NORTHFIELD, Vt. —Norwich University begins the 2022–23 academic year on Monday, Aug. 29, with approximately 650 new students. First year students in the Corps of Cadets arrived on Sunday, Aug. 21, and new civilian students arrived on Tuesday, Aug. 23, for orientation.
The Class of 2026 is comprised of approximately 350 rooks (first year students in the Corps of Cadets) and 298 civilian students (both residential and commuter) coming from 42 states and 21 different countries.
“It is so wonderful to have the campus come alive again,” said Norwich President Mark Anarumo. “Incoming and returning students, their families, and the entire Norwich community of learning are ecstatic. It is going to be a phenomenal academic year!”
Class of 2026 by the numbers:
- Most popular majors: Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering and Nursing
- Top 10 sending states: Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, California, New Hampshire, Florida, Maine, Virginia, Texas (Florida and Maine are tied)
- 88 ROTC scholarships
- 11 Civic Scholars
- 21 Honors Program
- 89 international students from 20 countries
On Sunday, Aug. 28, all new students participated in the New Student Oath Ceremony held on the Upper Parade Ground to pledge to uphold the principles of Norwich University. As part of the Oath, rooks and incoming civilians alike promise to accept and apply the principles of the Norwich honor code and guiding values. Their recitations conclude with: “In all my endeavors from this day forth I will reflect in the spirit of the Norwich motto: ‘I Will Try.’”
The Oath Ceremony is a long-standing Norwich tradition. Corps students and civilians participate jointly, a “beginning” that cultivates unity across the student body.
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Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu
Daphne Larkin M’17
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