Founded in 1960 and recognized as a university in 1992, Christopher Newport University is situated on a beautiful 260-acre campus in Newport News, Virginia. The James River is within walking distance and the historic city offers numerous attractions and things to do.
The university was named after Captain Christopher Newport, as was the city of Newport News. Newport was an English sailor and pirate who captained three of the largest ships carrying settlers to the Jamestown area. He is also the university’s mascot and the athletics organization is known as the Captains.