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Navarro College
Motto Succeeding Together
Established 1946
Type Public College
Students 9,200
Location Corsicana, Texas, United States
Campus Corsicana, Mexia, Midlothian, Waxahachie
Mascot "Bulldogs"

Navarro College is a two-year public institution consisting of a main campus located in Corsicana, with branches in Mexia, Midlothian, and Waxahachie. The college currently features annual student enrollment of more than 9,000 students.

Navarro College is also home to the Cook Education Center, which houses the largest planetarium in Texas, with a 60-foot diameter dome and seating for 200-plus[1], and the Pearce Collections Museum, home to many Civil War items and a world-class western art collection. [2].

The Corsicana campus has strong ties with Texas A & M ‚Äď Commerce which has branches at the Navarro College main campus in Corsicana and the Midlothian campus. [3]

As defined by the Texas Legislature, the official service area of Navarro College includes all of Ellis, Freestone, Leon, Limestone, and Navarro Counties.[4]



In spring 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 campus has expanded to 103 acres with 23 buildings.

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 in the early 1970s and eventually established two permanent centers, Navarro College South at Mexia and the Ellis County Center at Waxahachie. In January, 2006, a new campus in Midlothian opened to better serve students in that area.[5]


Navarro is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The accreditation was given in 1954 and reaffirmed in 1964, 1974, 1985, 1995 and again in 2006.[6]


  1. ^ "Cook Center Planetarium"
  2. ^ "The Pearce Museum"
  3. ^ "Navarro Partnership" Texas A&M University‚ÄďCommerce
  4. ^ Texas Education Code, Section 130.189, "Navarro College District Service Area".
  5. ^ "Navarro College History" Navarro College Website
  6. ^ "Accredited, Candidate, and Applicant Institution List" Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Page 24

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