|Troy Normal School
Troy State Teachers College
Troy State College
Troy State University
|Motto||"Educate the mind to think, the heart to feel, and the body to act."|
|Chancellor||Jack Hawkins Jr.|
|Location||Troy, Alabama, United States of America|
|Campus||College town (small town), 820 acres (3.3 km2)|
|Colors||Cardinal, Silver, Black
|NCAA Division I – FBS, SBC|
Troy University is a comprehensive public university that is located in Troy, Alabama, United States. It was founded on February 26, 1887 as Troy State Normal School within the Alabama State University System by an Act of the Alabama Legislature. It is the flagship university of the Troy University System. Troy University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) to award associate, baccalaureate, master's, education specialist, and doctoral degrees.
In August 2005, Troy State University, Montgomery; Troy State University, Phenix City; Troy State University, Dothan; and Troy State University (Main Campus) all merged under one accreditation to become Troy University to better reflect the institution's worldwide mission. Prior to the merger, each campus was independently accredited and merging of these campuses helped to create a stronger institution by eliminating overlapping services and barriers to students. The merger combined talents and resources of staff, faculty, and administrators into a single highly effective and competitive university.
Today, the university serves the educational needs of students in four Alabama campuses and 60 teaching sites in 17 U.S. States and 11 countries. Troy University has over 100,000 alumni in 50 states of the USA and in other countries.
- 1 History
- 2 Academics
- 3 Campus
- 4 Student life
- 5 Athletics
- 6 Campus Academic Features
- 7 Satellite campuses
- 8 Notable alumni
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Troy University is a public university with its main campus located in Troy, Alabama. It was founded as a normal school in 1887 with a mission to educate and train new teachers. The school has since evolved into a state university, located in four sites across Alabama: Troy, Montgomery, Phenix City, and Dothan. The university also has various sites located throughout the United States and several international locations. Troy University is known for its innovation in offering in-class and online academic programs in servicing traditional, nontraditional, and military students. The main campus enrollment as of the fall of 2016 is 7,911 students. The campus consists of 36 major buildings on 650 acres (1.9 km²) plus the adjacent Troy University Arboretum.
At least three prominent political figures have been associated with Troy University. George Wallace, Jr., son of the late Governor George C. Wallace, is a former administrator at the university. Max Rafferty, the California Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1963 to 1971, was dean of the education department from 1971 until his death in 1982. Former Governor John Malcolm Patterson, an intra-party rival of George Wallace, taught U.S. history at the institution during the 1980s.
On April 16, 2004, the Board of Trustees voted to change the name of the institution from Troy State University to Troy University. The transition to the new name was completed in August 2005 and was the fifth in the school's history. When created by the Alabama Legislature on February 26, 1887, it was officially named the Troy State Normal School. The school was located in downtown Troy until moving to the present location on University Avenue in 1930. In 1929, the name was changed to Troy State Teachers College and it subsequently conferred its first baccalaureate degree in 1931. In 1957, the legislature voted both to change the name to Troy State College and to allow it to begin a master's degree program. The name was changed once again in 1967 to Troy State University.
Troy University cumulatively offers 46 bachelor's degree programs, 22 master's degree programs, and two doctoral programs.
Troy University's overall acceptance rate is 44%.
The University is composed of five colleges, a graduate school, and a division of general studies, listed as follows:
|College of Arts & Sciences|
|College of Communications & Fine Arts|
|College of Education|
|College of Health & Human Services|
|The Sorrell College of Business|
|The Graduate School|
|The Division of General Studies|
Established in 2007, the Confucius Institute at Troy University is a public institution affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education and is charged with bringing to the people of Alabama knowledge of China that will serve the state in the areas of business, education, cultural, and public interests throughout the state of Alabama. The institute also offers lectures on Chinese culture and language, summer camps for high school students, consultation for economic development, and promotion of Chinese outreach programs. Troy University was the first college in Alabama to open a Confucius Institute.
Troy is one of only 400 universities in the nation to offer a Confucius Institute.
Center for International Programs
The university has over 800 international students from 75 countries on the main campus, and offers special programs for students such as the English as Second Language Center (ECL). Troy also has a dormitory named Pace Hall.
In 2008, Troy University was ranked as the 25th best university in the United States for international students by the Institute of International Education.
|U.S. News & World Report||69 (South)|
|Master's University class|
Troy University has acquired different institutional rankings from various sources:
- Forbes ranks Troy as the 640th best school in the nation. Forbes’ overall ranking centers on the value of the degree obtained by a university’s students and measures, in part, the marketplace success of a school’s graduate.
- U.S. News & World Report in several categories for 2017:
|Top Public Schools||#23|
|Best Online Graduate Business Program (Excluding MBA)||#98|
|Best Online Graduate Education Program||#136|
|Best Online MBA Program||#145|
|Best Online Bachelor's Program||#226|
|Best Online Graduate Nursing Program||#118|
- Troy's Hall School of Journalism & Communication was ranked as the #6 Best School of Journalism in the nation in 2014 by the Radio Television Digital News Association.
- For several years in a row, the Princeton Review named Troy to its “Best in the Southeast” list due to excellence in academic programs and institutional data collected from the university.
- In 2008, Troy University was ranked as the 25th best university in the United States for international students by the Institute of International Education.
- In 2017, Troy University was ranked as the #1 four-year college in the State of Alabama by Schools.com. The methodology for its ranking system took several factors into account, including tuition fees, number of degrees offered and average retention rate. The data in the study came from the National Center for Education Statistics from 2014–2016 and College Scorecard 2014–2015.
Troy University's main campus is located near downtown Troy. The campus sits along rolling hills with many old oak trees present along the streets and throughout campus. The first two buildings that were built on campus were Bibb Graves Hall and Shackelford Hall, both of which are still standing on campus today. Bibb Graves, who was Alabama's governor at the time of the building's dedication, is remembered for commissioning the famous Olmsted Brothers architectural firm of Brookline, Massachusetts, to design the campus landscape plan.
Toward the center of campus, the university's Sorrell Chapel is a hidden gem that's tucked away among large oak and cedar trees. Across from the chapel is a very small lake named Lake Lagoona, which is the drainage point of the creek that runs through the Trojan Oaks Golf Course.
The Trojan Oaks Golf Practice Course, which used to be full-service, 9-hole, 3,211-yard golf course, is one of the pristine features of the campus with its rolling hills, oak and pine trees, and a creek running through most of the course. Troy was one of only 87 universities in the United States to have operate a full-service golf course on its own campus before closing the course and revamping it into a golf practice facility, and is still one of the few schools to operate a 9-hole or greater practice course on its campus.
Among one of the favorite features of the campus is Janice Hawkins Park, which features an amphitheater, walking trails, a lagoon and several prominent art installations. Paved sidewalks curve throughout that park, and a pedestrian bridge straddles the lagoon on one end. Among the art installations are the “Violata Pax Dove,” by the artist Fred “Nall” Hollis, and 200 replica Terracotta Warriors that are spread throughout the park, representing the famous excavations in China.
Students who live on campus at Troy have a choice of 12 different residential halls to choose from:
- Clements Hall (coed)
- Cowart Hall (women)
- Gardner Hall (men)
- Hamil Hall (women)
- Hillcrest Hall (men)
- Honors Cottage (coed)
- New Residence Hall (coed)
- Newman Center (coed)
- Pace Hall (coed)
- Paden Hall (coed)
- Shackelford Hall (coed)
- Trojan Village (coed)
- University Apartments (coed)
Trojan Dining Hall
The Trojan Dining Hall is a large, two-story state-of-the-art dining hall with a restaurant-style collection of venues. Some of the restaurants inside the dining hall include a Boar's Head Deli, Moe's Southwest Grill, The Wild Mushroom, Bella Trattoria, Flying Star Diner, Basic Kneads Artisan Bakery, and Magellan's.
The hall also features an outdoor dining an outdoor dining area with a large fountain.
The Trojan Center is the activity center on campus for students. It features a movie theater, meeting rooms, gathering spaces, large ballrooms, the Barnes & Noble campus bookstore, Starbucks, mail room, student activity offices, and a food court that features restaurants such as Chick-fil-A, Steak 'n Shake, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Mein Bowl, Great American Cookies, and Marble Slab Creamery.
