Now, we are 3rd in state for Avg SAT scores behind W&M and UVA. It keeps getting tougher and tougher to recruit.
For public schools. An important distinction. CNU is a good public school, but there are a few D3 privates in VA that are tougher to recruit to from an academic standpoint. W&L is in it's own category, but H-SC, and Bridgewater have lower acceptance rates than CNU, and H-SC, Bridgewater and R-MC have basically the same accepted SAT/ACT scores. If you want to play at the D3 level, and are looking for public school affordability, CNU is your ONLY option in VA. That is a pretty good advantage that the public NJAC schools don't possess.
None of that takes away from my respect for CNU as a school. It is a very good one and absolutely on the upswing. I'd still rank them fourth among Virginia public schools, UVa, W&M, JMU, CNU/GMU, depending on your interests of course, but that list is nothing to sneeze at. Throw in Va Tech, VCU, and VMI and if I could find a job, I'd move to Va so my kids could go to the state university system. It's one of the best in the nation in my opinion.