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Naval Postgraduate School

Graduate School, Research Facility
1 University Circle, Monterey, CA 93943


Naval Support Activity Monterey (NSA Monterey), home to Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) is located in Monterey, California, 120 miles south of San Francisco on the Pacific Ocean. The NPS campus covers 627 acres of land in Monterey County that have been the home of the school since 1947. NPS houses state-of-the-art laboratories, numerous academic buildings, an excellent library, government housing and impressive recreational facilities. 


The Naval Postgraduate School’s unique combination of operationally experienced students and defense-oriented faculty provide a superb setting to conduct interdisciplinary research on complex issues related to national and homeland defense. As such, many of the research and academic programs at NPS relate to the operational level of war. Major Commands of the Naval Support Activity – Monterey include the Naval Postgraduate School, Center of Cryptology Detachment, Oceanography Center, Defense Language Institute/Presidio of Monterey, Naval Research Laboratory, Fleet Numerical Metorological Operation Center and Naval Medical Administration Unit.


Monterey’s rich history, the saga of California’s Mission Trail, historic Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row, 17 world-class golf courses, the world’s best aquarium, a unique variety of shops and galleries, and a spectacular assortment of parks and natural areas all combine to provide a truly unrivaled place to live and work. For more information on Monterey and NPS see the installation’s homepage. The NPS is a subordinate to the Naval Support Activity – Monterey.

Arriving at Postgraduate
To request a sponsor, please call Student Services 831-656-7848, DSN 312-756-7848. In an effort to provide you with the best possible service and support Student Services have developed a web in-processing system. This website will greatly reduce your in-processing time once you arrive at the Naval Postgraduate School and must be completed prior to your arrival. Userids and passwords are e-mailed out approximately two months before the beginning of a quarter. Please call us and we will give you an email address to email us your email address where you wish to receive this information. Once you’ve arrived, report to Student Services, located in Herrmann Hall (basement – Rm 033). The office is open Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Please Wear the Uniform of the Day. Winter uniforms are required as of 1 October. Summer uniforms are required as of 1 April.

Base Population

Nearly 1,500 students attend the NPS. The student body consists of officers from the five U.S. uniformed services, officers from approximately 30 other countries and a small number of civilian employees.