Northern Oklahoma College

Northern Oklahoma College
Northern Oklahoma College
Motto "A Tradition of Excellence"
Established 1901
Type Public
President Dr. Roger Stacy
Location Tonkawa, Oklahoma, USA
Nickname Tonkawa - Mavs
Mascot Tonkawa - Mavericks
Enid - Jets

Northern Oklahoma College (NOC) is a community college located in Tonkawa, Oklahoma, with additional campuses located in Enid, Oklahoma and Stillwater, Oklahoma. Student enrollment is approximately 2,700.[1]



A sign welcomes visitors to Northern Oklahoma College's Enid campus.

Northern Oklahoma College was founded on March 1, 1901 by James Wilkin via passage of an appropriation bill by Oklahoma's sixth Territorial Legislature. NOC, then called University Preparatory School at Tonkawa, prepared high school students to enter the University of Oklahoma. Classes began on September 8, 1902 with a beginning enrollment of 217 students and 7 faculty.[2] World War I caused a school closure from 1917 to September 2, 1919.[3] In 1921, the school added a college curriculum, and continued to instruct high school students until 1951. The North Central Association of Colleges and Universities accredited the school in 1948, and in 1965 the school was renamed Northern Oklahoma College.


Dr. Cheryl Evans, former Dean of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University's Enid campus (2004-2011), was elected as the next Northern Oklahoma College President on February 17, 2011 by a unanimous vote by the Board of Regents.[4] Dr. Evans is the first female president in the history of the college.[5] Her education includes a B.A. in Mass Communications from Northwestern, an M.A. in Communication from Wichita State University, and an Ed.D. at Oklahoma State University.[4] She was preceded in office by Dr. Roger Stacy (2008-2011), Dr. Joe Kinzer (1990-2008), and Dr. Edwin E. Vineyard (1965-1990).[6]


Sunken Gardens at the Enid campus of Northern Oklahoma College

Northern Oklahoma college consists of three campuses:

  • Tonkawa, Oklahoma
    1220 East Grand
  • Enid, Oklahoma
    100 South University Avenue
  • Stillwater, Oklahoma
    1118 West Hall of Fame


The Tonkawa campus of Northern Oklahoma College is the home of the Eleanor Hays Art Gallery, which hosts exhibits by Oklahoma artists throughout the academic year. It is also home to radio station KAYE-FM, the A. D. Buck Museum of Science and History, and the North Oklahoma Botanical Garden and Arboretum


A view of the observatory at Northern Oklahoma College Enid.

The Enid campus of Northern Oklahoma College, established in 1999, is located on the former site of Phillips University, and features an observatory for students to study astronomy.


In 2003, Northern added a campus in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Applicants who do not meet Oklahoma State University admission requirements may attend the NOC-OSU Gateway Program held on the campus.[7]


Northern Oklahoma College currently offers four different types of degrees with over 50 areas of emphasis. The degrees currently being offered are Associates in Arts Degrees, Associates in Science Degrees, Associates in Applied Science Degrees, and Associates in Applied Science Degrees—Cooperative Agreement. The Cooperative Agreement degrees are obtained by a mutual agreement between NOC and other institutions that allows a student to take the classes that NOC is able to offer and then obtain further credits at another institution in order to complete the degree.

Special Programs

Arts Adventure

Arts Adventure is an annual summer program held by NOC.

Digital Media Institute

Digital Media Institute (DMI) is located on the bottom floor of Wilkin Hall. DMI currently operates the Digital Media and Animation Design Program. Digital Media and Animation Design (DMAD) consists of digital film making, 3D modeling and animation, basic graphic design, 3D texturing, motion graphics, and basic web design.


Tonkawa Mavericks

The Tonkawa campus has basketball, soccer, baseball, and softball teams. Northern Oklahoma College won the 1979 NJCAA Women's Basketball Championship, 74-52 against Tyler Junior College. The professional wrestler "The Big Show" played basketball for the Mavericks in 1990-1991 before transferring to Wichita State. NBA player John Starks played basketball for the Mavericks during one semester in the 1980s. Pitcher Clint Straka was drafted into the Seattle Mariners in 2006. He now plays baseball for the University of Central Oklahoma.[8]

Enid Jets

The Enid Jets were established in 2001, and have had 18 championships, 21 NJCAA All-Americans, and 58 Academic All-Americans. The Jets have women's volleyball, men's basketball, women's basketball, and men's baseball teams. The Lady Jets basketball team were NJACC Region II Champs 2010 and 2011. The Enid Jets baseball team were conference champions in 2002, 2003, and 2005. They were Region II champions in 2002 and 2004, and runners up in 2009. They were Southwest District Champions in 2002, and also received 3rd place in the NJCAA World Series in that year.[9]


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