Norwich Set to Welcome 765 Students in the Class of 2021, Begin New Academic Year


August 18, 2017

Norwich University is planning to welcome 49 first-year students from abroad and 6 exchange students among its approximately 765 new students that comprise the Class of 2021. More than 500 students will enter into the Corps of Cadets as ‘rooks’, over 200 as civilians, and approximately 45 as commuter students.

This incoming class increases the number of overall international students from 60 last spring to 102, reflecting a growing emphasis on internationalizing the campus. The size of the Class of 2021 (approximately 765) aims to counterbalance a spike in growth last fall along with a relatively higher proportion of students expected to return to Norwich, reflecting successful retention efforts. Overall campus student population is estimated at approximately 2,400.

Rooks arrive on campus on Sunday, Aug. 20, to begin Rook Orientation Week. Civilian students arrive on Wednesday, Aug. 23, for orientation. The rest of the students return on Aug. 26—27, and classes begin on Monday, Aug. 28.

Norwich begins the new academic year with new leadership in several key areas: Provost Sandra Affenito; Chief Information Officer Francis Moore; Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Edward Kohn; Dean of the College of National Services Air Force Colonel Andrew Hird; Director of Human Resources Dana Moss; Commandant of Cadets Lieutenant Colonel Michael S. Titus, U.S. Army (Retired); Director of Counseling and Wellness Nicole Krotinger.

President Richard W. Schneider begins his 25th year as president of Norwich University, making him the longest serving president at Norwich after founder Captain Alden Partridge, who served as president for 24 years. According to the American Council on Education, only five percent of college or university presidents serve more than 20 years. During his tenure, Schneider has impacted greatly both the Norwich campus and the academic program.

As part of the evolution of the program, Norwich is launching new academic majors. The new Bachelor of Science in Engineering is interdisciplinary and designed to prepare students to excel in engineering and related fields. A new Bachelor of Science in International Business prepares students to engage globally. Norwich’s Nursing program is focusing on fast-tracking by offering an accelerated track for students already with a bachelor’s degree to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a program for registered nurses to earn a BSN online. In addition, the Norwich nursing program now offers a new concentration in informatics in the online Master of Science in Nursing to educate nurses to lead their organizations to conceptualize, design and research computer-based information systems.

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:    

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) builds upon the institution’s 198 year academic heritage with innovative online programs. CGCS offers master’s degrees in a variety of areas; bachelor’s degree completion programs; a certificate in teaching and learning and continuing education opportunities. The programs are recognized throughout the industry for their rigor, small class size, high student satisfaction and retention.

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