Information for School Counselors

We greatly value the work you do as a school counselor. We hope this page will be helpful in finding the information you need regarding Chowan University.  Please contact us with any questions by phone toll-free at 1-888-4-CHOWAN, local at 252-398-6230, or by email at We are more than happy to help!

About Chowan University

Chowan University is a Christian educational institution founded in 1848 by Baptist families and named Chowan – which means “people of the south” – to honor the Native American Algonquin Chowanook tribe. For over 170 years, Chowan has enjoyed a long and distinguished tradition of faith and education in Northeastern NC.

Chowan University, grounded in its Christian faith, transforms the lives of students of promise, as her mission

Many of our students are first-generation college students. Because of Chowan’s commitment to individual attention in a Christian environment, these students thrive here. 

Chowan University is committed to serving average students. By “average,” we mean students with a GPA from 2.25-3.25 and “average” SAT scores (around 880 on the new SAT or 800 two-part on the old SAT). Students below these criteria may be admitted if they show a commitment to the Chowan University experience and academic potential.

The Honors College at Chowan University is designed to offer attractive and challenging opportunities for intellectual growth to well-prepared and highly motivated students. The college has both curricular and extracurricular components. The Honors College Committee will normally consider for acceptance into the program any freshman who enters college with at least a 3.25 high school grade point average and at least 1170 on the new or 1100 two-part on the old or higher SAT score. Transfer students and Chowan rising sophomores must have earned at least a 3.50 GPA and a B in English composition.

We strongly encourage all students and their families to visit campus throughout the admissions process. You can learn about our campus visit options here.

The Chowan University community seeks to believe in and to live out the teachings of Jesus Christ. This goal is accomplished through the mentoring, ministry, and teaching of Christian faculty and staff, and mission and service experiences on campus, in the community, in the United States, and around the world. Our pastoral campus ministry team provides opportunities for students to grow in their faith while also meeting the needs of others. Local, national, and international mission trips, discipleship, residence hall Bible studies, mentoring, and lots of one-on-one attention and prayer give students a transformative education. 

All students who seek to complete their degree at Chowan University must enroll in an introductory course about the Bible. Students must also attend a handful of Perspectives events that are offered weekly, which involve holistic presentations and lectures, religious celebrations, theatrical performances, and other Chowan community-related events. We are not here to indoctrinate anyone but to show them the Christian way of life as revealed in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Non-Christian students and students from other religious traditions are respected and welcomed here and thrive in this environment.

Helping your Students Visit Chowan

Encouraging a campus visit is the best way to help your students determine if Chowan University is a good fit. Located in the historic Inner Banks of North Carolina, we are in close proximity to Hampton Roads, VA, the Outer Banks of NC, and Raleigh-Durham. Our campus is 450+ acres and includes a beautifully landscaped lawn and the historic McDowell Columns Building, constructed in 1851 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Our small college town provides a safe place to learn and thrive, all while being in close proximity to abundant resources.  

Students can choose to attend a group open house (known as CU Visit Day) or schedule an Individual Visit. Students can register online or by calling 1-888-4-CHOWAN or 252-398-6230. Students also have the opportunity to apply for and attend Chowan Scholarship Day to earn up to $24,000 in scholarships.  

Group Visit

We are more than happy to accommodate a group visit from your high school during the week.  To begin the process you can call us to learn more at 252-398-6230 or by completing an interest form at 

Help your Students Apply to Chowan

At Chowan University, we value the work that you do and if you refer a student to the University (which they will note in the why you are applying field) their application fee will be waived! 

Students are accepted on a rolling basis. In an effort to admit students who fit Chowan University, every application is reviewed on an individual basis with emphasis on the applicant's high school grade point average, high school class rank, course curriculum, SAT 1 and/or ACT score(s), and extracurricular activities, including community service and church involvement. Recommendations and essays are not required.  

Students will have a personal admissions counselor to assist them in navigating each step of the admissions process, including scholarships, financial aid, housing, and class registration. Applicants will be notified of an admission and merit scholarship decision within 72 hours of a completed file. 

Chowan University is committed to equality of opportunity in all areas of education and does not practice or condone discrimination in any form against applicants or students on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability.