CNU started out as a local school, perfect for the community in which it was located. They had a large number of night classes, and many of the students worked at Newport News Shipbuilding. Christopher Newport's acceptance rate was quite high then; even those who didn't do well in high school were accepted.
The school continued to value the local community members until about 2000 or so, when they began focusing more on out-of-state students (more money, you know).
CNU has grown too big for its britches. It is not a high-ranked school, and is not a national university. They allow incoming freshmen to turn in application fee waivers, but refuse to accept such waivers for transfer students. What this means is that if you don't have the money to begin with, they don't want you.
You will be hard-pressed to find another school that will not allow a student with financial difficulties to have a fee waiver. Most colleges allow such students fee waivers.
Do yourself a favor: if you are considering CNU, check out Old Dominion University first; they treat transfer students well, have merit scholarships, allow app fee waivers and are just a better school all around. Old Dominion University also has more programs that are more competitive than those at CNU.
CNU is just not the friendly, welcoming place that it used to be; it is focused on money and the students who bring more money. Exhaust all of your other possibilities before choosing Christopher Newport University.