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. Our graduates build upon their Norwich educations to launch or grow careers and make outsized contributions to their communities, the nation, and the world.
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
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 from the university, and Boston, New York, and Montreal are just a few hours’ drive. The Northfield campus is small, safe, and community-oriented. This year, Norwich is home to students from 40 states and 38 countries from across the globe.
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 campus demonstrates the institution’s commitment to engaged teaching and learning.
“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
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.
Our U.S. students take advantage of CityLAB:Berlin, an instructional location in Germany, as well as a host of partner programs for education abroad and international service learning on all six continents. For the full breadth of our international offerings, please contact the NU International Center.
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 27,000-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 love to come back, give back, and pay it forward.