Named to Princeton’s Review’s list of “best schools of the Southeast” for seven consecutive years, Troy University in Troy, Alabama is the result of a 2005 merger of four smaller campuses, and currently serves almost 20,000 students across these and many extension campuses. It is known as an especially military-friendly institution, and recently earned the Council of College and Military Educators’ prestigious Institution Award, for outstanding service and assistance toward veteran students. Distinctive undergraduate majors here include criminal justice, interpreter training, an RN-to-BSN nursing track and tourism management, and high school seniors can get a jump on any of them by dual-enrolling via Troy’s ACCELERATE program. 175 student organizations make sure there’s always something to do, too: academic clubs cover anthropology, cinematography, Spanish and more, plus several choir and theatre ensembles make their creative voices heard via regular performances. The Trojan spirit evident here even propelled 80’s alumni William Gregory and Kevin Kregel to eventually become astronauts for NASA! With the help of Troy University, anyone’s educational prospects can similarly take off into the stratosphere.