Class of 2020 Largest in Norwich History


August 18, 2016

Norwich University welcomes the largest incoming class in its history this fall with approximately 900 new students.

The Class of 2020 brings a strong academic background with average SAT scores of 1040 and an average grade point average of 3.07. Seventy-nine members of the class have received extremely competitive three or four-year ROTC scholarships, and seventeen students will join the Honors Program.

On Sunday, Aug. 21, Norwich welcomes approximately 600 first year members of the Corps of Cadets, called Rooks, for a week of orientation. Later that week, on Wednesday, Aug. 24, Norwich welcomes approximately 300 civilian students: about 270 residential and 30 commuter students. The first day of class begins on Monday, Aug. 29.

“I am so proud of the students we are retaining as well as those we are recruiting,” said President Richard W. Schneider. “This incoming class continues the year over year growing trend of impressive students both academically and in other areas that demonstrate service and leadership. Academically, this class reflects the priorities of Norwich’s strategic plan to leverage signature academic programs such as cybersecurity, engineering, justice studies and nursing, and to prepare future leaders who will help address our nation’s critical needs.”

The Class of 2020 by the numbers:

Top sending states:

  1. Massachusetts (168)
  2. Vermont (101)
  3. New York (86)
  4. New Jersey (66)
  5. New Hampshire (62)
  6. Connecticut (51)
  7. Florida (37)
  8. California (36)
  9. Texas (32)
  10. Maine (23)

Most popular majors are: Criminal Justice, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Security and Information Assurance and Civil Engineering.

With this new class, the total campus enrollment is approximately 2,475. The Corps of Cadets stands at approximately 1600; there are approximately 650 civilian students and approximately 225 commuter students.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here:    

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