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Norwich University Overview

Norwich University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Northfield, Vermont. The surrounding location of Northfield is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

What Is Norwich University Known For?

715 Undergraduate Awards
$35,141 Avg Cost After Aid
65% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Norwich have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 4%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The master's degree is the highest award offered at Norwich.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 47% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Norwich makes roughly $53,700 a year. This is 32% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • On average, it takes about 4.2 years for students from Norwich to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Norwich University Rankings

Norwich is ranked #246 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 8 colleges in Vermont, it is ranked at #2.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Norwich has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#4 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#108 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Norwich.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Information Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Value Information Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Information Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Value International Relations & National Security Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Computer & Information Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best International Relations & National Security Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Best Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#126 Best Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Norwich has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#14 Best Computer Science Schools Computer Science Degree
#37 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#49 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#56 Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#61 Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections College Factual
#66 Highest Paid Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Graduates College Factual

Where Is Norwich University?

Location of Norwich University

Contact details for Norwich are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663-1035
Phone: 802-485-2000

How Do I Get Into Norwich?

You can apply to Norwich online at:

Admission Requirements for Norwich

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program neither required nor recommended
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Norwich?

65% Acceptance Rate
32% Of Accepted Are Women
With an acceptance rate of 65%, Norwich does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 68% of accepted students are men and 32% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 64%, and the acceptance rate for women is 66%.

Can I Afford Norwich University?

$35,141 Net Price
73% Take Out Loans
4.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Norwich is $35,141. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Norwich, approximately 73% of students took out student loans averaging $10,721 a year. That adds up to $42,884 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Norwich is 4.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Norwich University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,643 Full-Time Undergraduates
28% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,266 undergraduate students at Norwich, with 2,643 being full-time and 623 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Norwich

There are also 667 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,643 full-time undergraduates at Norwich, 72% are male and 28% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Norwich

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Norwich University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Norwich Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 97
Black or African American 152
Hispanic or Latino 278
White 1,809
International Students 104
Other Races/Ethnicities 203

Geographic Diversity

Vermont students aren't the only ones who study at Norwich University. At this time, 44 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 32 countries are represented at Norwich. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Nepal, Canada, and China.

Online Learning at Norwich University

1,473 Took All Classes Online
1,474 Took At Least One Class Online
2.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 6 bachelor’s degree and 11 master’s degree programs available online at Norwich. In 2017-2018, 1,474 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Norwich has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 2nd most popular in Vermont for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Norwich

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Norwich University was 2.4%. This is the #1,861 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Norwich regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Norwich majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Computer & Information Sciences 14%
History 8%
History 8%
Information Science 18%
Interdisciplinary Studies 67%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 67%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Norwich ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Norwich.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Intelligence & Command Control Operations #8
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences #8
International Relations & National Security #14
Civil Engineering #29
Information Science #46
History #57
History #57
Public Administration #84
General Education #95
Engineering #97
Information Technology #101
Social Sciences #176
Public Administration & Social Service #181
Computer & Information Sciences #348
Criminal Justice & Corrections #355
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #402
Nursing #408

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Norwich University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 44 2 150 196
Intelligence & Command Control Operations 177 0 1 178
International Relations & National Security 30 0 100 130
Criminal Justice & Corrections 117 0 5 122
History 14 0 101 115
Information Science 19 26 53 98
Civil Engineering 23 0 16 39
Information Technology 30 0 0 30
Public Administration 0 2 26 28
Mechanical Engineering 26 0 0 26
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 26 26
General Architecture 18 0 7 25
Nursing 24 0 0 24
Construction Management 23 0 0 23
Health & Physical Education 23 0 0 23
Political Science & Government 21 0 0 21
General Psychology 19 0 0 19
General Biology 12 0 0 12
Accounting 11 0 0 11
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 9 0 0 9
Communication & Media Studies 9 0 0 9
Romance Languages 9 0 0 9
Teacher Education Subject Specific 7 0 0 7
Computer Engineering 7 0 0 7
Allied Health Professions 7 0 0 7
General Education 0 6 0 6
Interdisciplinary Studies 6 0 0 6
Natural Resources Conservation 5 0 0 5
Computer Science 4 0 0 4
Mathematics 4 0 0 4
Physics 4 0 0 4
General English Literature 3 0 0 3
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 2 0 0 2
East Asian Languages 2 0 0 2
Chemistry 2 0 0 2
International Business 1 0 0 1
Teacher Education Grade Specific 1 0 0 1
General Engineering 1 0 0 1
Geological & Earth Sciences 1 0 0 1
Public Policy 0 1 0 1
Electrical Engineering 0 0 0 0
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 715 37 485 1,237


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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