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| Do not come to this school unless you are white, southern, and rich. Those are the kind of people that you will run into on campus.The majority of the students are Greek, and if you are not there will be nothing for you to do whether it is on campus or off campus. If you are looking for a college experience, forget about SHC. You will be attending high school all over again. Rumors run rampant and everyone is more concerned with the business others than their own boring lives. Everyone knows everyone, and you will not be able to get away from that whether is be on campus or downtown. There are no clubs, no sports that are worth watching, with the exception of the baseball team. Nightlife is a joke. People wander around the senior apartments and just let themselves in. You will see the same people every night at the same bars on Thursday nights. As for the nursing program, it is a joke. SHC nursing students are oftentimes looked down upon by other schools nursing students for their incompetence during clinicals. Overall I wasted a lot of time and money at Spring Hill, and I will be transferring as soon as possible. One good thing I can say about this school is that the majority of the faculty have been more than helpful and most of them are very knowledgeable and qualified in their field. |
|Jan 30 2013|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2015 |
This school is tanking FAST. Do not go here, this school is just money-hungry ever since the recession and their enrollment numbers plummeted. The tour guides gave me the illusion that this school was academically rigorous and prestigious and it seemed like a nice place; it feels like a resort with the nice Gulf Coast weather and the abundance of palm trees on campus. The school definitely has its upsides; students and faculty are very nice and helpful people. BUT there is just too many aspects of this school that will SCREW you over if you intend to ever get a job as a nurse, or even hope to pass the board exam after working hard for 4 years. First of all, the nursing program is a hair away from losing its accreditation, and the only way freshman nursing students are aware of this is from talking to the juniors and seniors who say that they are made fun of and disrespected by other schools' nursing students during clinicals due to their incompetence in the hospital setting. SHC's board passing rate is so low that the exact percentage cannot be found ANYWHERE; even as a nursing student, my advisor "is not allowed to disclose any information about the nursing program like that." You know it's bad when it isn't proudly announced on the college's website, but when if your advisor won't even reveal it to a current nursing student in privacy, it's got to be horrible. |
Also, if you are not a hardcore Christian, stay away from this school! I am nondenominational/atheist (yet, completely respectful of a person's choice to be religious) and being forced to take a minimum of 9 credit hours of Christian theology in order to graduate is not only a huge annoyance in my life, but it takes away from the time, effort and resources I could be utilizing to become a competent nurse! Hence, why the board passing rate is so low perhaps? As a Jesuit institution, SHC requires a lot of courses that I don't find useful or interesting, but the requirements I find most detrimental to prospective nurses are: 9 hours of theology, 9 hours of philosophy, 9 hours of english and 9 hours of a foreign language. These courses require the same amount of time and effort as any of my other classes; teachers don't make these annoying required classes an easy A, they are relatively hard! If you're not a die-hard Christian, (like myself) that ridiculous amount of theology is going to piss you off and lower your GPA (I'd have a 4.0 if it wasn't for that damn theology class I got a B in!).
I had the preconception that SHC was a ?party school that still maintained a high caliber of academic rigor,? which sounded fantastic to me, a very driven, hardworking student who enjoys an exciting social life. When I visited, the tour guides gave me the illusion that this school was academically rigorous, prestigious and it seemed like a nice place; it feels like a resort with the tropical Gulf Coast weather and the abundance of palm trees on campus. The school definitely has a nice ambiance, students and faculty are overall very nice and approachable people but, I?d still give the overall student life a D. There is just no nightlife or fun things to do on campus; apparently there used to be, but ?all the fun people graduated last spring.? Mobile is a small, boring city and the downtown area is a pathetic excuse for nightlife and is usually pretty dead. There is one ?club? (i.e. a super trashy bar with a dingy 9X9 dancefloor with a stripper pole) and a few bars that serve minors, but I was bored of the downtown scene after about a month of being here. I think being in a sorority or fraternity helps assuage the endemic boredom on campus, but they?re expensive to join ($700 a semester) and the perks are limited (you don?t even get to live in a house).
