Four town halls have been scheduled to communicate the specifics of re-opening Norwich University for the Fall 2020 semester. In these live town halls, we will respond to questions that our students, parents and families, faculty, staff and alumni may have about academics, financial aid, student life, campus safety and community health and well-being. Each town hall will be recorded and the recordings, together with FAQs, will be available at the day following the town hall.

Monday, July 13 – Agenda and Schedule

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. ​​Academics – Associate Provost, Dr. Natalia Blank

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ​Academics by Major by College – Simultaneous ​​​ ​presentations will be conducted by each College Dean in this ​​​ ​time period.

  • ​College of Professional Schools – Dean Aron Temkin
  • ​College of Science & Mathematics – Dean Michael McGinnis
  • ​College of Liberal Arts – Dean Ted Kohn

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ​​ROTC – Col Matthew Smith, Dean of the College of National ​Services

On Tuesday, July 7, 2020, the Vermont state government released their guidelines for the opening of institutions of higher education. Based on these guidelines, we are now ready to move forward with our opening plan.

The COVID-19 virus is still present in our nation and poses a significant threat to all of us. We are Norwich, and will not shy away from the challenge of delivering our unique experience to our student body as we prepare them to lead in a complex world. While we are committed to opening for Fall 2020, we must do so while ensuring the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community. In this memo I will share with you our operational parameters for re-opening our campus. Next week we will host live Town Hall sessions to answer your questions and address your concerns regarding Academics, Financial Aid, Student Life, and ROTC.

Norwich will communicate the university’s fall re-opening plans to students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff tomorrow via email and my.norwich announcements. Live town hall ‘events’ will be conducted next week to answer questions and address any concerns regarding our plans. Thanks for your patience and understanding in these uncertain times.

We are looking forward to our students being back on campus this fall and are focused on developing strategies and protocols to prepare Norwich University for a safe return to on-campus operations. Above all, we value the health and safety of our entire campus community. In this spirit, we will be closely following the guidelines of the CDC and Vermont Department of Health, regarding our ability to host and gather for in person events.

Today, I am announcing that due to the persistent presence and continued spread of COVID-19, no large public events will be taking place on campus this fall. We know this is disappointing news for everyone. It is, however, consistent with the university’s priority to make Norwich safe for students, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff. Restricting events and visitors to campus will help minimize the likelihood or severity of an outbreak of the virus.

Convocation marks the beginning of our academic year and it will occur virtually on September 1st beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Class of 2020 Commencement ceremony will be celebrated virtually on September 12th at 2 p.m. and marked by a commencement address by President Emeritus Richard W. Schneider, RADM, USCGR (Ret.).

The Norwich University Board of Fellows Fall meeting will also occur virtually and will include First Read sessions with Norwich freshmen students. For Homecoming 2020, the celebration is moving from the Hill to your home as we pivot to a virtual experience that engages all our alumni in a fun and (hopefully) once-in -a-lifetime series of events and festivities. The events honoring this year’s reunion classes will be postponed until next fall when we will look forward to hosting class year’s ending in 0 and 5 on campus along with class year’s ending in 1 and 6. For more information about Homecoming planning, please visit Note that other boards who typically meet during Homecoming, including the NUAA, Partridge Society, Friends of the Kreitzberg Library, Sullivan Museum Associates, and Norwich University Military Writers’ Symposium Associates will be moving their meetings to a virtual format this fall.

To the parents and families of our students, the Parent and Family Weekend program is also being reimagined virtually; the Student Affairs and Office of Alumni & Family Relations team will have more information to share with you in the weeks ahead. We will continue to monitor the virus and will stay in close contact with government agencies, medical communities, and institutes of higher education so we remain in compliance and identify best practices for adoption here at Norwich.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a great disruption on us all, yet our priority remains the health and well-being of the Norwich family. Now is the time to rally together and to remain strong and resilient. Please continue to monitor the website for the latest information and updates on the upcoming fall semester.

Norwich Together!

Norwich Forever!

Mark C. Anarumo, PhD
Colonel, USAF (Ret)
Norwich University
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
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Telephone: (802) 485-2065

I write to provide updates on our ongoing planning efforts related to the reopening of campus and the safe return of faculty, staff, and students this fall. As indicated by President Anarumo in his June 16 letter to the community, the University currently intends to return to on-campus instruction this fall in accordance with forthcoming guidelines from the state of Vermont. As you know, significant planning efforts in support of an in-person reopening scenario have been underway for some time, and the academic colleges and operational units continue to weigh in with their plans. Today, I would like to share how we anticipate moving forward in operationalizing these planning efforts.

I would first like to reiterate President Emeritus Schneider’s warm welcome to our new President, Colonel Mark C. Anarumo, PhD, USAF (Ret). President Anarumo has already immersed himself in the good work begun by Dr. Schneider and the Reopening Task Force to plan for our upcoming academic year. Under President Anarumo’s leadership, I am confident we will continue to make good progress on planning for and executing a productive and safe Fall term in support of Norwich’s students, faculty, and staff.

Fall 2020 Reopening Task Force

Under the leadership of co-chairs Greg Matthews and Cathy Frey, the task force subcommittees continue to work through a range of contingency plans for reopening the campus this fall. To date, plans have been submitted for full residence, partial residence, and fully online scenarios. Planning for a full in-residence opening has informed the University’s Reopening Plan, which will soon be submitted to the Governor’s Economic, Mitigations, and Recovery Task Force. Using this information – submitted to the Governor by all Vermont colleges and universities – the Governor will make a decision in the coming weeks regarding when and how we may move forward with reopening for the Fall term.

Update July 15, 2020 found here: News from the Hill – July 15, 2020

On March 27, 2020 the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) was signed into federal law. Included in the Act was the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to support college students whose education was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic with financial grants. These emergency grants are intended to assist students with unanticipated expenses for food, housing, academic course materials, technology, health care and childcare.

Norwich University applied for and received funding under this program and will use no less than half the amount, or $1,002,307, for emergency financial grants to students. Per Department of Education (DOE) guidance, the funds must be direct cash grants to students. Grants are prioritized based on socioeconomic circumstance. Students must meet federal eligibility requirements and cannot have been exclusively enrolled in an online program prior to March 13, 2020 in order to qualify to receive HEERF emergency funds. The university will be distributing $1,007,970 in the next several weeks to 956 students. This represents approximately 46% of the 2,095 CARES eligible students. Students may decline their award by contacting the Bursar’s office via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The funds that are declined will be distributed to another eligible student.

Members of the Norwich Family:

Today, 1 June 2020, is my first day as your President. In the coming weeks you will be hearing from me often on many subjects, including my honor to become a member of the Norwich community and to serve as your President.

Given the current state of unrest across our country, it is paramount that you immediately receive my personal communication in response to the death of Mr. George Floyd in Minneapolis. Indeed, Mr. Floyd’s death is a heartbreaking tragedy.

First, please allow me to reinforce very clearly that the Norwich community will be safe, inclusive, and respectful of all students, faculty, staff, and guests. Given our guiding values of mutual respect, dignity, and inclusive leadership, all of us have a significant role in helping to make our nation better. We are citizens of the greatest country in the world, and must stand united to combat intolerable behavior.

President Richard W. Schneider introduces Colonel Mark Anarumo, USAF, (Ret.), the 24th president of Norwich University, and welcomes him on June 1, 2020, his first day as president of the nation’s oldest private military college.

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