Norwich University again in top tier in U.S. News & World Report rankings

Norwich University has reaffirmed its position in the top tier of the US News & World Report's 2005 annual rankings of Best Universities-Master's North. The Best Universities-Master's North category evaluates schools in New England, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, D.C., Delaware and Pennsylvania that offer a full range of undergraduate and master's programs.

The US News & World Report school rankings are determined by a variety of factors which include financial data, information on admissions rates, class sizes, graduation rates, and a peer evaluation in which the president, the chief academic and admissions officers are asked to rate other schools on the list. The peer evaluation is the largest single factor in the rankings, accounting for 25 percent of a school's total score.

This year, Norwich improved in several categories, including "average freshmen retention, average graduate rate and percentage of full-time faculty."

"While we are pleased to go up in several categories in this prestigious ranking, we recognize we still have a lot of work to do," said Norwich President Richard Schneider. "Our strategic plan - NU2019 - maps out goals and improvements in every area of the University over the next 15 years as we approach the 200th anniversary of the founding of Norwich. We will continue to offer new initiatives and make improvements to make Norwich University a premiere academic and leadership institution."

One initiative currently offered by Norwich University is the "You Earned It" scholarship program, which enables students who rank in the top of their high school class to attend Norwich at a substantially discounted tuition rate. Norwich has also increased study-abroad initiatives, with scholarships from the Dr. A. Francis Politi International Fund and the Chase Fund supporting travel/study abroad for both faculty and students.