Coming Soon in America’s Best Kept College Secrets: Third Edition
Christopher Newport University is impossibly gorgeous!
Oh, and it’s a fantastic bargain!
Oh, and students love it
Christopher Newport looks like a movie set; the individual buildings are truly impressive, the design of the entire campus is elegant and purposeful. Many of the largest buildings are red brick and neo-Georgian, as might be expected at a university patterned at the outset after the College of William and Mary, but the newly constructed (well, it’s all fairly newly constructed) Ferguson Center for the Arts was designed by Pei Cobb Freed and Partners, the firm directed by I.M. Pei, architects of the Kennedy Library, the Hancock Building, and, oh yeah, the expansion of the Louvre.
Imagine a university of about five thousand, dedicated to the teaching of undergraduates, offering modern and comfortable suite-style dormitory accommodations, remarkable facilities in every area of academic, residential, and athletic life, and one of the most strikingly handsome campuses in the nation. Christopher Newport may be a best kept secret today, but it is rising so quickly that this university will soon be among the most highly respected.
I’ll be describing many of the exceptional physical qualities of the university, but first, I hope to communicate something of the exceptional character of the student body and the warmth with which any visitor to this campus will be met. The phrase students use to describe their habitual and cheerful greeting of each other is “door-holding”, and they do hold doors and greet each other with pleasure as they cross this expansive campus. Some of the courtesy and good cheer arrives with the students, but some portion derives from the pride students take in their university and the gratitude they feel in attending CNU. The sense of appreciation and pride is palpable and extremely unusual in a public institution.