HPU Military Associations

Servicemember Opportunity Colleges

These are some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) about HPU's involvement in the Servicemember Opportunity Colleges (SOC) program.

Q:

What is the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Program?

A:

SOC is a consortium of over 1,800 associations and institutions dedicated to meeting the needs of active duty U.S. military (Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy,) servicemembers, reserve duty U.S. military servicemembers, U.S. National Guard, retired military servicemembers, or an immediate family member of the former.

Q:

Is HPU a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges?

A:

Yes it is.

Q:

What is a SOCAD, SOCCOAST, SOCMAR, and SOCNAV?

A:

These are SOC program system designations for the type of degrees a SOC may offer. SOCAD is the SOC degree program for the Army. SOCCOAST is the SOC degree program for the Coast Guard. SOCNAV is the degree program for the Navy. SOCMAR is the degree program for the Marine Corps.

Q:

What HPU degree programs does the SOC Student Agreement cover?

A:

The following HPU degree programs listed below are covered by SOCAD, SOCMAR, SOCCOAST and SOCNAV student agreements.

  • Associate Degree Programs
    • Associate of Arts (AA) in Mathematics.
    • Associate of Arts (AA) in Justice Administration.
    • Associate Degree in Supervisory Leadership (ASL).
    • Associate of Science (ASCS) in Computer Science.
    • Associate of Science (AS) in Accounting.
    • Associate of Science (AS) in Economics.
    • Associate of Science (AS) in Finance.
    • Associate of Science (AS) in Management.
    • Associate of Science (AS) in Marketing.
    • Associate of Science (AS) in Military Studies.
  • Baccalaureate Degree Programs
    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) All Majors, except Travel Industry Management.
    • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS).
    • Bachelor in Social Work (BSW). 
    • Selected Bachelor of Arts (BA) Majors.

Q:

Who is eligible to receive a SOC Student Agreement from Hawai'i Pacific University?

A:

Each SOC candidate who is formally accepted into Hawai'i Pacific University must meet one of the following requirements to participate in the SOC program:

  • Be an active duty Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Or Navy member.
  • Be an Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy Reserve or National Guard member.
  • Be a retired military member or Dept of Defense employee. 
  • Be an immediate family member of any of the above.

Q:

When will Hawai'i Pacific University generate the SOC Student Agreement?

A:

The SOC Student Agreement will be generated by the HPU SOC Coordinator when the student has:

  1. Been formally accepted by the University.
  2. Completed at least one HPU course.
  3. Declared a degree program appropriate to HPU's SOC program.
  4. Received a formal evaluation of credit appropriate to the degree declared.
  5. Requested a SOC agreement (if other than active duty military member).

Q:

When does the SOC Student Agreement take effect?

A:

The SOC Student Agreement takes effect immediately upon issuance.

Q:

What are other HPU requirements?

A:

Residency requirements:

  • ASSOCIATE DEGREES: Student must complete a minimum of 15 semester hours (FIVE Hawai'i Pacific University courses) in residence with HPU. At least six of the 15 hours must be in the Associate degree's concentration.
  • BACCALAUREATE DEGREES: Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours (TEN Hawai'i Pacific University courses) in residence with HPU. At least twelve of the 30 semester hours must be in the concentration.

Transfer Credit:

  • HPU will accept up to 36 hours of non-traditional credit (MOS/RATE, CLEP/DANTES, etc.) toward any Associate degree program.
  • The University will accept up to 36 semester hours of credit earned through CLEP/DANTES or any other type of credit by examination. This policy applies to all University baccalaureate degree programs.
  • The student must provide Hawai`i Pacific University with OFFICIAL transcripts of all courses taken at other institutions. The transcripts will be accepted only if sent directly to HPU from the originating institution. DD-214s, DD-295s, AARTS, SMART, Coast Guard Institute, or CCAF transcripts may be accepted from the military education services officers. 
  • Only courses completed at the "C" grade level (2.0 on a 4.0 scale with 4.0 = A) or higher will be considered for transfer into HPU degree programs.
  • Transfer credits must satisfy specific degree program requirements.

Q:

Who can I contact, if I have more questions?

A:

For all inquiries including those from off-island students, please contact:

Ralph Gallogly, Assistant Dean Student Affairs
Telephone: (808)  544-9385, FAX:  (808) 544-0285, Email: MCPSOC@hpu.edu