Norwich University Online

Norwich University was founded as the first private military college in the United States by Captain Alden Partridge in 1819. Located in Northfield, Va., it is the birthplace of the nation’s Reserve Officers’ Training (ROTC) program. Norwich hosts a student body of approximately 2,300 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students from over 45 states and 20 foreign countries. U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 “Best Colleges” list ranks Norwich 60th in the “Regional Universities (North)” category.

Programs Offered

Norwich offers 30 bachelor’s degrees, 10 master’s degrees, two certificates, and four ROTC programs. Undergraduate programs include accounting, architecture, biochemistry, communications, criminal justice, electrical and computer engineering, management, psychology, and studies in war and peace. Online programs offered in Norwich University’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies include a master’s degree in diplomacy, military history, business administration, information assurance, and organizational leadership. The Corps of Cadets program at Norwich University requires its students (with the exception of nursing students) to pass a course in ROTC for each semester in the Corps. All four branches of the ROTC are available at Norwich: Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps. The ROTC programs, as stated by Norwich’s ROTC website, provide students with an understanding of military, aerospace, and naval science, and build attitudes of integrity, honor, and individual responsibility.


The New England Association of Schools and Colleges has accredited Norwich University since December 1933. Norwich University also has been accredited for nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education since September 2008.


Admissions applications to Norwich University are accepted on a rolling deadline. Norwich requires applicants to send a high school transcript, a senior-year schedule or first-semester grades, and SAT and/or ACT scores. A resume, essay, and letters of recommendation are optional. Graduate admissions applicants apply through their chosen program.

Admissions Contact

Norwich University

Admissions Office

27 I.D. White Ave

Northfield, VT 05663

(800) 468-6679

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