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Ranger Company:
Expands on the basic light infantry operations taught in Army ROTC to include tactics, techniques, and procedures used by elite light infantry units in the U.S. Army.

Mountain Cold Weather Company:
Trains to proficiency in climbing, rappelling, skiing, and snowshoeing, as well as tactical operations at elevation and/or in sub-zero temperatures.

Norwich Artillery Battery:
Cadets learn how to safely operate, maintain, and employ various artillery pieces, such as M1A1, 75mm Pack Howitzers, a Sir W.C. Armstrong, and Whitworth Salute Cannon.

Army School Opportunities:
Cadets have the opportunity to attend Army schools like Airborne, Air Assault, Dive School, Tracker School, Jungle School, Mountain Warfare school, and more.

Study Abroad Opportunities:
Cadets are encouraged to study abroad during their time in Army ROTC. Programs are available in Germany, Italy, Prague, China, Korea and more.

Successful completion of the four-year Army ROTC program at Norwich guarantees a Commission. Successful Completion consists of:

  • Eight semesters of Military Science (and Mil-Sci Lab)
  • Participation in Army Physical Fitness three days a week
  • Completion of Cadet Advance Camp during the summer after Junior year
  • Completion of a four-year baccalaureate degree
  • Cadets must pass the Army Physical Fitness test and be in accordance with Army height/weight standards
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must be at least 17 years old at time of start and under 31 at time of completion
  • Must maintain full-time enrollment in college
  • No felonies or domestic assault convictions

Enrollment Options

The Army ROTC program has a wide variety of options for students. Depending on your academic standing, previous experience, and depth of commitment, the following are the options available to students:

Four-Year Option

The traditional four-year program is divided into two parts, the Basic Course and the Advanced Course. During all four years, all ROTC textbooks, uniforms, and essential materials will be furnished at no cost.

The Basic Course

This course teaches decision-making, team-building, and communication skills. All full-time students are eligible for enrollment in the Basic Course without incurring a military obligation. In between the freshman and sophomore or sophomore and junior years, students will attend Army ROTC Basic Camp. This camp is a four-week course that instills confidence and decision-making abilities to become a leader. The Basic Course or an equivalent program and the Advance Course must be completed in order to be eligible for commission.

The Advanced Course

The Advanced Course is the primary officer preparation program that teaches leadership ethics, small-unit leadership and tactics, and command operations. Upon completion of the Basic Course requirements, students become eligible for entrance into the Advanced Course. Once accepted, students become the leaders for Norwich University Army ROTC Detachment. Students will attend a paid, four-week leadership and tactics course, Army ROTC Advanced Camp, between their junior and senior years.

Two- and Three-Year Options

If the first one or two years of ROTC are missed, you are a graduate of a junior or community college, or are entering a two-year, postgraduate course of study, there is a option for a two- or three-year program that will still qualify for a commission. In this program, students first attend the four weeks of the Army ROTC Basic Camp and upon completion are eligible for the Advanced Course.

Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)

SMP is a volunteer officer training program for students to train alongside Army Reserve or National Guard units. As SMP members complete ROTC requirements, they continue to train with an Army unit and upon completion of their degree and ROTC program, commission as an officer in the United States Army.


If you are a veteran, Army ROTC can help make the most of your time invested and experience gained in the military. Prior military experience could fulfill the requirements for the ROTC Basic Course, resulting in directly enrolling into the Advanced Course. In addition to any financial assistance received from ROTC, applicants are still qualified to any and all VEAP/GI Bill®/Army College Fund benefits to which they are entitled.

Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1 (802) 485-2460 to learn more.

For an informational overview regarding Army ROTC visit www.goarmy.com/rotc to learn about program requirements, scholarships, and careers in the Army.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website.

3 or 4 year full tuition/fees, visit https://www.goarmy.com/rotc.html

Campus Based Scholarship (1, 2, or 3 year full tuition/fees):
High performing cadets have the opportunity to earn this, through exemplary performance, starting second semester of the Freshman year

Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty Scholarship (GRFD):
Same merit-based scholarship opportunity as a campus based scholarship, but involves active participation in the National Guard or Army Reserve, an excellent option for students with a civilian career in mind

Minuteman Scholarship:
Same benefits as the GRFD scholarship, with the option of 1, 2, 3, or 4 year tuition/fees coverage. Removes the This scholarship is offered through your local National Guard or Army Reserve recruiter

Any Army ROTC Cadet who receives any of the above scholarships automatically receives the General I.D. White scholarship from Norwich, covering Room and Board - this constitutes a full ride for all semesters the Cadet is on Scholarship

Col. Jeremy B. Miller [photo]
AROTC Commander/Professor of Military Science
BS Business-Finance, West Virginia University (1992)
MS Military Science, US Army Command and General Staff College (2005)
MS Strategic Studies, US Army War College (2014)

Sgt. Maj. Sherwood B. Gatts (Armor) [photo]
Senior Military Science Instructor

Maj. Therese K. Farrell (Logistics)
Executive Officer
BS, United States Military Academy (2001)

Maj. Ethan W. Orr (Field Artillery)
Assistant Professor of Military Science
BS, University of Alabama (2000)
MBA, Columbia Southern University (2011)
MA History, Norwich University (2017)

Capt. William S. Jones, III (Armor)
Military Science 200 Instructor
BA, University of Nevada (2005)

Capt. Maxim E. Howard (Military Intelligence)
Recruiting Operations Officer, Military Science 400 Instructor
BS Psychology, Iowa State University (2009)

