Frequently Asked Questions

Academics

For many students, a laptop is as essential as having textbooks and a school ID. While Spring Hill provides several computer labs throughout campus, a personal laptop provides students with 24/7 ability to complete assignments and prepare for exams, as well as use social networks, watch movies, listen to music, play games, post photos, and video-chat with parents and friends back home.

All professors hold office hours when students can go see them for help. There are also tutors available to students on campus free of charge. A list of tutors will be printed and distributed in student mailboxes within the first few weeks of class.

The College is prohibited from releasing certain information to parents without the permission of the student, grades included. By federal law (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, FERPA, also known as the Buckley Amendment), students over the age of 18 are considered responsible adults and are allowed to determine who will receive information about them.

Some professors take attendance while others do not. A professor’s attendance policy is outlined in his or her syllabus so students are encouraged to review all syllabi.

Students may decide to take summer courses at another institution. Students can transfer classes by meeting with his/her advisor and filling out a transient study form. This form also serves as a letter of good standing to the other institution attended. Also, through this form students will have prior approval to take these courses. Incoming freshmen are allowed to transfer a maximum of 18 semester hours (generally lower division courses).

Summer coursework is optional, as Spring Hill's programs of study are designed to be completed in 8 traditional semesters.

Some students study in residence hall rooms while others find them distracting. There are a number of quiet locations on campus. Each residence hall has a study room. Both the chemistry building and biology building have study rooms. Also, the Burke Library is often a popular place to study. If a student needs a classroom opened, he/she can contact public security and have a room opened at any time of the day.

Admissions and Financial Aid

Admission decisions are made within two weeks of the application being complete.

A completed application includes the student's high school transcript, recommendation letter from a teacher or guidance counselor and ACT or SAT test scores.

Spring Hill's enrolled freshmen have an average high school GPA of 3.5 and a ACT composite score of 24.

We have numerous scholarship opportunities. The application for admission serves as the application for most scholarships. We automatically consider admitted students for scholarships.

When a parent is denied a Plus loan, the student is automatically eligible for additional unsubsidized loan money. Contact the Financial Aid Office about your individual situation.

Applying for a Parent Plus loan is as easy as making a phone call. Contact the Financial Aid Office at 1-800-548-7886.

Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov. Make sure that you go to ".gov" not ".com." If you go to “.com” you will be charged for the service.

The Admissions Office will help you through the financial aid process. We encourage all families to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Athletics

Spring Hill College sponsors the following Varsity Intercollegiate sports:

Men: Soccer, Cross-Country, Basketball, Golf, Baseball, Tennis, Bowling, Cheer, and Outdoor Track & Field

Women: Soccer, Cross-Country, Basketball, Golf, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Bowling, Cheer, Dance, and Outdoor Track & Field.

Club Sports: Men’s Volleyball, Men’s Rugby, Women’s Rugby, Baseball, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Men’s Basketball, and Men’s Golf.

All coaches conduct try-outs. Please contact the athletic department at 251-380-3485 for further information.

Athletic grants-in-aid are awarded by each sports head coach and are based upon athletic talent. If you are interested in receiving an athletic grant-in-aid, please contact your sport’s respective head coach to discuss the recruitment and scholarship process. A directory of Spring Hill College sport head coaches may be found at http://www.shcbadgers.com/staff.php

The college’s athletic trainer has a packet of forms that must be completed and on file prior to a student's participation in collegiate athletics. All returning student-athletes will receive a free physical in the spring semester for the following year.

Graduate Theology
Certificate Programs

The major form of assistance is the significantly reduced tuition offered for all students in the theology programs, comparable to 50% or more reduction of the standard tuition for these programs nationwide. In some cases, the diocese, parish, school or employer will offer further assistance. For those qualified for the Portier Grant (Catholics with financial need, active in ministry in the Archdiocese of Mobile), there are a limited number of tuition grants of up to 25%, for a matching amount of assistance from the parish or school or other archdiocesan institution.

A minimum of two academic years, including two summers.

While some of the courses will be offered at the extension sites, from time to time, the more specialized courses will be offered only in Mobile and Atlanta. But they will be offered in a once-weekly format, to facilitate those who may be commuting from a certain distance. Because many participants will be in active ministry, the class meetings will be scheduled during the week (e.g., Monday afternoons or evenings) rather than on weekends.

The program consciously builds its foundation on the Ignatian dynamics and tradition, but not in an exclusive way. Ignatian spirituality in itself is inherently open-ended. It is also the tradition most accessible to us at a Jesuit college and thus provides a very effective frame and foundation for our exploration of spiritual direction. While no effort is made to offer a complete survey of all the many different traditions and forms of spiritual direction, both the variety of spirituality courses and the seminar style of the advanced courses will provide ample scope for many other ancient and contemporary expressions of spiritual direction.

