Norwich University
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, Vermont 05663
800-468-NORWICH (6679)


1,328men/ 855women  

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Norwich University
Northfield, Vermont 05663

College Description
Norwich University is unique among institutions of higher education. No other university combines a military tradition of nearly two centuries, a broad range of traditional undergraduate degree programs, and five of the more innovative low-residency and nonresidency programs in higher education.

Students on the Northfield campus may enroll in the Corps of Cadets and follow a disciplined military regime or join civilian students who lead a more traditional collegiate lifestyle. Both groups are coeducational and attend classes and participate in sports and other activities together. There are approximately 1,600 students enrolled on the Northfield campus. In keeping with its mission, the University provides opportunities for all students to develop leadership skills and a strong commitment to community services.

Founded in 1819 by Alden Partridge, Norwich University was the first private military college in the United States. Here the idea of the citizen soldier developed, a guiding philosophy that later became the impetus for the creation of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). It was the first private school to offer engineering and, in 1974, the first school to offer military training to women, preceding the armed service academies by two years.

Norwich students have come from forty-eight states and twenty-nine countries. The University's minority enrollment is consistently the largest representation by percentage of any Vermont college or university.

Academic Life
In addition, 1,000 adult students are served by a number of programs on the Vermont College campus in Montpelier. Both undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in brief or no residency models on a campus that is dedicated to the adult learner. Current offerings on the Vermont College campus include the Adult Degree Program, a low-residency bachelor's degree; New College; the Graduate Program, a nonresidency graduate degree; and the M.F.A. degrees in writing and children's writing, Master of Arts in art therapy, and M.F.A. in visual art low-residency graduate degrees.

Norwich has the only professional five-year Master of Architecture program in northern New England. Full accreditation by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) was granted in 1996.

The University offers students more than thirty academic majors from which to choose. The Bachelor of Arts degree is awarded in communications; criminal justice; English; history; international studies; peace, war, and diplomacy studies; political science; and psychology. The Bachelor of Science degree is awarded in accounting, biochemistry, biology, biomedical technology, chemistry, civil engineering, communications, computer information systems, computer science, economics, electrical engineering, environmental science, geology, management, mathematics, mechanical engineering, physical education, physics, and sports medicine.

To qualify for the baccalaureate degree, students must have a final cumulative quality point average of at least 2.0. Teacher licensure candidates reserve the eighth semester for sixteen weeks of student teaching. Individual departmental requirements are outlined in the Norwich catalog. Approximately 25 percent of entering freshmen have undeclared majors.

For military cadets, eight semesters of Army, Air Force, or Naval ROTC are required. Prior to the start of the junior year, a cadet may elect to contract with his or her ROTC program of study for consideration for a commission upon graduation as a second lieutenant in the Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps or as an ensign in the Navy. A cadet not wishing to contract for a commission has no military obligation upon completion of the required four years of ROTC courses.

Campus Life
Norwich University is located in the heart of the Green Mountains of Vermont-one of the nation's most beautiful natural areas. The 1,125-acre campus comprises both valley and mountainside and is located in the village of Northfield, a community of about 4,200. Norwich may be reached from Exit 5 off I-89 and is less than an hour's drive from the Burlington International Airport.

The Vermont College campus in Montpelier, the state capital, is only 12 miles from Northfield.

Facilities and Resources
Centrally located on each campus is a reference library. The two libraries combined contain 340,000 volumes, and each provides interlibrary loan service, a microfilm library, and a professional library staff to assist the researcher. The centralized computing platform consists of four DEC Alpha platforms and several servers. The University library system is supported by a DEC MicroVAX 3100. The University supports DEC's UNIX operating system, Microsoft Windows, and Windows NT. Accessible to students on both campuses are a total of 150 computer terminals. Two modern language laboratories equipped with more than 10,000 tapes are available for students of French, Spanish, and German.

Athletics/Sports Coaches Directory
Men's varsity sports: baseball, basketball, cross-country, diving, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, riflery, soccer, swimming, tennis, track (outdoor), track and field (outdoor), wrestling

Women's varsity sports: baseball, basketball, cross-country, diving, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, riflery, soccer, swimming, tennis, track (outdoor), track and field (outdoor), wrestling

Club sports for men: cheerleading, cycling, martial arts, rugby, sailing, volleyball, weightlifting

Club sports for women: cheerleading, fencing, ice hockey, martial arts, rugby, sailing, volleyball

Intramural/recreational sports: basketball, flag football, frisbee football, hockey, soccer, softball, swimming, track and field, volleyball

Financial Aid
All applicants for financial aid must submit both the CSS PROFILE form and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Financial awards are made on the basis of need, but academic and extracurricular activities are taken into consideration. Most awards consist of an aid package of University scholarships, work-study programs, federal grants, and student loans.

Winners of three- and four-year Army, Air Force, and Naval ROTC scholarships are strongly encouraged to consider the Norwich program. ROTC scholarship winners attending Norwich University receive full scholarships for room and board as long as they maintain scholarship status each year. ROTC students receive an annual uniform allowance, and students who are working toward a commission through advanced ROTC receive a monthly subsistence allowance during the school year. Eligible students may also apply for three- and two-year Air Force, Army, and Naval ROTC scholarships while attending Norwich. For further ROTC scholarship information, students should write to the Admissions Office.

Norwich offers academic scholarships to students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievements. These scholarships are offered to students who are placed in the top 10 or 20 percent of their high school class. The Norwich Academic Honor Scholarship is automatically awarded to students who are in the top 10 percent of their high school class. This scholarship pays half of the tuition for four years. The Norwich Academic Merit Scholarship is awarded to students who are in the top 20 percent of their high school class. This scholarship pays one third of the tuition for four years. Students whose high schools do not rank should contact the Admissions Office. Students who receive an ROTC scholarship receive the Norwich University ROTC Scholarship incentives in lieu of any other scholarships.

Admission Requirements
Admission is based upon a review of the applicant's academic record, recommendations, extracurricular activities, and leadership potential. Submission of either SAT or ACT scores is required.

There is no deadline for applications. The University uses a rolling admission system; an admission decision is announced as soon as all of an applicant's materials have been received, processed, and reviewed.

Dean of Enrollment Management
Norwich University
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, Vermont 05663
Telephone: 800-468-NORWICH (6679) (toll-free)

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