Welcome to the National War College

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Congratulations on your selection to attend the National War College!

All incoming students should receive a welcome package from the National Defense University Registrar's office. Within that package each student will find a welcome letter with guidance on actions to take as they prepare to arrive at National War College.

Student Welcome Package Information - AY 20-21

In addition, incoming National War College students should review the NWC Welcome letter attached here as it contains arrival information specific to the National War College.

NWC School Specific Information - AY 20-21

It is important that all US Military and Civilian students read both of these letters as they contain action items to complete prior to arrival and provide a schedule for service specific meetings for arriving US Military service members.

NWC Student Catalog

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Please see Commandant's Welcome Letter, Dean of Student's Welcome Letter, and Spouses' Welcome letter via the links below: 

Check back as you make your way to Washington D.C. as updates will be posted here as well as links to training to accomplish prior to arrival, and, as we gather them, answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Arrival, In-Processing and First Few Days

Welcome to National War College. We are excited to have you here.

As of this website posting, the pervasiveness of the COVID pandemic has been reduced to a manageable state in the local areas surrounding the National Capitol Region (northern Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland). Currently, all surrounding regions are in Phase 2, a state permitting general re-opening of local business and services with required precautionary measures (e.g., face masks, social distancing). Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall (JBMHH) and is presently observing Health Protection Condition (HPCON) BRAVO, which is comparable to the local area Phase 2 conditions and restrictions. Considering current local conditions, NDU will open its campus to a limited physical presence of faculty, staff, and students for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. The opening of the NDU campus will be limited in accordance with acceptable risk to NDU personnel. The health and safety of our personnel will be the primary concern in balancing the need for face-to-face instruction and on-campus presence against virtualization.

Consistent with that principle, most of your in-processing and orientation will be completed virtually to the maximum extent practical. To do this effectively, you will need access to a desktop/laptop computer to send and receive documents. Additionally, you should have adequate internet access to view full audio/video live broadcasts and, if desired, send questions to presenters via chat. Links to various sessions will be posted on this website and will be provided through as many paths as possible to ensure you have them.

Visit the NDU Incoming Students website (http://www.ndu.edu/Students/Incoming-Students/) for detailed information regarding University-level in-processing requirements.‚Äč

Formal class orientation and in-processing will occur beginning August 3 per the University and NWC Orientation schedules posted at https://www.ndu.edu/Incoming-Students/AY-20-21-Incoming-Student-Orientation/ 

Having your university computer activated will be especially important. If not already complete, please follow instructions on the NDU IT Requirements and Guidance page at https://www.ndu.edu/Students/IT-Requirements-and-Guidance/

There will be some activities scheduled the week of 27 -31 July. You should have already been contacted by your sponsor for that week’s activities. If you have any question about 27-31 July, please reach out as below.

Pre-arrival Information

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All students are required to complete the Pre-Attendance Training:

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Blackboard Questions

National Defense University (NDU) uses Blackboard as its Learning Management System. All curriculum is delivered to the students across the university using Blackboard.

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Every student will have an account established prior to their arrival, and will be enrolled into a "Pre-attendance" course to guide them through some steps to accomplish some of the required training that is nice to accomplish prior to arrival.

Incoming students should check back here mid June for more guidance on how to obtain their user credentials for their initial log on. If you are having technical problems, email: nwcedtech@ndu.edu.

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NWC Alumni Association

The NWC Alumni Association (NWCAA) is an independent 501 (c)(3) charitable, educational organization with 30% of the College’s more than 10,000 graduates as life and annual members.  The National War College Alumni Association is a non-federal entity.  It is not part of the Department of Defense or any of its components and has no Government Status

The Association provides funding for a variety of student social, athletic, and liaison activities.

Welcome Letter from the NWC Alumni Association