|Motto||I Will Try|
|Type||Private Military College|
|President||Dr. Richard W. Schneider, RADM USCGR (Ret.)|
|Location||Northfield, Vermont, USA|
1200 acres (486 hectares)
|Colors||Maroon & Gold|
|Athletics||NCAA Division III |
Great Northeast Athletic Conference
18 sports teams
Norwich University (NU) is a
Partridge and his academy
The university was founded in 1819 at Norwich by military educator and former superintendent of
Partridge's educational beliefs were considered radical at the time, and this led to his conflicting views with the federal government while he was the superintendent of West Point. Upon creation of his own school, he immediately incorporated classes of agriculture and modern languages in addition to the sciences, liberal arts, and various military subjects. Field exercises, for which Partridge borrowed cannon and muskets from the federal and state governments, supplemented classroom instruction and added an element of realism to the college’s program of well-rounded military education.
Partridge founded six other military institutions during his quest to reform the fledgling United States military. They were the Virginia Literary, Scientific and Military Academy at
Fire and hardship: Norwich in the 19th century
In 1825 the academy moved to
After a catastrophic fire in 1866 which devastated the entire campus, the town of
War and expansion: Norwich in the 20th century
As part of the
Graduates returning from European and Pacific fields of battle found a university very different from the one they had left behind. From the late 1940s to the 1960s, Norwich was greatly expanded and added a number of new opportunities. In 1947, the
In the nineteenth century, hazing of undergraduates by upper classmen was normal in all military schools and many non-military ones as well. Hazing diminished in the early 20th century. By the late 20th century, it became not only counter to university rules but illegal as well. Nevertheless, there have been several instances of hazing in 1990, 1995.
The Bicentennial: Norwich in the 21st century
Norwich has a position as a center of learning for civil service with online graduate programs, the 5-year Master of Architecture program and since 2001 a
The NU2019 plan was launched in 2005 with the school's bicentennial as a focus. Under the guidance of the Alumni Association, the Board of Trustees and the Office of the President, the university has budgeted millions of dollars to change the campus.
Proposed additions include:
In 1910 Ainsworth Hall was constructed for the
Chaplin Hall, originally Carnegie Hall, was built in 1907. The School of Architecture & Art is located there. Paid for by
This building, on the site of the first building in Center Northfield, contains the offices and classrooms of the Communications Department. The offices for the Guidon and the studios for both the university's radio station
Hollis House is today the location of a number of classrooms and offices of the Division of Humanities. Built in 1852, the building was until 1909 the house of a number of prominent residents of Northfield. When sold that year to the university, it became part of the
Engineering, Math and Science Complex
The Engineering, Math and Science Complex houses the David Crawford School of Engineering as well as the departments of
Webb Hall was completed in 1960 and originally housed the English, Modern Languages, Social Sciences, Business Administration and the Psychology and Education departments. Currently, the Division of Humanities, Nursing Department and Education program are located in this building. Twenty one classrooms, three seminar rooms and a computer lab are available.
Dole Auditorium, which can seat over four hundred people, is also located in Webb Hall. The building is named after
Residence halls and cadet barracks
Kreitzberg Arena, also named in for the Kreitzberg family, is the home of Norwich Hockey. Construction on this multi-purpose arena was completed in the spring of 1998. The 59,000 sq ft (5,500 m). arena has a 200 x 90 ice surface and seating for 1400, with a maximum capacity of 5,000 for special events. The arena hosts the
The armory, built in 1928, is named to honor a notable 1896 graduate of the university,
Dedicated in 1921, Sabine Field is home to the university
Shapiro Field House
Shapiro Field House, built in 1987 and named for trustee Jacob Shapiro (NU 1936), houses a multipurpose arena that has a 200-meter indoor running track, four tennis courts, and a climbing wall. It is also used for morning PT (Physical Training), athletic practices, Commencement, concerts and other university functions.
The Harmon Memorial The Harmon Memorial is a tribute to
Harmon Hall & Wise Campus Center
Harmon Hall opened in 1955 and later enlarged in 1958. Since then, it has served as the focal point for student life and activities. The campus mess hall, bookstore, post office, and The Mill (a snack bar open to upperclassmen and civilian freshmen) are located on the lower two floors. The Foreign Student Office, Student Activities, Yearbook Office, Music Program offices, a game room, and a lounge were located on the top floor. This floor originally housed the departments of English, History, and Modern Languages until they were moved to Webb Hall in 1960. Harmon Hall was renovated in 2007. The addition onto Harmon Hall is named the Wise Campus Center and houses new dining and food preparation facilities as well as a new book store, post office, Partridge's Pub and an outdoor skating rink.