This school is tanking FAST and is extremely money-hungry ever since the recession; philanthropists backed out of their donations and enrollment numbers plummeted. So, basically the school gives anyone with a highschool diploma a half-ride and have really lowered their standards on admitted students. Naturally, what follows is a very unimpressive, unmotivated student body; teachers have dumbed down their classes to accomodate for the profusion of dummies in this school (all in efforts to make less people fail out so the school can keep getting their tuition money). Overall, student morale is low. From what I hear, most students feel that SHC is not a respected or an even wellknown institution, and most people aren?t particaularly proud to be here because most people came here because it was the only school that gave them a decent scholarship, not because they really wanted to be here. Personally, I am dissatisfied with this school because I was disillusioned by the low-grade the academics; the core requirements are redundant of high school and a waste of my youth; many of my friends transferred after their first semester; and I am bored on the weekends.
Another very reason I don?t reccomend coming here is: you are NEVER allowed to live off campus, you must live in a dorm, eat in the cafeteria and follow a dinky RA?s rules all four years. Most people in their early 20's are not interested in living in a dorm where they have to follow petty rules (no persons of the opposite sex allowed in your dorm after 11pm) at risk of being written up and fined by the RA.
I feel like I?m in high school all over again, except in high school I didn?t have to pay out the ass for room and board for four years. I basically live off campus with my boyfriend at his apartment, but I still pay $11k to have my name on a residence hall list. Waste of money. And to be exempt from living on campus you either have to have parents that live right by school or have a serious medical illness that would be a hazard to others if you lived in the dorm. Oh, and you have to present your case to a committee that will decide if your medical illness is a big enough hazard that they are willing to lose your $11k a year. And you will have to present your embarrassing illness to be regranted permission to live off campus each year and if you're suspected of lying, you will be punished by however the committee feels is appropriate. THIS IS BULLSHIT... I know no other school that requires students live on campus, and you should not be punished for not wanting to live here.
The above paragraphs are my honest review of SHC that I hope will be useful to all prospective SHC students. In the paragraphs below I am honing my review to the concerns of prospective nursing majors.
First of all, the nursing program is a hair away from losing its accreditation; worst case scenario, (i.e. you?re a last semester senior and the nursing program tanks and you lose 4 years of studying, tuition money and time with nothing to show for it) is extremely plausible at this institution. The worst part is, our nursing advisors won?t even be honest with us about this possibility; they lie to us and tell us the program is average because they don?t want us to transfer and lose our tuition money. The only way freshman nursing students are aware of how awful the nursing program is, is from talking to the juniors and seniors who say that they are made fun of and disrespected by other schools' nursing students during clinicals, due to their incompetence in the hospital setting. SHC's board passing rate is so low that the exact percentage cannot be found ANYWHERE; even as a nursing student, my advisor "is not allowed to disclose any information about the nursing program like that." You know it's bad when this number isn't proudly announced on the college's website, but if your advisor won't even reveal it to you, a current nursing student, in privacy, it's got to be awful.
Also, if you are not a hardcore Christian, stay away from this school! I am nondenominational/atheist (yet, completely respectful of a person's decision to be religious) and being forced to take a minimum of 9 credit hours of Christian theology in order to graduate is not only a huge annoyance in my life, but it takes away from the time, effort and resources I could be utilizing to become a competent nurse! Hence, why the board passing rate is so low perhaps? As a Jesuit institution, SHC requires a lot of courses that I don't find beneficial or interesting, but the requirements I find most detrimental to prospective nursing majors are: 9 hours of theology, 9 hours of philosophy, 9 hours of english and 9 hours of a foreign language. These courses require the same amount of time and effort as any of my other classes; teachers don't make these fruitless, required classes an easy A, they are relatively hard! If you're not a die-hard Christian, (like myself) that ridiculous amount of theology is not only going to piss you off, but it will lower your GPA (I'd have a 4.0 if it wasn't for that damn theology class I got a B in!). There are just too many aspects of this school that will SCREW you over if you intend to ever get a job as a nurse, or even hope to pass the board exam after working hard for 4 years. I admit that my review is a bit cynical, and there are people that seem quite satsified with this school (although they are not nursing majors). I am just trying to look out for future nursing majors who want the best school for their career, and this school is simply not it. I wish I knew the reality behind the illusion of SHC and was able to make a wiser decision in the first place, because transferring is expensive (you get basically no scholarships). I hope that you will find my extremely honest review of SHC insightful, and that it will help you make a college decision that you will not regret.
