Awards and Accolades

It’s rare to find a scholastic environment that can offer superior instruction and excellent class offerings, yet also provide a truly personal college experience. But that’s exactly what we strive for at TROY. And it shows.

Service to students is our top priority – whether they are studying with us in-class or online, are traditional students or adult learners, are at one of our four Alabama campuses or halfway around the world. And, the proof that we excel at that? More than 140,000 graduates worldwide—and recognition from some of the most respected names out there.


  • The Arbor Day Foundation has awarded all four of TROY’s Alabama campuses with the Tree Campus USA designation.
  • The Alabama House of Representatives honored Dr. Felicia Bell, director of the Rosa Parks Museum, with a joint resolution for her “record of excellence” at the museum and throughout the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
  • Best Value Colleges has ranked Troy University in its 50 Best Online Colleges list for 2016. TROY ranked 15th.
  • Students from TROY’s Hall School of Journalism brought home 12 awards from the Southeast Journalism Conference’s “Best of the South” competition, including first place for Best College Video News Program, Best Radio Journalist, Best On-Site Television News Anchor and second place awards in Best College Television Station and Best Television Journalist.
  • The American Association of University Administrators has awarded Dr. Judson Edwards, Dean of the Sorrell College of Business, with the Robert W. MacVittie Emerging Leader Award.
  • The Council of College and Military Educators has named Troy University the recipient of its 2016 Institution Award in recognition of the University’s significant contributions to the cause of military education, and the quality of the education provided to members of the armed services.
  • The Southeast Athletic Trainers Association awarded John Anderson with its Most Distinguished Athletic Trainers Award.
  • The Alabama World Languages Association awarded Dr. Iris Xu, director of the Confucius Institute, with its Outstanding Administrator Award.
  • The Alabama Music Educators Association awarded Dr. Diane D. Orlofsky, professor of music and director of choirs, with the 2016 Outstanding Educator Award.
  • U.S. News and World Report has ranked TROY among the top 30 best public universities in the South and in the top tier of all universities and colleges in the region. The University was also ranked in the top 100 on the organization’s “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.
  • U.S. News and World Report has ranked TROY’s graduate programs in nursing, public administration and rehabilitation counseling among the best in the nation. Also, the online Master of Business Administration program, the graduate education program, the criminal justice program and business other than MBA have been ranked among the nation’s best.
  • has ranked TROY as one of the best online universities in the state of Alabama.


  • College Choice has ranked TROY 39th in its 2016 rankings of the Most Affordable Online Graduate Schools for Master’s Degrees.
  • The College Board has named Troy University’s Fort Gordon, Ga. location as one of the top 25 Best Performing National Military Test Centers for administering CLEP exams.
  • Military Times has named Troy University to its “Best for Vets” Four-Year Colleges 2016 rankings.
  • Top Management Degrees has ranked Troy University fifth on its “25 Best Schools for Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Sports Management” 2015 rankings.
  • More than $300 million has been invested in capital improvements by the Hawkins Administration, including new academic buildings on all four of TROY’s Alabama campuses.
  • The Boy Scouts of America’s Greater Alabama Council-Youth Leadership Development Program honored Troy University Chancellor, Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., with the Great American Hero Award. The award honors individuals who have shown outstanding character, selflessness and, by means of their success, have greatly benefitted society.
  • The European Association for Sport Management has named its most prestigious award in honor of Troy University Sport Management Professor Dr. Packianathan Chelladurai. The award recognizes the significant worldwide contributions to the field of  sport management through scholarship, research and leadership.
  • Military Advance Education and Transition has named Troy University to its 2016 “Top Colleges and Universities” for military personnel and veterans.
  • Best Value Schools ranked TROY’s nursing program 15th in its “Best Value Nursing Programs in the U.S.” rankings.
  • Forbes ranked Troy University among its 650 top colleges and universities in the nation.
  • Affordable Colleges Online ranked TROY 4th in its “Best Online Colleges in Alabama.”
  • The Best Schools has ranked TROY’s online undergraduate political science degree program 14th in its “20 Best Online Bachelor in Political Science Degree Programs.”
  • The Council on Rehabilitation Education has accredited TROY’s undergraduate rehabilitation education program and reaffirmed the graduate rehabilitation counselor education program.
  • Great Value Colleges ranked TROY in its “Top 50 Best Value Online Master’s in Management Program” rankings. The organization also ranked TROY’s psychology degree program 4th in its “2015 Most Affordable Online Psychology Degree Program” rankings, and 28th in its “50 Best Value Online Colleges” rankings.
  • The Princeton Review names TROY to its Best in the Southeast rankings for the 11th year in a row.
  • ranked TROY 26th in its “Top 50 Schools for Online Master’s of Business Degree Programs” rankings.
  • Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, received an outstanding service award for creating and sustaining the Sino-American 1-2-1 Dual Degree Program during the 1-2-1 President’s Conference at Huaqiao University.
  • The Troy University Office of Information Technology was awarded Best Security Team in the U.S. during the 2015 SC Awards Gala in San Francisco, Calif.
  • Dr. John Dew, Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Services and Administration, was the recipient of the 2015 Brent Ruben Award presented by the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation.
  • For the seventh year, a group of Troy University students spent a part of the summer in Israel as a part of the Leon Levy Archaeological Expedition to Ashkelon. The University is partnered in the expedition with Harvard University, Wheaton College and Boston College.
  • Top Management Degrees recognized TROY’s online Master of Public Administration degree program as among the top 50 programs in the nation.
  • Online Military Education ranked Troy University the 11th best online programs for military and G.I. Bill.
  • ranked TROY’s online master’s programs in Public Administration with concentration in Public Health Administration (ranked fifth), Business Administration with emphasis in finance (ranked seventh), and Criminal Justice (ranked ninth) among the nation’s best.
  • The Alabama Broadcasters Association recognized TROY Public Radio’s “In Focus with Carolyn Hutcheson as the Best Talk Show Medium Market.
  • CollegeRanker ranked the City of Troy in its “The 50 Best College Towns to Live in Forever” ranking.
  • has ranked Troy University third in the nation in its “Top Online Master’s in History” ranking.
  • NonProfit Colleges Online ranked Troy University 6th in its “Best Online Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice: Students Before Profits” ranking and 9th in “Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice: Students Before Profits” ranking for 2015. Affordability, accreditation and nonprofit status are the primary criteria in the ranking that seeks to recognize colleges and universities for putting students before profits and education before bottom line.
  • College Choice has ranked TROY 36th among its 2015 Online Colleges and Universities rankings.
  • Music and theatre students won seven awards during the Alabama Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing’s 2015 competition, including first place awards won by Allyson Anger in the classical category and Carol Anne Osborne and Shelby Steverson taking first place in the music theatre category.
  • Students from the Hall School of Journalism and Communication won 14 awards in the 2014 Best of the South Competition at the Southeast Journalism Conference. These awards included: First place for best college TV station, TrojanVision; first place for best college video news program; first place for best radio journalist, David Caddell; and, second place best radio news feature reporter, Katy Ganaway.
  • Troy University became the 162nd All-Steinway School in the world in February.
  • Dr. Hui-Ting Yang, assistant professor of piano and coordinator of piano activities in the John M. Long School of Music, has been named as an official Steinway Artist.
  • College Choice has ranked TROY 27th in its 2015 rankings of the Most Affordable Online Colleges for Bachelor’s degrees.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Alabama and its parent company Southern Company recognized Troy University for its “Persimmon Branch Wetlands Enhancement,” part of the Janice Hawkins Park project. TROY was one of 10 Five Star and Urban Waters program grant awardees to be recognized in Region 4.
  • American School and University has named Trojan Arena as an outstanding design in its 2014 Architectural Portfolio.
  • Top Masters in Education ranked TROY’s online master’s degree programs in adult education - instructional technology as a “Best Value.”
  • College Choice has ranked TROY 19th in its 2015 rankings of the Best Online Bachelor’s in Business degree programs.
  • Best Masters Programs ranked TROY 28th in its Top 50 Most Affordable Online Graduate Schools for Master’s Degrees 2015 ranking.
  • Affordable Colleges Online has ranked Troy University to its listing of Top Online Associates Degrees for 2015.
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