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General Checklist – Civilians & Rooks

  • Send Final Transcripts to NU +

    Before attending Norwich University, all incoming freshmen MUST have their high school submit a final transcript that includes month, day and year of graduation. This document is required to complete enrollment at Norwich.

    Your high school should submit an official high school transcript to Norwich University by mail to:
    Admissions Office
    Norwich University
    27 I.D. White Avenue
    Northfield, VT 05663-1036

    Print Transcript Letter (PDF - 74kb)
  • Complete Placement Exams +

    All entering freshmen at Norwich University are required to take the online math placement exam before attending a NU-101 session. Students who have studied a foreign language prior to Norwich who wish to continue study must also complete a foreign language placement exam.

    For students enrolling in the fall, it is requested all exams be completed by June 1 to allow advisers time to preregister students in courses at the appropriate skill level. Students unable to take the test online prior to June 1 or those who wish to demonstrate competency to waive requirements must take the appropriate proctored placement exam during NU-101.

    In order to take the exam, you will need to have activated your Norwich username and password.

    Math placement

    Norwich University requires an ALEKS Placement, Preparation, and Learning (ALEKS PPL) Assessment to determine readiness for mathematics courses. ALEKS PPL is a web-based program that uses artificial intelligence to map a student’s strengths and weaknesses. The Placement Assessment is up to 30 questions and generally takes 60-90 minutes to complete. After the Placement Assessment, an individualized Prep and Learning Module is available for students to refresh their knowledge on forgotten topics. Students then have the opportunity to reassess and improve their placement.

    Students enrolling in the fall semester should complete the assessment by June 1 at the latest, so that the registration team and your advisor you will be eligible for before you arrive on campus. Students enrolling in the spring semester should complete the assessment by November 15.

    Math Placement - ALEKS PPL - Learn More

    World Languages placement testing

    All newly admitted students who are interested in studying Chinese, French, German, or Spanish at Norwich must take the World Languages placement testing.

    The test results will determine an appropriate starting level for college language study, based on your proficiency in reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar and listening. It is suggested students take the placement exam for the language the they intend to study at Norwich.

    Create your own username and password to log in to the exam site.

    Take the World Languages Placement Exam
  • Complete and Submit Medical Forms +

    Norwich University requires all new incoming undergraduate students to complete and submit the medical forms prior to arriving on campus. Failure to complete these form may affect your ability to attend Norwich. Download and complete the PDF document and mail the form to the Norwich University Health Services office by June:

    Student Health Center
    Norwich University
    158 Harmon Dr., Dept. Box 35
    Northfield VT 05663

    Copies of personal medical or immunization records are not acceptable substitutes for the required medical forms.

    Download Medical Forms (PDF - 300k)

  • Review Computer Services Information +

    iPad FAQ:

    1. Is an iPad required?
      1. Yes, the purchase of the Norwich University iPad is required for all incoming students.
    2. What if I already have an iPad?
      1. Special apps and tools that are specific to Norwich will be pre-loaded for you to use in the classroom and your assignments. You can still bring your personal iPad but you are still required to purchase one from the University.
    3. When will I get my iPad?
      1. Starting the first week of March, all enrolled students living within the US will receive their iPad in the mail. Students living outside of the US will receive their iPad during Orientation.
    4. What do I get besides the iPad?
      1. Students will receive a Generation 7 iPad, a case and a pencil.
    5. What accessories do you recommend purchasing for the iPad?
      1. If you wish to use your iPad to complete assignments, we recommend purchasing a keyboard. 
    6. Do I need a laptop?
      1. Technology demands vary significantly among ac­ademic majors. While the iPad is intended to enhance all students’ resources for learning, a computer may still be needed. All incoming students are encouraged to seek input from their home department or faculty in their major before pur­chasing new equipment for the fall.
    7. How much does the iPad cost?
      1. The iPad costs $550 and is paid over the first two semesters.

    Computer Labs

    • Our labs are available to all students.
    • Students have access to Office365 including email, internet, printing, library systems, and discipline-specific applications.

    Provided to Students Upon Arrival

    • Wired (one active port per student) and Wireless access. Norwich recommends the use of wired network access while in the dorm.

    Personal Computer (PC) / Macintosh (Mac) Desktop / Laptop Recommendations

    • Wireless access/Ethernet cable. Norwich recommends each student bring an Ethernet cable to campus for use in the dorms.
    • USB drives to store and transport data. We do provide access to Office365, and OneDrive, but it is always a good idea to back up.
    • Printer-USB or locally attached printers only; wireless personal printing is not available.
    • Norwich recommends regularly backing up important data to an external source, such as OneDrive.

    Contact your program for major-specific software/hardware requirements.

    Accessing sso.norwich.edu

    • Online portal for students and faculty. This is the central hub for all information once you are on campus.
    • Library catalog search.
    • Password/usernames sent to students upon acceptance. Please bring account sheets to Norwich.

    Computer support

    • Helpdesk – Agents are available by phone every weekday from 7am to 5pm. The Help Desk door is open from 8:00AM until 4:30PM.
    • NUCERT – Student Computer Repair Center (Free Service):
      • Hardware/software support (limited hardware services available-varies based on the situation).
      • Open weekdays from 2:00PM until 5:00PM, staffed by students.

