In spring of 1946, a group of local citizens met to form a steering committee for the purpose of establishing a junior college in Navarro County. In a general election held July 16, 1946, voters approved the creation of Navarro Junior College and authorized a county tax to help finance the institution. In that same election voters chose a seven-member board of trustees to govern the college. The first students began classes in September, 1946. Most of the 238 members of that first student body were returning veterans from World War II taking advantage of assistance available under the newly enacted GI Bill. The first campus of Navarro College was the site of the Air Activities of Texas, a World War II primary flight school located six miles south of Corsicana.
In 1951, the campus was moved to its present location, a 47-acre tract west of downtown Corsicana on State Highway 31. The main campus has now expanded to 103 acres with dozens of buildings. In 1954, Navarro was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The accreditation was reaffirmed in 1964, 1974, 1985, 1995, 2006, and again in 2017.
In 1974, the college broadened its philosophy and purpose to encompass the comprehensive community-based educational concept, adding occupational education programs and implementing new education concepts including individualized and self-paced instruction and the use of audio-tutorial instructional media. In keeping with the new educational role, the word “junior” was dropped from the institution’s name, and the official name Navarro College was adopted by the Board of Trustees.
In an attempt to address the growing needs of its service area, which consists of Navarro, Ellis, Freestone, Limestone, and Leon counties, the college began offering courses in various locations in those areas. Therefore, Navarro College established two permanent centers, the Navarro College South at Mexia and the Ellis County Center at Waxahachie. Later, a third and fourth off-campus centers were added in Midlothian and Fairfield. Today, Internet is the fastest-growing area of instruction at Navarro. We now also offer hundreds of Internet course offerings each semester. Navarro College truly offers the ways and means for every student to reach his/her educational goals.
The oldest and main campus of Navarro College. It offers a classic college experience, including 39 Academic Programs, Student Housing, Library, Dining Hall, Deli, Bookstore, Beautique & Books/Starbucks, Student Lounges, Museums, Planetarium, and NJCAA Athletics on a historic campus.
Quick Fact: The Clock Tower was named after the first class at Navarro College, the Barracks Bunch.
3200 W. 7th Avenue
Corsicana, Texas 75110
Comprised of dual credit students and working adults, Waxahachie is the second largest Navarro College campus. Less than 30 miles south from the Dallas metroplex and with more than 25 competitive degree programs offered, Waxahachie makes college education personal, affordable, and life-changing.
Quick Fact: The Brilliance Black Tie Event has raised over half a million dollars for scholarships in the last seven years.
1900 John Arden Drive
Waxahachie, Texas 75165
A multi-institution system, the Midlothian Campus is home to three higher education institutions: Navarro College, Tarleton State University, and Texas A&M University-Commerce. Students can choose from a combination of 20+ undergraduate & graduate degree programs offered at Midlothian.
Quick Fact: Established in 2006, Midlothian was once called the “Multi-Institution Teaching Center (MITC)” and later renamed to the Midlothian Higher Education Center at Navarro College in 2012.
899 Mount Zion Road
Midlothian, Texas 76065
Located just 31 miles outside of Corsicana, Mexia Campus has more than 20 programs and concentrations. Recently ranked #2 of Top 30 LVN programs in Texas for 2017!
Quick Fact: Some of the first Navarro College classes offered in Mexia were on the campus of Mexia State School, originally a prisoner-of-war camp during World War II.
901 N. MLK Jr. Hwy
Mexia, Texas 76667
Established in 2013, the Fairfield Career & Technical Center is the newest addition to the College that primarily focuses on Industrial Technology, Police Academy, and Welding programs. Plans are underway to add other programs to the Fairfield location in the very near future!
Quick Fact: As the evolving career and technical hub, Fairfield Center is home to a $300K state-of-the-art welding facility.
961 E. Commerce St.
Fairfield, Texas 75840
Designed for students who wish to pursue or complete a college education from the convenience of their own computer & on their own time. E-Learning students get the quality they expect from NC, the convenience they desire, and the support they need – all at an affordable cost.
Quick Fact: Named best online education & teaching degrees for 2016 by the Affordable Colleges Online.