Incoming Students: Congratulations on your selection for the National Defense University (NDU), Class of 2019. I welcome you and your family to NDU, the nation’s premier national security institution focused on advanced joint education, leader development and scholarship. NDU offers a unique academic environment to carry out the vital mission the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) has given us: NDU develops joint warfighters and other national security leaders through rigorous academics, research and engagement to serve the common defense.
You were chosen because of your outstanding record of accomplishment, and your proven potential for future positions of leadership. NDU educates, develops, and inspires national security leaders through a comprehensive and collaborative academic experience to anticipate and confront national and global security challenges. Once here, you will be encouraged and taught to innovate, adapt and think critically and imaginatively in order to anticipate and overcome future challenges to national security. CJCS’s vision is that NDU will create strategic advantage by developing joint warfighters and other national security leaders and forging relationships through whole-of-nations and whole-of-governments educational programs, research, and engagement. Our commitment to this vision requires a combination of excellent faculty and subject matter experts, rigorous curricula and programs, and high quality total health resources to make your time with us as beneficial and productive as possible.
Finally, I encourage you to select your college in the “Information by College" section on this page for important information contained in your college’s welcome letter, to help you and your family make a smooth transition to the Washington, D.C. area. Please pay particular attention to our registration requirements in that welcome letter and complete them as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact our Human Resource Directorate at (202) 685-3921 or DSN 325-3921. Revisit this page periodically, as we are constantly updating and adding key information. The NDU team and I look forward to your arrival and we are excited about the upcoming year. Welcome to NDU!