Norwich University reports – Norwich University welcomed 489 rooks (first year students in the Corps of Cadets) on Sunday, August 18, 2019.

The 2019 Rook class is made up of 465 new students, 24 civilian-to-Corps transfer students, all hailing from 37 states, D.C., two U.S. territories and six different countries. They represent 32 academic majors, with 74 attending on nationally competitive ROTC scholarships. Twenty-four rooks are entering into the Honors Program, 15 have been selected for our Civic Scholarsprogram, and 36 are legacy students.

This year marked President Richard W. Schneider’s final welcome to a rook class, as he prepares to retire in the spring after 28 years as Norwich University’s president. This makes him one of the country’s longest-serving presidents in one of the country’s oldest universities, as Norwich celebrates 200 years this year.

“You stand on the shoulders of the men and women who have gone before: Leaders of character who have gone on to serve—in their communities, in the military, and in the world,” Schneider told the rook class. “Norwich is a family of leaders. The beliefs and aspirations of this family are derived from the ideas and actions of one man, (Founder) Captain Alden Partridge, a leader who was decades – if not centuries – ahead of his time.”


Approximately 250 new civilian students will arrive on Tuesday, August 20, to begin orientation. Classes begin on Monday, August 26.