Residential Programs Support Services

In addition to University Support Services, there are program-specific services available to students enrolled in a residential program.

Center for Academic Success & Achievement

The Center for Academic Success and Achievement (CASA) offers students the opportunity to connect with professional and peer educators who assist with achieving academic success. The outlined services are available at no additional cost to the student.

The CASA works with students who want to improve their study, time management, organizational, and learning skills. The CASA’s staff also offers comprehensive individualized and group tutoring across the curriculum. We provide tutoring for all math courses, as well as most lab science, engineering, and computer science courses. We also provide tutoring in liberal arts areas such as modern languages, criminal justice and history, research projects, and discipline-specific study skills.

The Center’s Academic Success Coaches offer support to incoming students to aid with their transition to Norwich, develop their self-leadership skills, how to locate campus involvement opportunities, and serve as their “go-to” person to address questions about academics, campus life, and administrative matters.

In addition, the CASA supports Multi-Lingual students for whom English is a second language; students with disability who choose to use Student Accessibility Resources, such as accommodations or assistive technology; and, students with academic difficulty looking to get back on track with their studies.

For more information about CASA services, please contact, casa@norwich.edu, phone 802-485-2130, or in person on the 4th floor of the Kreitzberg Library.

Chaplain

Norwich is non-sectarian. However, believing that acquisition of and/or affirmation of one's own personal spiritual convictions is an essential part of each individual's character development and education, the University provides religious services in the Eugene L. White Memorial White Chapel throughout the year.

Two Roman Catholic masses and at least one Non-denominational Protestant Worship Service are conducted weekly. A part-time Roman Catholic Priest and a full-time Non-Denominational Protestant Chaplain serve the campus.  An Islamic prayer room is available in the basement of White Chapel, and Jewish students avail themselves of the local synagogues in Montpelier and Stowe.

Local houses of worship for different faiths and denominations, including addresses, phone numbers, and identification of spiritual leaders, can be found in a pamphlet located in the literature rack immediately inside the entrance to the Chapel sanctuary.  Many religious groups offer free transportation for students to attend services. After the initial week of training, recruits/rooks may leave campus to attend such religious services.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Chaplain's Office:

  • Chaplain’s Office Telephone: 802.485.2128

  • Chaplain’s Home Telephone: 802.485.7877

  • Chaplain's Cell Phone 802.272.0585

  • Email: chaplain@norwich.edu

Service Learning

Service-Learning Opportunities
Students are encouraged to explore both credit-bearing and co-curricular service-learning opportunities that are tied to their academic interests and learning objectives.  Service-learning allows students to apply what they’re learning to the real world, in real time, and with real outcomes that affect the community the students are serving.  To learn more about potential projects both within and outside the classroom, contact the CCE Director (see below).

Volunteer Opportunities and Programs
In keeping with the mission and tradition of Norwich University, students, staff, and faculty engage in a variety of public service activities throughout the entire calendar year. All students and student groups are encouraged to participate in a variety of volunteer opportunities during the week (outside of their academic schedule), weekends and even during holiday breaks. In conjunction with the Student Activities Fair at the beginning of each academic year, a Volunteer Fair is held on campus, which allows the University community to learn more about volunteer activities directly by meeting representatives of local community-based organizations.

Students who wish to volunteer with a local nonprofit organization on a one-time or on-going basis are encouraged to register as an NU volunteer by contacting the CCE via email for online instruction at 4achange@norwich.edu or by visiting the Center for Civic Engagement in Wise 230. Leadership and service projects are local, national and international in scope and consist of work with the elderly, youth, homeless, hungry, and economically disadvantaged. All students are encouraged to become active volunteers as part of their college experience, with the aim of developing graduates who are "ready, not reluctant" to serve their community and nation.  Student-led service groups include:

  • NUEMS (Norwich University Emergency Medical Service)

  • Rotaract (Service Leadership team affiliated with Rotary International)

  • Buddy Up Youth Mentoring Program

  • NU Scouting Association (for all Boy Scout and Girl Scout program participants)

  • Hope (dedicated to mental health advocacy and wellness)

  • Unify (NU's Special Olympics Club)

  • Habitat for Humanity (NU's Collegiate Chapter)

  • Girls Who Code (NU's Collegiate Chapter)


Additional Programs offered through the CCE include

  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) training and certification through the Internal Revenue Service

  • The Legacy March (a fifty-mile march from Norwich to Northfield, Vermont resulting in raised funds for the Vermont Veterans' Place)

  • Civic Scholars Program

  • Community-based Work-Study

Annual volunteer events include bi-annual blood and bone marrow registration drives, the Penguin Plunge fundraiser benefiting the VT Special Olympics;  various food, book, clothing and supply drives; and annual clothing re-use programs, to include the Annual Clothing Drop 'N Swap, as well as the annual, end-of-the-year “Trash to Treasure” re-use program for unwanted, quality items donated by students leaving campus.  One-time and on-going opportunities to help organizations like the VT Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, the Northfield Veterans’ Place, Vermont Cross Trail, Mayo Health Center, Bridges After School Program, and many others take place each week!

