Originally founded by Bishop James Steptoe Johnston in 1898 as the St. Philip's Normal and Industrial School with the mission of educating recently freed African American slaves, St. Philip's College is now a member of the Alamo Community College District. The school is the only institution of higher education to be federally recognized as both a historically black and Hispanic college. St. Philip's has two main campuses on the east and west ends of San Antonio along with seven smaller locations.
Those living in student housing or an off campus apartment at St. Philip's have access to the school's noted academic and technical programs. Students may pursue a variety of associate's degrees through the school's major divisions including Arts and Sciences, Applied Science and Technology, Health Sciences and Continuing Education. St. Philip's also provides online learning through its Center for Distance Learning, which offers more than 200 Internet courses.
Student living and university living at St. Philip's provide students with the opportunity to enjoy the school's state-of-the-art campus facilities like the Northeast Learning Center and the Leadership Development Center. Students may also participate in a variety of traditional campus student organizations and community events in the city of San Antonio.
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