Expect Challenge. Achieve Distinction.

About Norwich University

Norwich University is proud to be the birthplace of America’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, having celebrated 100 years of commissioned officer development in 2016.

Our Army, Naval, and Air Force leadership teams are integrated into Norwich University in alignment with the institution’s mission to produce leaders for our nation. Their military-science coursework is a key component of the Corps of Cadets professional development. At Norwich, students in any lifestyle, whether Corps or civilian, have the opportunity to learn about leadership and the military profession. Members of the Norwich Corps of Cadets have chosen a military education path, whether or not they pursue a commission, and civilians who attend find themselves better equipped to understand the military lifestyle and to work with military personnel. There are many opportunities to choose which path and area of service is right for you.

Before your arrival at Norwich, do your homework and check out each service’s website. Talk with friends and family who are in service. Or, simply call a recruiter. Our Norwich ROTC will welcome your call. You may also stop by anytime. As you begin your path at Norwich as a first-year Norwich cadet, or “rook,” you will have face-to-face opportunities to align with a branch of service, and can adjust your service goals as your understanding and professional aims develop. The service ROTC teams work closely together to ensure all Norwich cadets meet their professional goals. We will help guide you along the way.

Norwich University’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AROTC) program is the nation’s oldest ROTC program of any kind. While the training of citizen-soldiers began with Norwich University’s founding in 1819, the Morrill Act of 1862 required land-grant colleges to offer military training to their students. Norwich University was the nation’s first land-grant college. Reserve officer training was formalized in 1917 and Norwich has proudly created officers of distinction and character for America’s Army for more than 100 years.

The Army ROTC cadre at Norwich University is a team of highly skilled, professional officers, noncommissioned officers (NCOs), contractors, and civilians dedicated to the success of every Norwich cadet. The cadre at Norwich, hailing from careers in Special Forces, infantry, armor, military intelligence, logistics, and human resources, has more than 45 combined years of overseas service supporting the global War on Terror. Cadre members have served as battalion and company commanders, platoon leaders and platoon sergeants, leading paratroopers, snipers, and operators of M1 Abrams tanks and artillery. At home, Norwich’s AROTC cadre members have earned multiple graduate and undergraduate degrees while continuing their Army service. Norwich cadets will be mentored by a dedicated, accomplished team of Army professionals as they prepare for military or private sector careers.

The Norwich Army ROTC Pioneer Battalion trains young men and women to be leaders. All cadets living the military lifestyle at Norwich participate in at least four semesters of ROTC before choosing to pursue an officer’s commission or a civilian vocation. Norwich boasts the nation’s highest rate of active-duty commissions and scholarships for contracted Army cadets.

For more than 30 years, the Naval ROTC program at Norwich University has executed its mission to educate and train qualified young men and women for commissioned service in the Navy’s unrestricted line, Navy Nurse Corps, and Marine Corps. The NROTC staff at Norwich comprises officers from a wide range of communities who have deployed around the world on ships, submarines, aircraft and on the ground. These officers are ready and able to expose students to multiple aspects of both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.

Students selected to commission through the NROTC program can influence their professional future through their career selection process. Navy option midshipmen may request their occupational designation: surface warfare officer (SWO), submarine warfare officer, special warfare officer (EOD or SEALs), Naval aviator, and Naval flight officer. Navy option midshipmen will be assigned a designator during their senior year. Upon commissioning, they will begin the training pipeline for their assigned designator.

A select few individuals annually receive the opportunity to become a Nurse Corps officer through selection for the highly competitive Nursing Scholarship, awarded during the senior year of high school.

The Marine Corps program is designed to instill the ethos of Marine first and job second. All Marine option midshipmen upon commissioning are designated as ground officers or aviation officers. All ground officers will have the opportunity to earn a designation of their choice into combat arms, combat service support, and aviation support while they attend the Basic School in Quantico, Virginia.

ROTC participants interested in serving as Marine aviators will have the opportunity to earn their designation before commissioning. To qualify, they must pass the Aviation Selection Test Battery (ASTB) and an aviation physical.

The NROTC curriculum is designed to prepare midshipmen for challenges they’ll face as commissioned officers in the Navy or Marine Corps. Midshipmen will take one Naval Science class per semester. The descriptions for these courses are in the Norwich catalog. These classes are open to any Norwich cadet, regardless of commissioning intentions.

Students seeking commissions will also participate in Leadership Laboratory (mil-lab) and physical training (PT) as part of the Naval Battalion. Mil-lab is a two-hour block each week, during which students conduct focused Navy and Marine Corps training outside of the classroom.

Physical fitness is essential for anyone who wishes to serve in the armed services. Midshipmen meet once per week for organized PT and are expected to take personal responsibility for their physical fitness.

The Navy and Marine Corps have additional opportunities for students who don’t receive scholarships before graduating from high school, including three-year and two-year scholarships that students can apply for beginning the spring of their freshman year. This process is highly competitive, with selection being determined nationally. For additional inquires please contact our staff listed below.

Any questions for the Marine Options should be directed towards Capt. Edward Pingel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1 (802) 485-2194. Any questions for the Navy Options should be directed towards LT Andrew Kline at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1 (802) 485-2193.

