Early Action Regular Decision
Deadline: December 1 Deadline: March 1
Because Early Action is non-binding, you should This is the final deadline for freshman applications.
consider taking advantage of this option to receive Given the volume of applications we receive, we
an early application review. In addition, outstanding strongly encourage you to submit your application
applicants applying Early Action will be given well in advance of this deadline.
priority consideration for academic scholarships
and the President’s Leadership Program.
Admissions Notification Completing an Application
CNU operates on a modified rolling admissions basis. An application will be considered complete and ready
As soon as your completed application is received, it is for review once we have received the following components:
reviewed, and we will attempt to notify you of your status • Complete and signed application.
in a timely manner. In some cases, students not offered • $45 nonrefundable application fee made out to CNU.
admission initially, but presenting competitive applications, Online applicants may pay using a credit card. Students
will be deferred for additional consideration. In these seeking a fee waiver should consult with their high
instances, students are given an opportunity to submit school guidance department.
supplemental information. • Official high school transcript. Please give the
Secondary School Report Form to your guidance office
Application Options to include with your transcript.
• Official SAT and/or ACT scores. Please arrange to have
While you may choose to submit either an online or
all of your test scores sent to us. CNU’s SAT code is
paper application, we encourage you to apply online. Both 5128, and our ACT code is 4345. Students applying
versions of the application can be found on our website at through our optional standardized test plan should refer
http://admissions.cnu.edu. to the directions on the following page.
• The Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates, if you
Student E-mail Address are applying for in-state tuition rates.
Because we often communicate with students through
In addition to the required components, you are
e-mail, please be sure to regularly check the e-mail address
welcome to take advantage of any of the following optional
you provide in the application and to adjust any filters to
supplements to the application:
accept e-mail from CNU.
• A personal recommendation, preferably from a teacher
in a core subject area.
• Any other information you would like the admissions
committee to be aware of as we review your application.
Any information sent to the Admissions Office should clearly
include your full name and date of birth.
Students with special talents in the fine and performing
arts should visit our website http://admissions.cnu.edu for
guidelines on appropriate submissions.
Students planning to play for one of our NCAA varsity
athletic teams should consult the website
http://athletics.cnu.edu for the name of the coach you wish
With an average class size of 25 students, CNU has much to contact.
smaller classes than most public universities, and no
classes are taught by graduate teaching assistants.
Standardized Test Optional Plan Admission to CNU is selective, and we anticipate more than
8,000 applications for only 1,200 spaces in the entering class.
Students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 or rank in the
We look for students who display the ability and desire to
upper 10% of their classes have the option of whether to submit
benefit from a rigorous and rewarding academic environment.
standardized test scores (SAT or ACT). If you meet the above
CNU places a great emphasis on curriculum and looks with
criteria, and do not want standardized test scores to be used
favor on Honors, AP, IB and dual-enrollment courses. The
in the evaluation of your application, please indicate this on the
University also seeks students with demonstrated leadership
appropriate section in the application. Applicants choosing not
ability, a commitment to service and pride in their communities,
to submit standardized test scores are strongly encouraged to
exemplary talents and diverse life experiences.
submit at least one recommendation from a teacher in a core
subject area. Home-schooled applicants, students attending International Students
schools outside the United States, and students wishing to
All citizens of countries other than the United States should
be considered for the Honors Program and the President’s
refer to the Admissions website http://admissions.cnu.edu/
Leadership Program must submit standardized test scores.
forinternationalstudents.cfm for information on additional
Admission Criteria application requirements. All applicants who are not native
speakers of English are required to submit results from the Test
To apply for admission, freshman applicants should pursue a
of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
rigorous college preparatory program such as the Advanced
Studies Diploma (ASD) in Virginia. Curriculum guidelines Transfer Admission
Students who have graduated from secondary school and
– 4 units of English
taken coursework at a post-secondary institution must apply
– 4 units of math, with at least Algebra 1, Geometry and
as transfer students. Information on the transfer application
Algebra II required
and admission process can be found on the CNU website or
– 4 units of History and Social Studies
by contacting the Registrar’s Office, http://registrar.cnu.edu.
– 3 or 4 units of laboratory science
– 3 units of one foreign language (preferred),
or 2 units each of two foreign languages
Scholarship Programs and Financial Aid Information
President’s Leadership Program Honors students may qualify for renewable academic
scholarships of $5,000 per year. Other Honors scholarships are
Students with an exceptional record of academic achievement
available for upper-class students based on GPA and major.
and extra-curricular involvement are encouraged to apply
Honors students are encouraged to develop a high level of
to the President’s Leadership Program. Participants in this
academic initiative and to take advantage of opportunities
program have the opportunity to receive benefits including:
ranging from small, specially designed classes to overseas
• $1,000, $2,000, or $5,000 scholarships per year of study
travel, undergraduate research and participation in national
• Priority registration and housing conferences. Please visit http://honors.cnu.edu for more
• Up to $2,000 for stipends to study abroad information about the Honors Program.
• Unique internship and networking opportunities
• An academic minor in Leadership Studies Office of Financial Aid
A personal, on-campus interview is required to apply to the CNU awards more than $20 million in financial aid each year in
program, along with a separate application. More information the form of grants, scholarships, loans and college work-study
about this program, including the application, can be found at programs. To receive priority consideration for merit-based
http://presidentsleadership.cnu.edu. programs, such as the President’s Leadership Program and Honors
Program, you should apply for admission by December 1. To apply
for need-based financial aid, you are required to complete the
Honors Program Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available
No separate application is required to apply for the Honors online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. We encourage you to complete
Program. Students with outstanding academic credentials the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1. CNU’s Title IV
will automatically be invited to join the Honors Program code is 003706. You can visit the Office of Financial Aid on the
based on their initial admission applications. Some Freshman web at http://financialaid.cnu.edu.