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Chowan University is Christian.

Many private Christian schools have a historical relationship with a church or denomination (so does Chowan; we are the 2nd oldest Baptist university in North Carolina), but our commitment to be a small, Christian university means much more to us than just a historical relationship. Faith is a significant part of the Chowan experience. We have a robust campus ministry team, are active in building relationships with churches, seek to promote a Christian worldview, and take our commitment to Christian, higher education very seriously. We also have an expectation that our students, faculty, and staff behavior in a matter that reflects Christian morals and principles.

We also seek God's blessing and guidance on our decisions and direction for this university, God's university, which God raised-up in 1848.

Chowan University has less 1000 students.

  •  This means that the Chowan family knows students personally.
  • Students are not just "numbers" at Chowan. They are people made in the image of God.
  • Students come from over twenty-states and 10 foreign countries.
  • 55% of our students are male. 45% of our students are female.
  • Our students represent various Christian denominations: Baptists, Catholics, Methodists, Presbyterians, Pentecostals, and others. All faiths are welcome.

The student to faculty ratio is 15:1.

  • The average freshmen class size is 20.
  • Classes in the students major are often times less than 10 students!
  • Unlike many state universities, Chowan University faculty teaches ALL classes.

Compete for the HAWKS in NCAA Division II sports , plus cheerleading:

Men's Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Cheerleading

Women's Sports

  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Cheerleading

Chowan University is affordable.

  • A recent study indicated that the average student paid $7,000 out-of-pocket to attend.
  • Compare this to the actual "price" which is approximately $15,950 per year for tuition and $6,890 for room, board, and fees.

Chowan University does not charge out-of-state tuition.

  • Almost 50% of our students are from Virginia and these students are charged the same tuition as North Carolina residents.
  • Over 98% of all students receive financial assistance.
  • Most of our scholarships reward students with GPAs over a 2.5 and SAT scores over a 900 (Math and Critical Reading).
  • The first step in the scholarship search at Chowan is to apply for admission, receive an offer of acceptance, and to schedule a campus visit.

Chowan is located in a rural area, yet close to everything! Located in the small community of Murfreesboro, NC, Chowan University is a short drive to:

  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • The Outer Banks, NC
  • Colonial Williamsburg, VA
  • Busch Gardens Amusement Park
  • Paramount's Kings Dominion Amusement Park
  • Historic Lighthouses of the Outer Banks, NC
  • Roanoke Rapids and the Randy Parton Theater
  • Wright Brother's Memorial
  • Water Country, USA
  • Historic Edenton, NC
  • Hampton Roads, VA

You can go to class on Friday morning and then.

  • hit the beaches at the Outer Banks Friday afternoon.
  • then ride the roller coasters at Busch Gardens all day Saturday.
  • wake up and attend church Sunday morning.
  • and then head to Virginia Beach Sunday afternoon.

And never need a hotel room! Just stay in your residence hall.

Build confidence, develop your leadership skills, and build your resume in over 50 campus organizations, theatre@chowan, and study abroad. At Chowan, students can become leaders even if they never held a leadership role in high school.

Study abroad. Gain valuable cultural experiences and insights and even earn academic credit in Jerusalem, Istanbul, Cairo, Milan, Bethlehem, Rome, Paris, Venice, Athens, Egypt, Italy, Israel, Turkey, and other international locations.

Chowan offers over 60 academic programs. Click here for complete list.

Your degree at Chowan has value. For over 150 years, Chowan has produced distinguished alumni. Chowan has alumni who are ministers, attorneys, doctors, teachers, judges, coaches, college professors, professional athletes, and business owners. They have paved the way for you. 

Q: Where is Chowan University located?
A: Chowan University is located in Northeastern North Carolina in Murfreesboro. The 300+ acre campus is just 30 minutes off I-95 at the Roanoke Rapids exit. You can drive to Virginia Beach in about an hour and the Outer Banks of North Carolina are 2 hours from campus.

The town of Murfreesboro is a small community that rallies abound the campus. Chowan has the best of both worlds: a small, safe community yet the major cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach are only a short drive away. You can also be at the beach in about an hour!

To schedule your campus visit, click here.

Q: How do I schedule my visit?
A: Simply contact the Admissions Office at 1-888-4-CHOWAN or e-mail Shellie Saxby at saxbys@chowan.edu. Shellie will help you plan your visit.

Q: When can I visit Chowan University?
A: We are open for visitors every day except Sunday and on most holidays. We encourage you to visit while classes are in session so you can see students in action and get a true feel for the Chowan community. If you prefer to visit on a Saturday, we have CU Saturday visitation days one time per month in the fall. For information about CU Saturdays, click here.

Q: What can I do on my campus visit?
A: You will learn more about your academic program of interest from faculty, you will receive tips on financial assistance from the financial aid office, your admissions counselor will give you insights on how to navigate the enrollment process, and you will learn about the Chowan University on a campus tour. If you are interested in competing in one of 11 Division II athletic teams, the Admissions Office can also arrange for you to meet with a coach or a member of the Athletic Department.

Q: What majors are offered at Chowan?
A: Click here for a list of academic programs.

Q: How many students attend Chowan University?
A: Chowan University is one of the fastest growing universities in North Carolina. For the fall 2006, 1000 students will attend Chowan University from over 20 states and 10 countries. They compete in 11 NCAA Division II athletic teams and are studying in over 63 academic programs.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: While the "price" may be the same for every student, the actual "cost" varies from student to student. To explain, merit scholarships, athletic scholarships, talent scholarships, and aid determined by the FAFSA can make the cost per student vary greatly.

For example, a recent study indicated that the average student paid $7,000 out-of-pocket (cost) to attend Chowan University. Compare this to the actual "price" which is approximately $15,950 per year for tuition and $6,890 for room, board, and fees. Over 98% of students receive financial assistance!

Q: How do I apply for scholarships?
A: The first step in the scholarship application process is to apply for admission. When you have completed the application process, your Admissions Counselor will notify you of an admissions decision and your scholarship eligibility. To apply for admission, click here.

Involved in a leadership role in your high school clubs or sports? Church youth group? You could be eligible for the Chowan University Leadership Scholars. Click here for more info.

Q: Do you offer athletic scholarships?
Chowan University Hawks compete at the NCAA Division II level and offers athletic scholarships. Students interested in competing for the Hawks are encouraged to Apply for admission, to schedule a campus visit, and to view the NCAA compliance regulations.

Click here to check out Chowan University Hawks athletics site.

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