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Christopher Newport University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityD+ Faculty AccessibilityB
Useful SchoolworkB Excess CompetitionB
Academic SuccessC Creativity/ InnovationF
Individual ValueA University Resource UseC-
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA+ FriendlinessA
Campus MaintenanceA+ Social LifeB+
Surrounding CityA- Extra CurricularsB+
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Quite Bright
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He cares more about Creativity/ Innovation than the average student.
Date: Jan 03 2005
Major: Computer Science (This Major's Salary over time)
CNU is a good place to go for a degree if you don't want to do a lot of work. I was accepted into the engineering program at VT, but turned it down to come to CNU. I didn't want to spend my college years working all the time. I like all the free time I have now to go the beach or Busch Gardens or just go chill with friends. On average I do 1 or 2 hours of homework a week.

CNU is really what you make of it. Don't get wrapped up in administrative issues. Do a lot of stuff outside the classroom - I mean when else in your life are you going to have the opportunity to write and direct a play or have a radio show, be in an intermural softball/flag football/soccer league, or compose a piece of music and have in performed by skilled musicians? Don't worry about the dry campus rule - if you are smart about anything you can get away with it here.

I think a lot of the professors are overly friendly and don't really demand respect. A lot of class time is dedicated to class discussions. If thats your thing you should love it. Personally, I'd rather just learn what needs to be learned and learn how to apply it and move on with life. I'd rather not do things like dwell on how a given author's definition of "liberal arts" makes me feel inside. But CNU is all about soft sciences. We even read a story book throughout physics class.

The dorms are nice and the food isn't as bad as some people would like you to believe. It's actually pretty good and there is a decent variety most nights. I can honestly say I've had the best steak of my life at a CNU dining hall.

One thing everyone should realize is that CNU is all about looks. I spent time working for the grounds crew on campus. I remember being there at 6am after thunderstorms with a leaf blower, blowing leaves off the sidewalks so there would be no trace of the storm visable to waking students on the campus. Its a Disney-like place in that respect - if you drop a piece of trash on the ground it will be picked up by someone who works there within a few hours. The president even picks up trash in the parking lot on his way in and out of work everyday. He is the one who cares so deeply about the way things look - he even sports a combover to apply that principle to his own life. I give him a lot of credit though. The president is a great cheerleader for the college. You would think that CNU is going to be the next Harvard the way he talks about it. But in reality, its a really non-cohesive place. You will take a lot of diverse classes, but there is really nothing to tie them all together - even within most majors.

My advice to students is to move off campus ASAP. You can live off campus and buy your own food for 12 months for what room and board costs at CNU for 9 months. Join a lot of clubs. Be smart about drinking and partying cause the CNU Police are an arrogant bunch.

The campus is going to be really nice in a few years once all these bulidings are done. Good luck on getting in as the college becomes more and more selective. I hope you all find this informative.

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