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Spring Hill College
"Forming leaders engaged in learning, faith, justice and service for life."

Spring Hill College

Mobile, Alabama

Spring Hill College is the first institution of higher learning in Alabama, the 3rd oldest Jesuit college, and 5th oldest Catholic college in the United States.


The College’s academic character is rooted in the liberal arts and sciences. Faculty and staff are committed to the Jesuit tradition of “cura personalis,” that is, a care for the spiritual, social and intellectual growth of each person. Spring Hill offers a multi-dimensional education, providing students from all faiths and backgrounds a foundation for a life of continuous learning and service. The core curriculum includes studies in English and literature, history, philosophy, theology, foreign language, social science, mathematics, computer science, laboratory science and fine arts.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
1,237 undergraduate students
95% of undergrad students are full time
40% male — 60% female
62% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
79 full-time faculty
41 part-time faculty
13 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

76% of students live on campus.
Spring Hill College has eight residence halls and guarantees undergraduate student housing for four years.*

Each room has Internet access and a full cable package. Residential living at Spring Hill ranges from traditional residence halls to “pod living” configurations to apartments. All of the residence halls are fun, comfortable and convenient to the rest of the campus.

*All full-time, undergraduate, traditional students not residing locally with parents or legal guardians are required to live in the College residence halls for four years. Exceptions are made for extenuating circumstances.

School Location

Mobile, AL

Retention Fall 2014

73% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

58% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Black or African American 15%
White 68%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 3%

Other Information

Founded in 1830, Spring Hill College is a four-year, Jesuit, Catholic, liberal arts college.


National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) 
16 Varsity sports
Mascot: Badger   
Colors: Purple and White

More Distinctions

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks Spring Hill 21st among the Southern colleges and universities granting master's degrees. Spring Hill College is also listed in the region's "A-Plus Schools for B Students" category, campuses where B students thrive in an engaged student body.

  • More than 90% of SHC graduates who apply for medical school and health-related graduate programs are accepted.

  • Spring Hill students complete more than 18,000 hours of community services in Mobile and Baldwin counties alone each year. Some examples: Accounting students help local residents file their income taxes. Communication arts students and graphic design students develop marketing and advertising campaigns for local nonprofit agencies. Nursing and teacher education students devote an entire semester to clinical groups or internships. Student-athletes work with elementary schools and help children and adults with learning disabilities.

  • Spring Hill College led the way in desegregation among Southern colleges and earned the respect of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who mentioned the moral significance of Spring Hill's initiatives in his 1963 "Letter from a Birmingham Jail.


Spring Hill College draws from an impressive heritage of Jesuit, Catholic education. Throughout the world, Jesuits are synonymous with excellence in teaching and a commitment to caring for the whole person – mind, body and spirit. These principles reflect the Jesuit philosophy that reason, justice and faith are linked inextricably. And, almost five centuries later, this tradition continues with every new class at Spring Hill College.

Through the Foley Community Service Center, the volunteer opportunities are endless. Students perform thousands of hours of service to the elderly, people with special needs, immigrants, and children from poor neighborhoods. The center is named in honor of the Rev. Albert S. Foley, S.J., who played a dominant role in the struggle for civil rights and wanted to create equal relationships between all people living in the Mobile area. The Foley Community Service Center was created in 1992, in order to carry out Father Foley’s mission after his death in 1990.

The Foley Center partners with three local high schools, two middle schools and nine elementary schools. The Foley Center also coordinates with other programs such as nursing homes, hospitals, Catholic Social Services, Legal Services of Alabama, English as a Second Language, the Boys & Girls Club, the Amachi Program, United Cerebral Palsy, and L’Arche. Additionally, there are eight environmental programs that involve maintaining Alabama’s coastal resources.

Service-learning courses are part of the college’s academic curriculum. Accounting students help local residents file their income taxes. Communication arts students develop complete marketing campaigns for local nonprofit agencies. Nursing and teacher education students devote an entire semester to clinical groups or internships. Students have the opportunity to explore the work they love, gain practical work experience, and provide a critical service to the community.

At the Spring Hill College Italy Center in Bologna, students live and study like locals in one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. Academic excellence and a commitment to faith that does justice are at the core of SHC Italy Center’s mission. Students are challenged and enriched in a globally focused set of classes and travel with purpose. The curriculum is a set of liberal arts and business courses, so students from all disciplines may experience a summer, semester or year abroad.

During their time abroad, students are exposed to complex global issues impacting Italy, Europe and the world. Social justice travel programs encourage students not only to observe injustices in the world, but also to reflect on the issues, to open dialogues focused on finding solutions, and to develop the skills needed to take future action.


Spring Hill College students are challenged by faculty and other students in an engaging classroom environment to develop a position based on critical thinking and synthesis, to defend that position articulately, and to write about it persuasively.

One of the goals of Jesuit education is to open one’s mind. Being Jesuit means asking questions, figuring out what you believe, then using what you have learned to make informed decisions and to take sound action. Faculty members help every student – one on one – to acquire depth and judgment. As students make connections between subjects, they develop the intellectual agility and adaptability necessary to succeed in a time of complex, unscripted problems.

The core curriculum is based in the liberal arts and sciences and sets Spring Hill apart. The core includes studies in English and literature, history, philosophy, theology, foreign language, social science, mathematics, computer science, laboratory science and fine arts. Spring Hill students gain a firm foundation for living and working in a constantly changing world – a quality that employers seek and graduate schools value.

