Naval Post Graduate School


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 magnificent Monterey Peninsula has been called the greatest meeting of land, sea and sky and is recognized as an ideal vacation and business destination. The cost of off post/temporary housing is high because Monterey is a resort/high cost area. The base operator’s phone number is 831-656-2441.

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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.


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.

Population Served

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. Selection of officers for fully funded graduate education is based upon outstanding professional performance as an officer, promotion potential and a strong academic background. The faculty, the majority of which are civilians, is drawn from a broad and diverse background of educational institutions and represents a prestigious group of scholars. Faculty student interaction is high. Every class is taught directly by a faculty member, over 99% of whom have a Ph.D.

Base Transportation

Currently, there is no base transportation on this installation.


To request a sponsor please contact the Sponsor Support Office (SSO) at 831-656-7848. Student Services developed a web-based inprocessing system. This website process must be completed prior to your arrival and will greatly reduce your inprocessing time once you arrive at the Naval Postgraduate School. User IDs and passwords are e-mailed out approximately two months before the beginning of a quarter. You will need a valid e-mail address when you contact the SSO so that they can respond to you, even while enroute. Once you’ve arrived, report to Student Services, located in Herrmann Hall, Room 33 (basement). The office is open Monday – Thursday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm and Friday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. Please Wear the Uniform of the Day. Winter uniforms are required beginning October 1st, and Summer uniforms are required as of April 1st.

Mail Enroute — The Student Services Office distributes Official Mail only. No postal services are provided since it is not an official U.S. Post Office. When notified by email that you have mail to pickup, you’ll have 5 days to do so or the mail will be returned to sender.

Students are required to use their local residence for all personal mail. Combined Bachelor Quarters (CBQ) residents shall use the mailing address provided by CBQ personnel check-in. Students who do not have a local residence address or not residing in CBQ should visit the U.S. Post Office to submit a Change of Address form (PS Form 3575) or make arrangements to have their mail held until they obtain a local residence address.

Temporary Quarters

The cost of off post/temporary housing is high because Monterey is a resort/high cost of living area. Navy Lodge is available near campus to accommodate military families at an affordable rate. The toll free number is 800-628-9466 (800-NAVY-INN). Combined Bachelor Quarters (CBQ) are available at the Naval Postgraduate School’s newly renovated rooms in the historic Del Monte Hotel, now renamed Herrmann Hall. The CBQ prioritizes reservations for military and DoD civilians on TAD/TDY or PCS orders. Space “A” rooms will be offered (when available) at 1500 hours each day, for the current night only. Reservations may be made at 831-656-2060 or 831-656-2069.

There are no pets allowed in the Navy Lodge or the CBQ. Some alternatives are:

Best Western The Beach Resort, 2600 Sand Dunes Dr., Monterey CA 93940, 831-394-3321 or 800-242-8627.
El Adobe Inn, 936 Munras Ave., Monterey CA 93940, 831-372-5490.
Hyatt Regency Monterey, 1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey CA 93940, 831-372-1234.
Local Boarding Facilities include:

Purrfurably Cats: 831-655-2287
Peninsula Pals: 831-601-5581
Petco: 831-373-3034
Chateau Le Paws: 831-373-7298
Love Your Pets: 831-224-8080
Home Away from Home: 831-375-1215

Relocation Assistance

The Fleet and Family Support Center at 831-656-3060, provides a variety of up-to-date information on topics such as health care (TRICARE), child care, community events, and other topics of interest. Our staff and volunteers can tell you about a wide variety of military and civilian activities, organizations, and services available both on and off base. The following workshops/classes are provided: Optimistic Thinking for Children, Self-esteem and Conflict Management for Children, Anger Management, Stress Management, Suicide Prevention, Parenting Classes, Couples Communication, Stranger Danger and Home Alone Tips for Children, Support and Assistance for Families with Exceptional Family Members.

New Student Orientation is a one day event. Plan on late morning medical and dental express check-in, followed by early afternoon presentations from our President, Provost and Academic Dean, Dean of Students and senior service branch representatives. In the evening, spouses are invited to an Information Fair designed to acquaint them with TRICARE, MWR and FFSC, Housing and educational and employment opportunities. To obtain the current schedule please contact the Student Services Office at 831-656-7848.

The Fleet & Family Support Center does not operate a Loan Closet. Some alternate resources are:

Army Community Services, 831-242-7661. The type of items that can be loaned are; infant car seats, play pens, high chairs, folding chairs and tables, futons, ironing boards, kitchen supplies (pots, pans, dishes, glasses, etc.), small appliances (coffee pots, toasters, irons). Items can be loaned-out for 30 days, renewable for 30 more days.
Outdoor Recreation equipment rental 831-242-5506. Recreation equipment (sleeping bags, cots, and sports equipment) can be rented daily at low rates.
Hodges Rent All, 456 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, CA 831-373-7368.