Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) is a consortium of approximately 1,700 colleges and universities that provide educational opportunities for servicemembers and their families.
Hundreds of thousands of servicemembers and their family members enroll annually in programs offered by SOC member universities, colleges, community colleges, and technical institutes. Military students may enroll in associate, bachelor, and graduate-level degree programs on school campuses, military installations, and armories within the U.S. and overseas.
- American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
- American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
- Thirteen other educational associations
- Military Services
- National Guard
- Coast Guard
SOC is funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) through a contract with AASCU. The contract is managed for DoD by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES).
SOC coordinates associate's and bachelor's degrees in a variety of curriculum areas.
These degree programs are offered by colleges and universities on, or accessible to, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy installations worldwide. Service members (as well as members of their families) in isolated locations can take courses through distance-learning methods such as:
Within each curriculum or degree network, member colleges agree to accept each other's credits in transfer.
SOCGuard, a SOC program for the Army National Guard (ARNG), supports ARNG Education Services Officers in developing partnerships with the higher education community in their states. The goals of SOCGuard are to link ARNG civilian and military education and training needs with degree programs offered by local colleges and universities; assist ARNG ESOs in marketing education benefits; and assist the ARNG to maximize the participation of soldiers in federal and state education benefit programs.
SOC Evaluation of Your Academic Records
Print, complete, and submit the SOC Evaluation Request form, and a GSU academic advisor will evaluate your academic records. Be sure to submit the completed form along with the necessary military and academic transcripts directly to Governors State University.
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