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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1819
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Private non-profit
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
      Military, federal
    • Specialization:
    • Military 1
    • Climate:
    • Cold (Continental)
    • Location:
    • 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, Vermont, United States, 05663
    • Phone:
    • +18024852001
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Rural

The History of Norwich University

Norwich University – The Military College of Vermont is a private university located in Northfield, Vermont. It is the oldest private military college in the United States. The university was founded in 1819 at Norwich, Vermont, as the American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy. It is the oldest of six senior military colleges, and is recognized by the United States Department of Defense as the "Birthplace of ROTC" (Reserve Officers' Training Corps).

Norwich has 29 majors across six academic divisions with the most popular major being criminal justice.

The College of Graduate and Continuing Studies oversees the university's graduate programs. The majority of the graduate programs are conducted on a distance learning platform. The university offers accredited and highly recognized programs in a range of fields including diplomacy, military history, history, business administration, civil engineering, justice administration, public administration, information assurance, education, nursing, and organizational leadership.

Norwich offers 9 online graduate programs, including a combined 5-year Master of Architecture program, and, since 2001, a National Security Agency-sponsored Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

Academic Highlights

The university offers accredited and highly recognized programs in a range of fields including diplomacy, international relations, military history, history, business administration, civil engineering, criminal justice, public administration, information security and assurance, leadership, nursing and strategic studies.

Life in Norwich University

Norwich offers 20 varsity sports, including baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's ice hockey, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's rugby, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's swimming and diving, softball, men's tennis, wrestling, and women's volleyball.

School Ranking

Norwich University's ranking in the 2020 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities North, #66.


Norwich University is a private institution that was founded in 1819. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,182, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 1,200 acres.

Notable Alumni

  • Fred Thaddeus Austin 
  • Hiram Iddings bearss
  • Francis William Billado 
  • James Montrosss Burt 
  • Edward C. Byers

Acceptance Rate

Norwich University acceptance rate 64.5%

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