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 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.

About Newport

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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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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News, Media, & Events

NWC-at-NPS Celebrates 81st Graduating Class

Jan. 10, 2020
News Publication

U.S. Naval War College Graduation: March 2020

Mar. 03, 2020
12:00 p.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Will the United States Learn from the Iraq War?

Jan. 01, 2020
Naval War College Review, Volume 73, Issue 1
Article Publication