Troy University has been recognized by Princeton Review, U.S. News and World Report, Military Times and more as having some of the best undergraduate programs in the Southeast and nation. Whether you are graduating from high school, transferring from a two-year school, or completing your degree as a working adult, TROY offers a wide variety of associate and baccalaureate degrees that will open doors to career opportunities.
Graduate study can help you achieve your career goals! Holders of advanced degrees will be in high demand in the next 10 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and U.S. Census data shows that advanced degrees increase pay and prosperity Troy University’s Graduate School offers advanced degrees in all five of the University’s academic colleges: education, business, arts and sciences, health and human services, and communication and fine arts. In addition, TROY’s commitment to flexibility means that you have in-class, online and blended options. Plan for your next career by completing your graduate education at TROY. Innovation, knowledge and creativity are all elements for success. Get started today!
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Campus visits are the most important aspect of the college decision making process. Visits give you the opportunity to discover what makes our unique University the right fit for you. TROY welcomes you to come and see what makes our campus different, one that you will want to consider your home away from home.
We invite you to register for a visit Monday - Friday at 10:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. or on specified Saturdays for a TROY Tour or Trojan Day event.
*Students interested in visiting other Alabama campuses must contact the specific campus for visit information and registration as available dates and times vary.
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TROY Service Centers meet the needs of working adults, including military, government agency civilians, teachers and future business leaders who want the opportunities that come with earning a degree. Because adult learners often have different educational needs than traditional students, courses are provided at times and in formats designed around people who work and have other commitments for their time.
TROY Service Centers
Are you curious about learning in the online environment? Would you like to take an online class, but feel that you need more information? Discover more about learning in the online environment, the skills and technologies that are required, as well as some helpful tips on how to become a successful online student.
College Credit Definitions
Honors and Awards
DSST / CLEP / AP / IB
Troy University operates on the semester system. Some courses are offered on an accelerated semester schedule/term.
In order to receive the associate degree, students must complete all course requirements for the degree. An associate degree cannot be declared if a baccalaureate degree has been awarded in the same program.
The student seeking an associate degree must meet the following requirements:
Grade Point Average
Second or Subsequent Associate Degrees
The following policies apply:
Students receiving financial assistance are required to attend classes according to the regulations for financial assistance benefits in addition to those regulations required for the course.
Faculty members may levy academic penalties upon unexcused absences. However, such penalties for unexcused absences will be a part of each course syllabus and will be distributed to each class at the beginning of the term and a copy filed in the departmental office.
A student may audit any Troy University course by indicating audit at the time of registration. No credit will be given, and fees will be assessed based on the audit credit-hour rate. Audit hours are not counted in maximum or minimum load limits. Students are not permitted to change from audit to credit hours after the last day to add a course, or from credit to audit after the last day for dropping a course.
Note: Students earning a degree in the College of Education should refer to the Education section for requirements.
In order to receive the baccalaureate degree, the student must complete all requirements for the degree.
The student seeking a baccalaureate degree must meet the following requirements:
Second or Subsequent Baccalaureate Degrees
In order to earn a second or subsequent baccalaureate degree, a student must:
Students With a Completed Bachelors Degree
Some or all General Studies requirements may be waived for the TROY bachelor degree programs for students who have earned a previous bachelor’s degree in transfer from a regionally accredited institution provided the General Studies courses are not direct prerequisites for courses needed at TROY for the selected associate degree program or are not directly specified for the student’s major/program. Regardless of any waived coursework, all residency requirements for TROY (minimum 25% of degree hours) and in the major/concentration area (minimum 12 hours) must still be met. All requests for waivers must be communicated to the appropriate Troy University campus registrar prior to beginning any Troy University course work toward this bachelor’s degree.
Institutional Assessment of Student Academic Performance
Troy University is committed to the continual improvement of its educational programs. The University periodically conducts assessments of student outcomes; therefore, a student can expect to participate in academic outcomes assessment activities during his or her time of enrollment.