NROTC Preparatory Scholarship

Application DEADLINE: February 1

Apply for the opportunity to receive the Naval Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (NROTC) Preparatory Scholarship. This scholarship will be given to five potential Midshipmen in the NROTC program who are pursuing a Tier 1 or Tier 2 degree and pursing a commission with the Navy upon graduation.

This opportunity includes five years as a full-time student at Norwich University. In your first year at Norwich, tuition and fees will be covered. Additional financial aid may be provided to supplement additional costs.

If selected for the Norwich NROTC Preparatory Scholarship, the student will have a four-year Navy ROTC National Scholarship reserved for them by the Navy. If the student successfully completes the first year of the preparatory program, including all requirements listed below, then they will be awarded the four-year Navy ROTC National Scholarship, which will cover tuition, fees and provide a monthly stipend. Norwich University will cover room and board for these students with our General I.D. White Scholarship. Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Before starting classes in the Fall semester successfully complete NROTC indoctrination summer training
  • Before starting classes in the Fall semester successfully complete a Department of Defense medical exam
  • Become a member of the Norwich Corps of Cadets
  • Successfully pass the Navy's Physical Fitness Assessment once a semester with a score of “Good Low” or better
  • Achieve a minimum of 2.8 cumulative GPA at Norwich University
  • Agree to the terms of scholarship contract
  • Receive the Professor of Naval Science's recommendation"


Ease the Strain for Paying for College

One of the most stressful complications for college students is finding the money to pay for the thousands of dollars of college-related expenses. The Navy and Marine Corps offers many scholarship options for those looking to gain tuition or housing assistance while pursuing their degree as a full time student. ROTC offers two, three, and four-four scholarships, based on individual cadets' circumstance. Scholarships are competitive at the national or campus level. The Navy ROTC scholarship entitles its recipients to full-tuition assistance or room-and-board reimbursement, as well as a textbook/fee allowance and a monthly stipend to cover the student’s living expenses.

In addition to the scholarship options offered by the Navy and Marine Corps, Norwich University also has a ROTC financial aid policy.

Current Students - Freshmen and Sophmores

At Norwich University, you can seek a Navy or Marine Corps commission in our program—even if you are currently a freshman or sophomore. You can continue to apply for a four-year national scholarship until you have 30 credits. Or you can come in as a basic standing student and apply for a three- or two-year Navy or three-, two-and-a-half or two-year scholarship with the Marine Corps.

Requirements for the Navy

  • At minimum a 3.0 cumulative GPA (collegiate).

Requirements for Marine Corps

  • A minimum of 1000 SAT (Math and Critical Reading, score from latest and same test), or 22 ACT Composite or 74 AFQT.
  • Within height/weight/body fat standard per Marine Corps Order.
  • At minimum a 3.0 cumulative GPA (collegiate).
  • No Probation or LOA.
  • Must achieve a minimum score of 235 on Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test.
  • No less than 12 dead hang pullups or 50 seconds of flexed arm hang (females only).
  • 90 crunches in two minutes.
  • 22 minute (males) 25 minute (females) or faster three-mile run.
  • Academically a second semester freshman or second semester sophomore.
  • If you are going to pursue an aviation contract you need to take the ASTB. We can administer the exam on campus with early notification. Required scores are 5 on Academic Qualification Rating (AQR), 6 on Pilot Flight Officer Rating (PFAR).
  • Eyesight for pilots can be 20/40 uncorrected and correctable to 20/20.

Requirements of both

  • Not currently pursuing or in possession of a scholarship in different ROTC Department, and must be enrolled in Naval Science Classes.
  • You must be a member of the Corps of Cadets or applying for a nursing scholarship.

High school seniors

The United States Navy and Marine Corps offers outstanding high school students the opportunity to seek a commission through our rigorous and rewarding NROTC program. The Norwich University Corps of Cadets combined with our NROTC unit has an extensive history of being on the forefront in training outstanding military leaders.

Schedule an Officer Interview

Officer Interviews for applicants to the NROTC national scholarship program are conducted on weekdays during working hours (0800-1600). Officer Interviews are normally conducted in-person at the Norwich NROTC offices. The Officer Interview is a significant part of the NROTC scholarship application process. Applicants are expected to arrive on-time, in appropriate business attire, and well-versed in the Navy or Marine Corps and the specific warfare communities of interest. Interviews normally last 45-60 minutes. To schedule an Officer Interview, please contact Mrs. Linnea LaPerle, the NROTC’s University Administrative Assistant, at (802)485-2185 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

How can you become part of our team?

Each year, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) awards competitive scholarships to students who are willing to strive to be the best. You are eligible if you have excelled in academics, extra-curricular activities, athletics and leadership positions, and want to further your success by becoming an officer in the United States Navy or Marine Corps. 

For an informational overview regarding Navy and Marine Corps ROTC visit www.nrotc.navy.mil to learn about program requirements, scholarships, and careers in the Navy and Marine Corps.

As part of the nation's oldest collegiate marching band you'll represent Norwich in concerts across New England and even presidential inaugurations.

Join this select group of officers, trained in survival techniques.

“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
  • 1
  • 2

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 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)

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.

Norwich University collects personal data about visitors to our website in order to improve the user experience and provide visitors with personalized information about our programs and services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you accept the information policies and practices outlined in our Privacy Policy.