Many recreational activities are available on campus. The Trojan Fitness Center offers fitness machines, free weights, and cardiovascular machines. Trojan Games recreation room has two billiard tables, two table tennis tables, and a foosball game. The Natatorium houses an eight-lane 25-yard Olympic-style pool. The Recreation Center Gym has two basketball courts, a cardio room, a dance room, and a large outside pool. Wright Hall Gym, located adjacent to the Natatorium, offers a basketball court, two volleyball courts, and four badminton courts. The Intramural Fields consist of four flag football fields, two softball fields, and one soccer field.
Trojan Arena, the newest facility on campus, is the home to the basketball, volleyball, and track programs, as well as being used for the University's commencement ceremonies and other special events with seating capacity of 6,000. The new Trojan Arena replaces the university's longtime basketball and events facility, Sartain Hall, which opened in 1962. Trojan Arena is equipped with 5,600 chair-back seats and several VIP suites and boxes. Under the main court is 10,000 sq. ft. of basketball practice space. Beyond the normal concession area is a food court-style lounge and a simulated court area on the concourse. The arena includes seven upper-level suites and an exclusive Stadium Club area for donors, while also adding floor seating for students. Among the latest technology features of the new arena is a three-tiered rotunda at the main entrance, an interior concourse with concession stands, and a food court-styled dining center with various specialty food items. It features an LED ribbon board that panoramically encircles the entire arena with two 767-square-foot video boards that enhances the total sports gaming experience, the only one of its kind in the Sun Belt Conference. The Trojan Arena is also home to the Troy University Sports Hall of Fame, with digital displays of its honored members located adjacent to the rotunda.
The campus also features a natatorium that includes a 9-lane, Olympic-sized swimming pool.
The university is currently in the middle of building an exclusive $25 million recreation center for students. The 78,000-square-foot facility will be located in the area formerly known as the Sartain Hall parking lot, near George Wallace Drive. Once completed, the building will house a multi-activity court, a basketball court, a free-weight training area, a circuit weight training area, special aerobic rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, a multi-level walking track and four offices.
The Troy University Transportation Service offers students free shuttling services at various stops across campus and within the surrounding community.
Twenty- three traditional Greek organizations are on Troy's campus.
|IFC Fraternities||Alpha Tau Omega (ΑΤΩ)||Delta Kappa Epsilon (ΔΚΕ)||Delta Chi (ΔΧ)||Lambda Chi Alpha (ΛΧΑ)||Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE)||FarmHouse (FH)||Pi Kappa Phi (ΠΚΦ)||Sigma Chi (ΣΧ)|
|NPC Sororities||Alpha Gamma Delta (ΑΓΔ)||Alpha Delta Pi (ΑΔΠ)||Chi Omega (ΧΩ)||Phi Mu (ΦΜ)||Kappa Delta (ΚΔ)||Alpha Omicron Pi (ΑΟΠ)|
|NPHC Greek Life||Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA)||Zeta Phi Beta (ΖΦΒ)||Delta Sigma Theta (ΔΣθ)||Phi Beta Sigma (ФВΣ)||Sigma Gamma Rho (ΣΓΡ)||Omega Psi Phi (ΩΨΦ)||Kappa Alpha Psi (ΚΑΨ)||Alpha Phi Alpha (ΑΦΑ)||Iota Phi Theta (ΙΦΘ)|
Religious and other organizations
The university is home to numerous religious campus organizations such as: Gamma Phi Delta Christian Fraternity, the Campus Awakening, Chi Alpha, Wesley Foundation, Baptist Campus Ministries, Pentecostal Campus Ministries, the Newman Center (Roman Catholic), the Christian Student Center (Church of Christ), and the Troy Secular Association. Some of these religious organizations have stand-alone physical facilities on the Troy campus.
These six music organizations function under the supervision of the John M. Long School of Music:
- Phi Mu Alpha
- Kappa Kappa Psi
- Sigma Alpha Iota
- Tau Beta Sigma
- Phi Boota Roota
- CMENC, a student affiliate of the National Association for Music Education
The school newspaper, the Tropolitan (commonly referred to as "The Trop"), is located on the bottom floor of Wallace Hall. It is a weekly publication, written and produced entirely by students. The Palladium is located in adjacent offices in the same building. The Tropolitan has been ranked as one of the best college newspapers in the country, and was ranked as the #6 Best College Newspaper by the Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC) in 2017.
Also located in Wallace Hall is Troy University Television, also referred to as Troy TrojanVision. Troy University Television broadcasts three live entirely student-produced newscasts twice daily. TrojanVision Global News, TrojanVision Midday & TrojanVision Nightly News. Troy TrojanVision also produces a 30-minute sports show, Trojan Sports Now, every week. TrojanVision streams live online and can be seen at the university's YouTube page. Some of the students that major in broadcasting also help to produce ESPN sporting events for the university, including football, basketball, and baseball games.
in 2017, TrojanVision was ranked as the #1 Best College TV Station by the Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC).
The "Sound of the South" marching band
The Sound of the South is the official marching band of Troy University. The marching band was established in 1939 and has been referred to by its current name since 1965. The band was named by John M. Long soon after he was hired as band director. The band, now boasting over 300 members on a regular basis, has enjoyed major success in performing at hundreds of marching band competitions, as well as dozens of different college and professional athletic venues. The band usually follows the football team to almost every away game, and has a smaller pep-band that plays at every home basketball game. It was during the thirty-two year tenure of Johnny Long, as he was commonly referred to, that the band program at Troy University established a prominent national reputation through its many featured appearances at music conventions, concert tours and recordings with the symphony band, as well as several nationally televised appearances with the "Sound of the South" Marching Band. The band's "trademark" piece that is played before every performance of the band is called "The Fanfare" and was written by John M. Long in 1965.
Troy State Normal School began its sports program in 1909, when it fielded its first football team. Through the early years, Troy's athletics nicknames were not official and varied by the sport and the coach. Eventually, teams all began to use the name "Troy State Teachers", but when the athletic teams moved into NAIA competition, the nickname was then changed to the "Red Wave". In the early 1970s, the student body voted to change the name to Trojans after many felt that Red Wave was too similar to the University of Alabama's nickname, the Crimson Tide. Prior to becoming a member of NCAA Division I athletics in 1993, Troy University was a member of the Gulf South Conference of the NCAA Division II ranks. Troy's primary rivals were Jacksonville State University, Livingston University (now the University of West Alabama), and the University of North Alabama. In 2004, Troy joined the Sun Belt Conference of the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Troy University began playing football in 1909. The program has won three national championships, the NAIA national football championship in 1968, and the NCAA Division II national football championship in 1984 and 1987. Troy transitioned to the NCAA's Division I-A in 2001, became a football only member of the Sun Belt Conference in 2004, and joined the conference for all other sports in 2005. In 2001, Troy defeated Mississippi State at Scott Field in Starkville, Mississippi, by a score of 21–9 which was the Trojans' first victory over a BCS level program. In 2004, the Trojans defeated a ranked BCS program for the first time ever, defeating #17 Missouri 24–14 at home on ESPN2. The Trojan football team made its first bowl game appearance in the Silicon Valley Football Classic on December 30, 2004, but lost to Northern Illinois, 34–21. In 2006, Troy won the Sun Belt Conference for the first time after defeating Middle Tennessee State toward the end of the 2006 season. Troy represented the Sun Belt Conference in the 2006 New Orleans Bowl as the conference champion for the first time where the Trojans defeated the Rice Owls of Conference USA by a score of 41–17. Troy participated in the 2010 New Orleans Bowl where the Trojans routed Ohio by a score of 48–21. Troy has most recently participated in the 2016 Dollar General Bowl in Mobile, AL which the Trojans won over Ohio 28–23. Former Troy football head coach Larry Blakeney served 25 seasons as head coach between 1990 and the end of the 2014 season. He has led the program to three Southland Football Conference titles and five Sun Belt Conference titles, as well as guided the Trojans to seven FCS playoff appearances and five FBS bowl games. Blakeney boasts an overall record of 178–113–1 as head coach at Troy. Blakeney is the winningest coach in the Troy University history and he is the 4th winningest collegiate coach all-time in the state of Alabama, only behind Paul "Bear" Bryant, Cleve Abbott, and Ralph "Shug" Jordan. Blakeney is one of two coaches in college football history to be the head coach of a football program during its transition from Division II to I-A (the other being UCF’s Gene McDowell). The current head coach is Neal Brown.
