Students of U.S. Naval War College’s (NWC) 2016 graduating class participate in a commencement ceremony at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island.
Students of U.S. Naval War College’s (NWC) 2016 graduating class participate in a commencement ceremony at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island. The graduating class of 2016 included 316 resident students of the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, federal civilian employees and 118 international students. Additionally, 1,174 students completed coursework through NWC’s College of Distance Education programs. 160617-N-XT7779-396 NEWPORT, R.I. (June 17, 2016)

Resident 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.

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

At our Newport campus, you’ll fulfill your Joint Professional Military Education Phase II credit requirement, and you can also earn a master’s degree. The 10-month program is split into three trimesters, spanning both classroom-style and real-world learning opportunities—and you’ll prepare for higher responsibilities as a senior officer or for executive-level civilian leadership.

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College of Naval Command and Staff

At the College of Naval Command and Staff, you’ll join other intermediate-level officers from the U.S. Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and National Guard, as well as civilians with equivalent seniority, in developing essential leadership and strategic skills while preparing for increased responsibilities and promotion.

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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 to the resident program requires a formal application to the Naval War College.

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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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News, Media, & Events

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Senior Enlisted Academy holds change of charge

Nov. 17, 2017
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Brazilian woman takes Oath of Allegiance at NWC

Nov. 15, 2017
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Navy Band Northeast Holiday Concert Series

Dec. 10, 2017
3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Spruance Auditorium, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Housing Options

Many of our students choose to live on Aquidneck Island or in Jamestown. Naval Station Newport’s housing office can assist with on- and off-base housing. NWC also offers shared housing on campus.

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Naval Station Newport

On base, you’ll find all the amenities you’ll need as a resident student: cafés, supply stores, dry cleaners, fitness center, credit union, post office, chapel, and more.

Naval Station Newport

Student Organizations

NWC’s student government organization supports academics, intramurals and social activities. Our individual colleges and seminars also offer student leadership opportunities.

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