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Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Degree Network System

Columbia College is a current member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Degree Network System (DNS). The school participates in the DNS-2 (associate level) and DNS-4 (bachelor’s level) system. The DNS is a group of institutions selected to provide servicemembers and their eligible family members the opportunity to complete college degrees without losing credit because of frequent changes in duty station. For example, many courses offered by member institutions have two-way guaranteed transferability to provide more flexibility and options in order to satisfy degree requirements.

The SOC DNS Student Agreement provides a complete evaluation of the servicemember’s prior learning, including courses from other colleges and universities, military training courses, military occupational experience, nationally-recognized exams, and other non-traditional credit, as well as clearly identifying requirements for completing the degree. Current SOC Degree Network System membership and participating degree information is available at

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.

What are the benefits of SOC?

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

Are You Eligible?

SOC Eligibility

SOC benefits are extended to students that are serving in the military while attending Columbia College. Additionally, spouses and dependents attending Columbia College who have an active sponsoring servicemember, are also considered SOC eligible. 

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.


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