NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University began the 2022–23 academic year on Monday, Aug. 29, with approximately 650 new students. First year students in the Corps of Cadets arrived on Sunday, Aug. 21, and new civilian students arrived on Tuesday, Aug. 23, for orientation.

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The Class of 2026 is comprised of approximately 350 rooks (first year students in the Corps of Cadets) and 298 civilian students (both residential and commuter) coming from 42 states and 21 different countries.

“It is so wonderful to have the campus come alive again,” said Norwich President Mark Anarumo. “Incoming and returning students, their families, and the entire Norwich community of learning are ecstatic. It is going to be a phenomenal academic year!”

Class of 2026 by the numbers:

  • ·         Most popular majors: Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering and Nursing
  • ·         Top 10 sending states: Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, California, New Hampshire, Florida, Maine, Virginia, Texas (Florida and Maine are tied)
  • ·         88 ROTC scholarships
  • ·         11 Civic Scholars
  • ·         21 Honors Program
  • ·         89 international students from 20 countries

On Sunday, Aug. 28, all new students participated in the New Student Oath Ceremony held on the Upper Parade Ground to pledge to uphold the principles of Norwich University. As part of the Oath, rooks and incoming civilians alike promise to accept and apply the principles of the Norwich honor code and guiding values. Their recitations conclude with: “In all my endeavors from this day forth I will reflect in the spirit of the Norwich motto: ‘I Will Try.’”

The Oath Ceremony is a long-standing Norwich tradition. Corps students and civilians participate jointly, a “beginning” that cultivates unity across the student body. 

Editor’s note: Pictured above, rooks participate in the New Student Oath Ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 28. Photo credit: Mark Collier/Norwich University.