As a senior service school, a primary feature of attendance for potential students is that they've reached a particular level of career achievement. Also, the college's founding purpose is to train and now educate students in processes of resource management in regard to domains of national security. The great majority of students are current service members or federal government employees. The school is now expanding selection from private sector firms related to national security industries.
To maintain the diversity of the class of 330 students, the School has a specified number of seats for each category of students. The students are nominated and selected from within their own organizations to attend the college. Each military service and agency has a specified number of seats to fill.
The application process to attend the Eisenhower School is through the employing military branch or government agency. Applications and other educational paperwork should be forwarded to the NDU Registrar. Military officers (Lieutenant Colonel or Commander and above) and civilian government employees (GS 14 and above) apply, or are nominated, through their respective agencies. The agency's representative submits the nominations to the college via the NDU Registrar.
Once the selection process is completed by a sponsoring organization, a student will be one of 330 students for the following academic year and is typically contacted by early spring before the term begins in August.