    Contact Helpdesk

    • Phone: (802) 485-2456 or toll free at 866-248-3853
    • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Rooks, what to wear upon arrival +

    Rooks must arrive on rook arrival day wearing the following items:

    • Khaki pants, tan (chino style): example
    • Belt, conservative, plain buckle: example
    • White, crew neck, short-sleeved T-shirt (no pockets)
    • White, short-sleeved dress shirt, plain without pattern, button or non-button-down collar: example
    • Athletic footwear (sneakers) with crew-length white socks

    Note: Rooks who are authorized to arrive before rook arrival day may arrive in conservative civilian attire, but will need the above items to wear on Rook Arrival Day.

    Rook packing list in PDF:

    Print List (PDF - 200kb)

  • Civilian Packing List +


    Before reviewing the list below we'd like to suggest a few general rules of thumb when considering what to bring.

    1. Remember everything you bring in will have to be brought back out at the end of the year. Taking a minimalist perspective might help, bring only what you need; Consider how many trips it will take to unpack and pack the car, save your back from strain; Know that you will most likely buy more things (Norwich gear, Hiking stick you made, Vermont knicknacks, etc); The amount of things you will have at the end of the year will be more than you brought in for some reason. Ask yourself “Do I really need this…?” for each item.

    2. You will need winter gear, but not right away. Pack your winter gear but have a family member ship it to you in October. Save the box so you can ship them back at the end of April.

    3. Start conversing with your roommate about what items you may share (fridge, microwave, TV), also really consider whether you really need those things since there are Microwaves on each floor, and a TV in each Lounge. Do you need that gaming system if your focus is on academics, and you already have a laptop?


    • Sheets (twin, extra long)
    • Comforter and/or quilts, blankets, etc. Consider bringing sturdy, easy-to-wash items
    • Towels: bath, washcloths and hand towels (2 sets)
    • Alarm clock
    • Extra pillow(s)


    • Shower shoes
    • All necessary toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and all grooming/cosmetic) items
    • Shower bucket/basket/caddy to carry items
    • Bathrobe - Especially important since the shower is down the hall
    • Prescription medicines and copies of the prescriptions
    • Suggested: First Aid Kit, including basic adhesive bandages, disinfectant, aspirin, etc.


    • Clothes. Your space will be limited, so only bring what you think you will wear. Our suggestion is usually having enough for 2 weeks worth of clothing!
    • Weather-appropriate outer clothes. You will be walking to class; be sure your coat or jacket and boots are right for the climate
    • Laundry basket and/or bag, detergents, dryer sheets, stain remover stick or spray
    • Quarters for laundry and soda machines. Your CadetCa$h Card can also be used
    • Hangers


    • Sticky wall mounts, blue painters tape and removable 3M Command adhesive hooks. Nails are prohibited
    • Personal pictures, photos, and other favorite items. Avoid heavy frames, since you may not be able to hang them.
    • Rugs/a piece of carpet or slippers as the rooms are not carpeted.
    • Other storage or organization units.
    • Small trashcan and trash bags.
    • Lamps Floor, Desk and/or Clip Lamp.
    • Fan (window or floor). Depending on the climate control in the building, you may want this to adjust to your individual needs.
    • Window Screen. A small width adjustable screen (found at most hardware stores) for your window helps keep the bugs out of your room.


    • Multiple outlet surge protectors.
    • TV, DVD player, microwave, game system, etc.
    • Chargers for all of your devices
    • Ethernet LAN Cable


    • A sturdy backpack or book bag for everyday use.
    • Computer (desktop or laptop) and any necessary supplies/accessories.
    • School supplies, including a planner as well as basic pens, paper, pencils, notebooks.
    • Dry-erase marker. Dry-erase boards are provided.
    • Food and Snacks
    • Small refrigerator not to exceed 3 cubic feet
    • A few unbreakable dishes: plastic cups, microwave-safe bowl, and small food storage tubs.
    • Sandwich bags, aluminum foil, and/or plastic wrap.
    • A small bottle of dish soap, scrubber, small dishtowel.
    • Snacks that will help you finish that late night project or for when the dining hall closes!


    • Batteries and flashlight
    • Umbrella
    • Deck of cards or games for when you take a study break!
    • A large backpack or shoulder bag for possible weekend trips you might take.


    • Your fish, dog, cat, gerbil, mouse, or snake, NO pets are allowed in the residence halls
    • Hot plate and/or mini stove and toasters
    • Halogen lamps and lava lamps
    • Cinder blocks, bricks, or crates for lofting beds
    • Drugs, alcohols (this includes alcohol trophies, posters or souvenirs), weapons, fireworks. There is zero tolerance for these items at NU and they will be confiscated!
    • 2-prong extension cords
    • Subwoofers or gigantic speakers
    • Air conditioner
    • Your vehicle (first-years are not permitted to have a car on campus)

    Questions? Reach out to us! Email the Residence Life and Civilian Housing office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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