Spring Hill College Ranked Best University for a Bachelor’s Degree on the Gulf Coast

MOBILE, Ala.  — A report from Payscale has ranked Spring Hill College as the Best University on the Gulf Coast for a bachelor’s degree. The ranking is based on the quality of the degree and potential salary earnings. 

WKRG News 5 shared the Payscale report which is based on multiple aspects including early career pay, mid-career pay, percent of high meaning, and percentage of STEM degrees.

Among all of the schools on the Gulf Coast, Spring Hill College ranked highest at number 365 out of a total of 1539 schools. Payscale reports the median salary of Spring Hill alumni with zero to five years of experience is $50,200 and the median salary for alumni with over 10 years of experience is $103,600. Fifty-one percent of SHC alumni said they believe their work makes the world a better place. 

“While I am delighted by the findings in the report, this comes as no surprise to me, “ said Spring Hill’s President, Mary H. Van Brunt, PhD. “ I know how hard our faculty and staff work every day to provide the highest quality of academic excellence to our students, that is both affordable and accessible. This is really a testament to them and to our students who demonstrate our Jesuit values of educating the whole person – mind, body, and spirit.”   As a result, our students are prepared to be leaders in their chosen fields, who seek out opportunities to make a difference in the world.”

The University of South Alabama and the University of Southern Mississippi tied for the 939th spot on the list. The median salary of USA alumni with zero to five years of experience is $51,800 and the median salary for alumni with over 10 years of experience is $86,500. The percentage of alumni who said they feel like they are making the world a better place is 57%.

Payscale’s College Salary Report ranks colleges and universities by the median salaries of their alumni. By knowing how much they can expect to earn after getting their bachelor’s degree, they can choose a school wisely and set themselves up for future financial security, especially when evaluating how much to borrow to help pay for their education.

Spring Hill College’s degree programs have consistently ranked top in the areas of Business, Biology, Education, and Career Development. The college’s nursing program remains the number one program in the state for bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Learn more about our award-winning programs at shc.edu. 


Founded in 1830, Spring Hill College is the oldest Catholic college in the Southeast and the third oldest Jesuit college in the United States. Spring Hill combines the Jesuit tradition of excellence in education and a commitment to caring for the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – with innovative educational experiences. Located in Mobile, Ala., Spring Hill’s mission is to form leaders engaged in learning, faith, justice and service for life. As a result, Spring Hill students are engaged, inspired and transformed by their experiences. 

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