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About Norwich University

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.

An organization’s legacy is defined by what the organization contributes to society over its lifetime.

Frankly, there are only a few schools that have a legacy as long or as influential as Norwich’s. There were only a few schools in existence in 1819 when Alden Partridge started the institution. But Norwich’s legacy isn’t great just because of longevity — more important is what the organization has done in its lifetime.

Norwich has always been the innovator in American Education. Actually the American System of Education started at Norwich. Yes, the most advanced and successful education system in the world, the education students throughout the world seek, the education system that has literally transformed civilization into modern society, started at Norwich.

That’s a big accomplishment. But it’s certainly not the only one, as Norwich does not rest on its laurels. This institution has a mission, a job to do, and the people of Norwich take it seriously. We are here to serve this great nation and educate students who will become leaders in business, government, and the military in order to advance the causes of the Republic, ensure its continued freedom, and develop the economic, political and social infrastructure of this new century.

More firsts: Sometimes Norwich does things that are unconventional or buck the status quo. In 1974, we admitted women to the Corps of Cadets. That does not sound like a big deal now, but in 1974, it was downright revolutionary. It has proved a difficult and unpopular move for other military colleges, but Norwich did it right — and it was the right thing to do.

Norwich is accustomed to being first, a tradition that continues today. Norwich was one of the first institutions — and certainly the smallest — to receive the National Security Agency’s designation as a Center of Excellence in Information Security Education. Why? Because that is what the nation desperately needed and will need for many years to come.

Norwich was the first private college in the nation to teach engineering. Why? Because that is what the nation needed in 1819. While other institutions of higher education concentrated on classical studies, Norwich was marching its students out into the field to study civil engineering and other practical sciences, as well as literature and modern languages. The young nation needed bridges, agricultural innovation, graduates who were savvy in commerce and about the world, and people who could lead militarily if needed. Norwich met all of those needs in a time when such a curriculum was considered experimental. But Norwich’s system of balanced and useful education soon became the norm — in fact, the pattern — for the great American System of Education.

In 1820, our collegiate military band was created, the first of its kind in the nation and the oldest to date. Norwich also has the distinction of being the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). In addition, Norwich was the one of the first schools in the nation to admit international students.

A university’s legacy is also measured by the impact of its graduates.

Norwich graduates helped build the nation, whether it was the chief engineer that connected the Pacific and Atlantic coasts with the railroad, fathers of industrial tycoons, leaders in famous battles, or developers of the nation’s banking system. Current graduates include the former CEO of NBC, the CEO of the nation’s most prominent accounting and consulting firm, a partner in one of the world’s premier brokerage and investment houses, the former chief of staff of the Army, the owner of one of the defense industry’s most important contracting companies, the general partner of one of the nation’s premiere engineering and construction companies, etc., etc. These were graduates who were balanced thinkers, good communicators, had hands-on experience in their fields while still in college, and who had faculty that cared for them and would never quit on them. Norwich’s graduates do great things because they are challenged at this university. Rigorous, hands-on academics complemented by a military lifestyle for cadets and challenging co-curricular activities for traditional students ensures that graduates can handle most of what comes their way in the real world.

TOP 7% in ROI: Norwich ranks in uppermost tier of 4,500 U.S. colleges for long-term value, Georgetown University study says.

Finally, legacy can be measured by the pride people have in their alma mater.

One of the first things people will tell you about Norwich is that it loves its alumni and its alumni love it. Few university alumni groups display the kind of camaraderie that Norwich alumni have, both with one another and with the institution. This pride, this bond, and this fraternity of graduates stand out on the landscape of higher education. When you become part of Norwich University, you join a distinguished, established family and part of a tradition of innovation, dedication and distinction.

“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.

Our U.S. students take advantage of CityLAB:Berlin, an instructional location in Germany, and a host of partner programs for education abroad and international service learning on all six continents. For the full breadth of our international offerings, contact the NU International Center

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 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.

  • “No one cared about my gender or physiological capabilities,” Bernheim said, reflecting on Army Ranger School. “They cared that I did the work.” Read More
    Rebekah “Rose” Bernheim ’14 10th Woman in U.S. History to Graduate Army Ranger School
  • “When it came time to expand Studio 355, I made a conscious effort to hire Norwich graduates because I know what they were taught...” Read More
    Joe Fisher 10 & M’11 Founder, Studio 355 Architecture
  • “I love that a small chunk of the research I’m doing will go toward the reduction of nutrients in the ocean and cleaning the water.” Read More
    Elizabeth Ells ’18 Graduate Student in Oceanography, UMass-Dartmouth
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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). Learn more about Norwich University’s NECHE 2020 Comprehensive Report here.
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

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at Norwich University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education — ccneaccreditation.org.

The program is also approved by the Vermont Board of Nursing.

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, BS in Management and BS in Accounting are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

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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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