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Troy University (formerly Troy State University) is a public university located in Troy, Pike County, Alabama and founded in 1887. The main campus enrollment is approximately 6,300 students. The campus itself consists of 35 major buildings on 460 acres (1.9 km²). The Troy University system consists of fifty-eight sites in seventeen US states and eleven other countries.
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 is ongoing and will be completed in August 2005 concurrent with the merger of all the associated satellite campuses into a single, unified system and administration. The name change is believed to better reflect the quality, funding sources and global mission of the new university system.
The name change is actually the fifth in the school's history. When created by the Alabama State 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 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 1969 to Troy State University.
The current chancellor of the university is Jack Hawkins Jr.
The school colors are cardinal, black, and silver and its athletic teams are called the Trojans. They began playing in the NCAA's Division I-A in 2001, became a football member of the Sun Belt Conference in 2004, and will join that conference for all other sports in 2005. 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.
The Troy University system has additional major campuses in the state of Alabama including Troy University Montgomery Troy University Dothan , at Dothan, and Troy University Phenix at Phenix City. The university has a very large off-campus/distance learning program and offers many courses in conjunction with the United States Armed Forces.
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