The course load and the advanced and honors classes are still challenging. The ACT minimum isn't an accurate gauge for the rigor of the coursework. Because military service requires all kinds, and Norwich does look at the entire candidate, there are kids of all backgrounds. The academic achievement center commits to helping those who are on weak academic footing to rise to a new level, and helping those with high performance to challenge themselves.
DS was invited to the honors program, civic scholar program, and is a member of the school server administration team in addition to his major classes. He's surrounded by fellow cadets in his major who are also in his platoon and is challenged every day.
Where Norwich really shines is the practical application of classwork. Students won't just have a degree, they will have project management, scholarly work, research, foreign study, certifications and internships under their belts which make job placement so much easier. There's real world experience the graduates bring to their interviews... and the networking!
Rookdom is intense, and sets every rook off their game. Those who were high achievers can still flounder as their tried and true methods from back home are turned on their heads.
When it comes to civil engineering, CSIA, digital forensics, international accounting, and studies in war and peace, Norwich is very competitive with larger schools.