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Higher Education Series Spotlights Norwich University: School Overview

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Location: Northfield

Format: Private military and civilian university

Tuition: $32,812 per year (2014-15)

Financial aid: Average amount of institutional aid per student $17,535.00. Sixty-nine percent of class of 2013 had student debt, averaging $35,882 at graduation.

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Accreditation: Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

Enrollment: 2,237 undergraduate students, of whom 1,437 are cadets, 417 are civilian residents and 382 are civilian commuters.

Diversity: Of new students in 2013-2014, 513 were male and 163 female.

Vision Statement: “Norwich University will be a learning community, American in character yet global in perspective, engaged in personal and intellectual transformation and dedicated to knowledge, mutual respect, creativity and service,” (from website).

Mission statement: “To give our youth an education that shall be American in its character—to enable them to act as well as to think—to execute as well as to conceive—‘to tolerate all opinions when reason is left free to combat them’—to make moral, patriotic, efficient, and useful citizens, and to qualify them for all those high responsibilities resting upon a citizen of this free republic,” (first published in 1843 catalog; from website).

Housing: Ten on-campus residence halls.

History: “Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge, U.S. Army, and is the oldest private military college in the country,” (from website).

Admissions contact: nuadm@norwich.edu

Faculty: 160 full-time, 61 part-time.

Little-known fact: Capt. Alden Partridge opened the original Norwich University in Norwich, but in 1866 the school’s entire academic building burned down, whereupon the town of Northfield offered to give the school 14 acres and to build its first building. Norwich’s staff and students marched for three days to reach their new home.

Statement: “The strength of higher education in Vermont is our diversity.”  — Dr. Richard Schneider, Norwich University President