For students in northern Oklahoma looking for a strong community college to help them complete their first two years of higher education at a lower price than four-year schools, Northern Oklahoma College (NOC) may be the right fit.
The college has three convenient campus locations and has a partnerships with the Oklahoma State University (OSU) that allows students to be enrolled in both institutions at once, allowing NOC students to take advantage of OSU programs.
NOC also has a unique digital media institute which can be an excellent starting point for people interested in pursuing careers in digital media and animation.
Northern Oklahoma College was founded prior to Oklahoma statehood, being established in 1901 by the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature. The college was established as the Preparatory School at Tonkawa with the primary mission to get high school students ready to start at the University of Oklahoma.
The school was closed in 1917 because of World War I and did not reopen until 1919. After the war, a college curriculum was added and high school instruction was phased out in the early 1950s when the school became a community college. In 1965, the school got a new name, being rechristened as Northern Oklahoma College.
The college celebrated an important milestone in 2011, when its board of regents selected its first female president, Dr. Cheryl Evans.
Northern Oklahoma College began as a feeder college for OSU, and that tradition remains strong with a heavy emphasis placed on academic programs. The college has campuses in Tonkawa, Oklahoma; Enid, Oklahoma; and Stillwater Oklahoma and offers associate’s degrees with 50 majors to choose from.
The most popular majors at Northern Oklahoma College include:
- Health related majors
- Social Sciences and Liberal Arts
The college’s Digital Media Institute offers courses in digital media and animation design, 3D modeling and animation, basic graphic design and more. For students interested in pursuing careers in digital animation, this program is an excellent opportunity to get started.
Like many colleges and universities, the college has been improving its online programs in recent years, allowing more flexible delivery options for the diverse scheduling needs of students.
For students who want to transfer to Oklahoma State University, but don’t meet entrance requirements, the Stillwater campus offers a NOC-OSU Gateway Program that can help get them up to speed for the university.
The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which accredits schools in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The association also accredits schools for the Navajo Nation.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Northern Oklahoma College has an open admissions policy for Oklahoma residents, but requirements are selective for out-of-state students. Out-of-staters must have a high school diploma and rank in the top half of their graduating class or have an ACT score of 19 to gain admission. The college’s nursing program also has specific entrance requirements.
Northern Oklahoma College has a rolling admissions deadline, but financial aid information needs to be submitted by June 1. Students will need to submit high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores. An admission essay is also required. Students should also turn in relevant documentation of volunteer work and letters of recommendation.
Students may be asked to take a COMPASS placement test to determine whether they will need to take remedial courses.
As of Sept. 2011, the college has a $25 application fee.
Students applying to Northern Oklahoma College are eligible for federal grants and student loans. There are also a number of grants and scholarships offered by the state of Oregon, the college itself, and other outside organizations that students may be eligible for.
The college offers a number of institutional scholarships at each campus. For example, the Dean’s Scholarship is a tuition fee waiver worth $600 per semester. Incoming freshmen with a high school GPA of 3.5 and an ACT score of 24 or better qualify. Students can keep the scholarship by meeting academic requirements.
Northern Oklahoma College’s website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and other programs, such as short-term loans, that students can use to attend classes at NOC.
The college recently received $1.6 million, the largest private donation ever made to the college, to help support scholarships for science and math students and the office of financial aid stands ready to help students find other grants and scholarships for which they may qualify.
Student Financial Aid Details
Northern Oklahoma College has more than 3,000 students attending its three campuses, and each campus has something different to offer students. Overall, the college has more than 40 student clubs and organizations, including academic and professional groups, religous organizations and recreational groups. The college also has a rodeo team students can participate in. The school also has two student papers, the Maverick at the Tonkawa campus and the Red and Silver at Enid.
Campus Facilities and Activities
Northern Oklahoma College also has a few unique amenities for students to enjoy.
The Tonkawa campus offers an art gallery and museum of science and history, as well as a botanical garden and arboretum while the Enid campus has an observatory where students can study astronomy.
The college also offers residential housing for students, a student wellness center, and a student success center to help students succeed academically.
Student Enrollment Demographics
Northern Oklahoma College is unique in that it fields teams at both its Tonkawa and Enid campuses. The Tonkawa campus teams are known as the Mavericks while the Enid campus teams are the Jets.
The Tonkawa Mavericks have men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, and softball teams. The women’s basketball team won the 1979 NJCAA basketball championship. The men’s soccer team is a formidable competitior, winning twelve consecutive NJCAA regional championships
The Enid Jets have four teams that participate in the NJCAA, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, women’s volleyball and men’s baseball. The Enid Jets have captured 18 championships, have had 21 students become NJCAA All-Americans and have had 58 of their scholar-athletes named as Academic All-Americans – all since being established in 2001.
The Enid baseball team captured conference championships in 2002, 2003 and 2005. The women’s basketball team won the NJCAA Region II championship in 2002 and 2004.
The Tonkawa campus colors are red and white. The Enid campus colors are red, black and silver.
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