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The College of National Services oversees Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs at Norwich through the departments of of Army Military Science, Aerospace Studies and Naval Science. Each department has its own chair and staff, and is run independently according to the needs and administration of the service branch.

The top administrator of the college is a dean, who is rotated annually from each of the service branches according to seniority.

ROTC at Norwich

Participation in ROTC, including military labs and physical training, is an integral part of the Corps leadership experience at Norwich. Cadets must enroll in Army, Air Force, Navy or Marine Corps ROTC to maintain membership in the Corps of Cadets, and complete six semesters of ROTC courses; two apiece at the 100, 200, and 300 levels. All ROTC participants, with the exception of nursing students, must be in the Corps.

Students transferring into the Corps of Cadets are required to pass a course in ROTC for each semester in the Corps.

Depending upon the military branch and career interests, participation may include physical training, field training and practical military instruction (including Mountain and Cold Weather Company, Ranger Company, and Artillery Battery).


The ROTC programs exist to commission well-educated officers into the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps in sufficient numbers to meet the requirements of these services. The general objectives of the programs are to provide understanding of the principles of military, aerospace and naval science; to develop comprehension of associated professional knowledge; to build attitudes of integrity, honor, and individual responsibility; and to encourage appreciation of national security requirements. These objectives support the mission of Norwich University and the Corps of Cadets and augment the training plan necessary to prepare cadets for service to the nations as soldiers and citizens.

The ROTC requirement is both an obligation and an extraordinary opportunity. Cadets will study leadership, ethics, troop-leading skills and a broad array of military service-related courses.

Commissioning through ROTC

Cadets who participate in six semesters of ROTC are under no obligation to serve in the Armed Services. Those who wish to pursue a career as a commissioned officer compete for that opportunity by earning an ROTC scholarship or placement on a commissioning track. That is an individual pursuit; one that begins before or during enrollment at Norwich. Cadets selected for a commission must complete a fourth year of ROTC and meet other requirements established by their chosen service.

Branch-specific ROTC information

Vision statement

To become the preeminent Army, Air Force, and Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs in the nation by providing unrivaled instruction, augmented with realistic hands-on training opportunities; all facilitated by a staff whose proven technical acumen and ethical underpinnings embody the very nature of military professionalism. The quality of these ROTC units will enable the education of a diverse college population, representative of the republic that they serve, who are strategically and globally astute and capable of problem solving on the local, national, and international levels.

“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 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.

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