The LEAP Program (which stands for Leadership, Engagement and Awareness, and Personal Growth) connects academic learning with life in the larger world through course-related events and activities. Freshmen sign up for one three-credit introductory core course designated as LEAP and connected to other LEAP courses through a common theme. An accompanying one-hour LEAP lab helps further prepare students for academic success in areas of Jesuit mission and identity and personal growth. With this group of fellow freshmen, faculty and peer mentors, students experience a sense of community as they learn together and engage with the world outside the classroom.

At the culmination of the spring semester, Spring Hill hosts the Undergraduate Research Symposium. The event provides students across all disciplines with the opportunity to present their research, internship and classroom projects to a larger audience. The symposium also provides a space for students, faculty and the community to examine the connection between research and education. Student attendees who are not yet involved in research will discover that attending the symposium is a great way to learn about the broad range of opportunities available at the Spring Hill College.


Spring Hill College is a residential campus, as more than 85% of students live in one of eight residence halls. Residents are automatically part of a close-knit, active community marked by mutual respect and learning that is consistent with the mission and character of Spring Hill.

The residential experience is enhanced by learning communities, which allow students with common interests and pursuits to live together and to support one another through planned learning activities and informal interactions. The communities are organized around themes, such as fitness and recreation, the great outdoors, healthy living, cultural immersion, service, and fine arts.

With more than 50 clubs and organizations looking for new members each fall, Spring Hill has something for everyone. Students can get involved in Greek life, Campus Programming Board, Student Government Association, the student newspaper, service groups, academic and honorary societies, and intramural sports, just to name a few.

Spring Hill College is a member of the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) of the NAIA and awards scholarships in baseball, basketball, cross country, softball, tennis and volleyball. In fall 2012, Spring Hill is adding competitive cheerleading and bowling to its varsity sports roster. Spring Hill’s 18-hole golf course, the oldest public course in Mobile, is also accessible to students.

All faiths are welcome at Spring Hill. Two daily liturgies give the Spring Hill community the opportunity to join in prayer, and the Praise and Worship group rocks St. Joseph Chapel every week. The academic year opens with Mass of the Holy Spirit each fall, and an Ecumenical Prayer Service is held at the beginning of each spring semester.

The college’s Campus Ministry programs integrate learning, faith, justice and service. During spring break or Mardi Gras break each year, a number of students immerse themselves in another culture while helping others through international service trips. In Belize and Nicaragua, they have built houses for poverty-stricken families. In El Salvador, they have lived in solidarity with people still suffering from the effects of the country’s civil war.

Mobile is a winner of an All-America City Award, it’s one of the five politest cities in the country, and it ranks well among best-places-to-live ratings. It has the charm of a small town with the economic advantages of a big city. The Port City is situated on Mobile Bay, close to the sandy white shores of the Gulf Coast.

In addition to being home of the original Mardi Gras, Mobile hosts several other national events annually, including the GMAC Bowl and Senior Bowl (January), the Azalea Trail Run and Festival of Flowers (March), as well as BayFest (October), GreekFest (November) and Magic Christmas in Lights (December).


Spring Hill’s Jesuit, liberal arts curriculum prepares all students for their lives after graduation, whether they choose to enter the working world, pursue higher education in graduate or professional school, or commit to service with volunteer programs.

  • Academic and Career Services – Students who are undecided on a major can explore areas of study through personality and interest inventories. Upperclassmen can enroll in credit courses that will empower them to find the right graduate or professional school, write effective cover letters and resumes, and hone their interview skills to land them their first job.
  • Alumni Mentoring Program – Experienced Spring Hill alumni in a variety of professional areas have partnered with the College to be mentors to our students.
  • On-Campus Interviews and Career Fairs – Students have the chance to develop their interview skills and gain insightful feedback about their projected career path through on-campus interviews with local and regional business leaders.
  • E-Portfolio – As part of the LEAP program, students will create an e-portfolio to integrate and reflect on their undergraduate experience. They can then use this portfolio to market themselves to potential employers.
  • Donnelly Scholars Program – Established in 2008 to serve first-generation college students at Spring Hill College, the program is named in honor of the Rev. W. Patrick Donnelly, S.J, the 31st president of the college, who served from 1946 to 1952. Second-generation college students have an advantage over first-generation students in that their parents have knowledge about how to maneuver through the college system. The Donnelly Scholars program aims to close the gap on that advantage, so graduates are equipped to become successful alumni.
  • Internship Opportunities – Spring Hill students have the opportunity to gain valuable real-world experience through internships in Mobile, the 2nd largest job growth market on the Gulf Coast. Nationally, our students have interned with Yankee Stadium, Harper’s Bazaar magazine and Walt Disney World.
  • Study Abroad – Today, more than ever, our world needs men and women who are global thinkers, collaborators and leaders. Continue your personal journey to become all of these at the Spring Hill College Italy Center in Bologna, Europe’s oldest college town.
  • 60% of recent graduates chose to work professionally in their major field
  • 21% of recent graduates chose to attend graduate or professional school
  • 100% of recommended teacher education graduates receive state certification
  • 93% of communications arts graduates find jobs in their chosen specialties within three months
  • 92% of graduates who apply to medical school are accepted
  • 90% of business graduates score above the 70th percentile in a national, comprehensive exam


Admissions Fall 2014

6,245 Total Applicants
3,233 Total Admissions
362 Total Freshmen Enrollment

51.77% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 470 600
SAT Math 480 595
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 22 27
ACT Math 19 26
ACT English 22 28
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $30,506
Fees $1,962
Total $32,468
Room and Board (on campus) $11,696
Room Only $6,300
Board Only $5,396
Estimated Total On Campus $44,164


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
70% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$23,310 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$6,893 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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