Culminating Campus Experience

The Residency: Your Educational Experience of a Lifetime

All Norwich master’s degree programs culminate in a weeklong capstone residency in June at our beautiful campus in the Green Mountains of Vermont, and bachelor’s students are welcome but not required to attend. During this transformative week, you’ll present final projects or papers, solidify friendships and professional connections with classmates and professors, and launch the next chapter of your promising future.

As its name implies, residency serves as a capstone experience to your coursework. Depending on your particular program, you will attend interdisciplinary workshops, contribute to formal debates, present papers or projects, participate in networking activities, and observe faculty presentations. Residency week concludes with a special academic recognition and graduation ceremony during which you’ll receive your master’s hood and diploma.

Make the Most of Residency

Residency week is more than a program requirement; it’s an opportunity for you to share your Norwich experience with family and friends. Children, spouses, and significant others are encouraged to join in the action and explore Norwich’s historic campus and the beautiful surrounding area. Vermont in June is ideal for hiking, biking, fishing, and other outdoor activities, and weeklong room and board is free for all students.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • The capstone residency is required for completion of all Norwich master’s degree programs. Bachelor’s degree completion students are invited but not required to participate.
  • Residency week is held in June. If you intend to start your program in March, be sure to ask your admissions advisor about our accelerated residency offering.
  • Prospective students are welcome to visit during residency week. Contact an admissions advisor to learn more.

The 2014 Residency Conference and Beyond

The residency experience has evolved over the years to better serve our students and to offer more opportunities for cross-program engagement. However, certain things remain unchanged including: time and opportunity to connect with the people with whom you've worked closely over the course of your program, academic programming that is challenging and thought provoking, and a celebration of all you've accomplished at Norwich University. Each program's required academic events are unique, and open sessions offer the opportunity for intellectual exchange and networking.

Typical residency conference schedule:

  • Monday: Check-in/registration from 1 PM – 11 PM; get to know your classmates over dinner; meet the Dean at the residency conference welcome.
  • Tuesday: Academic activities with your program; poster presentations; Norwich ring ceremony; networking social with alumni, classmates, faculty, and industry leaders.
  • Wednesday: Annual Dog River run (optional); conference sessions across the disciplines.
  • Thursday: Graduation rehearsal; keynote speaker; academic recognition ceremonies and alumni reception for students and families.
  • Friday: Graduation; celebration luncheon; check-out, say good-bye to your new network of colleagues, head home.