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Norwich University offers diversity

Norwich University offers diversity

02/16/2011  |  BG Michael B. Kelley Vice President for Student Affairs and Commandant of Cadets, Norwich University

Norwich University, located in Northfield, VT, is the birthplace of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and the nation’s oldest private military college. For almost 200 years we have been guided by a tradition of innovation. On our Northfield campus we educate a full range of students from traditional-aged to seasoned combat veterans to middle aged adults seeking new career opportunities. We created online programming to deliver graduate programs to mid-career professionals, many of whom complete their studies while serving active duty; professional certificate programs and one online bachelor’s completion program.

Christine Millette, 33, is an example of our undergraduate students who took advantage of our School of Graduate and Continuing Studies (SGCS). She could do the coursework online.

A public affairs officer and Captain in the Air Force Reserve, Millette got her Bachelor’s degree in communications in 2000 and then her Master’s degree in Justice Administration in 2009, which is now a concentration in the Master of Public Administration Program.

Millette said she immediately put to use her education upon graduation in 2000.

“The Air Force let me become a public affairs officer from the get go,” she said.

SGCS programs are delivered online for three semesters that end in a weeklong residency on Norwich’s Northfield, VT campus. Students go through the graduate programs in small groups which form bonds through online discussions and group projects.

“I was pretty impressed with the master’s program with the way they infuse Corps of Cadets principals into the course, and I really love the school,” Millette said.

Norwich has been offering online graduate programs for 10 years. Our Master of Science in Information Assurance was one of the first programs to be designated a National Center for Academic Excellence by the National Security Agency. We also have graduate programs in nursing, diplomacy, engineering, public administration, military history, business, business continuity and organizational leadership.

For undergraduate studies we also offer a bachelor’s degree completion program.

Offered completely online, the Bachelor of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis (BSSSDA) degree completion program is designed to build on the military education and experience of U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) in the U. S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), and is open only to Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve personnel, as well as to veterans, that have been assigned to one of the subordinate commands within the USSOCOM.

The BSSSDA degree is designed to be highly experiential in nature and to integrate a student’s operational and international experiences into the curriculum.

Students also come to Norwich’s campus for undergraduate studies after serving in the military. We have over 300 students attending Norwich on GI Bill benefits. As a private college, Norwich makes up the difference in tuition through its dedication to the Yellow Ribbon Program.

At Norwich University we have successfully integrated seemingly disparate populations of students to create a truly vibrant classroom experience. As one of the first military colleges to accept women into the Corps of Cadets and civilian students onto campus and one of the first institutions to accept international students we are well-practiced at educating non-traditional students.

We hope you will join us in your educational journey.

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