Students detailed to the Naval War College in Newport participate in a ten-month program of academic and strategic development. Depending on the curriculum requirements of each trimester, students are expected to read on average 500 pages per week, write regular papers and take exams. Average student class and study time is 50 to 60 hours per week. The core curriculum provides the backbone for Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) credit and an accredited Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. The electives track supplements the core curriculum, allowing each student to pursue a more specialized area of study and in most cases graduate with an Additional Qualification Designator (AQD – Navy only). Needless to say, it is a rigorous and incredibly rewarding year requiring significant time management skills.
The tour also offers a rare opportunity to spend some time with family. Newport is one of New England's most historic seaports, offering a wide array of extracurricular activities: sailing, music and food festivals, turn of the century mansions and a bustling downtown area, all just minutes from the Naval War College.
For questions related to the adjustment between operational and academic life, the Dean of Students Office and the individual Service Advisors stand ready to assist. The Dean of Students Office can be reached by phone at 401-841-3373 or e-mail at
New students may expect to receive a welcome aboard letter via email after receiving orders approximately six to eight weeks prior to arriving. If you have received orders, please email our office at and provide your contact information.

If you have specific questions that the current welcome letters, the student handbook, and other information posted here does not answer, please contact the Deputy Dean of Students, CDR William Hendrickson, at Service Advisors can be reached at:
Air Force 401-841-3786
Army 401-841-4795
Coast Guard 401-841-3398
Marine Corps 401-841-4795
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