• Is there any reading or class preparation that I should do before reporting in?

While there is no official requirement, it is recommended that you read Freedom’s Forge by Arthur Herman prior to reporting. This book provides valuable historical context into the last major mobilization of American industry for a concentrated war effort and lays the foundation for the ideas you will discuss and spectra of subjects you will cover during your time at Eisenhower. 

We also recommend this Guide to Writing at Eisenhower to brush up on some basic skills for writing at the graduate level.  

  • Are there any fees associated with reporting in that are not covered by tuition?

There are no fees associated with reporting in. However, once the Student Council is formed, one-time dues are collected from each student to cover things like class socials, holiday parties, and the class gift. This amount is voted on by the Council, but the average amount is around $150 to $200 and it is normally collected during the first month of classes.  You may also be asked for an additional contribution depending on which Industry Study you are assigned to.  Other expenses include $140 to rent a gym locker and towel service for the year, and about $30 for a blue Ike polo shirt for “Eisenhower casual” days.


  • What expectations are there regarding participation in student activities outside of academics?

Extracurricular activities are highly encouraged as a means of social networking and building esprit de corps. Various intramural sports are offered. Additionally, students will be expected to fill the roles of seminar leads, yearbook representative, class gift representative, and other peer leadership roles during the academic year. 

  • What is the deal with commuting to and from Ft. McNair? Are reimbursements available?

The NDU campus offers parking for students, though spaces close Eisenhower Hall can fill up quickly.  Students who want to carpool will be able to sign up for carpools; more information will be available at student check-in.  Carpools receive parking passes for designated parking spaces.  Vehicle access to Fort McNair is through the 2nd Street Gate (open 24/7; at the corner of 2nd and Q Streets SW) or the main/ceremonial gate (open 0600-0900 and 1500-1800; at the corner of 4th and P Streets SW).  As with all military installations, proper identification (CAC card) is required.  

The Waterfront and Navy Yard stations (both on the Green Line) offer the closest access to the Metro; both are a little under a mile from NDU.  The Department of Defense offers a Mass Transit Benefit Program in the form of a public transportation subsidy to eligible DoD personnel stationed in the National Capital Region. Information on eligibility and how to apply is located HERE. When applying, you must first possess a DC Smartrip card (a metro pass) that can be purchased at any mass transit station in the metro area. Additionally, it is important to note that you must apply prior to the 15th of the month BEFORE you desire to receive compensation as the processing times can be up to 30 days. For example, if you want to start receiving the benefits in August, you must apply by July 15th. Failure to do so will result in the loss of benefits for that month. Your faculty adviser or service/department chair representative should be in touch with you by this point and will serve as the supervisor POC required when filling out the application. 

  • Do I need to bring my own computer and supplies?

Yes. Students are required to bring their own supplies and computers. Students will not be issued government computers from NDU. A Common Access Card (CAC) reader is recommended for convenience in completing required online training, but is not required. Once the information assurance requirements are completed at check-in, students will receive log-in information and access to the University’s sharedrives, Blackboard, and Microsoft Office 365. Minimum computing requirements are located  HERE.

You’ll use your laptop in class every day and carry it around with you, so a heavy, outdated machine or one without an adequate battery will make your life more difficult.  If you are buying a new computer, keep in mind that you will be reading hundreds of pages of PDFs each week.  Think about what PDF reading software you will use (favorites include Goodreader for Macs, EndNote for PCs, and OneNote for either) and whether it would be advantageous to have a touch screen to facilitate highlighting text.  If you want to familiarize yourself with Eisenhower’s software platforms before you arrive, focus on Office 365 for email and Blackboard for assignments and readings.  Note that some Blackboard programs require Microsoft software.  If you’re using an iPad or Mac, there will be extra steps to submit required papers.  NDU's software is optimized for Windows and iOS operating systems, and students with Android devices have had difficulty with some functions.


  • What attire is required at Eisenhower?

Attire for the first week on campus is Class B service uniforms (summer whites for Navy, Service Charlie for Marines) for military students and Business Dress for civilians. Military students should be prepared to switch to Class A service uniforms (still summer whites for Navy, Service Alpha for Marines) for possible distinguished speaker events and the NDU Convocation.

After the first week, attire is relaxed to business casual for all students. This is specified as a coat and tie or the female equivalent attire. Military students may wear uniforms, but are highly encouraged not to.

Attire for special events will be broadcast ahead of time, but generally the following rules apply:

  • For both the President’s and Commandant’s Lecture Series, the attire is Business Dress for civilians and Class A uniform for military students.
  • For field studies, business casual or “Eisenhower Casual” (business casual but with an Eisenhower School shirt or sweater) is appropriate.
  • “Blue Wave” (Relaxed Eisenhower Casual) may be authorized for days on which there are sporting events or other school functions.
  • Jeans, shorts, t-shirts, and exercise apparel are never appropriate for class or official events.