Norwich University, founded by Captain Alden Partridge, began in 1819 as a private military college. The goal was to teach through doing. This mission continues, and with the opening of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies and its online platform, Norwich has extended this learning process to working adults and lifelong learners. To date, the private, not-for-profit University located in Northfield, Vermont, enrolls about 1,200 online students offering nine online Master’s degree programs and one online Bachelor’s degree program, along with certificate and enrichment courses. Many of these programs still retain a focus on military training, like the Bachelor’s of Science in Strategic Studies Defense Analysis exclusively designed for military personnel or the Master of Arts in Diplomacy. At the completion of the Master’s programs, all students will be required to complete a week long capstone residency on the campus of Norwich where they will turn in completed projects and can celebrate their graduation with family and friends.
Norwich University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The Master of Science in Nursing program is also accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Master of Business Administration program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. The University was also designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.
Norwich University strives to maintain their “thinking and doing” mission, even in the online environment. Classes are capped at 16 students and introduce interactive and engaging lessons that bring students together. Courses retain flexible schedules in order to accommodate the needs of working adults and most students spend about 20 hours per week per course. Students are encouraged to communicate with faculty and 24/7 technical help is available.
Start dates for the Bachelor’s online degree:
Start dates for Master’s online degrees:
- The Master’s of Civil Engineering program has start dates only in March and September
Typically, students can expect to complete the online Bachelor’s degree program in 18-24 months while the Master’s degrees can be completed in about 18 months. The Certificate programs take two semesters to complete. Admissions requirements vary by degree and students should visit the website or contact the Admissions Office for specific directions about the application process. In addition, all International students will need to provide proof of English language proficiency. Students may also be eligible to receive transfer credits. Once enrolled in the online program, a student services advisor guides students through class registration and other program-related issues.
Tuition rates for Norwich’s online students are all-inclusive, including expenses like textbooks and materials, technology, and application fees. Therefore, students can simply subtract aid packages, scholarships, etc. in order to calculate the exact cost of attending Norwich.
Financial aid is available for online programs in the forms of loans, grants, scholarships and military benefits. In addition, Norwich retains numerous corporate partnerships that offset or discount the cost of tuition for corporate employees. Additionally, about 30% of students enrolled in the Master’s degree programs have a military affiliation and Norwich supports their furthering education. The University assists service members through the U.S. Department of Defense’s Tuition Assistance program for eligible active duty, reserve, and National Guard personnel. Norwich also supports military veterans through the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Yellow Ribbon Program and the Montgomery GI Bill.
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Highest Level Of Offering:Master's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:1,289
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