More than 300 new Navy, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marine Corps students listen to an orientation briefing at U.S. Naval War College at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island.
More than 300 new Navy, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marine Corps students listen to an orientation briefing at U.S. Naval War College at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island. (U.S. Navy photo by Haley Nace/Released)

College of Naval Warfare Orientation

New student orientation is a multi-day event designed to prepare you for your upcoming U.S. Naval War College (NWC) experience and give you the information you need to be ready when classes begin. It will provide you the opportunity to meet the college leadership and learn about your upcoming academic year and living in Newport.

About Orientation

Orientation covers three full days of briefs and administrative requirements. Additional days beyond the first three may be necessary for service-specific training and administration as well as NWC-specific training and administration. Details will be provided in an orientation schedule made available to all incoming students.


Details for student in-processing will be provided in a Welcome Aboard email from the Dean of Students Office and Service Advisor, all students report to the Dean of Students Office.


NWC has a Bring Your Own Device policy, all students are required to bring their own laptops or tablets in order to access the digital curriculum. We will provide you with the formatted readings and instructions on how to load them onto the device. By bringing your own device, you will be able to retain all selected readings for future professional reference. Please bring your device with you when checking-in to avoid delays with your in-processing.

On-Campus Resources

We are here to support you during your educational experience, from one-on-one academic assistance to providing you with comfortable and connected places to learn and study. Available within the academic complex are the Eccles Library, writing center, medical offices, bookstore, barber shop, and breakfast and lunch (both hot and cold fare) at a café located in Hewitt Hall.

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A Naval War College identification badge and common access card give students 24-hour access to the complex and computer resources. Library facilities are also available 24 hours a day; library staff is available between the hours of 0730 and 1630. Additional on-campus student services are provided by the Chief of Staff’s organization, including security clearances, automobile registration, photo identification, name tags, and audio-visual aids.

Henry E. Eccles Library

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Writing Center

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Contact Information for Students

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Army Student Information

The College of Naval Warfare at NWC is attended by Army Lieutenant Colonels (O5) and Colonels (O6) in lieu of the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks. There are two key organizations that require information to process you into the college, the Dean of Students and the Army Student Detachment at Fort Jackson. Online in-processing for the college requires a username and password that is generated by the Dean of Students Office.

In-processing Requirements

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Army Student Contact Information

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Pass and Leave Instructions

Check-in policy for Army Students and Faculty accountability at the Naval War College

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