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Celebrating 200 Years—Learn More About Norwich


Expect Challenge. Achieve Distinction.

About Norwich University

For 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’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.

Norwich is unusual in higher education because we focus in on a set of defined and shared values. We stand for something.

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 comprises five colleges: the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of National Services, the College of Professional Schools, and the College of Science and Mathematics. You will find much interdisciplinary thought and dialogue among our colleges. We invite you to explore what each has to offer and discover the contribution you want to make to the evolving discussions.

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 Northfield campus is small, safe, and community-oriented, and Boston, New York, and Montreal are just a few hours’ drive. Norwich is one of few Vermont colleges that attract students from 40 states and 29 foreign countries who come to call the campus home.

The infrastructure for active learning requires a new architecture for student success in today’s and tomorrow’s world. Advances in technology open new possibilities for how faculty teach and how students learn. Taken together, Norwich University’s physical plant demonstrates the institution’s commitment to engaged teaching and learning. 

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.

“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.”

First Published — 1843 Catalog

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

Regional Accreditation Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), known formerly as the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC).
National Recognition The National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security have designated Norwich University as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.
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.
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).
Program Accreditation Norwich University's master's program in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Program Accreditation Norwich University's Civil Engineering & Environmental Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
Program Accreditation Norwich University's Architecture program is accredited by the National Architecture Accreditation Board.
Program Accreditation Norwich University is a member of the Associate of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
Program Accreditation Norwich University is a member of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium.
Program Accreditation Norwich University's MBA program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.
Athletic Program Norwich University's Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
Education Programs Norwich University's education preparation programs are accredited by Vermont’s Agency of Education’s Result’s Oriented Program Approval (ROPA)
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Norwich University admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.