The Troy University men's basketball team was under the direction of head coach Don Maestri for 31 years until his retirement in 2013. Coach Maestri is the winningest coach in school history, with exactly 500 career wins, and he has won numerous conference coach-of-the-year awards during his tenure at Troy University. The program has won 11 conference championships in basketball, with six of them coming in the Division I era. On January 12, 1992, Troy defeated DeVry University of Atlanta by the score of 253–141, in what is the highest scoring game in NCAA basketball history. The Trojans competed in the 2003 NCAA Tournament in Nashville against Xavier University after winning the Atlantic Sun Conference title. In 2004, Troy was an NIT participant in a match-up against Niagara University. In 2008, coach Maestri was inducted into the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Dothan, Alabama. In 2009, the Trojans finished 3rd place in the Sun Belt Conference and competed in the CBI against College of Charleston. After winning the Sun Belt regular season title in 2010, the Trojans would be invited to play in the NIT once again against Ole Miss. Maestri is a member of the Troy University Sports Hall of Fame.
The Troy University women's basketball team is currently under the direction of head coach Chanda Rigby, a junior college standout and coaching veteran.
The Troy University baseball team won two Division II national championships in 1986 and 1987 under the leadership of coach Chase Riddle. One of Troy's biggest victories in baseball came in April 1998 when the Trojans knocked off the #3 nationally ranked University of Alabama Crimson Tide by a score of 8–4 at Riddle-Pace Field on the Troy campus. Under the direction of current head coach Bobby Pierce, the Trojan baseball program has competed in the NCAA Baseball Tournament in 2006 and 2007. Troy also competed in the 1995 and 1997 NCAA Division One tournament under head coach John Mayotte. In 1999, the program tying the NCAA Division I record for most hits in the 6th inning, belting 14 hits (in the 6th) in a 34–4 rout of Stetson.
The program's governing body is the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. The rodeo program's home facility is the Pike County Cattlemen's Arena in Troy where it hosts a three-day rodeo each October that features college rodeo programs from throughout the southern region of the United States. Troy University calf roper Ben Mayworth won the 2007 national title in Casper, Wyoming, at the National Finals Collegiate Rodeo.
Campus Academic Features
Hall of Fame of Distinguished Band Conductors
The Hall of Fame of Distinguished Band Conductors was established on the campus of what was then known as Troy State University in Troy, Alabama by the National Band Association in 1979. The Hall of Fame contains the picture and biographies of band directors who have distinguished themselves in some way or who have made significant contributions to the field of band directing, conducting, or leadership.
The Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy
Troy University’s Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy was formed in September as the result of a $3.6 million gift from Troy alumnus Dr. Manuel H. Johnson, BB&T and the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation. The Center’s mission is the advancement of free market economic ideas and its research and teaching efforts explore the idea that economic freedom improves the quality of life for citizens. The new Center is part of the University’s Sorrell College of Business and it is housed inside Bibb Graves Hall. Dr. Scott Beaulier serves as the center’s executive director.
The libraries on the Dothan, Montgomery, and Troy campuses house collections of more than 500,000 bound volumes, 40,000 media items, and nearly 1 million items in micro-form. The Troy University Library on the Troy campus is a Federal Depository Library.
Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park
The Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park is a 23-acre park on the Troy University campus that features an amphitheater, walking trails, a lagoon and the International Arts Center, which houses two art galleries and an interpretive center known as Warriors Unearthed. In addition, there are 200 replica terracotta warriors designed by the artist Huo Bao Zhu that are displayed throughout the park in exhibits representing the historic excavations in China.It is built in the honor of Mrs.Janice Hawkins.
Troy University has three other satellite campuses located in the state of Alabama:
William G. Gregory, 1984
Kevin R. Kregel, 1988
Kevin A. Ford, 1989
Lori Robinson, 1992
James A. Roy, 2000
Marshall B. Webb, 1994
Charles F. Wald, 1982
Alfred G. Hansen, 1972
John Perzel, 1975
Manuel H. Johnson, 1973
Bobby Bright, 1977
DeMarcus Ware, 2005
Osi Umenyiora, 2003
DuJuan Harris, 2009
Leodis McKelvin, 2008
Lawrence Tynes, 2001
Chase Whitley, 2010
Clint Robinson, 2007
T.J. Rivera, 2011
Mike Rivera, 1997
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