The institution reserves the right to cancel any class section due to insufficient enrollment.
College credits are expressed in semester hours or credit hours.
Credit Hour Equivalency
Two hours of laboratory work are usually accepted as the equivalent of one hour of regular class work. The actual number of hours is determined in order to satisfy the course objectives.
Credit by Examination
Credit is allowed for CLEP, General and Subject Examinations, the Advanced Placement program, IB, GCE-A/AS, and DSST examinations as approved by the Academic Council and department chairs. The number of credits allowed for satisfactory performance on the general examinations may be reduced by the amount of credit the student has previously earned in the subject matter areas covered by the examinations.
Some departments of the University have developed challenge examinations in areas which, with approval of the Academic Council, can be used in lieu of certain required courses. Consult the appropriate department chairs for additional information.
Troy University recognizes that learning equivalent to the college level can occur outside the formal structure of accredited colleges and universities. Policies and procedures have been established for the assessment of this learning based upon the “Principles of Good Practice in Assessing Experiential Learning” recommended by the Council for the Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).
In addition, credit as recommended by the American Council on Education may be granted for learning acquired through military, industrial, or regionally accredited technical school training programs where the learning is applicable to the student’s degree program.
Experiential credit is considered non-traditional credit and will be posted only after the student has satisfactorily completed 12 semester hours of undergraduate credit with Troy University and has attained unconditional admission status.
If a student meets regular admission standards and has earned college level courses at an unaccredited institution of higher learning, the student may be given provisional credit. However, the credits will not be considered for acceptance until the student has completed 24 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better at Troy University. Credits will be reviewed by the dean of the discipline and the Records Office. A determination will be made based on (1) the unaccredited institution’s affiliation with the Commission on Recognition of Post Secondary Accreditation; and/or (2) acceptance of credit by at least three other accredited institutions located in the area of the unaccredited institution.
Transfer credit is defined as college credit that was earned at a regionally accredited institution and is transferable and accepted for credit toward degree programs at Troy University, and credit recommended by the American Council on Education.
See the Admissions chapter of this catalog for more information regarding transfer credit.
A currently enrolled student who wishes to study at another institution for a term should consult with the Records Office concerning procedures and required approvals. Any courses taken by a student after the initial registration with Troy University must have prior approval by the University, and transient hours must be included with the student’s semester load for load-limit purposes. If a student takes coursework at another institution without proper transient authorization, the University reserves the right to deny credit for these courses. No more than six semester hours of credit may be taken as Transient after the last term of enrollment with Troy University.
In general, students should take all required courses in their plan of study in the appropriate numeric sequence when possible, unless otherwise stated in this catalog or by the student’s assigned academic advisor. Courses and programs that have prerequisite requirements must not be attempted until the necessary prerequisites have been satisfactorily met.
Advanced courses are courses at the sophomore level or above.
Upper level courses
Upper level courses are courses at the junior level or above.
Numeric course sequencing
Fall, Spring, and Accelerated Semesters/Terms
Summer Semesters (Alabama Campuses)
Important note regarding concurrent enrollment:
Within the beginning and ending dates of a fall or spring semester, concurrent enrollment in the semester and any term(s) may not exceed 18 hours. Enrollment in more than 18 hours requires a student to meet the University policy for an overload.
Concurrent enrollment in the summer semester and any term(s) may not exceed 13 hours. Enrollment in more than 13 hours requires a student to meet the University policy for an overload.
The maximum number of overload hours for any fall or spring semester block of time is 21.
A student who wishes to reduce, but not entirely eliminate, his or her credit load may drop a course. Students may drop a course or courses online via Student Planning, or submit a request in the Record’s Office.
The last day to drop a course will be assigned for each term, session or semester based on 65% completion of the length of the course. Dates will be published in the Academic Records web page (www.troy.edu/records). The 65% rule also applies to international teaching locations.