|Mar 13 2012|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2015 |
| I came to Spring Hill College because it was somewhat of a family tradition, everyone in my family having graduated from the college starting with my grandparents and great aunts and uncles. My parents met at Spring Hill, as did my Aunt and Uncle (who also came from a Spring Hill legacy). Needless to say, my family raved of the great atmosphere and education available here.|
A cousin of mine (child of the Aunt and Uncle who met at Spring Hill) who is 5 years older also came to Spring Hill because of the family legacy and transferred out as soon as she could due to lack of a challenge in the courses and horrible social environment.
Two other cousins elected not to come after visiting the campus and hearing of the experience of my cousin who transferred, despite strong persuasion from the family.
I decided to go to Spring Hill, mostly because I knew my family really wanted me to, but also because I thought I would get a good education.
Let me just tell you, my 4 years at this college were the worst of my life. It isn't so much that the education is bad (although I have to admit I didn't learn much), but the administration absolutely ruins the school. It is a Jesuit college that boasts a Catholic environment...blah blah blah...it's a load of crap. The faculty plays favorites and if you aren't a favorite, a brick wall would be of more assistance. Oh and be prepared to pay for EVERYTHING...even though tuition is $30,000+ they also expect you to open your checkbook for every little detail. Also, ALL students are required to purchase a meal plan for the cafeteria, which is outrageously priced and the quality of the food is deplorable (french fries and pizza for breakfast? no thanks).
Students are forced to live on campus all 4 years, and the price of housing is so exorbitant that it turns out to be about the same price as renting a 2br apartment in the city of Mobile (except on campus all you get is 1 room to live in, that is shared with a roommate). Further, half of the dorms are disgusting. Residence life practically stalks students who may be drinking alcohol (gasp! alcohol in college!) and then give punishment so severe you would think they killed someone.
Many students look forward to living in the apartments that overlook the golf course their senior year. This would be awesome considering the view is beautiful and the apartments are an upgrade from dorms (plus it is nice to actually be able to cook/live in an apartment setting and without a roommate at least once in your college career, despite the mediocre accommodations). Unfortunately, the faculty sucks the fun out of the apartments too. It doesn't matter if students are 21, they are NOT permitted to have an opened alcoholic beverage outside (including the pavilion/grill area) OR with the door to their apartment open OR on the balcony of their apartment, despite the fact that the campus is a wet campus. Any student, of legal drinking age or otherwise, caught with an alcoholic beverage is punished to the fullest extent allowable. I at one time received an alcohol policy violation for having an open beer on my friend's balcony, despite the fact that I was 21 (I was sitting outside smoking a cigarette). My punishment consisted of community service, a 10+ page paper, an alcohol abuse class, probation, and I was barred from attending all school sponsored events. A little harsh, to say the least.
Overall, I would never recommend this school to anyone, and it disgusts me that I spent $120,000+ on attending. After the experience of the most recent generation of my family at this school, even my diehard Spring Hill family admits the school is not what it used to be and no longer supports or recommends the school to anyone.I do want to comment on the education aspect of the school, in that it is not nearly as bad as the social aspect, but it doesn't challenge students and force them to recognize their full potential. Students are allowed to coast through courses easily and receive high grades despite a lack of effort on their behalf. The resources offered by the school are great, but they aren't being employed in a way that makes them beneficial. On the bright side, at least the campus looks pretty!
|Nov 04 2010|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |