SOC Consortium

Why Attend a SOC Consortium College?

Recognizing the problems faced by military students whose jobs require frequent moves, SOC Consortium member schools make it easier to obtain college degrees rather than just accumulate course credit by:

  • Limiting the amount of course work students must take at a single college to no more than 25% of degree requirements (30% for degrees offered 100% online), specifically avoiding any "final year" or "final semester" residency requirement
  • Designing transfer practices to minimize loss of credit and avoid duplication of course work
  • Awarding credit for military trainingand experience
  • Awarding credit for nationally-recognized tests such as College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) General and Subject Examinations, DSST Examinations, Excelsior College Examinations (ECE)

SOC Consortium colleges pledge to design policies and practices in the student services, admissions, and marketing areas that provide easy access to accurate information about the school, its degree programs, policies, and procedures. Details can be found in the SOC Consortium Military Student Bill of Rights.

Resources

Programs and Services for Servicemembers, Veterans, and Family Members

This Excel spreadsheet is a resource for military students, colleges, universities, and organizations interested in military education. It includes information on campus programs, scholarships, web pages, administrative support, and other services offered to veterans and their family members. The highlighted areas indicate programs and services or wounded warriors.

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Checklist for Military Students

This checklist is intended to help you get started with your college enrollment process. Each college has its own admission process and standards, which often differ by degree. Some colleges have selective admission standards and review admission criteria such as standardized test scores (e.g., ACT, SAT), essays, and recommendations before offering admission to qualified applicants. Other colleges have non-competitive admission standards, and offer open admission to almost all students who apply. You should check with the individual college(s) to learn about their admission requirements, note firm application deadlines, and pay careful attention to policies concerning application fees and tuition. Depending on the institution and its semester/term and course start dates, the admission process can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months so be sure to factor that information into your timeline for college enrollment. As you navigate your way through the process, your military education counselor will be one of your best resources.

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Video Series: Selecting a College That's the Right Fit for You

You want to earn a college degree but you’re not sure where to start. You might ask yourself, how do I choose a school and program that are the right fit for me? Is the institution appropriately accredited and is it a Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium member? Will the school accept credit for prior learning, and award credit for my military training and experience? How does the institution support its military students? Should I take an online or classroom courses? How will I pay for it?

On this page you’ll find basic information and facts, along with steps you can take and tools you can use to help you consider your long-term academic and career goals, and prepare for your education. Remember, the final decision is yours, but there are many resources available to help you make an informed decision.

Remember, your college education is one of the most important investments you will ever make in your future, and it's worth spending the time to ensure that you make the right decision. Your hard work will help you to get the most from what you’ve invested in your education.

Active-duty servicemembers, Reservists, veterans, and family members will find useful information in these video links. We've given you some things to think about regarding your school selection, financial aid, and online education to help you on your academic journey.

The videos below were produced and directed by the Instructional Technology Department of Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri, in coordination with Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges.

All 10 videos in one playlist

Welcome messsage from Kathy Snead, Director of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)

Introduction (Choosing a College That's Right for You)

Selecting a School

Student Responsibilities

Active-Duty

Reserves and National Guard

Veterans

Spouses and Dependents

Online Education

Financial Aid