Faculty members have the authority to grade student work and to assign grades, these are academic judgments. A faculty member’s syllabus enumerates student academic performance expectations and consequences. Faculty members render academic judgments when a student’s academic performance violates established standards or fails to meet stated expectations. Academic judgments, made by faculty, are based on academic content, course requirements, and student performance. Students may not appeal grades based on allegations concerning the competence of a faculty member, the fairness of examinations, the difficulty of a course, or other matters of a purely academic nature. Grades for individual assignments and exams may not be appealed. While it is recognized that faculty hold the right and responsibility to grant a grade, a student who receives a course grade that he or she believes to be unwarranted for reasons other than those listed above may appeal that grade using these stated procedures:
Step 1. Within the first four weeks of the start of the following term or semester in which the grade is received, the student shall have informally appealed the grade to the instructor. If that instructor is not teaching at Troy University during the term following issuance of the grade, the student will make contact with the instructor through the department chair to informally appeal the grade. In the case of a course taught through TROY Online, students should contact their home campus or site to determine the person designated by the appropriate college dean to assist the students with their appeals.
Step 2. If the issue is not resolved at this informal level and the student wishes to pursue the appeal, the student shall request in writing a meeting with the respective department chair. This request shall be addressed to the department chair and shall be received no later than the end of the fifth week of instruction for the term or semester following issuance of the grade. The request must summarize the student’s complaint and the student’s informal appeal to the instructor. In the case of a course taught through TROY Online, students should contact their home campus or site to determine the person designated by the appropriate college dean to assist the students with their appeals.
Step 3. Within two weeks of receipt of the request, the department chair shall discuss the appeal with the student and with the instructor, separately or at the same time. If the department chair upholds the decision, the matter is closed. The decision is final.
Step 4. If the department chair does not support the decision of the instructor, the matter shall be appealed within two weeks of the department chair’s decision to the designated associate dean or dean of the college. The department chair will forward the appeal package to the designated associate dean or dean. The designated associate dean or dean will empanel three full-time faculty colleagues from the department and/or discipline to review the matter. The decision of this panel shall be final and binding on all parties.
Note: Students may not use this procedure to appeal grades resulting from violations of academic honesty. Students should refer to the Oracle, the University’s official student handbook, for those appeals.
The grade point average is computed by dividing the number of credit hours attempted into the total number of grade points earned. The official transcript displays two GPA types: (1) The institutional GPA is based on hours attempted with Troy University only; (2) the Cumulative GPA is based on hours attempted with Troy University and transfer institutions.
Note: Some grades, in addition to the F, calculate as an F in the grade point average.
Chancellor's Honor List
Full-time undergraduate students who are registered for 12 semester hours and who earn a grade point average of 4.00 qualify for the Chancellor’s List, which is published at the end of each term. A Troy University part-time student who earns a 4.00 grade point average on 12 consecutive semester hours of credit will also be named on the Chancellor’s List.
Provost's Honor List
Full-time undergraduate students who are registered for 12 semester hours and who have a grade point average of 3.65 or higher qualify for the Provost’s List, which is published at the end of each term. A Troy University part-time student who averages 3.65 or higher on 12 consecutive semester hours of credit will also be named on the Provost’s List.
Graduation with Honors
To be eligible for graduation honors, students must have earned a minimum of 30 semester hours of non-pass/fail work at Troy University prior to their final registration. Honors will be calculated based on the average of all hours attempted at Troy University and transfer credit, excluding any remedial courses.
Please note: Due to the unavailability of grades for the final semester during the time commencement programs are printed, honors designations are based on the grade point average earned through the previous academic term. Final academic honor designations are determined after grades have been posted. Final, official honor designations will be printed on the transcripts. Diplomas will be reprinted for students whose last term alters the honors designation.
Undergraduate honor students are awarded differentiated diplomas as follows:
Both faculty and students are responsible for meeting all assigned classes. In the event of inclement weather, faculty and students will be expected to attend classes as usual as long as they may do so without risking peril to themselves or to others. During periods of inclement weather, faculty and students will not be penalized for absences dictated by perilous conditions. In severe cases of inclement weather or other emergency conditions, each campus or site will announce cancellation of classes through local and regional media as well as through the University’s website.