Constructed by a gift from (NU 1914), a trustee, the chapel was completed in 1941. Originally designed as a multi-purpose building, then White Hall has served as a mess hall with a dining room, lunch room, kitchen, a college store and a recreational room. White Hall was converted to the university's first single-purpose chapel after Harmon Hall was opened in 1955. There are two bronze plaques on the walls that honor the Norwich war dead. Weekly services include
Sullivan Museum and History Center
One of the newest buildings on the campus, the Sullivan Museum was opened January 22, 2007. The building is named after General Gordon R. Sullivan (ret.), Norwich class of 1959 and former U.S. Army Chief of Staff. The Sullivan Museum houses state of the art conservation, storage, and display facilities for the wide variety of Norwich University artifacts and memorabilia. Items currently displayed cover a wide spectrum of Norwich history, including uniforms worn by Alden Partridge and Alonzo Jackman to pieces from more recent history.
The Cadets compete at the NCAA Division III level and are affiliated in one of four conferences, mainly the
Two women's sports, lacrosse and volleyball, were approved in 2010 for varsity status and will compete as such in coming years. Women's varsity teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are members of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. Some of the sports the women compete in are basketball, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, softball, and swimming and diving. Women's ice hockey skated their way to their first Frozen Four bid in 2010 losing to Amherst College in the NCAA Championship Game. Women's rugby traveled to the Final Four of the USA Rugby Championship and the Women's lacrosse program won the GNAC Conference to earn an automatic bid to their first NCAA Tournament.
The men's basketball team returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2006 after winning the
The school won the GNAC men's and women's soccer championships in 2008. The rifle team won the national intercollegiate rifle championship in 1916 and 1920.
Students and organization
The university has approximately 2,000
Norwich University has two very different on-campus resident programs: the Corps of Cadets and the traditional student body.
The Corps side is structured as a
This structure was put in place for the 2009-2010 school year, replacing the more traditional original company system. Prior to the 2009-2010 school year companies consisted of one upperclassmen platoon and one freshmen platoon. Each platoon consisted of three squads each led by a cadet Staff Sergeant. Interaction between the upper-class cadets and freshmen cadets was common, leading to original companies. An Original Company is the company that a cadet belongs to as a freshmen. Upper-class cadets who were of an original company their freshman year would guide and mentor the incoming freshman cadets who were in that company. With in the original companies was an unofficial rank structure, which ensured which handled disputes within the companies, as well as enforcing each companies' values. These shadow chains of command ran afoul with the administration of the school, in part leading to the demise of the original company system. The companies in the original company system included, Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Kilo, Band, Drill Company, and Cavalry Troop. The companies Alpha through Kilo were known as line companies, and were part of Battalions 1,2 and 3. Band, Drill Company and Calvary Troop were called provisional companies and placed in Provisional Battalion.
|1st Battalion||2nd Battalion||3rd Battalion||4th Battalion||Provisional Battalion|
|Alpha||Delta||Cadet Training Company 10-1 (CTC 1)||Cadet Training Company 10-4 (CTC 4)||Regimental Band Company|
|Bravo||Echo||Cadet Training Company 10-2 (CTC 2)||Cadet Training Company 10-5 (CTC 5)||Drill|
|Charlie||Foxtrot||Cadet Training Company 10-3 (CTC 3)||Cadet Training Company 10-6 (CTC 6)||Cavalry Troop|
Norwich University Corps of Cadets rank insignia follows West Point with the use of chevrons to show all cadet ranks in lieu of chevrons, disks & lozenges. Ranks are as follows:
The college has several
The Resident Life Department oversees the civilian side. Floors in the dormitories are under the supervision of a
The Norwich University School of Graduate and Continuing Studies oversees the university's graduate programs. By majority, the graduate programs are conducted on a
138 graduates of Norwich University have served as
Among the notable military graduates and former students of Norwich are:
Engineering and architecture
Other notable alumni
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