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As an incoming student to National Defense University in 2024, you will be part of an important milestone:  the implementation of our new student information system, NDU Connect. We’re excited to offer an improved student experience, but also expect some bumps along the way. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate the new system and processes together.


NDU Connect Public Portal

Start at the NDU Connect Public Portal: and follow these steps:

  1. Open the site menu by clicking on the “hamburger” at the top left of the page.
  2. Select Applicant Login Request from the menu.
  3. Select Myself and click Next.
  4. Complete the Applicant Login Request form and click Submit.

After your login request has been reviewed and approved, you will be sent a welcome message from NDU Connect to the email address you provided in the request form. Please ensure that you have provided a valid email address to which you have reliable access throughout the admissions and onboarding process; personal email addresses are preferred to ensure delivery of automated emails.

Upon receipt of the welcome message, please follow the instructions to set your password and access the NDU Connect Student Portal. After your initial login, access the student portal at using your username, which was provided in the welcome message, and the password you created. Do not reuse the link in your welcome message.

NDU Connect Student Portal

In the NDU Connect Student Portal, you are required to complete the following:

  1. Submit an Application Package
  • Start in the Application Center.
  • Create your application by clicking the Next button in the Apply to an NDU Program box.
  • Select your program.
  • Select the academic term and click Submit.
  • Refresh the page.
  • Select the link to your new application (i.e., APP-XXXX) under the column header Application Name; do NOT select your name.
  • Complete the form in the Application tab.
  • Complete the items in the Checklist tab.
  • When your application package is complete, click the Submit button. (NOTE:  If official transcripts are required as part of your application, your application will be submitted for you when the official transcript is received by NDU.)

After your application package has been reviewed, you will be notified of your admissions status and instructed to return to the NDU Connect Student Portal to complete the remaining steps.

Questions concerning admissions should be submitted to the NDU CIC Office of Student Services:

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 7:00 - 15:00

Telephone: 202-685-6300; DSN 325-6300