Norwich University: Narrative Description

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158 Harmon Dr.
Northfield, VT 05663
Tel: (802)485-2000
Free: 800-468-6679
Admissions: (802)485-2013
Fax: (802)485-2580
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1819. Setting: 1,125-acre small town campus with easy access to Burlington. Endowment: $110.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $53,956. Educational spending 2003-04: $4912 per student. Total enrollment: 2,707. 1,472 applied, 91% were admitted. 8% from top 10% of their high school class, 20% from top quarter, 43% from top half. Students come from 41 states and territories, 10 other countries, 74% from out-of-state, 23% 25 or older, 84% live on campus. Retention: 71% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: liberal arts/general studies; protective services/public administration; social sciences and history. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, interview, SAT Subject Tests. Required for some: essay, portfolio. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 11/15 for early decision. Notification: continuous, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $26,740 includes full-time tuition ($18,600), mandatory fees ($1050), and college room and board ($7090). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Part-time tuition: $500 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 45 open to all. Most popular organizations: Rugby Club, National Eagle Scout Association, Mountain and Cold Weather Company, Outing Club, band. Major annual events: Regimental Ball Weekend, Junior Weekend, Homecoming/Alumni Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: coed housing available. Kreitzberg Library with 280,000 books, 99,100 microform titles, 904 serials, 1,501 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $837,080. 142 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

A rural community in the central section of Vermont, Northfield is 11 miles south of Montpelier, the state capital. Rail, bus and air transportation is available. Recreational activities include skiing, hiking, bicycling, fishing, and hunting.

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