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For more than 30 years, the Naval ROTC program at Norwich University has executed its mission to educate and train qualified young men and women for commissioned service in the Navy’s unrestricted line, Navy Nurse Corps, and Marine Corps. The NROTC staff at Norwich is comprised of officers from a wide range of communities who have deployed around the world on ships, submarines, aircraft, and on the ground. These officers are ready and able to expose students to multiple aspects of both the Navy and Marine Corps.

 Individuals selected to commission through the NROTC program have the opportunity to influence their professional future through their career selection process. Navy option midshipmen have the opportunity to request their occupational designation: surface warfare officer (SWO), submarine warfare officer, special warfare officer (EOD or SEALs), Naval aviator, and Naval flight officer. Navy option midshipmen will be assigned a designator during their senior year. Upon commissioning, they will begin the training pipeline for their assigned designator.

A select few individuals annually receive the opportunity to become a Nurse Corps officer through selection for the highly competitive Nursing Scholarship awarded during the senior year of high school.

The Marine Corps program is designed to instill the ethos of Marine first and job second. All Marine option midshipmen upon commissioning are designated either as a ground officer or aviation officer. All ground officers will have the opportunity to earn a designation of their choice into the fields of Combat Arms, Combat Service Support, and Aviation Support while they attend the Basic School in Quantico, Virginia. Individuals interested in serving as a Marine aviator will have the opportunity to earn their designation before they commission. In order to qualify, they must pass the Aviation Selection Test Battery (ASTB) and an aviation physical.

The NROTC curriculum is designed to prepare midshipmen for the challenges that will come with being a commissioned officer in the Navy or Marine Corps. Midshipmen will take one Naval Science class per semester. The descriptions for these courses can be found in the Norwich catalog. These classes are open to any Norwich cadet, regardless of commissioning intentions. Those students seeking a commission will also participate in Leadership Laboratory (Mil-Lab) and Physical Training (PT) as part of the Naval Battalion. Mil-Lab is a two-hour block each week, where students conduct focused Navy and Marine Corps training outside of the classroom. Physical fitness is essential for anyone who wishes to serve in the Armed Services. Midshipmen meet once per week for organized PT and are expected to take personal responsibility for their physical fitness.

For those who do not receive a scholarship prior to graduating high school, the Navy and Marine Corps have additional opportunities including three-year and two-year scholarships that students can apply for beginning the spring of their freshman year. This process is highly competitive with selection being determined at the national level. For additional inquires please contact our staff listed below.

Any questions for the Marine Options should be directed towards Captain Joseph Sala at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1 (802) 485-2189. Any questions for the Navy Options should be directed towards Lieutenant Eric Hammond at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1 (802) 485-2191.

  • Scholarships

    Ease the Strain for Paying for College

    One of the most stressful complications for college students is finding the money to pay for the thousands of dollars of college-related expenses. The Navy and Marine Corps offers many scholarship options for those looking to gain tuition or housing assistance while pursuing their degree as a full time student. ROTC offers two, three, and four-four scholarships, based on individual cadets' circumstance. Scholarships are competitive at the national or campus level. The Navy ROTC scholarship entitles its recipients to full-tuition assistance or room-and-board reimbursement, as well as a textbook/fee allowance and a monthly stipend to cover the student’s living expenses.

    In addition to the scholarship options offered by the Navy and Marine Corps, Norwich University also has a ROTC financial aid policy.

    Current Students - Freshmen and Sophmores

    At Norwich University, you can seek a Navy or Marine Corps commission in our program—even if you are currently a freshman or sophomore. You can continue to apply for a four-year national scholarship until you have 30 credits. Or you can come in as a basic standing student and apply for a three- or two-year Navy or three-, two-and-a-half or two-year scholarship with the Marine Corps.

    Requirements for the Navy

    • At minimum a 3.0 cumulative GPA (collegiate).

    Requirements for Marine Corps

    • A minimum of 1000 SAT (Math and Critical Reading, score from latest and same test), or 22 ACT Composite or 74 AFQT.
    • Within height/weight/body fat standard per Marine Corps Order.
    • At minimum a 3.0 cumulative GPA (collegiate).
    • No Probation or LOA.
    • Must achieve a minimum score of 235 on Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test.
    • No less than 12 dead hang pullups or 50 seconds of flexed arm hang (females only).
    • 90 crunches in two Minutes.
    • 22 minute (males) 25 minute (females) or faster three-mile run.
    • Academically a second semester freshman or second semester sophomore.
    • If you are going to pursue an aviation contract you need to take the ASTB. We can administer the exam on campus with early notification. Required scores are 5 on Academic Qualification Rating (AQR), 6 on Pilot Flight Officer Rating (PFAR).
    • Eyesight for pilots can be 20/40 uncorrected and correctable to 20/20.

    Requirements of both

    • Not currently perusing or in possession of a scholarship in different ROTC Department, and must be enrolled in Naval Science Classes.
    • You must be a member of the Corps of Cadets or applying for a nursing scholarship.

    High school seniors

    The United States Navy and Marine Corps offers outstanding high school students the opportunity to seek a commission through our rigorous and rewarding NROTC program. The Norwich University Corps of Cadets combined with our NROTC unit has an extensive history of being on the forefront in training outstanding military leaders.

    How can you become part of our team?

    Each year, the chief of Naval Education and Training (CNET) awards competitive scholarships to students who are willing to strive to be the best. You are eligible if you have excelled in academics, extra-curricular activities, athletics and leadership positions, and want to further your success by becoming an officer in the United States Navy or Marine Corps. 

    For an informational overview regarding Navy and Marine Corps ROTC visit to learn about program requirements, scholarships, and careers in the Navy and Marine Corps.

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  • “The Corps of Cadets has been developing disciplined men and women of character for centuries, and I am excited to contribute to that legacy in some small way.”
    LTC Michael Titus, USA (Ret.), Commandant of Cadets Norwich University
  • “I chose Norwich because I wanted more out of my college experience than just classes and a dorm. Norwich gave me opportunities that you can’t get anywhere else: a military lifestyle, a family environment, leadership opportunities, and challenges. That’s what I wanted.”
    Christopher Cole ’15 Chemistry major, Navy ROTC Scholar
  • “At Norwich, I learned that you can accomplish anything—honestly, anything put before you. It’s a mindset. Whatever anyone throws at you, you can most certainly do. You just have to tell yourself that you can, and it will be accomplished.”
    Samantha Thornton ’16 Criminal Justice Major
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