Students of U.S. Naval War College’s (NWC) 2018 graduating class participate in a commencement ceremony at NWC.
Students of U.S. Naval War College’s (NWC) 2018 graduating class participate in a commencement ceremony at NWC. The graduating class of 2018 included 323 resident students of the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, federal civilian employees and 103 international students. Additionally, 1,109 students completed coursework through NWC’s College of Distance Education programs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kristi Nanco/Released)

Resident Domestic Students

Each year, more than 600 outstanding intermediate- and senior-level officers and civilian leaders participate in the 10-month resident program at U.S. Naval War College (NWC). For about a year, you’ll call the NWC campus and Newport, Rhode Island, home.

Campus Life at U.S. Naval War College and Naval Station Newport

Our historic, 27-acre campus is part of Naval Station Newport, a base that’s also home to 50 military commands, educational institutions, and services. While the focus of your tour at NWC is academics, you’ll also have the chance to participate in social events, student organizations, and intramural athletics. If your spouse is joining you in Newport, they also have access to campus amenities, including a spouses’ club.

Exploring Newport, Rhode Island

While you’re attending NWC, you’ll have time to take a break from coursework to explore Newport and the New England region, from seaports and mansions to festivals and downtown entertainment.

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Academic Life & Expectations

Your NWC resident academic experience will be demanding—you can expect to put in 50 to 60 hours of work each week, from readings and written assignments to studying for exams. We offer support services to all of our students, including an orientation program and access to a writing center. Our library is open 24/7.

College of Naval Warfare (CNW)

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College of Naval Command and Staff (CNCS)

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College of Leadership and Ethics (CLE)

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Apply to NWC as a Civilian

Every academic year, selected departments and agencies are invited to nominate civilian applicants in the grades of GS-14/15 or equivalent for admission to the College of Naval Warfare and civilian applicants in the grade of GS-13 or equivalent for admission to the College of Naval Command and Staff. Admission for civilian students nominated by their parent agency to the resident program requires a formal application package be submitted to the Naval War College.

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More Information on the College

International Students

International programs at the U.S. Naval War College use the “Newport Connection” to develop robust global maritime partnerships and promote trust among partner nations.

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Visiting the College

Whether you’re coming to the U.S. Naval College to participate in an evening lecture or are visiting the Navy’s “Home of Thought,” we look forward to having you aboard.

Getting to the campus

Newport, Rhode Island

Newport, Rhode Island, offers so much to see and do, from setting sail and sampling local fare to site-seeing among the numerous historic and cultural attractions.

Exploring Newport

News, Media, & Events

U.S. Naval War College Graduation

Nov. 10, 2020
11:00 a.m.
Virtual Event

Making Killers: Hate Training and the US Army’s War in Europe, 1942-5

Apr. 27, 2020
Journal of Contemporary History
Article Publication