Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) was created in 1972 to provide educational opportunities to servicemembers who, because they frequently moved from place to place, had trouble completing college degrees. SOC functions in cooperation with 15 higher education associations, the Department of Defense, and Active and Reserve Components of the Military Services to expand and improve voluntary postsecondary education opportunities for servicemembers worldwide. SOC is funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) through a contract with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). The contract is managed for DoD by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES).

SOC Consortium

Institutional members of the SOC Consortium enroll hundreds of thousands of servicemembers, their family members, and veterans annually in associate, bachelor’s, and graduate-level degree programs on school campuses, armories, and military installations within the United States and overseas, and through a variety of distance learning methods. Member institutions give mobile servicemembers and their familes the flexibility to complete degrees rather than just accumulate course credit. 

Tennessee Board of Regents’ institutions that are members of the SOC Consortium include:

Universities                               

  • Austin Peay State University              
  • East Tennessee State University           
  • Middle Tennessee State University          
  • Tennessee State University              
  • Tennessee Technological University          
  • University of Memphis                 

Community Colleges

  • Chattanooga State Community College
  • Cleveland State Community College
  • Columbia State Community College
  • Dyersburg State Community College
  • Jackson State Community College
  • Motlow State Community College
  • Nashville State Community College
  • Northeast State Community College
  • Pellissippi State Community College
  • Roane State Community College
  • Southwest Tennessee Community College
  • Walters State Community College

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