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Nearly 200 Years—Learn More About Norwich

Expect Challenge. Achieve Distinction.

About Norwich University

For nearly 200 years, Norwich University’s guiding values and mission have helped create an atmosphere of excellence. We are the nation’s oldest private military college and the birthplace of ROTC, serving a diverse student body that reflects the world today.

Two thirds of our residential students join our Corps of Cadets, challenging themselves physically, mentally, and morally to excel as leaders in a structured military-style environment.

We also serve civilian residential and commuter students and a large online graduate and continuing-education student body.

Norwich faculty and staff challenge all of our students to push themselves academically, socially, and as leaders to realize their full potential. Our graduates build upon their Norwich educations to launch or grow careers and make outsized contributions to their communities, the nation, and the world.

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Welcome to the Norwich website. I am glad that you stopped by for a look at our campus, our students, our academics, and our great student life activities.

Norwich is a very distinctive place on the landscape of higher education.

Norwich’s mission statement is one of the most unique statements found in higher education.

We know exactly who we are, why we are here, and where we are going. We are able to be very specific:

Norwich is unusual in higher education because we actually do focus in on a set of values.

We stand for something, and it is our intention that all students, faculty, and staff will be guided by these values.

Few American institutions of higher learning as old as Norwich University still closely adhere to the educational principles of its founders.

New Frontiers in Education

  • Norwich was the first private institution in the country to teach engineering.
  • Norwich was the first of all private military colleges in the nation.
  • Norwich was the birthplace of ROTC.

A Tradition of Innovation

There are more than 3,500 colleges in the USA from which to choose. How is Norwich University different from them, and does it matter? The answer depends on what you want from your college experience.

Norwich University’s campus is nestled in the Green Mountains of central Vermont, USA. Montpelier, the state capital, is about a half-hour drive from the college.

The infrastructure for active-learning requires a new architecture for student success in today’s and tomorrow’s world. 

Norwich University, acting in compliance with the Student Right to Know Act, connects consumers to the data we are required to submit to the Department of Education/National Center for Education Statistics/IPEDS (found on the College Navigator site). Information found on College Navigator will contain the most recent publicaly released enrollment, retention, graduation rates, (and other information) released by the Department of Education on Norwich’s behalf.

Norwich University is governed by its Board of Trustees, the President of the University, and the senior leadership team, which includes the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, the Chief Financial Officer, the Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations, the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, the Vice President of Marketing and Communications, the Chief Administrative Officer and the Special Advisor to the President. These leaders carry out the direction set for the University by the president.

“To give our youth an education that shall be American in its character – to enable them to act as well as to think – to execute as well as to conceive – to tolerate all opinions when reason is left free to combat them – to make moral, patriotic, efficient, and useful citizens, and to qualify them for all those high responsibilities resting upon a citizen in this free republic.”

Internationalized Education

Norwich University values and actively supports opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to be globally engaged.

We host a diverse student body of international students who come to Norwich to pursue their academic goals.

We support our faculty by empowering them to travel, teach, and engage in research overseas to build intercultural proficiency and incorporate international perspectives into their teaching.

Success After Norwich

Norwich students turn their passions and experiences into real-world opportunities, internships and careers, thanks to one-on-one career advising, academic mentoring and a network of thousands of alumni and parents ready to offer advice and networking.

Norwich’s 24,000-plus alumni span the globe, living and leading as entrepreneurs, advancing science and technology, improving communities and serving our nation’s military. Their affinity for Norwich extends to every student and graduate, and they’ll do all that they can to help.

  • “3M scientists and engineers have applied science to life, developing products that solve problems in new and imaginative ways.”
    Innovator Alex Mathies ’99 3M Quality Engineer/Analytical Chemist
  • “Norwich taught me the skills I needed to better myself, become a leader and pursue my dreams of becoming a physical education teacher and coach.”
    Educator Kacey Abbriano ’12 K8 Physical Education Teacher
  • “Expect challenge, achieve distinction has been a driving force in my academic and military endeavors. The Corps taught me to never stand still and my drive to excel and make a difference is what fuels my everyday life.”
    Navy Researcher Joseph Landry ’08 Naval Undersea Medical Institute Radiation Health Officer
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Accreditation and Recognition

Norwich University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. — the nation’s oldest regional accrediting body - through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE).
Regional Accreditation Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education—formally known as New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
Program Accreditation Norwich University's master's program in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Program Accreditation Norwich University's MBA program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.
National Recognition The National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security have designated Norwich University as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.
Professional Accreditation Norwich University's Project Management concentration in both the MBA and Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance programs is accredited by the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).
State Authorization Norwich University has been approved by the Vermont Agency of Education to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). Participation in NC-SARA provides Norwich University with reciprocity to offer online/distance learning programs to residents of the other NC-SARA states.
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