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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,” a care for the spiritual, social, and intellectual growth of each person. Spring Hill offers a multidimensional 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 literature, history, philosophy, theology, foreign language, social science, mathematics, computer science, laboratory science, and fine arts.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,352 undergraduate students
98% of undergrad students are full time
40% male — 60% female
57% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
88 full-time faculty
46 part-time faculty
14 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 2015

81% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

53% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 13%
White 68%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 4%


National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)  
16 Varsity sports

Mascot: Badger    
Colors: Purple and White

Other Information

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

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.

The Jesuit Tradition

Spring Hill College draws from an impressive heritage of Jesuit, Catholic education. Throughout the world, Jesuits have been inspired in excellence, teaching with 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 after its origin, this tradition continues with every new class at Spring Hill College.

Service Learning

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. It also coordinates with other programs like area 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, the center is involved in eight environmental programs that involve maintaining Alabama’s coastal resources.

Service learning courses are an intrinsic 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 entire semesters 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.

Study Abroad

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 are at the core of SHC Italy Center’s mission. Students are challenged to travel with purpose, enriching themselves in a globally focused set of classes. Its 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 that impact Italy, Europe, and the world. Social justice travel programs encourage students not only to observe injustices in the world, but also to reflect on and discuss the issues to develop the skills needed to take future action.

Spring Hill College students are challenged by faculty and other students to develop positions based on critical thinking and synthesis, to defend positions articulately, and to write arguments persuasively.

More than a Diploma

One of the goals of Jesuit education is to open one’s mind. Being Jesuit means asking questions, figuring out what one believes, then using what they have learned to make informed decisions and 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 LEAP Program

The LEAP Program (which stands for Leadership, Engagement and Awareness, and Personal Growth) connects academic learning with the larger world through course-related events and activities. Freshmen sign up for one three-credit introductory core course and continue to take LEAP courses that are based around a common theme. An accompanying one-hour LEAP lab helps further prepare students for academic success in areas of the Jesuit mission. 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.

Undergraduate Research

At the culmination of the spring semester, Spring Hill hosts the Undergraduate Research Symposium. This event provides students across all disciplines with the opportunity to present their research, internship, and classroom projects to a larger audience. It also provides a space for students, faculty, and the community to examine the connection between research and education, learning the value of engaged inquiry in the pursuit of groundbreaking discovery. Student attendees who are not yet involved in research especially benefit from the symposium, as they are inspired to brainstorm their future projects and truly grasp the broad range of opportunities available at the Spring Hill College.

Residence Life

Spring Hill College is a residential campus, with more 85% of students living in one of eight residence halls. Residents are automatically part of a close-knit, active community.

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

Clubs & Organizations

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, intramural sports, and more.


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 the last decade, Spring Hill has also added competitive cheerleading and bowling to its varsity sports roster. The college’s 18-hole golf course, the oldest public course in Mobile, is also accessible to students.

Spiritual Life

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 a 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. Each year, throughout either spring break or Mardi Gras break, a number of students immerse themselves in other cultures while helping others in international service trips. For example, students have built houses for poverty-stricken families in Belize and Nicaragua. 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 the All-America City Award. It’s one of the five politest cities in the country, ranking 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), 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 have not yet declared their 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 résumés, and hone their interview skills to land their first job. The career services office gives students 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.

Alumni Mentoring Program

Experienced Spring Hill alumni in a variety of professional areas have partnered with the College to be mentors to students.


As part of the LEAP program, students 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 Donnelly Scholar Program was 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 usually 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, however, aims to close the gap on that advantage so that all graduates may be equipped to become successful alumni.

Internship Opportunities

Spring Hill students have the opportunity to gain valuable real-world experience through internships in Mobile, home of the 2nd largest job growth market on the Gulf Coast. Nationally, students have interned with Yankee Stadium, Harper’s Bazaar magazine, and Walt Disney World.


Spring Hill has extraordinary placement rates. Below are some examples of student success:

  • 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 2015

7,393 Total Applicants 
3,055 Total Admissions 
416 Total Freshman Enrollment

41.32% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 495 600
SAT Math 490 605
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 22 27
ACT Math 20 26
ACT English 22 29
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $32,032
Fees $2,060
Total $34,092
Room and Board (on campus) $12,226
Room Only $6,636
Board Only $5,590
Estimated Total On Campus $46,318


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
66% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$25,509 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$9,293 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates