Troy University recognized as ‘military friendly’ by review group

Published 11:00 pm Monday, September 17, 2012

A website owned by U.S. military veterans has named Troy University among the top 15 percent of all U.S. universities as being “military friendly.”

Victory Media, which owns and various military-related magazines, rated both public and private colleges and universities on the basis of how well each school accommodates 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., Troy University Chancellor and a Marine Corps officer who served in Vietnam.

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Troy University operates teaching sites on or near 30 military installations in 11 states and two foreign nations. The university also partners with the U.S. Army for distance learning through GoArmyEd and with the United States Navy through the Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership. In 2006, the school began the Troy for Troops Program to show support for military members deployed in combat zones.

Troy University has a long history when it comes to supporting veterans and military members. The school began serving the educational needs of military members in 1950 at Fort Rucker and was one of the first universities to embrace the military’s Yellow Ribbon Program – pledging to pay 50 percent of tuition and fees not covered under the GI Bill.

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 school 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.