Service members Opportunity College Information

In accordance with Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) requirements, West Texas A&M University is committed to the SOC agreement for active duty service members. We recognize that active service members, reservists and National Guard members may be activated and deployed, and their progress toward degree completion should not be penalized.

West Texas A&M University agrees to comply with SOC Membership Criterion 2 which limits academic residency to no more than twenty-five percent of the degree requirements for all undergraduate degrees for active-duty service members. Academic residency can be completed at any time while active-duty service members are enrolled.

Active service members who receive and submit orders to relocate or deploy, including activated Reserve and Guard members, should contact the Registrar’s Office in order to determine the action the University can take at that point in the semester. The Veteran Services Coordinator can also file this request on behalf of a service member.

The Office of Military and Veteran Services will review the orders and waive university residency requirements for active military members who are "ordered" to a new location for deployment or reassignment (e.g., military recruiters), in accordance with SOC requirements. The approved waiver will be sent to the appropriate dean’s office to file with the student’s record. Senior capstone classes, and similar courses, cannot be waived without department approval from the academic program.