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TIPS FOR RESIDENTIAL CIVILIAN STUDENTS

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?

BED AND BEDDING

  • 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)

HEALTH AND GROOMING

  • 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 AND LAUNDRY

  • 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

DECOR / FURNISHINGS

  • 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.

ELECTRONICS AND EQUIPMENT

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

STUDY ITEMS

  • 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!

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

  • 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.

DO NOT BRING THE FOLLOWING:

  • 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)

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Whether you join the Corps of Cadets or pursue a civilian lifestyle, you’ll benefit from Norwich’s strong sense of community. Our campus reflects the world we live in—and is sized so that you’ll feel at home the moment you arrive.

Veterans Affairs at Norwich University has been structured to provide a team of specialists to best deliver services to Norwich Student Veterans.

Visit the Office of Veteran Affairs

General information

What to bring

Packing 101 – Packing tips on what to bring, and what to leave home.

Housing and Transportation for Holidays and Breaks

Norwich does not provide transportation or housing for Thanksgiving, Christmas or Spring Break. All students are expected to vacate residence halls or barracks by the announced closure time, when the buildings are closed and secured. Transportation to the airport, bus or train station may be arranged with the assistance of the Residence Life Office or the Commandant’s Office.

Phone

Norwich is no longer offering phone service (landlines) in the residence halls, with the exception of emergency residence hall phones located throughout the buildings. Most students bring a cell phone with them or use the internet to keep in touch with family and friends. Norwich University utilizes the AT&T University Advantage Program to provide students with a 5 percent discount on their wireless services through AT&T. Any student with a valid school ID or email address is eligible for the discount regardless if you are a new or current AT&T customer.

Rooks are allowed one phone call a week after Rook Orientation, typically authorized on Sundays. Rooks are allowed to use their cell phone for such calls home; otherwise their cell phones will be secured in their room.

Emergency Contacts

For emergencies, call the Residence Life Office at 802.485.2660 or the Office of the Commandant at 802.485.2135. Evenings and weekends, call Campus Security at 802.485.2525 or the Guard Room at 802.485.2589.

The University Mailroom

Norwich has a full-service mailroom on campus, which provides services from both regular U.S. mail and UPS. Students will be assigned a private mailbox upon arrival. Mail sent to students prior to registration should be addressed to:

STUDENT NAME
Norwich University
158 Harmon Dr.
Northfield, VT 05663-1035

Email

Computer Services will issue email accounts to students, providing a university email address and Internet access. Students will receive a briefing about email during the first few weeks of school. Students may contact the Help Desk at 802.485.2456.

Vehicles

First-year students are not authorized to have a vehicle on campus. Students who have a commitment to drill with a National Guard or Reserve unit may be granted an exception to the policy. Rooks in the Corps of Cadets must contact the Commandants office at 802.485.2135 for information on obtaining permission. Residential civilian students must contact the Dean of Students office at 802-485-2640 for information on obtaining permission.

Important Information for Cadet Students

What to Bring

Packing 101 – Must-have items, recommended items, what’s prohibited, and what’s issued by Norwich.

Rook Training and Leave

Rooks participate in Corps and military training on Saturdays and are not eligible for convenience leave. Special leave policies for Parents’ Weekend and military balls will be announced in advance. Rooks will be granted leave for emergencies or for National Guard and Reserve duty.

Parents’ Weekend

Rooks will be allowed to leave campus after the parade on Friday or their last academic class and must return by 0900 on Saturday. Rooks may leave again after the football game but must return by 1600 Sunday. In all cases, a parent must accompany all rooks.

It is recommended that parents make early reservations for Parents’ Weekend. (View list of local accommodations)

Hair Policy

All incoming rooks should expect to arrive at Norwich University with a military haircut. For female rooks, this means hair should be worn off the collar.

For all questions, contact the Commandant’s Office at 802.485.2135.

Norwich University’s student radio station WNUB 88.3 FM – Dog River Radio – celebrates 50 years on the air in 2017. Established in 1967, WNUB-FM provides a training ground for students interested in pursuing careers or hobby in radio broadcasting and audio production.

Operating 24 hours per day, 7 days per week with 285 watts of power transmitted from a tower atop Jackman Hall, WNUB-FM serves the campus and greater Northfield communities year-round as a non-commercial, educational FM station, licensed by the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C. WNUB-FM programming includes live broadcasts of select Norwich University and area high school sporting events, prerecorded interviews with Writer Series authors, campus and community leaders, and local public-service organizations.