Capt. Keith M. Schnell
Military Science Instructor, Dartmouth College
BA Economics, Case Western Reserve University (2007)
MS Geological Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology (2013)

Master Sgt. Philip S. Heil (Special Forces)
Military Science 300 Instructor
BA Interdisciplinary Studies, Norwich University (2017)

Master Sgt. Darryl C. Treadwell (Armor)
Military Science 400 Instructor

Sgt. 1st Class James K. Close (Special Forces)
Military Science 100 Instructor

Sgt. 1st Class Robert J. Gamez (Armor)
Military Science 100 Instructor

Sgt. 1st Class Danny Rodriguez (Infantry)
Military Science 300 Instructor

Sgt. 1st Class Jason P. Boyle (Armor)
Military Science 200 Instructor

Staff Sgt. Rundell S. Logan (Human Resources)
Human Resources NCO, SHARP

Staff Sgt. Thomas A. Walker (Human Resources)
Military 100 Instructor

Staff Sgt. Thomas A. York (Human Resources)
Human Resources NCO

Gunnery Sgt. Dwayne R. Chabot, USMC (Retired)
Supply Technician
Joined AROTC in 1999

April L. Miller
Supply Technician
Joined AROTC in 1987

Heather Forsyth
Supply Technician
BA Psychology, Western Michigan University (1998)
MS Organizational Leadership, Norwich University (2012)
Joined AROTC in 2016

John W. Dewey
Human Resource Assistant
BS Norwich University (1991)
Joined AROTC in 1997

Sophia Philbrick
Human Resource Assistant
Joined AROTC in 2008

Patricia Canaday
Executive Assistant to the PMS/AROTC Administrative Assistant
Currently pursuing BA in Modern Languages at Norwich University
Joined AROTC in 2017

The Norwich Artillery Battery has served as the university’s ceremonial cannon unit for more than 50 years. Cadets who participate in this unit learn how to safely operate, maintain, and employ various artillery pieces, such as M1A1, 75mm Pack Howitzers, a Sir W.C. Armstrong, and Whitworth Salute Cannon. Artillery Battery fire missions support Norwich University and the Corps of Cadets on such occasions as football touchdowns, graduation ceremonies, alumni homecoming, family weekend, and events honoring visiting dignitaries.

Mountain Cold Weather (MCW) Company traces its roots to post WWII when former members of the 10th Mountain Division saw the need to continue training soldiers in the concepts of mountain warfare and formed MCW at Norwich University. Cadets apply infantry operations to mountains and cold weather environments that would normally degrade the operations of typical soldiers. They become exceptionally proficient in climbing, rappelling, skiing, and snowshoeing, as well as tactical operations at elevation and/or in sub-zero temperatures. Commissioning cadets who successfully complete MCW training enter the Army knowing they bring highly valued skills that few of their peers possess. Norwich University’s MCW enjoys a close relationship with the Army’s Mountain Warfare School, located 47 miles north in Jericho, Vermont.

Ranger Company expands on the basic light infantry operations taught in Army ROTC to include tactics, techniques, and procedures used by elite light infantry units in the U.S. Army. This training develops leadership skills by requiring cadets to perform effectively as small-unit leaders in realistic tactical environments under demanding mental and physical conditions. Ranger Company cadets receive instruction in dismounted patrolling, battle drills, weapons familiarization, and day and night missions.

At the end of each academic year, Ranger training culminates in Cat Eye Weekend. Cadets who have successfully trained with Ranger Company may apply to be tested on the skills learned throughout the year. Successful completion of this rigorous event awards those cadets with coveted Cat Eyes, signifying membership in the Ranger Company.

Additionally, Norwich cadets in their second year and above are afforded the opportunity to try out for the Ranger Challenge Team training during the Fall semester. Ranger Challenge is a competition which pits a 12-person Norwich Army ROTC team against AROTC teams from other senior military colleges in the region. The competition is held annually at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, and consists of events testing cadets’ land navigation skills, physical aptitude, technical knowledge, marksmanship, and endurance.

In addition to rigorous academics, cadets can participate in several extracurricular challenges: Ranger Company, Mountain Cold Weather Company, and Artillery Battery Company. With some of the most exciting and challenging training available, Norwich University’s specialty training units offer cadets opportunities to test their limits and expand their abilities. Each specialty unit offers unique training, created to further develop leadership skills and to enhance the cadet’s academic experience at Norwich.

Cadets who choose to pursue a commission as an Army second lieutenant will enroll in the ROTC “Advanced Course” and complete four more semesters of Army ROTC at Norwich. In the Advanced Course, cadets build on the foundation of the Basic Course and further hone their leadership skills in a tactical environment. The Advanced Course culminates in multiple campus-based field training exercises and at Fort Knox, Kentucky, during “Cadet Summer Training.” While at Ft. Knox, cadets will lead their peers in executing light infantry operations against a near-peer enemy to immerse them in a highly-complex combat environment designed to develop their decision-making and critical-thinking skills under pressure.

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 a commission as an officer or a civilian vocation. During these four semesters, cadets who choose Army ROTC participate in the “Basic Course,” which is designed to provide up-and-coming leaders, whether military or civilian, with the tools and techniques required to motivate teams and guide them to the successful completion of key missions and projects. The Basic Course focuses on physical fitness, moral and ethical decision-making, critical thinking, problem solving, team building, and leadership.

“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, 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

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).
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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