Christopher Newport University is a liberal arts college located in the town of Newport News, Virginia, and the Chesapeake bay area town is known for its ship-making industry and numerous military facilities. The university itself is named for the English seaman who was an original founder of the Jamestown colony. Founded in 1960, it is one of the most recently established higher learning institutions in the tristate area.
Undergraduate programmes at CNU are offered across liberal arts, sciences and business. In its regional location as the birthplace of the modern United States students may be tempted to take the American Studies course, which offers concentrations in the Humanities, Constitutional Studies and Social Science.
CNU also offers three highly regarded graduate programmes; an MS in applied physics with computer science, an MS in environmental science, and an MA in teaching. In the past students on the physics and computer science programme have been given the opportunity to be part of funded research at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, and the NASA Langley Research Centre.
The CNU Trible Library has gone under an expansion process in recent years, and its services are now also associated with the Virginia-wide Virtual Library, and Tidewater Consortium for reciprocal direct borrowing between institutions. Also based at Trible is the Maritime Museum Library, which houses the largest collection of maritime history in the Western world, containing over 1.75 million items from manuscripts to vessel blueprints.
Among those to have attended CNU are creator of the webcomic xkcd Randall Munroe, cartoonist Colleen Doran, professional e-sports gamer William ‘Meteos’ Hartman, and software developer Sam Ruby.