WNUB-FM Radio

Our civilian students live and learn as part of a distinctive collegiate environment that combines a tradition of service and leadership development with a commitment to innovation and scholastic achievement. They encompass both residential students and commuters. Whether you’re looking for rigorous academics, championship athletics or an exceptional variety of clubs and organizations, Norwich has the resources to offer the amenities of a large university with the personal feel of a small private college. There’s plenty to engage and entertain students inside and outside the classroom. Norwich provides easy access to Vermont’s magnificent beauty and outdoor recreation.

In addition to accredited and nationally recognized academic programs and sports, civilian students are drawn by Norwich’s guiding values and the integrity and structure they provide. They also like the feel and attention afforded by a small school and supportive community.

At Norwich, we pride ourselves on producing tomorrow’s leaders. Civilian students attend school at one of the nation’s foremost leadership laboratories. This structured but dynamic environment prepares our civilian students for both academic achievement and success in a competitive global environment where different lifestyles often intersect. Civilian and Corps students work together in the classroom, on the athletic fields and in the campus center, learning and benefitting from one another.

Norwich University, a non-sectarian organization, provides religious services in White Chapel throughout the year. Two Catholic masses and at least one Protestant worship service are conducted weekly. One part-time Roman Catholic priest and one full-time Protestant chaplain minister serve the campus. An Islamic prayer room is located downstairs in the Chapel and is available at all times. In addition to Chapel facilities, Jewish students may attend nearby synagogues in either Montpelier or Stowe. The Chapel sanctuary offers details and contact information on local houses of worship and/or meditation sites for different faiths and denominations and many area religious groups provide students with transportation. For further information, contact University Chaplain Rev. William S. Wick at the Chaplain’s Office at (802) 485-2128 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more than 20 years, cadets and civilian students have shared the same campus at Norwich University, creating one of the most distinctive college cultures in the nation.

In many regards, students in both lifestyles lead similar lives. They attend the same classes, play on the same athletic teams and enjoy clubs and extracurricular activities together. While cadets and civilian students live in separate residences, a walk through the library, dining hall or gymnasium will show all students living, learning, working and playing together.

We’ve learned that students from both lifestyles choose Norwich for similar reasons—rigorous academics, robust athletic programs, a rich variety of extracurricular activities and a safe environment. Ultimately, everyone wants college to be challenging, a good value and a special time in their lives.

Two lifestyles on one college campus allow students to tailor their college experience. We do our best to make sure students understand the unique dynamic of Norwich before they enroll. Ultimately, the best way to find out if Norwich is right for you is to pay us a visit. After spending time on campus and talking to Corps and civilian students, you can begin to understand the relationship between these two lifestyles.

Connect with professional and peer tutors to achieve your academic goals.

Located on the recently renovated 4th floor of the Kreitzberg Library (Room 403), the Academic Achievement Center (AAC) is a great place to connect with professional and peer educators who help students achieve their academic goals while getting the most out of their entire NU experience!

The AAC helps students improve their study, time management, organizational and learning skills, and provides academic coaching services. Each semester, the AAC works with over 500 students, many of whom consistently make the Dean’s List. Over 50% of the NU students who graduated in 2017 with highest honors came to the AAC at least once during their career, and many of them worked with us regularly.

The AAC’s staff offers comprehensive individualized and group tutoring across the curriculum. They provide tutoring for all math courses, as well as most lab science, foreign language, engineering, and computer science courses. They also provide tutoring in liberal arts areas such as criminal justice and history, research projects and discipline-specific study skills.

The AAC’s Peer Tutoring Program not only helps tutees but also lets qualified students become trained and certified peer educators and thus develop their own knowledge, teaching skills and résumé.

Besides resources offered to all students, the AAC also supports students for whom English is a second language, students with disability and students in academic difficulty. Please consult the drop-down headings below for further information about these cohort-specific services.

All AAC services are covered by tuition. There is no additional cost to students, so we encourage them to use what they’ve already paid for!

We look forward to working with you.

Leadership defines campus life at Norwich University. Whether a civilian student or member of the Corps of Cadets, you’ll be part of a challenging environment that teaches students how to lead and serve as citizens and soldiers.

With more than 80 student clubs and organizations, intramurals, athletics, and volunteer programs, you’ll find opportunities to develop traits common to leaders—confidence, initiative, loyalty and responsibility—inside and outside of the classroom.

And while we may seem like a serious bunch, we do know how to have fun. Thanks to the Campus Activities Board (CAB), you’ll find a wide variety of ways to enjoy time with friends. There are first-run movies, performances by professional comedians, concerts, dance lessons, discounted ski passes to Vermont’s fantastic ski resorts, pool tournaments, cultural shows, balls, Pub Quiz, Winter Carnival and much more.

A range of student services further enhances the Norwich experience, providing access to career assistance, counseling, job opportunities, religious programming, and other services.

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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