TROY – A national military-directed website has named Troy University among the top 20 percent of all U.S. universities as being "military friendly."
GI Jobs, a veteran-owned business that publishes various magazines and provides services to members of the military, rates both public and private colleges and universities on the basis of how well each school embraces America's veterans as students.
"Troy University has a commitment to our fighting men and women – whether active duty, National Guard, Reserves or veterans – and to be recognized by those groups that impartially analyze those traits is great recognition of our efforts on behalf of our Armed Forces," said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor and a Marine Corps officer who served in Vietnam.
The list was compiled through a polling of more than 8,000 schools nationwide and selections were finalized with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board consisting of educators from higher education institutions, the Department of Veteran Affairs, and several higher education consortiums.
Troy University, which began serving the educational needs of the U.S. military in 1950 at Fort Rucker, was one of the first universities in the nation to embrace the military's Yellow Ribbon Program – pledging to close any Post-9/11 GI Bill gaps by paying 50 percent of the established tuition and fee charges not already covered under the bill.
Today, TROY operates teaching sites on or near 30 military installations in 11 U.S. states and two nations outside the United States. In addition, the University partners with the Army for distance learning through GoArmyEd and with the United States Navy through the Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership. About 60 general and flag-rank officers in the U.S. Military have earned a TROY degree. In 2006, the University began an effort to show support for military members deployed in combat zones with its Troy for Troops program.
TROY began partnering with the U.S Air Force in 1965 and currently participates in the Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative program that allows USAF personnel to seamlessly transfer credit into a bachelor's degree program.
The University is also an affiliate member of the Servicemembers' Opportunity College network, created in 1972 to provide educational opportunities to services members who have trouble completing a college degree due to frequent relocation. The University will issue an SOC agreement for degree completion to any military student. Additionally, the University provides credit for military experience based on a number of qualifications and offers both on-site and online programs for military spouses and is a participant in the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts program.
The University was also this week named by U.S. News and World Reports as a top-tier university in the South. It has also been recognized by other organizations for quality, cost-effective education including Forbes, The Princeton Review, the Military Times and the Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics.