Troy University

Troy University Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Information

Troy University, is the flagship campus of a university system that includes three other Alabama locations and an online university. Learn about its ranking, financial aid and student life, and get the pros and cons of studying at Troy University.

Is Troy University the Right School for You?

Troy University is a 4-year public school with a main campus in Troy, Alabama, about 50 miles away from Montgomery. Founded in 1887, this school began as a teacher's training college and now offers a large variety of degree programs to students worldwide. This school includes three other brick-and-mortar campuses in Alabama (in Dothan, Montgomery and Phenix City) and an online college. It also has relationships with universities in China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan and the United Arab Emirates. If this sounds like a school you might consider, read more to find out about the pros and cons, as well as enrollment, rankings, admissions and student life.


  • Ranked among the top 30 U.S. public schools
  • Total cost of attendance was $7,274 less for non-residents than the national average for 4-year public schools
  • Room and board cost is $3,089 lower than the national average
  • Very low number of courses taught by graduate assistants
  • Dual credit, AP credit and credit for life experience accepted


  • The 4-year graduation rate is 25 percentage points below the national average
  • Student-to-faculty ratio is 19:1, which is three higher than the national average
  • Far from major cities and airports

Rankings and School Analysis

According to U.S. News and World Report, Troy University ranked 67th among the Best Regional Universities in the South in 2012, and is 30th on their list of Top Public Schools. Also, their online bachelor's degree programs were ranked in the top 70.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) stated that the total cost of attendance in the 2012-2013 academic year (including tuition, room, board, books and other expenses) was $17,661 for in-state students and $23,637 for non-residents. Both of these figures were below the national average for 4-year public schools. It may be worth noting that the 4-year graduation rate at Troy is just 15% though, much less that the national average of 40%. At Troy, only 3.5% of classes are taught by teaching assistants, but the NCES reports that the student-to-faculty ratio is higher than the national average at 20:1.

Troy University has many options in program offerings and the ways you can earn your degree. This school offers 110 undergraduate majors and minors, 22 master's degree programs and one doctoral program in nursing. Evening and weekend classes are also available in some disciplines. Furthermore, there are Army and Air Force ROTC programs, study abroad and research opportunities available. U.S. News and World Report indicates that more than half of Troy students are taking classes in the online school, eTroy.

Getting in and Financial Aid at Troy University

To apply for admission to Troy University you must submit an application, along with a $30 fee, high school transcripts and official SAT or ACT scores. This school conducts both unconditional and conditional admissions. Troy's website states that freshman applicants with a minimum SAT score of 950 and a high school GPA of 2.0 are admitted unconditionally, whereas, if you have not met these standards, you may still be able to enroll, but on the condition that you only take 13 credits each semester, until you have successfully completed 24 semester hours. According to the NCES, 62% of applicants were admitted in 2011, which is just below the national average of 63.8%.

If you want to apply for financial aid, you should have your FAFSA in by the March 1st priority deadline to be considered for the most aid. The College Board reports that 71% of students at Troy applied for aid in 2011. Of that group, 100% were awarded aid, and the average first-year financial aid package was $3,678.

Application & Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013) Rolling admission****
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2013) March 1*
Application Fee (2013) $30****
Acceptance Rate (2011) 62%**
Tuition and Fees (2012-2013) $6,844 in-state, $12,820 out-of state**
Average Financial Aid Package (2011-2012) $4,588****
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 15.1%**

Student Life at Troy University

Troy University is located in a rural area with a total undergraduate population of more than 26,000 students. According to NCES, a little more than half of the degree-seekers at this school attend full time and 84% of first-year students live on campus. Campus housing costs vary depending on the option you choose. These options include gender-specific dorms, apartments, fraternities, sororities and wellness housing.

According to the NCES, 74% of first-year full-time students who began their studies at Troy University in 2010, returned for a second year of study. This school offers remedial, academic and career counseling; employment services for students; and placement services for graduates. For your extracurricular interests, there are about 150 registered clubs on campus, as well as NCAA division I athletics. Some unique facilities include the Rosa Parks Library and Museum, a planetarium and a performing arts theater.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Rural **
Student Population (2011) 26,172 total, 20,590 undergraduates**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 37% male, 63% female**
% of Full-Time Undergraduate Students (2011) 53%**
% of In-State Students (2011) 68%**
% of International Students (2011) 1%**
Retention Rate (2011)74% of full-time students**
Campus Housing Available Yes**
% of Students Living On-Campus (2011)29% of undergraduates***
Number of Libraries 1*
Extracurricular Activities 150 registered clubs and organizations****

Sources: *Troy University, **NCES, ***College Board, ****U.S. News and World Report.

Contact Information

  • Address: University Avenue, Troy, AL 36082
  • Phone: 1-800-551-9716