Do You Need to Be in the Military?

Although Norwich is famous for its Corps of Cadets and military lifestyle on campus, civilian students thrive here, too. Our online student population is a mix of both military-affiliated students and others with no military connections at all.

For 200 years, Norwich University’s Guiding Values and mission have helped create an atmosphere of excellence. We are the nation’s oldest private military college and the birthplace of ROTC, serving a diverse student body that reflects the world today, civilian, military career-focused, and online.

The simple answer is no, you do not need to be in the military or associated with the military in any way to be a Norwich Online student.

Since 1997, our online student body has been composed of people from all over the world. Our students are business professionals, servicemembers on deployment, federal, state or city employees looking to advance their careers, veterans, first responders, hobbyists, and so much more! Offering bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and professional development certificates, Norwich Online graduates build upon their Norwich educations to launch or grow careers and make outsized contributions to their communities, the nation and the world.

Student Testimonials

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The interactive nature of the courses, which forced me to engage with other students, crushed my expectations and helped me see problems through lenses I generally would not have.

Brett Adams

'22 Master of Arts in Strategic Studies

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I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to get both my bachelor's and master's degrees at Norwich University. I truly wanted to earn my degree, and the diplomacy program ensured I did.

Michael Rodriguez

'19 Master of Arts in Diplomacy

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I chose Norwich because of its distinguished history, its credibility as a legitimate institution of higher learning, and because it had the programs of greatest interest to me.

Tammy Megow-Jones

'15 Master of Science in Organizational Leadership

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I chose Norwich because of its military-friendly program and convenient online platform.

Robert Cooper

'23 Master of Arts in History

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Norwich provided an online program that was just as challenging and effective as an in-person program would be while allowing me to complete my coursework from afar.

Austin Wrathall

'21 Master of Arts in History

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Brett Adams

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Michael Rodriguez

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Tammy Megow-Jones

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Robert Cooper

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Austin Wrathall