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News | Jan. 27, 2017

National Intelligence University Begins Historic Move; Main Campus leaving Washington, DC after 55 Years

By DIA Public Affairs

National Intelligence University (NIU) is relocating to a new facility on the Intelligence Community Campus in Bethesda, Maryland (ICC-B). The phased move of the NIU main campus out of the District of Columbia to Bethesda began in December and will be completed in late February.  

The move has been termed an inflection point in the institution’s 55-year history; it is the culmination of the evolution of NIU from a Defense Department schoolhouse to an accredited university serving the entire U.S. Intelligence Community. The new state-of-the-art facility in Bethesda, designed by a firm specializing in academic architecture, is the result of a significant capital investment by intelligence community leadership in the career development of future leaders of the intelligence and national security communities.

Originally established in 1962 as the Defense Intelligence School, the NIU has been located on military bases throughout its history - on Anacostia Naval Station from 1963-1984, and inside the Defense Intelligence Agency Headquarters from 1984 to present. The move to Bethesda follows the school’s 2011 renaming as the National Intelligence University.  

NIU is an accredited federal degree-granting institution that offers two master’s degrees, a bachelor’s degree and a growing number of graduate certificate programs. It is a member of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.  

Its graduates are past, present, and future leaders in the intelligence and national security communities and in the private sector.

Notable alumni include a former director of national intelligence; former directors of CIA, NSA, DIA, and NGA; current and former heads of military intelligence; ambassadors, members of congress, and a growing number of senior government executives and corporate leaders. For more information, visit