What is SOCNAV?

SOCNAV is the SOC degree program for the Navy. SOCNAV-2 is made up of colleges that offer Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree programs on or accessible to Navy installations worldwide. The Bachelor’s degree equivalent is SOCNAV-4. The SOCNAV system joins these colleges together to form networks in which each college accepts credits from all the others. This guarantees that you can continue toward your degree even though the Navy may transfer you several times. SOCNAV solves the problem of starting your studies at one place and finishing at another. Florida National University is a member of the SOCNAV-2 and SOCNAV-4 partnerships.

Where is SOCNAV available?

SOCNAV programs are offered at almost all Navy installations and even on board ships around the world. Florida National University is accessible from any location in which you can get Internet service.

Can I get college credit for my experience in the Navy?

SOCNAV was designed to build on your Navy training and experience. It was developed specifically for enlisted personnel whose Navy rate, rating, and service schools may already have earned them college credit.

What can I study?

Florida National University offers the following programs as part of the SOCNAV partnership:

Associate & Bachelor Degree Programs

Accounting AS
Business Administration AA
Business Administration BS
Criminal Justice AA
Computer Information Technology AS

How do I access my online course?

The University uses Blackboard as its course management system. You will receive your username and password as soon as you have registered for your course.

What will I find when I access my course?

When you first access your Blackboard course, you will find a welcome from your online professor, your professor’s contact information, your syllabus, weekly assignments, discussions, and assessments.

How do I contact my professor?

Your professor’s contact information will be found in the course, and you may e-mail your professor anytime you have any questions.

What do I do if research is assigned?

Florida National University’s online library supports the curriculum. There are many different databases that can be used. What is more, there is a library tutorial, as well as online librarians available to assist you.

What other services are offered as I take my online course?

The Academic Support Center provides writing and tutoring services for all online students. You may contact the Center at any time.

Can I get financial assistance for my studies?

Absolutely! If you were attracted to the Navy by the G.I. Bill, tuition assistance, or other educational funding opportunities, don’t delay! Begin your college studies now. The Navy will pay a substantial part of tuition costs for courses taken while you’re on active duty.

What is a SOCNAV home college?

Florida National University strives to be the best home college in the partnership. We encourage you to make Florida National University your home institution. A home college is the SOCNAV college where you begin your studies and complete the minimum academic residency. You do not have to take more than 25 percent of your degree program with your home college, and these courses can be taken at anytime and anywhere that college teaches classes even at sea. The home college evaluates your Navy Rate and Rating and other learning experiences, combining them all into a SOCNAV Student Agreement that serves as your contract-for-degree. When you have completed the courses needed for your degree, you graduate from your home college.

What is a SOCNAV Student Agreement?

A SOCNAV Student Agreement is the form on which the home college makes a complete evaluation of the university credit you should receive on the basis of your Navy Rate and Rating, testing, and any other college courses you may have taken. It also lists courses remaining to be completed and serves as your checklist for future studies at SOCNAV network colleges anywhere in the world. It is your contract-for-degree, your degree plan, and a road map to program completion. You are not a SOCNAV student and you do not have the SOCNAV transfer guarantees until you have been given a SOCNAV Student Agreement by your home college.

How do I begin as a SOCNAV student?

Your first step is to contact Florida National University at www.fnc.edu and our Admissions Representatives will explain the program to you.

What happens when the Navy reassigns me?

All of College’s programs are offered online, and therefore you may continue your studies no matter where in the world you are assigned.

How can I present my Rates and Ratings and Navy courses to a college evaluator?

If you are an active-duty sailor, or separated or retired from the Navy on or after October 1, 1999, you can have a Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART) that documents your military experience sent to your SOCNAV college. You may get a request form from your Navy College Office or download one.

What if I leave the Navy before graduating?

If you leave the Navy before you complete your degree requirements, your SOCNAV Student Agreement guarantees that your college credits will not be lost and you can finish your studies as a civilian — assuming you have satisfied the home college’s academic residency requirement and can take the remaining courses with another college.

Can my family benefit from SOCNAV?

Yes, SOCNAV colleges will enroll family members under the same terms as service members.

Florida National University
Office of Military Affairs
1-877-770-NAVY (6289)