Yes, very much so. While rooted in the Catholic tradition of theology and of church, spirituality is also the area of theology in which the common ground of Christian faith is most clearly discovered.

Health Services

Students are required to have proof of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, meningitis, hepatitis B and tetanus. Students who are at risk for tuberculosis must provide documentation of tuberculosis screening within the past year. High-risk groups are listed on the immunization record.

Students who are ill on campus should go to the Wellness Center, located in Toolen Hall. After 4:30 p.m. weekdays, or on the weekend, students should contact their R.A. who will locate the appropriate professional on-call staff person. The Wellness Center provides medical treatment, counseling services, and a variety of educational programs for all Spring Hill College full-time, part-time, and graduate students.

Schedule an appointment with the Wellness Center nurse or physician to review  the prescription. They will assist by re-writing the prescription or make a referral to local physician for management.

If it is an emergency, parents of a student will be called. Otherwise, the student needs to have signed a release of information form at the Wellness Center to release information about them to anyone, including parents.

Yes. It is mandatory for all full-time Spring Hill College undergraduate students to have health insurance. To waive the student insurance, the student must complete a waiver form. Verification of private insurance is required on the form. All students who do not complete the insurance waiver form are automatically charged for the student health care program.

The campus Wellness Center does not have an outpatient pharmacy. A local pharmacy will be glad to fill the prescription.

Living on Campus

Packages should be sent to your student’s box number. He/she will be given a notification that there is a package to be picked up at the post office window. Write down your student’s address before leaving your student on campus.

There is no set time that students are required to return to their rooms. There are, however, visitation hours in place in all residence halls. Visitation hours are 10 a.m. to midnight on Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday

Spring Hill students who are 21 years of age are allowed to consume alcohol if they are in their rooms with the door closed or if they purchase alcohol at a College sanctioned event where a third-party vendor is present. Students under 21 who are found consuming or in the possession of alcohol will be sanctioned through the judicial system.

The school does not tolerate students’ using/possessing illegal drugs.

Each student is different. Some students adjust quickly, and some take time to adjust to campus life. There are a number of activities for students. During orientation students are strongly encouraged to participate in all activities as they are meant to help ease the transition into college.

Parents and students should discuss the student's living habits before he/she comes to campus. Some students get jobs on/around campus. Other students receive a weekly allowance from their parents. There are several local banks located in the immediate area.

Students pay a flat fee of $50 per semester to use the laundry services. Students are allowed to do as much laundry as needed under this plan.

Many students find bikes useful on campus. Cars are not necessary but are allowed on campus.

Due to the prevalence of cellular phone usage, in-room phone service is no longer provided in our residence halls. Students are encouraged to bring a cellular phone with them to campus.

Students requiring special living arrangements will be accommodated to the best of the residence life staff’s ability. Singles are limited and not all requests can be granted. All requests should be accompanied with a recommendation from one’s family physician. Freshmen students are assigned a roommate as it establishes a sense of community.

Safety, Transportation and Parking

The Spring Hill College Department of Public Safety provides visitors with a parking permit and directions. Please call 380-4000 for information.

The Department of Public Safety will provide vehicle rides anywhere on campus to anyone who is on campus and requests it. If someone feels uncomfortable walking on campus, they may also call Public Safety (380-4444), and an officer will escort them to their campus destination (24-hour service).

No. In an attempt to protect students on campus, College officials will not give out student information.

Freshmen are allowed to have cars. All students receive parking decals, which correlate to parking lots that are as close to their residence halls as possible.

Student Activities

With more than 50 Spring Hill student organizations on campus, there's something for everyone! The campus programming board also sponsors several activities (such as Fall Formal and Mardi Gras Ball) each semester. Learn more about getting involved during Welcome Week at Spring Hill College!

Here's a sample of the many organizations you can join:

Habitat for Humanity
History Club
Math Club
Multicultural Student Union
Order of Omega Honorary
Phi Alpha Theta Honorary
Phi Mu
Phi Sigma Tau Honorary
Philosophy Club
Ping Pong Club
Political Science & International Studies Club

Psi Chi Honorary
Psychology Club
Student Alumni Ambassadors
Student Nurses Association
Students for Justice
Students for Life
Tau Kappa Epsilon
Ultimate Frisbee Club
 
For more information, click here:  http://www.shc.edu/student-life/involvement