Norwich University

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Norwich University in the winter of early 2005
Norwich University graduates toss their hats into the air after official ceremonies at the university in Northfield, VT, May 13, 2012.

Norwich University – The Military College of Vermont is a private senior military college in Northfield, Vermont. It is the oldest private and senior military college in the United States and offers bachelor's and master's degrees on-campus and online. The university was founded in 1819 in Norwich, Vermont, as the American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy. It is the oldest of six senior military colleges and is recognized by the United States Department of Defense as the "Birthplace of ROTC" (Reserve Officers' Training Corps).


  • Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont: In the North, other than West Point, the only notable military institution of higher learning was Norwich University, which was established as a private military college in 1819. Among its graduates, 523 became officers in the Union army and 34 in the Confederate army.
    • Alan Axelrod, Armies North, Armies South: The Military Forces of the Civil War Compared and Contrasted (2022), Essex: Lyons Press, paperback, p. 24
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