joke. With two buildings to provide food for the students, they tend to be of very poor quality. There is little varity in the food, always the same everyday. Prepare to get a stomach ache once a week when eating the food there. Make sure you have "Captains Cash" so you can eat Chick-fil-a instead of their so-called food.
The buildings at the school are nice, well at least the ones in the process of being constructed. The residence halls, which apparently aren't "dorms," are a joke. If you're a freshman and not in PLP, you're subjected to being tripled in a small room. The suite rooms are nice, considering. The advisors that take care of the halls are like hawks. They are constantly walking the building giving out noise violations and checking rooms for alochol. They are extremely big about no extension cords and go to crazy means to make sure the students understand it. CNU is more concerned about little things, rather than huge things that actually can affect a student's future.
The biggest problem at CNU is the people. The admissions office take too much pride in who they accept, which are all white, religious, and rich students. There is little diversity and anyone who leans slightly to the Democratic side is considered an outcast. If you're white, loves God, and comes from a family of money, CNU is perfect for you. If you're diverse, slightly liberal, and not fully rich, I suggest not even to consider this school. I ended up transferring out of here because I could not stand the cliques, high school tactics, not being challenged in the education, and being subjected to being considered different for being a Democrat (although the President is a Democrat).
|Dec 13 2009|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2013 |
| There is clearly still someone that is with the CNU administration writing reviews. The two below me are prime examples! I honestly can not stand CNU and I am not the only one here that hates it. It is a tiny campus with nothing to do. The parties are so exclusive students travel to ODU to party. The girls here are snobby and stuck up. The classes are good but I know there are better VA schools. I've heard that it is hard for CNU graduates to get jobs because of how little known this school is. I am transferring out next year. |
|Mar 23 2010|| Male --
Class 2000 |