Civilian Student FAQ

Why should I attend Norwich as a civilian student?

Norwich University is a small, private college with the amenities to compete with much larger universities. We feature over 30 academic programs, 20 varsity sports and a surprising variety of student clubs and organizations. We are recognized throughout the country for many of our academic programs, including:

Does Norwich provide a supportive academic environment?

Absolutely. We give our students the kind of attention they need to succeed by maintaining an average of one faculty member for every 12 students. Additionally, our Academic Achievement Center is staffed by professionals who meet with students on an individual basis and lend support to all facets of academic life, from improving study skills to tutoring sessions in a specific academic area. Staff members are trained to help meet the specific needs of students diagnosed with learning disabilities.

Will I be taught by teaching assistants at Norwich?

Norwich University does not use teaching assistants. While use of graduate students as teaching assistants is common in many institutions, all instructors at Norwich University are faculty members. Our small student-to-faculty ratio allows each instructor to get to know students on an individual basis and be readily available to provide assistance.

What opportunities are there for civilian students to gain leadership experience?

All students, Corps and civilian, have opportunities to develop leadership skills through the Leader and Character Development Program, community service, clubs and organizations, athletics, and other areas of campus. Opportunities in the Honor Committee, Student Government Association (SGA), Residence Life Staff, Campus Activities Board (CAB), New Student Orientation Staff, and numerous others provide valuable leadership skills and experiences that can be used in future careers.

How integrated are the civilian and military students?

All of our students are completely integrated in the classroom, on the playing field and in extracurricular activities. However, civilian students don’t participate in Corps of Cadets’ military training and the two lifestyles have separate residences.

How safe is the campus?

Norwich has one of the safest campuses in the country. Vermont has a very low crime rate to begin with, combined with a consistent military presence and the University’s security force. Students can feel comfortable walking on campus, going to the library or returning from a night workout at the gym. For up-to-date information on campus safety and other information critical to deciding which college to attend, please visit our Student Consumer Information site.

What kind of extracurricular activities are available?

Norwich boasts 20 varsity sports, club sports and more than 80 student-run club and organizations. Our students are active participants. More than 90 percent are involved in at least one activity outside of the classroom.

What athletic facilities are available?

Norwich offers sports facilities comparable to those of much larger schools, including:

  • Two complete gymnasiums
  • Playing fields for football, lacrosse, soccer, rugby, baseball and softball.
  • Weight and aerobic exercise rooms
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Ice hockey rink
  • Climbing wall
  • Wrestling facility
  • Indoor tennis courts
  • Paine Mountain CrossFit
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