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Congratulations and Welcome to the Naval Postgraduate School

Welcome Aboard Letters have been sent for the September 2023 class. If you have not received one, check the -email address you used on your application.

Welcome aboard letters are sent to U.S. Military and U.S. civilian students around a month prior to our expected arrival dates. The email address you designated in your admissions application will be the address used for delivery of the Welcome Aboard Letter. If your email address has changed, you must update it at the following link NPS Online Application FormIf you are within 30 days of your report date, and have not received information on how to check in, contact student affairs at sa@nps.edu . You will need a computer with internet access and a telephone to complete the initial check-in.  

September Welcome letters should be sent at the end of July

December Welcome letters should be sent at the end of October 

March Welcome letters should be sent at the end of January

June Welcome letters should be sent at the end of April


International Students:

Congratulations on your orders to the Naval Postgraduate School.  Your onboarding process will be handled by the International Graduate Programs Office, and follows a different protocol than that of your US counterparts.  Look for advance information and pre-arrival assignments to be sent to you via email about two weeks prior to your report date.  We look forward to welcoming you soon.  Please contact IntlDept@nps.edu with questions.


Local and NPS specific guidance can be found here and our safety site. 

Procedures for bringing firearms into California:  If you are traveling with and plan to keep firearms while in California please click HERE for further instructions.

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  • Step 3:  Check-In at Student Services Office.  The majority of your check-in will be conducted virtually. While checking in, please do so in uniform. Click HERE once you are in the local area and ready to begin your official check-in process (YOU MUST BE IN THE LOCAL AREA TO CHECK-IN UNLESS TOLD OTHERWISE BY AN NPS STAFF MEMBER) . A member from the Student Services team will contact you to complete your check-in.  Please allow 3 business days for a team member to contact you after your initial check-in. If you have not heard from Student Services after three days email sa@nps.edu.

    • Note:  Arrival at NPS outside of the dates published on orders requires exceptional circumstances and should be coordinated in advance with your parent manpower authorities and NPS student services.
        • USN: MUST schedule an appointment bring; Endorsed Orders, Page 2, SGLI and Vehicle Registration, Flight Itinerary, Rental Car Receipt, Lodging Receipt to complete any applicable travel claims (transfers@nps.edu)   
  • Step 4:  Complete the Check-in sheet. (DO NOT COMPLETE UNLESS YOU ARE IN THE AREA AND CHECKING IN IAW YOUR ORDERS) The Check-in sheet lists offices in the Monterey area you will need to contact in order to ensure your pay, medical benefits, and other basic needs are established. This must be completed by all incoming students by the end of the first week of classes. Once completed, return the check-in sheet to Student Services (electronically).
  • Step 5:  Commence "Daily Muster".  Upon your arrival, you will be required to muster daily via the Student Check-In Page. Read all announcements and then follow the instructions at the bottom of the page to complete muster.
  • Step 6:  Attend New Student Orientation.  This will be held in person in King Hall. Please check muster page to confirm date and time. 
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The following videos are provided as an informal introduction to NPS and the surrounding area.

Welcome Aboard Video

NPS Video

Additional Information:

Student Handbook: Maintained by the Dean of Students to disseminate NPS policy concerning student matters.

Additional information can be found in the Resource Links on the right side of this page.

K-12th School related issues/special needs: Please contact the NSA Monterey School Liaison Officer, via Tel (831) 242-6904

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NPS Student Services

1 University Circle Herrmann Hall, Rm. 039 

Monterey, CA 93943-5100


NPS International Graduate Programs Office

1 University Circle Herrmann Hall, Rm. 047

Monterey, CA 93943-5100



NPS Admissions 

1 University Circle, Herrmann Hall, Room 061A

Monterey, CA 93943-5006

(831) 521-2190


Other Numbers

NPS Phone Directory: Here