Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium and the SOC Degree Network System
Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) was created in 1972 to provide educational opportunities to service members 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 service members worldwide.
Degree Network Systems Charter Member
Columbia College is a charter member of all Degree Network Systems at the associate and bachelor's levels
Video Series: Selecting a College That's the Right Fit for You
Columbia College, in partnership with Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, produced a video series to help service members find the resources they need to choose the right college for their needs.
Columbia College extends the following benefits to SOC eligible students:
- Academic residency can be completed at any point in the student's career
- Degree requirements will not change regardless of the amount of time needed to complete the degree
- Courses from other SOC DNS institutions are guaranteed to transfer according to the SOC DNS transferability tables
- Spouses and dependents of servicemembers are eligible for these same benefits
SOC benefits are extended to students that are serving in the military while attending Columbia College, as well as the servicemember's spouse and dependent children.
SOC eligibility begins the moment the student begins taking a course with Columbia College and does not end until the student completes a bachelor’s degree. SOC benefits are not extended to students pursuing a Master’s degree.
Follow the links below to see Columbia College's guaranteed direct equivalencies based on the SOC DNS approved course codes.