U.S. Naval War College (NWC) on Coasters Harbor Island, Newport, Rhode Island. Established in 1884, the NWC is the oldest institution of its kind in the world.
U.S. Naval War College (NWC) on Coasters Harbor Island, Newport, Rhode Island. Established in 1884, the NWC is the oldest institution of its kind in the world. More than 50,000 students have graduated since its first class of 9 students in 1885 and about 300 of today’s active-duty admirals and generals and senior executive service leaders are alumni. 150713-N- PX557-096, NEWPORT, R.I. (July 13, 2015)

Academic Resources

We’re here to support you during your educational experience at Naval War College, from one-on-one academic assistance to providing you with comfortable and connected places to learn and study.

Supporting your learning and development

As a Naval War College resident student, you can expect a demanding academic environment. It’s not uncommon to put in more than 50 hours of reading, writing, and studying per week. To help you succeed, we offer a variety of support services and resources, many of which are housed in the Hewitt Learning Commons.


The Henry E. Eccles Library, newly refurbished and expanded in 2016, is central to NWC’s educational and research programs. The library’s academic collection features more than 250,000 physical volumes—mostly focused on naval and military science, management, economics, international relations, oceanography, and political science. Online databases and journals, rare items, the Naval Historical Collection, and a classified library round out its offerings.

In addition to supporting our on-campus students, faculty, and staff, our librarians are also equipped and ready to work with our distance education students.

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Learning Commons

NWC’s Hewitt Learning Commons opened in late 2016 as part of the library’s expansion and integration with other academic and technology offices. Together with the library, this learning space covers three floors and 86,000-square-feet. The Learning Commons features private and group study areas, conference rooms, classrooms, an innovation lab, computer workstations, charging stations, lockers, and more—as well as a bookstore and cafe.

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Writing Center

The Writing Center at Naval War College, located in the Hewitt Learning Commons, offers one-on-one writing instruction for students at any stage in the writing process, from developing an outline to polishing a final draft. Our writing experts also provide assistance to students whose native language is not English. The Writing Center also hosts writing workshops and provides support to faculty members.

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Academic Catalog

The academic catalog, updated and posted online for each academic year, not only contains course and program information, but also important policies. Refer to the academic catalog for any questions you might have about student expectations, degree requirements, academic integrity, and other issues directly related to your coursework.

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Other Resources Around NWC

Academic Vision and Outcomes

Our programs serve as the foundation of enduring relationships of inestimable value to our nation and the world.

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Colleges and Academies

U.S. Naval War College is home to six individual colleges, as well as specialized groups and research centers.

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Research and Wargaming

The Center for Naval Warfare Studies at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) complements our curriculum by serving as a home for original research and innovative thinking.

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News, Media, & Events


Second Annual Future Warfighting Symposium

Aug. 14, 2018
News Publication

Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Workshop: August 2018

Aug. 16, 2018
8:00 a.m.
Brown University, Providence, RI 02912

The Secret Sauce to Innovate in the Military: Make Doubt and Failure Fun

Jul. 25, 2018
The National Interest
Article Publication