As part of Troy University’s efforts to provide accurate, timely information to our University community, the SOS communication system delivers emergency notices to a variety of electronic devices. To subscribe to SOS visit the SOS– Emergency Information Web page at www.troy.edu.
This incomplete grade policy replaces all other incomplete grade policies as of August 9, 2012.
If a student is unable to complete all course grading requirements, the student may be eligible to request the assignment of an incomplete grade. An incomplete grade is not automatically assigned by the instructor, but must be requested by the student and approved by the instructor. The decision to approve or reject a student’s request for an incomplete grade is at the discretion of the instructor using the following criteria:
Time limit for removal of incomplete grade
Any student who receives an “I” must adhere to the deadlines set by the instructor for when required assignments must be received. The deadline must not exceed 9 weeks from the date of the end of the term that the “I” was awarded. All set deadlines apply whether or not the student enrolls for the semester or term following the assignment of the incomplete grade. Work received on or before the instructor set deadlines will be graded and computed into the final course grade. The instructor will submit a “Change of Grade” form to the registrar on or before the last day to remove an Incomplete from the previous semester or term published in the University’s master calendar. Student assignments not received by instructor deadlines will not be graded and a “Change of Grade” form will not be submitted. If a “Change of Grade” form is not submitted by the appropriate time, the “I” will automatically be converted to an “FI”. An “FI” is calculated as an “F” when determining grade point average.
A student may be placed in an advanced section of a given subject area if the student’s record indicates a high degree of achievement or if it indicates the student has successfully completed studies that should not be duplicated. Troy University does not accept placement exemptions granted by other institutions. For more information, students should consult their academic advisers and/or their respective academic departments.
ACT (English): with ACT (English) score of 30-34, student will receive three hours credit for ENG 1101.
ACT (English): with ACT (English) score of 35-36, student will receive six hours credit for ENG 1101 and ENG 1102.
SAT (Verbal): with SAT (Verbal) score of 680-710, student will receive three hours credit for ENG 1101.
SAT (Verbal): with SAT (Verbal) score of at least 720, student will receive six hours credit for ENG 1101 and ENG 1102
To be readmitted to Troy University, students who have been out of attendance with the University for one year or more must apply through the Admission’s Office. The following categories are available:
Students should register during designated registration times. Once students have registered for a course or courses, they have incurred a financial commitment which must be met. Students can pay their tuition on line by accessing the Student Planning site.
Students must be registered for all classes prior to attendance in these classes. If a student’s name does not appear on a class roster, they may not sit in or otherwise attend the course.
Students who fail to attend a class without following drop/withdrawal policies will receive a grade of “FA” and still be charged full tuition and fees. Students with an outstanding balance will not be permitted to register for future terms.
Troy University courses may be repeated once for grade forgiveness. Only the first grade earned for a course may be forgiven (not calculated in the GPA). The grades of courses repeated more than once will be calculated in the GPA. If the course being repeated is required for the program, then the last grade for that course must meet the program requirements.
Students must complete degree requirements must be completed within eight years after first entering Troy University or student will be moved to the current catalog. Students not attending Troy University for three consecutive calendar years must meet all degree requirements of the current Catalog at the time of readmission.
Filing for Graduation
An Intent to Graduate form must be filed according to the published dates. For more information, see the website at http://www.troy.edu/records.
Degree Plans / Academic Evaluations
Academic evaluations are available in the Record’s Office. Unofficial academic evaluations are available to students on Trojan Web Express.
Effective Fall 2005, credit taken through any Troy University location will be counted as residency credit for graduation.
A candidate for graduation must have attended Troy University for at least two semesters and must have earned at least 25% of the degree in residence. This may include the semester in which graduation is scheduled. Certain exceptions may apply to RN-to-BSN students. These students should contact the Registrar for further information.
