South Texas Junior College

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Not to be confused with South Texas College.
South Texas Junior College
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Active 1948 (1948)–1974 (1974)
Type Private, junior college
President William I. Dykes (1972–1974)
Students 2,737 (1973)
Location Houston, Texas, United States
Athletics Texas Junior College Athletic Conference (TJCAC)
Nickname Seahawks
Affiliations YMCA (1948–1967)

South Texas Junior College (STJC) was a junior college located in Houston, Texas (USA).

The YMCA opened STJC in 1948 and operated the two-year coeducational liberal arts school; no tax money supported the school. The YMCA pioneered the concept of night school, providing educational opportunities for people with full-time employment.

At first classes occurred in the Downtown YMCA building. In 1949, the school had 144 students. The classes moved to the Merchants and Manufacturers Building at One Main Street in 1967, when STJC ended its affiliation with the YMCA. The college had 2,737 students and 120 faculty members by 1973. The YMCA and YWCA buildings provided dormitories for students. At one time it was the largest private junior college in the United States, and in 1974, still ranked among the top ten.

On August 6, 1974, the University of Houston acquired the assets of South Texas Junior College and then opened the University of Houston–Downtown College as a four-year institution.[1]


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