Located in Northwood, Vermont, Norwich University was the first private military college in the United States. Established in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge, the college was the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (ROTC) program. Many people believe that choosing to attend a military academy means choosing to enter the military after graduation. This is not necessarily the case. Only students who accept ROTC scholarships are obligated to enter the military after college. Students who simply seek the structured environment, low student to teacher ratio and commitment to high standards that a military academy provides may benefit from Norwich University without having to commit to a military career, though many students do. Norwich provides a unique environment that is a mix of traditional students and a corps of cadets. Students who have traditionally excelled both academically and athletically and enjoy volunteering time to those less fortunate may well enjoy gaining an education at Norwich University.