Any Troy University course for credit counts toward residency (excluding developmental courses and institutional credit English as a Second Language [ESL] courses).
It is the responsibility of every student to follow the standards and expectations contained in this catalog, as well as those in the student handbook, The Oracle. Failure to follow these standards and expectations may adversely affect student success and academic progress as well as their standing within the University.
Conditionally Admitted Students
These students must earn a 2.0 or higher grade point average on the first 24 semester hours attempted or be dropped from program.
Unconditionally Admitted Students
A student on probation who fails to earn a term grade point average of 2.0 or higher will be suspended. A student’s first academic suspension will be for one semester/term; the second suspension will be for two semesters/terms; and a third suspension will be for an indefinite period.
Suspension Period Regulations
Courses completed at any institution during a suspension period will not be accepted for credit. Students placed on indefinite suspension may petition for readmission following a period of 12 months.
Readmission after Suspension
A student returning from academic suspension will be readmitted on probation. A student must earn or maintain a 2.0 average or higher while on probation. A student on probation is limited to 13 semester hours (seven semester hours for accelerated terms) and must earn a minimum of a 2.0 average each subsequent term until the overall grade point average reaches the 2.0 level. Failure to meet the 2.0 term/semester GPA requirement will result in further suspension. Suspension from all other colleges will be honored, including all Troy University locations.
As an affiliate member of the Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC) network, Troy University is part of a group of member institutions selected by the military services to deliver specific associate and bachelor’s degree programs to service members and their families. As such, TROY University has agreed to special requirements and obligations that provide military students and their adult family members with opportunities to complete college degrees without suffering loss of academic credit due to changes of duty station.
Withdrawal from the University is defined as a removal or withdrawal from all courses for the current semester and/or term. The student is no longer enrolled in any course(s).
The last day to withdraw will be assigned for each term or semester based on 65% completion of the length of the course. Dates will be published in the Schedule of Classes and on the Academic Records web page (www.troy.edu/records). The 65% rule also applies to international teaching locations.
Troy University accepts a variety of CLEP exams. Students must meet the required score in effect as of the date of the exam. CLEP Exams cannot be taken, or credit given, for a course in which a student has previously enrolled and attended. In the case of a CLEP exam where multiple courses could be awarded, prior enrollment in any one or more of those courses would nullify the opportunity to take that exam. For additional information, please contact the campus coordinator of testing or campus Records Office.
Troy University accepts a variety of Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Students must have official score reports sent directly to Troy University, 100 University Park, Troy, Al. 36082. Credit is reviewed/evaluated upon receipt of official scores. For more information, please contact the appropriate campus registrar.
Students must meet the required score in effect as of the date of the exam.
Troy University awards International Baccalaureate credit with the appropriate higher-level (H-L) examination score. After official scores have been received, evaluated and certified, eligible credit will be posted to the student’s transcript. Credit is granted only for degree-seeking students at the undergraduate level. For more information, contact the appropriate campus registrar. IB credit will appear on the University transcript as a grade of P. Credit for IB credit is not calculated in the grade point average.
Required Score: Students must meet the required score in effect as of the date of the exam.
Examination scores of A, B, C, D, E and U are awarded for A/AS Level Examinations. Scores of A–E are passing and credit can be awarded. Scores of U are not passing and no credit will be awarded. Official score reports must be submitted to the University in order for credit to be placed on the student’s transcript. Credit will be awarded only once for the same subject, whether from credit by examination, dual enrollment, transfer credit or credit granted by Troy University.
Students are not required to earn the full Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) Diploma as individual GCE
subject certificates for A/AS Level examinations passed are considered for transfer credit purposes.
GCE A/AS Level examinations are offered by a number of Examining Boards (Assessment and Qualifications Alliance, Edexcel, Oxford, Cambridge, RSA Examinations, Welsh Joint Education Committee, Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment); subjects not presented in the table below will be reviewed on an individual basis.