Additionally, domestic Alternative Break volunteer trips take place over Thanksgiving and Spring Breaks, while the NU VISIONS Abroad program features international, inter-disciplinary trips during summer vacation.   In some instances, academic credit can be arranged in advance for students’ participation in these trips, but this must be initiated by the student and supported by their academic advisor.

Services that the CCE offers

  • Free shuttle service to and from voting polls

  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance to income-eligible individuals and families

  • Volunteer referrals

  • Community restitution referrals

  • Service-learning curriculum development assistance for faculty

  • Charitable giving assistance through an external fundraising account for student groups wishing to fundraise for a particular cause or organization.

Contact Information
Office: Center for Civic Engagement, Wise Campus Center, Room 230; Phone: 802-485-2644; Email: 4achange@norwich.edu; find us on Facebook and Instagram (#NUServes)!

Center for Writing

The Center for Writing offers in-depth, individual support across the writing contexts students engage with during their time at Norwich. 

The Center for Writing helps students at all stages of the writing process, such as brainstorming ideas, outlining paragraphs, developing organization, applying revisions, and editing citations. Any type of writing, whether it be for classes, personal essays, scholarships, or cover letters for grad school, is welcomed in the Center.

To assist students, the Center for Writing employs peer writing coaches from a diverse range of disciplines, majors, and minors. These consultants work one-on-one with student writers through in-person, virtual, or asynchronous sessions. The Center also hosts in-class workshops and university-wide events to further develop the culture of writing at Norwich.

In addition, the Center for Writing strives to help develop long-term writing skills, transcending a singular assignment. Coaches do this through discussions via explaining the whys of writing, tips for success, and contextualizing advice so it applies outside the project.

For more information on the Center for Writing and its services, please contact writingctr@norwich.edu or visit us in person in the second-floor reading room of the Kreitzberg Library.

Counseling and Wellness

The Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC) staff provides support for the mental health needs of the university population. Individual and group counseling for students is available in a confidential setting. In addition, thematic groups and psycho-educational workshops can be provided in response to specific needs. These services are conducted by a highly trained staff of licensed clinicians and supervised master's level interns.  Counseling services are free to NU students.  

The CWC also provides wellness programming, services, and outreach including acupuncture, massage, yoga, therapy dog visits, light therapy, and access to a virtual self-help resource called WellTrack (available to all students through their NU email address).  During the semester, the CWC will host depression and mental health screening opportunities, and bring guest lecturers and movies to campus to provide a broader understanding of relevant issues surrounding college mental health and wellness. 

It is the CWC's primary purpose to provide holistic support to students as they pursue their academic and personal goals, enhancing the student experience at Norwich. 

For more information contact the CWC via email cwc@norwich.edu, phone 802-485-2134, or drop by our office on the 4th floor of the Kreitzberg Library during regular business hours 8-4:30 pm Monday through Friday. 

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Preprofessional Programs

Preprofessional programs are those in which a student completes college as a prerequisite for admission to a professional school.  Preprofessional programs are career choices, not majors. Most preprofessional course requirements can be met at any accredited college or university. However, preprofessional advising at Norwich University is one of the strengths of the Preprofessional Program. The university maintains a strong advising program for preprofessional students. The advisor and student will develop a list of appropriate electives along with the major curriculum map and extra-curricular activities.  The preprofessional advising program it is designed to enhance professional school admission opportunities and facilitate a student’s transfer into a professional school.

The Preprofessional Program implements structured curricula and specialized advising for numerous career areas. Each curriculum incorporates the courses required by the professional schools into the strong Norwich University liberal arts curriculum. These courses facilitate the development of reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that provide the key to successful performance in professional schools and lifelong learning. Sound preprofessional advising, the accessibility of the individual advisers, and frequent contact with professional school representatives keep students well informed about the admission requirements and the application process for each program.

Selecting a Major

The majors that successful professional school applicants select are as diverse as the students themselves.  Very few professional schools require, or even necessarily prefer, that applicants come from any particular undergraduate major. However, the liberal arts education that students receive at Norwich is an asset to any professional school applicant.

Preprofessional students should major in a subject that they enjoy and are thus more likely to perform well academically. A wise choice of major should take into account (1) what field holds the most interesting career prospects in the event that professional school plans do not materialize, and (2) the fact that majoring in something one enjoys, rather than feels compelled to pursue, is likely to stimulate the superior academic performance that is of utmost importance in professional school admission.