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Norwich University, the first private military college in the United States, is located in Northfield, Vermont. It was founded in 1819 by Capt. Alden Partridge, a former Acting Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point. After resigning from the Army (in 1818), Partridge founded Norwich in order to promote the concept of "citizen-soldiers." His educational theories influenced the establishment of modern Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC), which was established in 1916.
- Campus area: 1125 acres (5 km²)
- Enrollment: 2099
- School type: Private
- Year founded: 1819
- Other information: Known as the "Birthplace of ROTC" because it was the first private college in the U.S. to offer military instruction.
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