NEWPORT NEWS — Christopher Newport University‘s new Community Captains program with the city’s public schools will give 75 high school sophomores early admission to the university starting next spring.
Students must be first generation college students or qualify for free or reduced lunch and have a 3.4 GPA or 1150 PSAT score.
According to CNU’s announcement, the students get a college mentor, access to on-campus programs and as a senior, can take a free statistics class for college credit.
If students meet high school graduation requirement and maintain their GPA, CNU will offer admission to the university.
Students will not receive a scholarship as part of the program but to offset the tuition cost and fess, CNU started a Create a Community Captain fundraiser.
CNU will pay for the free statistics course and on-campus programs and Newport News Public Schools will screen and monitor the students, in addition to providing transportation, said Jim Hanchett, public relations for CNU.
It is not clear how much the program will cost.
“There’s no cumulative number since the expenses are divided between several offices and functions,” Hanchett wrote in an email. “The costs haven’t been calculated yet because we won’t see the first students until the spring.”