Northern Oklahoma College wins recognition

Bill Coleman - August 21, 2017 3:05 pm



Northern Oklahoma College was recently named a Top Ten Community College, according to WalletHub, a personal finance website.

A total of 728 community colleges, belonging to the American Association of Community Colleges, were evaluated for the list.  Northern  Oklahoma College was the only Oklahoma community college in the Top 100.

“NOC is excited to be on the list of top 10 of community colleges nationwide,” said Northern Oklahoma College President Dr. Cheryl Evans.  “This is important to us as an institution because it is external validation of what those we serve know.”

“Northern is fulfilling its mission to be affordable and accessible while providing a quality higher educational experience for our students who get super outcomes in terms of successfully transferring to four year universities or heading right to the workforce with great earning potential.  I’m proud of our faculty, staff, and  board of regents for making our mission of creating life changing experiences a priority.”

According to WalletHub, schools were evaluated bases on three dimensions including Cost & Financing, Education Outcomes, and Career Outcomes.

In individual categories, Northern Oklahoma College ranked 3rd in Highest Return on Investment.

WalletHub’s Top 10

  1. Leech Lake Tribal (MN)
  2. Cochise County Community College District (AZ)
  3. Southwest Wisconsin Technical College (WI)
  4. Stella and Charles Guttman Community College (NY)
  5. Blackfeet Community College (MT)
  6. Aaniiih Nakoda College (MT)
  7. IIisagivak College (AK)
  8. Northern Oklahoma College
  9. Mesalands Community College
  10. Area Lake Technical Institute

Data used to create this ranking were collected from the National Center for Education Statistics, Council for Community and Economic Research and College Measure.

The state system ranked 14th.

The entire story can be read at

Mission Statement: Northern Oklahoma College, the state’s oldest community college, is a multi-campus, land-grant institution that provides high quality, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities and services which create life-changing experiences and develop students as effective learners and leaders within their communities in a connected, ever changing world.

Serving nearly 5,000 students, NOC is a public, two-year community college with locations in Tonkawa, Enid and Stillwater.  The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and offers associate degrees in three general areas: Arts, Science and Applied Science.  The associate degree fulfills lower-division course work which is applicable towards a bachelor’s degree.

For more information about Northern Oklahoma College or giving to the NOC Foundation, please contact the development office at (580) 628-6208 or visit the NOC website at


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